Punctuated with both sharp and dry wit, Bart King presents a wealth of fascinating trivia.
Brilliant people are those who walk father, think deeper, and talk louder than the rest of us. They do what it takes to get the job done,
and then some.
Learn from masters of brilliance like:
- The first female journalist, Anne Royall, who forced an interview with John Quincy Adams by stealing his clothes while he was skinny dipping!
- Candidate John Lindsay, who released chickens at a speech by his opponent, George Wallace, in order to shame Wallace into a debate.
- Benjamin Franklin, the originator of phrases like "A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one," and "A man who lives on hope, dies farting."
About the Author
Bart King writes funny—and educational!—books for kids and immature adults. (His title The Big Book of Boy Stuff was once Amazon.com’s top-selling children’s book.) As a young lad, Bart discovered he could punch people into outer space. Sadly, he lost a lot of friends that way. Today, Bart is recognized as one of the world’s leading superhero experts. (And as a longtime middle school teacher, he is also highly sought after by supervillains!)
Read an Excerpt
This book has been specially designed by scientists to cultivate your brilliance and to encourage you to be a more engaged citizen. It does this by shining a light on the United States. Not everyone has considered Americans as being brilliant. Innovative, yes. Inventive,
yes. Invasive, occasionally. Brilliant? Not so much.
How many stamps would it take to mail yourself?
That was the question facing Henry Brown in 1849. A slave in Richmond,
Virginia, Brown came up with a first-class plan to mail himself to freedom.
He got a shipping crate large enough that he could just barely fit into it. Breathing holes were bored into it, and a local shopkeeper agreed to mail Brown in the crate to Philadelphia. Brown got into the crate,
the lid was nailed shut, and off he went.
The total length of the trip was just over a day, but in that time,
Brown was left upside down for hours. Luckily, on a steamboat, two men turned the crate right-side up to use for a chair. After his arrival in
Philadelphia, Brown eventually escaped to Great Britain, leaving
Virginia far behind. He even got a cool nickname out of the endeavor:
Henry "Box" Brown.
Table of ContentsIntroduction? 6
Quick Wits and Canny Minds? 9
Plymouth Rocks? 31
Bad Habits and Funky Customs? 48
Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution? 76
How to Win an Election? 98
Wanna Be a Cowboy?? 112
Playin’ It Old School? 131
Brilliant Women? 141
Brilliant Leaders? 169
Great Expectorations? 214
Not-So-Brilliant Villains? 229
Forgotten Brilliance? 252
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