But it would be a lot of work to get real answers to those questionsthe key component to the book’s humor, as he imagined itand at the time he was busy running Book Soup, his book-packaging company.He needed a partner who could do a lot of the heavy lifting on the research end of things.Could a person deliver a baby in a taxicab if the situation presented itself?Is it possible to defend yourself against a swarm of attacking killer bees?I imagine that you’re probably as likely to have a New York Times bestseller as you are to be struck by lightning,” Dave says.Growing up watching action movies, he’d always vaguely wondered, Could you really do that?Contrary to popular opinion, the shark's nose is not the area to attack, unless you cannot reach the eyes or gills.Hitting the shark simply tells it that you are not defenseless.
In a couple of years it had spawned a seriesevery publisher’s dream. Thanks to Chronicle’s expertise in ancillary publishing and Dave and Josh’s seemingly endless supply of cleverness, Worst-Case is no longer just a book but a franchisecomplete with a copyright on a phrase previously kept in circulation by worrywartsthat includes a board game, greeting cards, calendars, a poster, a trivia computer-game, an illustrated journal, an address book, audio books narrated by Burt Reynolds and Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller and, in 2002, a short-lived TV series on TBS.
The book, As Luck Would Have It, has a chapter on the inventor of the 1970s superfad the Pet Rock; one about winning a 0-million lottery; and Josh’s favorite, the story of the 1980s one-hit-wonder-band Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309/Jenny.”He might also have included a chapter on his own storyas the co-author of the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, the little humor book that could.
The first handbook has sold more than 2 million copies since it was published in November of 1999, and the series that followed has been equally popular.
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