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Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Through

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Why exactly is Paul Revere revered? Was the lightbulb really Thomas Edison's bright idea?

* Best-selling author Leland Gregory employs his masterful wit to expose historical myths, faux "facts," strange events, and tales of human stupidity throughout history.

If it would shock you to learn that Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity, you'll appreciate this take on hundreds of historical legends and debacles. Historians and humorists alike may be surprised to learn that:

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Overview

Why exactly is Paul Revere revered? Was the lightbulb really Thomas Edison's bright idea?

* Best-selling author Leland Gregory employs his masterful wit to expose historical myths, faux "facts," strange events, and tales of human stupidity throughout history.

If it would shock you to learn that Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity, you'll appreciate this take on hundreds of historical legends and debacles. Historians and humorists alike may be surprised to learn that:

* Samuel Prescott made the famous horseback ride into Concord, not Paul Revere.

* As a member of Parliament, Isaac Newton spoke only once. He asked for an open window.

* On April 24, 1898, Spain declared war on the U.S., thus starting the Spanish-American War. The U.S. declared war the very next day, but not wanting to be outdone, had the date on the declaration changed from April 25 to April 21.

With these and many other stories, leading humorist Leland Gregory once again highlights both the strange and the funny side of humankind. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594468462
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The jokes, wacky anecdotes, and inane quotes in Leland Gregory‚Äôs Stupid-themed anthologies showcase the best of human nature at its worst. Through his Twitter handle of @ChronicStupid, Leland shares headlines, quips, and unbelievable feats of folly culled from print, online, and broadcast media around the globe. He has authored more than a dozen humor titles, including What's the Number for 911? and the New York Times best-sellers Stupid American History and America's Dumbest Criminals.  A tireless promoter, he has made hundreds of radio and television appearances, including multiple appearances on NBC's Today show. 

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Ok I guess

    Silly and informative but the spelling errors are driving me crazy!

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Excellent+proofreading+exercise

    Lacks+substantiation+of+claims.++No+references.++There+are+so+many+typos+and+formatting+issues+that+I+am+going+to+use+it+as+a+teaching+exercise.+Too+bad.++This+had+a+lot+of+potential.++Disapponted+to+see+how+many+take+what+is+here+as+fact+without+question.++No+wonder+history+gets+so+messed+up.

    21 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Enjoyable

    Good way to pass the time when you have a few extra minutes lying around.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Flawed+fun%21

    It%27s+hard+to+enjoy+a+book+that+makes+fun+of+other+people%27s+mistakes+when+it%27s+totally+loaded+with+typos.+Like+the+man+who+went+over+Niagara+Falls+in+a+barrel+with+a+100-lb+anvil+strapped+to+his+feet%2C+you+wish+the+publisher+had+thought+this+idea+though+just+a+little+bit+longer.+I+also+find+the+lack+of+detail+and+references+a+bit+troubling.+Thanks+for+the+freebie%2C+wish+the+quality+was+better+this+week+was+flawed+fun.

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Humorous, but lacking...

    I'm really glad this was a free download. I would have been angry to have purchased this. While the information it gave was enlightening and presented in a whimisical air, it was in serious need of an editor and a bibliography. There were numorous errors in the book that made it difficult to read (v or w where u or e should be). I would have also liked a bibliography so that I could dig further into some of the statements. Ah well. If you can grab it free, do, especially if you find the stupidity of humanity a great source of humor.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Question

    How+do+you+find+free+Friday+on+the+Nook+color.+I+have+the+old+and+new+Nook+and+I+always+have+to+use+the+old+one+to+view+free+Friday+books.

    4 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Loved it!

    It's hard to determine what is true and what is not in this book. Most things I've read in this have been backed up by more research (on my part). And I still only take history for face value anyways, concidering what I grew up learning in grade school was immediately squashed by other history books and of course The History Channel.
    This read was definately entertaining and I will definately be purchasing others from this author as well. Have fun with it and don't over think it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Interesting+but+limited

    This++is+an+interesting+book+of+unknown+facts+throughout+history+that+have+been+lost+due+to+songs%2C+poetry%2C+or+other+means+that+have+been+embedded+in+our+minds+and+culture.+The+book+disspells+myths+and+other+misnomers.+However%2C+it+is+limited+because+it+does+not+provide+resourses+for+proof+of+the+data+or+information.+It+would+have+also+been+great+to+provide+a+list+for+further+reading+as+well.+Despite+a+few+flaws%2C+it+is+quite+entertaining+and+it+can+be+read+by+10+year-olds+on+up+without+any+problems.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    I++like++it%21

    What+a+++good+book+makes+you+wonder+what+other+historical+facts+are+infact+fiction.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    Entertaining, amusing. But nothing to back up statements. And y

    Entertaining, amusing. But nothing to back up statements. And yes, horrible editing...so many errors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Loved it!

    I enjoyed this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    history has never been so funny

    Ironic, funny but all true.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    It's OK

    I like the facts, but the typos make it seem unprofessional, like it's fake. I like the fact that it was free, because if it wasn't, I'd want my money back.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Interesting coffee table book, but no sources.

    This is an interesting coffee table book, but it doesn't cite sources. I know one of the 'chapters' in the book was plain wrong.

    It's worth it for a giggle or two.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Agreed: Decent, but...

    I agree with others who note that it's a decent book with some humor (although much of it is corny), but it contains way too many formatting and editorial errors. Decent, but not great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Funny :D

    Unexpected! A humorous look at some of jistory's greatest myths and legends! Guaranteed you'll learn something new by reading this!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Entertaining and Informative

    One great story after another. You'll love it. Nice page layout on my Nook.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Quick read

    Easy quick read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    A fun and easy read with a few "laugh-out-loud" pages.

    I didn't take the time to check these "truths" for accuracy, but it was an enjoyable trip through time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Hilarious!!!

    Got it on free friday and have loved every page. I just couldn't help but share nearly every one with those around me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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