A book that proves idiocy is as old as time
Think civilization has deteriorated and that people these days are dumber than ever? Dumb History proves that we didn’t invent stupidity in the 21st century. You’ll find facts from throughout the ages about everyone from Cleopatra and Napoleon to Elvis Presley and even NASA scientists.
• In 820 C.E., Emperor Hsien Tsung’s herbalist presented him with an anti-aging elixir—it killed him
• In 1849, Brooklyn inventor Walter Hunt invented and patented the safety pin and then sold all the rights to his invention for $400. By the time he died penniless, the United States was producing an estimated five billion safety pins annually
• In 1967, voters in the town of Picoaza, Ecuador, elected a brand of foot powder as their new mayor
It’s a wonder we’ve survived as long as we have.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Joey Green is the author of twelve books including the bestselling Polish Your Furniture with Panty Hose series. His titles have sold in the hundreds of thousands. Joey has appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night, Dateline, CNN Newsnight, Good Morning America, Today, Rosie O'Donnell, and dozens of other national and regional television and radio shows. He has been featured in hundreds of periodicals, including the New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It truly is a wonder we've survived as long as we have. This book made me laugh over and over. I loved the small blurbs, they were just the right length to get the punchline across. There is not one person exempt from this kind of book, we all know we've done a few hysterical things-though maybe not funny or ironic enough to write about. The readers will learn plenty of random facts they can later tell others when searching for a random conversation topic. The book doesn't organize the blurbs, but that isn't too much of a detraction. This book is small, but doesn't have to be read all at once. Funny tidbits are better when read slowly...and with great aplomb. There is no end to the mistakes and bad decisions that leaders, actors, singers, etc... have made over the ages. This book is recommended to teen/young adult/adult readers.
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