Noel Boivin and Christopher Lombardo AKA, The Shark Guys, are the co-creators of this site and the authors of The Man Who Scared a Shark to Death and Other True Tales of Drunken Debauchery (Penguin 2007), the Darwin Awards for booze-hounds – the definitive compendium of tales of drunken excess – and recently, of Tastes Like Human: The Shark Guys’ Book of Bitingly Funny Lists.
Why The Shark Guys?
After a couple of Penguin Canada interns grew weary of our debut’s titular mouthful, they dubbed us “The Shark Guys”. We liked how the cartilaginous predator made quick work of Samuel Jackson in Deep Blue Sea and basically, most sharks need to stay in motion in order to breathe, which is a handy metaphor for the book business. After debuting with a print book, we decided to opt for the indie e-route – or what we see as the future (and present) of the industry.
What’s the site about?
The Shark Guys is predominantly a list site, with bits of “news of the weird” items sprinkled in, occasionally relating to bad science, odd religious sightings, strange signs, bad celebrity behavior as well as the occasional product review.
Lists are exceedingly popular online. They give people who don’t follow the news and aren’t obsessed with the personal affairs of others things to talk about – top films featuring a fruit in the title (A Clockwork Orange for number one), or top celebrities with whom I would readily fornicate if they suddenly took an interest in poor, unknown people who make up fantasy lists in bars. We started the site as a promotional vehicle for our first Shark book, and then list we began running on the site suddenly became popular, the web equivalent of a joint tossed into the woods that causes a massive blaze that takes days to extinguish.
What’s the book about?
Tastes Like Human is a completely new and unapologetically irreverent take on the list book genre – an extension of what you’re reading here. It features questions people didn’t even know they wanted answers to like: Who are the Top Horniest Cult Leaders of All Time? What are the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Return Things? Which incidents qualify as the Top Acts of Karaoke-Related Violence? There are also etiquette tips on matters as diverse as how to use an ATM machine without seeming like a complete prick, a guide to conduct when meeting Queen Elizabeth, and fighting suggestions if you’re ever called upon to put up your dukes.
Why Tastes Like Human?
It’s a play on what might be found on a New Yorker cartoon caption. Besides, sharks frequently taste humans and it just seemed to fit.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your site/book?
The experience of fun, ballsy, smart and at times offensive humor and hopefully the desire to pick up our Penguin debut or our recent e-book.
Where can we go to buy your book?