Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Mind = Blown By Matthew Santoro Review and Giveaway

Mind = Blown

Mind = Blown: Amazing Facts About This Weird, Hilarious, Insane World (TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House; August 9, 2016)

Matthew Santoro’s originality and humor has attracted millions of fans, making him a beloved YouTube star. His weekly videos on amazing and little-known facts are eagerly anticipated by his many subscribers and followers around the world. In his first-ever book, Matthew’s love of weird and wacky knowledge explodes with new facts and stories from around the planet, and beyond. Surprising, and always entertaining, Mind = Blown offers even more of Matthew’s unique take on this hilarious, crazy world:  

The most ridiculous laws from past and present
Crazy doppelgangers of people, places, and unexpected things
Historical wizards who actually lived
Real-life animal avengers
And a special section: Japan Blows My Mind!

From shin-kicking competitions and beer pong-playing robots, to enormous fire-balls shooting through space, you won’t believe what you’ll discover in Mind = Blown. But beware: there is too much astounding trivia for any one mind to contain!

I recevied a complimentary copy.

 YouTube star Matt Santoro has more than 5 million dedicated subscribers, Matt’s videos have been viewed more than half a billion (yes billion) times. He is best known for his top-ten lists of strange and surprising facts and his popular series “50 Things to Blow Your Mind.”

Matthew Santoro
Matthew Santoro is a YouTube star whose videos have been viewed more than 700 million times. He is best known for his top-ten lists of strange and surprising facts, and his popular series “50 Things to Blow Your Mind.” A former accountant, he won the 2015 Hubub #AcademySocial award, as well as the fan vote for the 2015 Shorty Awards “YouTube Star Of The Year.” He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Cassandra's review-  Most of the facts are family friendly, bnt there are so many adult facts that I did not like skipping reading while I was trying to share this with my family.

I guess some people do not care what children read.  I wish it was easy for someone to create a book of interesting facts without turning it into some more inappropriate, but I guess that is what sells and captures more adult interest.

 I suppose it would be hard to compile facts using the internet and then choosing something witty to say about them.   Not everyone is going to like the topics picked and some eyes may roll.   I did have a moment when reading when I came across names of people and did not realize what I just said out loud to my families friends and their kids so while some giggles went up a lot of the others were really mad and found it to be shameful.

 I wish there was a warning label on certain facts.    I would definitely not recommend this for any age younger than 17 to read by themselves without a censor.  The author laces in the more inappropriate things in a way that would slide past most people.   Maybe in real life he does have a sick mind and sense of humor.

At any rate the book is filled with some chapters that I just skimmed and paragraphs of writing I could care less about as again it is not going to please everyone.


  1. This would be a gift for my grandsons. Ideal. Thanks.

  2. I'd keep this for myself

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