Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Why DO men have nipples?

Posted on

I’m not sure why the runaway success of the book Why Do Men Have Nipples? caught its publisher by surprise. I mean, who wouldn’t shell out $13 just to find out why asparagus makes your pee smell funny? Authors Mark Leyner and Dr. Billy Goldberg not only unravel that mystery (something to do with a sulfur compound called mercaptan), but ”hundreds of questions you’d only ask a doctor after your third martini” — which happens to be the book’s subtitle.

Nevertheless, publisher Three Rivers Press only ordered up a first print run of 15,000 copies, so when Nipples scored glowing reviews from Reuters on its Aug. 2 release date, the book was as hard to find as a contact lens under your eyelid. (Leyner and Goldberg even reveal whether or not you can permanently lose a lens up in there).

Little more than a month later, some 500,000 copies have come screeching off the press, and Nipples is sitting pretty at No. 8 on Amazon.com and at the top of the New York Times how-to bestseller list.

Which raises another question: What happened to the 1993 book of the exact same name?

addCredit(“Britney Spears: Splash/NewsCom”)