100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity's Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts

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What were they thinking?

Ever since Adam snacked on the forbidden fruit and was chased naked out of the Garden of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of bad ideas.

From skinny-dipping Presidents to toxic tooth fillings to singing pop stars who can't carry a tune, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is a celebration of humanity's historical—and often hysterical—missteps that have started wars, sunk countries, ...

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100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity's Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts

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Overview

What were they thinking?

Ever since Adam snacked on the forbidden fruit and was chased naked out of the Garden of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of bad ideas.

From skinny-dipping Presidents to toxic tooth fillings to singing pop stars who can't carry a tune, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is a celebration of humanity's historical—and often hysterical—missteps that have started wars, sunk countries, wrecked companies, scuttled careers, lost millions, and even endangered the Earth.

Discover:

• How a confused chauffeur helped start World War I

• Who turned down the greatest product placement opportunity in Hollywood history

• How a Chicago White Sox game helped hasten the demise of disco

• The toad that nearly ate Australia

• The most dangerous children's game ever invented

• And so much more (of so much less!)

Spanning politics, pop culture, fashion, sports, technology, and more, this irreverent and witty book is packed with fun photos and sidebars, tracing how these thundering brainstorms turned into blundering brain farts-and the astonishing impacts our faux pas and foibles still have on us today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402293917
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 257,195
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael N. Smith, as owner of his own advertising production company, has written and produced hundreds of humorous (and not-so-humorous) TV commercials, radio spots and corporate videos over the past 25 years, for a gaggle of clients across our great land. His work has garnered numerous honors, including CLIO, ADDY, EFFIE, New York Art Directors and TELLY awards. He also created the popular cult comic book character "Pete the P.O.'d Postal Worker," as well as a children's book parody by the same name. He's penned features for National Lampoon, Men's Exercise, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, Buffalo News, St. Petersburg Times and San Antonio Express News. Mike kids history, but always with love. He lives with his wife, Debora, and son, Andrew, in California.

Eric Kasum wrote speeches for former President George H.W. Bush, as well as President Ronald Reagan's White House Chief of Staff and former Attorney General, Edwin Meese. As a journalist, he wrote for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times magazine group, and CBS News. Eric also wrote for a respected think tank in Washington, D.C. He is founder and CEO of the Imagine Institute, a think tank for Peace, and host of the Imagine Peace Conference at UC Berkeley. His work has appeared in The Huffington Post as well as more than 100 newspapers and magazines around the world. He lives in California.

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WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

They are priceless, multifaceted jewels of misjudgment. Masterworks of the moronic. Steroid-juiced stupidity wearing a size 9XX dunce cap embroidered with one simple word: "Duh."

They are the colossally, cringingly, often laughably bad notions that have leapt from the short-circuiting synapses of some of the world's brightest (and dimmest) brains, now faithfully chronicled here as 100 of the Worst Ideas in History.

Hailing from the worlds of politics, popular culture, international relations, finance, business, sports, entertainment, and news-from the near and distant past-these shoddy concepts have started wars, sunk countries, wrecked companies, scuttled careers, lost millions, endangered Earth, and left the bad idea's mommy or daddy as red faced as, well, your mom or dad will be when they learn that you like to dress your pit bull as one of the Backstreet Boys.

On this rollicking romp through the bungles and stumbles of humanity, we'll:

• Meet the U.S. president who starts each day skinny-dipping in the Potomac.

• Sample the "dental hygiene product" that could rot your teeth.

• Get an earful of the hit singing group that can't really sing.

• Munch on the tasty new snack food that might just give you diarrhea.

• Drop by the restaurant chain named after a derogatory term for African Americans.

• Encounter the famed archaeologist whose discovery of the "missing link" is revealed to be a monkey jaw glued to a human skull.

• Stick an angry ferret down our pants for fun and prizes.

• Plus so much more (of so much less).

Peppered with scores of info-taining photos, "Hey-I-Didn't-Know-That" factoids, and perspective-gaining "Afterthoughts," this collection of our species' most stupendously stinky thinking spotlights how the ideas of yesterday-from funny flubs to the stunningly strange to classic mind-bogglers-continue to resonate in each of our lives today.

Without further ado and in no particular order, here are 100 of history's thundering brainstorms that turned out to be blundering brain farts.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

    I¿m an avid fan of history, and one area that I especially enjoy

    I’m an avid fan of history, and one area that I especially enjoy reading up on are the embarrassing moments in our history. 100 of the Worst Ideas in History was the book for me, and I instantly ate it up when I got hold of it. This book by Michael Smith and Eric Kasum explores some of the worst ideas in history in a clever fashion: Each idea lists the genius behind it, when it happened, from bad to worse, etc. The ideas stretch from sports blunders to historical foul-ups and brain farts committed by famous people. My favorite bad idea is the assassination of President McKinley after his staff reschedule a meeting with an individual who was going to outfit the president with a bulletproof vest, therefore entrusting the Secret Service with protection of our Chief Executive. Overall, this book is for any history buff or aficionado of stupid acts committed throughout our history.

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    Posted October 14, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    The vast majority of the items cited in this work were known to

    The vast majority of the items cited in this work were known to me ages ago. While it was nice to be reminded of them and made aware of the few that were previously unknown, I did find the over flowery language and the repetitive format to be very tiresome after the first few examples. I did finish the book, however, as my daughter's elementary school is doing an &quot;I Read 100 Books&quot; event for parents as well as students. Obviously, I omitted the subtitle on the list I will submit. The brain fart in this case was spending the time to complete the entry. I do wish I'd thought to compile this list first.

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