Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Admit It, You're Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies, and Irrational Behavior by Judy Reiser

Admit It, You're Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies, and Irrational Behavior

About the Book:

·        Do you refuse to take the top newspaper on a stack (even if perfect)?
·        Insist that the toilet paper hang "over"?
·        Wait for the phone to ring at least twice before answering?
·        Keep returning to the refrigerator hoping that something new to eat has materialized?

Kids say the darndest things? Adults DO them!!! In this follow-up to her successful And I Thought I Was Crazy!, author Judy Reiser offers up more hilarious eccentricities exhibited (and confessed to) by otherwise normal people. Everyone has at least one particular oddity in his or her daily way of life. These side-splitting actions are categorized from hilarious bathroom behavior, funny money routines, and unconventional clothing habits to eating and sleeping peculiarities, germ-a-phobia, and more. Reiser documents the zany traits that make us who we are.

Just what extremes do people go to in their everyday activities?

·        Flipping through a magazine at a newsstand then reaching for a fresh copy to buy because the one they were flipping through is no longer new. 
·        Enumerating (1, 2, 3…) while urinating and trying to end their peeing on an even number. 
·        Wearing T-shirts an equal number of times so none of them will get offended. 
·        Eating the most expensive part of a meal first, just in case they can’t finish everything. 
·        Ironing the newspaper before reading it to protect them self against germs. 
·        Leaving sunglasses on top of the fridge so a midnight raid won’t blind them by opening it. Controlling shedding by vacuuming the cat. 

Collected from real, live, actual human beings, the zaniness begins again in Admit It, You’re Crazy! You will laugh while gaining insight into yourself and others! People do the darndest things!

About the Author (from Amazon):

Judy Reiser

            Judy Reiser personally interviewed thousands of people for her three acclaimed books:
Admit It, You're Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies & Irrational Behavior, And I Thought I Was Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies & Meshugaas, In a Cell Phone Minute

            Her books have received much media attention with reviews and excerpts in prestigious publications such as The New York Times Book Review, AARP Bulletin, Reader's Digest, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan and many others as well as speaking engagements and appearances on hundreds of national and international radio and television shows, including The Today Show.

            Judy began collecting quirks when she divulged something crazy she does (she doesn't remember which one it was--there are so many) and her friend shared something he does. After having a good laugh about it, she soon discovered that everyone has quirks. She has been observing, gathering, marveling at and laughing about quirks ever since and is recognized for helping to bring the subject to the forefront. Her husband insists that had she written the quirk books as an autobiography, they would have been much longer!

            She looked at her cell phone one day and thought, "I wonder if there are any good stories here?" She began inquiring and found that there were very entertaining stories. She collected them and the result is, "In a Cell Phone Minute" . The book is shaped like and opens vertically like a flip-top phone. Judy is also the designer of her books.

For more info on Judy & her books visit:

From the Author:

1.Do you remember the first story you wrote? What was it like?

I didn’t start out as a writer. I took an indirect route. I’m trained as a graphic designer and worked professionally in the field for many years. 

One day, I had a conversation with a friend in which I divulged something crazy I do (I don’t remember which one it was—there are so many) and my friend shared something he does. After having a good laugh about it, I soon discovered that everyone has idiosyncrasies. I began interviewing people about their quirks with the hope of publishing a book about it. I wasn’t sure whether there was enough material to fill a book but I eventually discovered that as long as human nature is human nature, there is more than enough material.

I took a publishing course and put a proposal together which I sent to publishers on my own, without an agent. Finally, after receiving rejections from several publishers, the day I began a new job in an ad agency, Simon & Schuster called to offer a contract. It was quite a challenge to finish the book on schedule while working full-time but I’ve never missed a deadline yet and that’s how my first book, “And I Thought I Was Crazy!” was published.

2.Do you use paper and pen, old-fashioned typewriter, or computer/laptop? Is there a specific place that you like to write?

I love my laptop. It’s great to be able to cut & paste, re-arrange & experiment, and to see the changes and edits instantaneously! I write at my desk but keep a little notepad in my purse & jot down any thoughts, ideas or observations when lightening strikes.

3.What is the best part of writing for you?

My three books are primarily a compilation of quotes from interviews I conducted with thousands of people. I loved meeting everyone, sharing our quirks, laughing at ourselves and learning about human nature. I thoroughly enjoy the entire creative process of developing a book from the initial concept through completion. And since I’m a graphic designer, I also design my books.

4.Tell us something about your books.

