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Walking in on Mum and Dad: Adventures in Embarrassment

by Brian King

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A quick, light read. Embarrassing stories of athletes, actors, journalists, politicians, and other celebrities. (In all fairness, I must admit that some of the allusions to pop culture and sports flew over my head, as Mr. King is a Brit. But I could still see humor in stories of cricket and rugby, so kudos to the author.) Stories are organized by theme--I particularly enjoyed the SEX chapter and the FAMILY & FRIENDS section. This was my read-in-bed-until-I-nod-off book...and I must say that I looked forward to bedtime during this time. ( )
  wowcaipora | Aug 11, 2010 |
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Shortly before Charles de Gaulle's retirement, his wife was asked by Harold Macmillan's wife Dorothy what she most looked forward to in the coming years. 'A penis', she declared. Coming to his wife's rescue, the former president remarked, "My dear, I think the English pronounce it 'appiness'"..."Walking in on Mum and Dad" relives many sorry tales of embarrassment, from author Bill Bryson snoring and dribbling in public to actor Patrick Stewart caught watching re-runs of "Star Trek". There are tales of sex and seduction gone horribly wrong, of indecent exposure on a grand scale, of emails which should never have been sent, of goalkeepers throwing the ball into their own net, of infidelity revealed - by a parrot. But why do we suffer embarrassment at all? And how can we overcome its power over us? Brian King searches for the antidote to embarrassment in science and psychology and by looking at his own experiences as well as hundreds of tales of mortifying misadventures suffered by others. Hilarious from a distance perhaps, but not when it happens to you...

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"Walking in on Mum and Dad" recounts many sorry tales of embarrassment, from author Bill Bryson snoring and dribbling in public, to actor Patrick Stewart caught watching re-runs of "Star Trek". There are tales of sex and seduction gone horribly wrong, of indecent exposure on a grand scale, of emails which should never have been sent, of goalkeepers throwing the ball into their own net, and of infidelity revealed - by a parrot. But why do we suffer embarrassment at all? And how can we overcome its power over us? Brian King searches for the antidote to embarrassment in science and psychology and looks at his own experiences as well as hundreds of tales of mortifying misadventures suffered by others. It may be hilarious from a distance perhaps, but not when it happens to you.… (more)

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