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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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Why would a Boston shoplifter hide stolen lobsters in his underwear? What would possess a California physician to give a cadaver’s severed hand as a romantic gift? What mental misfire led an Atlanta Braves pitcher to iron his shirt—while he was wearing it? Renowned bad idea connoisseur Bruce Felton examines these unanswerable questions and many others in

Overview

Why would a Boston shoplifter hide stolen lobsters in his underwear? What would possess a California physician to give a cadaver’s severed hand as a romantic gift? What mental misfire led an Atlanta Braves pitcher to iron his shirt—while he was wearing it? Renowned bad idea connoisseur Bruce Felton examines these unanswerable questions and many others in What Were They Thinking?, revised for this edition to include recently unearthed harebrained schemes, useless products, and misguided obsessions. You’ll learn the stories behind:

 

•  The World War II plot to attack Buckingham Palace with exploding ­chocolate bars
•  The zoo that encouraged visitors to shoot the animals (and even supplied rifles for an extra charge)
•  The travelers’ phrase book that translates “The cockroaches have eaten my shirt,” “Is there a taboo on your house?” and “Where can I defecate?”
•  The British plan to tear down the Taj Mahal and sell the pieces to interior decorators
•  The Elvis Vegiform, a plastic mold that turns any vegetable into a bust of the King      

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599211329
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Series:
Humor
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(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 five books. He lives in New York City.

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