•Do you refuse to take the top newspaper on a stack (even if perfect)?
•Insist that the toilet paper hang "over"?
•Keep returning to the refrigerator hoping that something new to eat has materialized?
•Flip through a magazine at a newstand, then reach for a fresh copy to buy because the one you were flipping through is no longer new?

You’re not alone. Everyone has at least one oddity in his or her daily way of life. 

“Admit It, You’re Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies, and Irrational Behavior”, the sequel to “And I Thought I Was Crazy!”, offers up more outrageous, outlandish and downright ridiculous eccentricities exhibited (and confessed to) by otherwise normal people. From hilarious bathroom behavior to funny money and unconventional clothing habits to eating and sleeping peculiarities to germ-a-phobia and more. Collected from real, live, actual human beings!
You’ll laugh while gaining insight into yourself and others!

5.What is something that most people wouldn't necessarily know about you (that you would be willing to share here, of course!)?

You can imagine how quirky I am after interviewing thousands of people on the subject! And I couldn’t afford it—I had too many to begin with! I’m certainly qualified to work on this subject! My husband insists that if I had written the book as an autobiography, it would have been much longer!

For starters:
•My toilet paper has to be facing “over”. If it’s not facing in the “right” direction, I’ve been known to change it anywhere I am.
•In a restaurant, I hold a mug in my left hand because there  are fewer left-handed people so fewer people drink on that side.
•I spend my dirty money first. If a cashier hands me a dirty bill, I sometimes ask the cashier to exchange it for a clean one.
•The quirks in my book are divided into chapters about Food, Clothing, Money, Bathroom, Sleep, Germs and Miscellaneous. I could’t bring myself to put the food chapter back to back with the bathroom chapter because it seemed repulsive to me. I separated them with the money chapter.

8.Where can we find you? (sites, links, FB, twitter, author page) 


I use a fresh towel each day to dry myself off with after showering. The previous day’s towel is used to wipe down the shower stall. I put the one that I’ve dried myself with on the rack inside the shower and clean towel on the outside rack so that I differentiate between them but sometimes I still get confused.
JR: You must have a lot of laundry.
Well, my worries about that.
JR: Does you wife use the same system?
I don’think so.

My husband has to bring a pair of clean underwear into the bathroom when he’s about to take a shower. He won’t even turn on the water until the underwear is in place. my ten-year-old son now does the same thing. Occasionally, when I’ve just done laundry and the clothes are still in the dryer, I’ll tell one or the other to ahead and shower – I’ll bring in the underwear when they’re dry. No deal, that water stays off until I appear with the underwear.

Sometimes I pee in the shower. I don’t really don’t think it’s a big deal.

I bring my toothbrush and toothpaste into the shower with me and brush my teeth in the shower. Even if I’ve brushed my teeth earlier, when I get into the shower later on, I’ll brush my teeth again.

My fiancé has a weird sense of humor. When he writes a check to be given as a wedding gift, he makes it out for an odd amount as a joke. For example, rather than writing a check for $300.00 or $350.00, he will give the couple $353.02.

 My Review:

            Have you ever thought how odd some people are? Have you ever been brave enough to acknowledge your own quirks and idiosyncrasies?

            I admit I like the toilet paper unrolling under the roll (and I’ve been known to change it at other people’s houses) and it drives me so insane when people leave the toilet seat lid up that it leaves me tempted to post a BIG sign to please put the lid down. Ladies! There is a lid for a reason! I also make my grocery list in the order of my entry and path in the grocery store.

            The more I read, the more I began to recognize the folks around me. This book is one I would relegate to the bathroom – if reading materials were allowed there. It is one of those books that you would put in the bathroom, and then wait quietly outside of the door for laughter.

            I like that the quirks in the book are followed by the person that was brave enough to voice the quirk, (and their profession.) It made the quirk, in some cases, funnier.

            Admit It, You’re Crazy! would make a great gift – wedding, shower, or birthday – or just a gift to bring a smile to someone’s face. It is a book of strange behaviors that will leave you rolling on the floor laughing. Even the “normal” people do the darndest things.

            Thanks Judy for a great laugh.

            If you have a quirk and would like to share it, you can contact Judy at the email listed at the end of the book. Enjoy!

Judy has graciously offered to give away an e-book to one of my commenters.
The only requirement to enter is to follow this blog via
GFC or NetworkBlogs.

Please leave an email where you can be reached. The giveaway will run until November 20th.
I will post and email the winners on November 21th.
Any tweeting about the giveaway is greatly appreciated! (but not required)

You can purchase the book here:

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm. 

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