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Mary Roach has been called “America’s funniest science writer” by the Washington Post, and she asks all the questions we ask on a daily basis, and then answers them in her unique, humorous, and scientific sort of way.  In her brilliant new book “Gulp”, Mary “takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of—or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.”

Here “The King Of Kamelot” chats with NY Times Bestselling Author and just overall awesome person Mary Roach right after her appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about her super fun new book “Gulp”, why she chooses to write about the topics she does, the extensive research she goes through to find answers, and so much more!

Here is Mary Roach on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart right before chatting with me:

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