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Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!: Learn the Truth and Spot the Lie on Everything from Tequila-Made Diamonds to Tetris's Soviet Roots - Plus Tons of Other Totally Random Facts from Science, History and Beyond!

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Think you can spot the fake?

Think again. It's going to be a lot harder than you think to pick out the BS. Each entry hides one well-crafted fib among a pair of unbelievable truths. And it's up to you to figure out what's fascinating and what's fabricated on everything from koala bears to Confucius to high-fructose corn syrup.

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Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!: Learn the Truth and Spot the Lie on Everything from Tequila-Made Diamonds to Tetris's Soviet Roots - Plus Tons of Other Totally Random Facts from Science, History and Beyond!

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Overview

Think you can spot the fake?

Think again. It's going to be a lot harder than you think to pick out the BS. Each entry hides one well-crafted fib among a pair of unbelievable truths. And it's up to you to figure out what's fascinating and what's fabricated on everything from koala bears to Confucius to high-fructose corn syrup.

Was Cleopatra the last Egyptian pharaoh?
Can you really make diamonds out of tequila?
Is the platypus actually poisonous?

A flip of the page reveals whether you're right or wrong as well as more information on the true trivia—and why you might've fallen for the fake fact. You'll really need to know your sh*t if you plan on correctly calling bullsh*t.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440525537
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 482,660
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Neil Patrick Stewart is a writer, teacher, director, and actor who lives in Los Angeles. [Fact.] He's as bald as a doorknob. [Fact.] And at 8 feet, 9 inches, he is currently the world's tallest man. [Bullsh*t.]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Ummmm....ok....

    I searched "tetris" you know the game and this came up. What does this have to do with an arcade game?

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    More like: Fact. Fact. Half-Truth. Contradictory and rife with errors.

    Much of the so-called herein "bullsh*t" facts aren't total B.S. and the ones that ARE fabrications aren't usually that far-off. So maybe it should've be called "Fact. Fact. Drunken Psuedo-Intellectual Posturing", because the B.S. facts often sound like that smug friend everyone has that always gets his facts juuuust a little wrong.

    The three "facts" are presented as paragraphs. The B.S. paragraphs will occasionally contain false facts like "Marie Curie's extensive work with radiation eventually led to her death. Even now, Curie's research notes , letters, and cookbooks, a hundred years old, are kept in lead-lined boxes, and any scholars who wish to handle them must wear protective clothing." Now, the word "cookbooks" should be a giveaway, but Curie almost certainly died as a result of her research ... and the "correction" confirms this! "She died in 1934 from either aplastic anemia or leukemia ALMOST CERTAINLY CAUSED BY HER EXTENSIVE EXPOSURE TO RADIATION." [emphasis mine] The B.S. explanation mentions nothing about the notes and cookbooks, which I am assuming is therefore false (although it does seem reasonable that her notes would have been irridated).

    The other thing the author does is create B.S. facts that are slight variations on facts, dates that are one month or one year off. This might seem nitpicky, but these tendencies make this an unenjoyable read. For the first, it makes me question the veracity of his actual facts. Secondly, this is presented as sort of a game and it feels like the other player is cheating. It ends up not being fun or terribly elucidating, just annoying. There are better books out there, both for trivia and for light entertainment. And THAT'S a fact.

    EDIT: One of the facts ("That one was a gimme!") claims Thomas Jefferson was the FOURTH President, not the third. You would assume that a teacher would know that and that a publisher might fact check a fact book, but apparently not. Useless book, questionable information, do not buy.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Cool

    I love this book. People who say the bs isnt a fact, its not supossed to be a fact. Read the WHOLE description, please.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Mooooo

    Mooooooooo . Cow

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Hilarious, insightful and thought-provoking fun.

    That anonymous reviewer certainly seems to have an axe to grind. Did Neil Stewart kill their dog?

    There may be a couple unchecked errors that will surely be corrected in the next printing (and blame the editing, not the author) but overall this book is a deeply entertaining read.

    You can either test your own knowledge from the comfort of your tub, or pass it around at a house party and you and your friends can stump each other.

    Highly recommended.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    @#1

    Yeah. Itvptobably has something about tetrisvin it.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This book is a lot of fun for our whole family. Great for road trips.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    amaze yourself and your friends

    The facts of watermelon, jellyfish, Barbie, pajamas and Stonehenge will astonish you as much as the nonsense you've always assumed was true. Stewart writes colorfully and joyously. I just loved this book! Stuff stockings with it, use it as a party game, or keep it in easy reach and open it at random as if you were choosing a rune!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    A very fun read

    Very entertaining; a lot of fun to read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 7, 2011

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