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What Were They Thinking?: Really Bad Ideas Throughout History
     

What Were They Thinking?: Really Bad Ideas Throughout History

by Bruce Felton
 

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Bad ideas are everywhere--they're the tile grout of history, the crabgrass of civilization, poking up through every crack in our thinking. According to government statistics, they outnumber good ideas 600 to 1.

Revised and expanded with 20% more new entries, What Were They Thinking is a compendium of some 400 harebrained schemes, fool notions, and misguided

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Bad ideas are everywhere--they're the tile grout of history, the crabgrass of civilization, poking up through every crack in our thinking. According to government statistics, they outnumber good ideas 600 to 1.

Revised and expanded with 20% more new entries, What Were They Thinking is a compendium of some 400 harebrained schemes, fool notions, and misguided obsessions both grandiose and mundane. Readers will uncover one man's effort to market a board game based on the Lebanese civil war . . . an Iowa State University professor's proposal to blow up the moon . . . and Senator Victor Biaka-Boda's ill-considered campaign trip to the Ivory Coast hinterlands. (Not only did he lose the election, his constituents ate him.) Within these pages, the aim has not been to probe the motives behind bad ideas, but simply to recount and, above all, revel in them.

The stories in What Were They Thinking? range from the horrific to the hilarious; many are both. But they are all true.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762726677
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
Humor Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.72(d)

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Elvis has left the crisper
Bell peppers that look like Elvis? It's possible with the Elvis Vegiform, a plastic mold that fits over garden produce, casting it in the king's shape as it grows. Vegetables shaped like Elvis "are more weighty," claimed inventor Richard Tweddell III, "and the flavor is enhanced."

Meet the Author


Bruce Felton, an award-winning writer and editor, has written for numerous magazines and newspapers and has authored four books. He lives in New York City.

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