[you] Ruined It for Everyone!: 101 People Who Screwed Things Up for the Rest of Us [NOOK Book]

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Energy sources are massively depleted. The government is wasteful and incompetent. The economy is imploding, the environment is toxic, and international terrorism threatens our day-to-day lives. And gum sucks. It just sucks. Who is responsible? Who made our world so dangerous, so unlivable, so stupid?

Matthew Vincent is unafraid to name names. Who’s to blame for the three-ounce rule on airplanes? Who came up with the bright idea of branding ...
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[you] Ruined It for Everyone!: 101 People Who Screwed Things Up for the Rest of Us

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Overview


Energy sources are massively depleted. The government is wasteful and incompetent. The economy is imploding, the environment is toxic, and international terrorism threatens our day-to-day lives. And gum sucks. It just sucks. Who is responsible? Who made our world so dangerous, so unlivable, so stupid?

Matthew Vincent is unafraid to name names. Who’s to blame for the three-ounce rule on airplanes? Who came up with the bright idea of branding every single sports stadium? Who made curling an Olympic event? Which pope made celibacy mandatory? Who invented daylight saving time? (Who doesn’t hate daylight saving time?)

Here’s a book that’ll tell you who invented every unnecessary, annoying gadget that plagues modern life and haunts your dreams. It’s a book to keep in your bathroom for perusal before you end up having to drink out of your toilet bowl because there’s no potable water left in your hemisphere. Here’s a book that’ll tell you who ruined it for everyone.
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“An uproariously funny, ad-hoc cultural history of humanity's ability to ruin just about everything.” —Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like

"A terrific resource for the armchair finger pointer." —Joshua Piven, author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593763848
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Matthew Vincent has a background in architecture and design and has worked on a number of projects, ranging from college campuses and public libraries to fire stations. He currently works as a freelance designer/inventor at his design company start-up, Fluid Figment. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Excerpt from [you] Ruined It for Everyone!

No. 10: Ronald Clark O’Bryan
For making us fear Halloween candy.

THE FACTS:
Every year, many rumors of candy tampering and poisoning during Halloween time resurface. It has plagued the delicious dark holiday with worries of candy contamination for decades. Parents become worried that some madman will distribute poisoned candy to unsuspecting boys and girls during their yearly trick-or-treating . . .

YOU RUINED IT FOR EVERYONE!
Okay, so Ronald O'Bryan did not invent the urban legend, but we have to blame someone, and he is about as nasty as someone can get. Long story short, he poisoned his own kid with cyanide laced Pixy Stix and blamed it on an aimless Halloween treat-giver. Turns out he was just trying to collect on a large insurance policy he took out on his boy. He was found guilty and put to death, not so ironically, by lethal injection . . .
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