Based on his popular Wired magazine column What's Inside, Patrick Di Justo takes a hard and incredibly funny look at the shocking, disgusting, and often dumbfounding ingredients found in everyday products, from Cool Whip and Tide Pods to Spam and Play-Doh.
What do a cup of coffee and cockroach pheromone have in common? How is Fix-A-Flat like sugarless gum? Is a Slim Jim meat stick really alive? If I Can't Believe It's Not Butter isn't butter, what is it? All of these pressing questions and more are answered in This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth? Patrick shares the madcap stories of his extensive research, including tracking down a reclusive condiment heir, partnering with a cop to get his hands on heroin, and getting tight-lipped snack-food execs to talk. Along the way, he schools us on product histories, label decoding, and the highfalutin chemistry concepts behind everything from Midol to Hostess fruit pies.
Packed with facts you're going to want to share immediately, this is infotainment at its best—and most fun!—it will leave you giving your shampoo the side-eye and Doritos a double take, and make you the know-it-all in line at the grocery store.
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About the Author
PATRICK DI JUSTO wrote the popular Wired magazine column What's Inside and is an editor at Make: magazine. A contributor to The New Yorker’s science blog, Elements, he also writes for The Atlantic, Popular Science, and Dwell, among others.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 This Is What You Put in Your Mouth 1
A.1. Steak Sauce 2
Purina Alpo Chop House Beef Tenderloin Flavor in Gourmet Gravy 8
Chocolate Cherry Cordials 22
Cool Whip 36
Doritos Late Night All Nighter Cheeseburger Chips 40
Easy Cheese Aerosol Spread 47
Enfamil Baby Formula 55
Hostess Lemon Fruit Pie 65
Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza 69
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter 72
FreshBurst Listerine 77
Orbit White Gum 88
PowerBar ProteinPlus 93
Red Bull 97
Red Wine 100
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale 105
Slim Jim 112
Southern Comfort Egg Nog 116
Spam with Bacon 128
Tap Water 132
Vita Coco Coconut Water 138
Part 2 This Is What You Don't Put in Your Mouth 141
Axe Deodorant 142
Colored-Flame Artificial Logs 144
Bausch & Lomb Renu Contact Lens Cleaner Solution 148
CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Mascara 151
Diamond Strike Anywhere Matches 155
April Fresh Downy Fabric Softener 159
A Flu Shot 172
Head & Shoulders Shampoo 185
Just For Men Hair Color 194
K-Y Yours+Mine Couples Lubricants 200
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15 204
Preparation H 219
Lemon Scent Raid 224
Sta-Green Tree and Shrub Planting Mix 254
Tide Pods 239
Titleist Golf Balls 245
Triple Paste Diaper Cream 248