I have a huge professional crush on Mary Roach. Since her first book Stiff she’s been making me LMFAO and teaching me science. Last night she spoke about her new book Grunt and military science at an Oakland Public Library and I learned the following:
Maggots dive face first into food, which necessitates ass breathing.
Scientists add a pleasant top note to military grade malodorants (stink bombs) so that people will inhale deeply.
Astronauts use the term fecal popcorning to describe the sound that their poop makes as it bounces off the walls of the space-toilet.
Mary Roach is not that comfortable with being labeled a science writer, she prefers nonfiction writer.
Her first science-related writing job was marketing for Gorilla World at the San Francisco Zoo.
As a writer you shouldn’t try to be the next…you should create the work that others want to emulate.
There’s a bunch of idiots out there that want to tell Mary Roach what she should have called her book Packing for Mars in order to stick with one word titles, which her other books have. Those people appear at book signings and won’t stop shouting out ideas until she makes them.