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Curious Events in History [NOOK Book]

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Here are forty of the most curious events in world history. Though they span the centuries and circle the globe, they share one common trait: all were too peculiar to make it into the standard history books. Read these fascinating accounts and learn about:
  • The craze for consuming powdered mummy to cure all ailments
  • The medieval courtroom advocate who pled the case of ...
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Curious Events in History

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Overview



Here are forty of the most curious events in world history. Though they span the centuries and circle the globe, they share one common trait: all were too peculiar to make it into the standard history books. Read these fascinating accounts and learn about:
  • The craze for consuming powdered mummy to cure all ailments
  • The medieval courtroom advocate who pled the case of plaintiff rats
  • The U.S. President who was shot by an assassin but killed by his doctors' earnest efforts to treat him

If you thought you knew all you needed to know about history, this book will show you some truly curious gaps in your knowledge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435138919
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 750,505
  • File size: 12 MB
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Table of Contents


Introduction     7
The Battle of Kadesh and the Pharaoh's Big White Lie     8
The Unfortunate Death of Draco     11
Caligula Mourns the Death of His Sister     14
The Origin of Valentine's Day     18
Powdered Egyptian Mummies     22
The First Kamikaze     25
The Farcical Funeral of William the Conqueror     27
Nero's Painted "Grotto" Inspires the Renaissance     30
The Pig-Rump Spike-Organ of Louis XI     33
Edward IV's Magic Vision     36
The Trial of the Pig     40
Thanksgiving: A Moveable Feast?     43
Tulipmania Undermines the Dutch Economy     46
The Double Burial of Sir Walter Raleigh     49
The First Submarine Invented 400 Years Ago     52
Manhattan Island Sold for Twenty-Four Dollars     55
The Murderer from the Mayflower     60
Czar Peter the Great's Tax on Beards     63
Britain's Twelve-Day Sleep     66
The Hat That Caused a Riot     69
Planting of the First Tampa Bay Grapefruit Tree     72
Dead Man Presides Over University College London Meetings     75
The Tragedy of Horace Wells     78
When Niagara Falls StoppedFalling     81
Abe Lincoln Scores Fifty Cents' Worth of Cocaine     84
The Birth of the Five-Cent Bill     88
The Mystery of the Lost Cigars     91
U.S. President Killed by His Doctors     94
The Thirty-Eight-Minute War     97
New Zealand Farmer Flies Before the Wright Brothers     100
Archduke Franz Ferdinand's Near-Bungled Assassination     103
The Battle of the Bees     106
The Carving of the Prototype of Mount Rushmore     110
The Goat-Gland Doctor     113
Japanese Volcano Suicides of the 1930s     116
Gadsby: A Book With No "E"     119
Last Execution in the Tower of London     122
Mao's Secret Famine     126
H-Day: An Entire Nation Switches Sides     129
The Man Who Walked Around the World     134
Index     138
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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Oddly entertaining...

    I found this book on the discount table (I think). I flipped through it and thought it would be an interesting coffee table book - something for people to pick up when they have a few minutes to spare. It's interesting alright - and a little on the "odd" side, too. Some of the "events" are dark and sad but if they're true, then it's history to be known, right? Everything in the book was news to me. For the price, it was a decent pick.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Quick, fascinating run through the weird

    This small, inexpensive book provides a breezy run through the weird and wacky events in human history. The stories are short (3 pages), making it the perfect bathroom companion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Perfect coffee table book

    Great compilation of short stories of history that normally wouldn't come to attention. Not a serious reader, but entertaining. Great for the coffee table.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    Trivial pursuit-like

    Interesting random events. Light easy reading. A good "stocking stuffer".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Very entertaining

    Good read

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