Bookworm: 'Dead Strange'

Your entire life, it seems, runs on a need-to-know basis.


Unfortunately, you’re always the last who needs to know.

Something exciting happens in your family, and you don’t find out until it’s over. Some big event is scheduled, and you miss it. Everything’s a surprise because nobody tells you anything.

Maybe nobody is telling you anything because they don’t know either. Case in point: the new book Dead Strange by Matt Lamy, where you’ll read about 50 gigantic unknowns.

You’re already aware that there are a lot of weird things going on in the world. You might wonder if vampires are real, if Bigfoot exists, or if there’s really a monster beneath Loch Ness. What’s the truth?

Is it possible, for instance, to turn common metals into gold? Lamy says no, but that doesn’t stop modern science from trying alchemy of another sort.

What about creatures from outer space? Do aliens exist? A number of folks claim they do – including some U.S. government officials. There are a lot of secretive things going on near Roswell and Area 51. There are people who say they’ve been abducted by aliens or have seen spaceship crashes, and then there’s the myth of Men in Black, which might not be a myth.

The jury’s still out on whether Anna Anderson was really the daughter of Czar Nicholas of Russia. Dowsing is doubtful, too; in fact, there’s a million-dollar bounty for definitive proof that it works. El Dorado might or might not have been discovered by Conquistadors. Jack the Ripper was real, but nobody knows his true identity.

There’s more than what meets the eye on those massive Easter Island statues. Crop circles still make scientists scratch their heads. And Ouija boards? Leave them alone. It’s “best to be careful with things you know little about.”

Sometimes, you just need a bit of weirdness in your life. And you can’t get any weirder than the things you’ll find in Dead Strange.

From unknowns in pop culture to holes in historical knowledge and real scientific mysteries, Lamy pokes around to find solutions to 50 conundrums that have, for centuries, confounded amateurs and experts alike.

The interesting thing about Dead Strange is that, despite its subtitle and a wish for answers, there is little “truth” here, only conjecture and clues. That makes what you’ll find in these pages even more intriguing, which makes this book irresistible.

Though this book is meant primarily for conspiracy theorists, believers, and doubters ages 13-and-up, I think there’s also plenty of appeal here for grown-ups who want a quick overview on mysterious topics.



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