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Dumb History: The Stupidest Mistakes Ever Made [Paperback]

Joey Green

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22 May 2013

A book that proves idiocy is as old as timeThink 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.

Consider this: In 820 C.E., Emperor Hsien Tsung's herbalist presented him with an anti-aging elixir--it killed himIn 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 annuallyIn 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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I found it entertaining 21 July 2012
By Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Published on Amazon.com
We look around the world and see people making really really dumb decision, but this is nothing new. History is rife with examples of truly dumb moves, and sometimes reading about them makes you feel a little bit smarter. Whether it is a leader taking anti aging elixers that proved to be poisonous or the ridiculous trade of Babe Ruth, this book is full of examples where people make choices that turned out to be completely boneheaded. So, the next time you feel stupid, read this and know you are in good company.

I am a sucker for these types of trivia books. I never seem to find them boring, and no matter how many of them I read, I always seem to find several stories that are new to me. While some of the information covered in this book is old news for me, I still found it highly entertaining. When I read books of this nature, I always have to wonder about the legitimacy of the facts. There is a list of references in the back of this book, but who is going to cross check all those facts? Not me. Nope, I will take his word for it, and snicker as I read.

My only real complaint about this book was a slight lack of flow. I like books that are comprised of short articles or vignettes, so that did not bother me. What bothered me was that they were not organized. I would have liked it better if the book had been divided into chapters, like Dumb Sports, and Dumb Leaders. Other than that, I thought this was a cute book, one that is a good discussion piece. Because it is comprised of all these short entries, you can easily put it down and pick it up at a later date. It is the perfect book to keep on your coffee table or your bathroom bookshelf to keep people entertained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read 25 July 2012
By Chels - Published on Amazon.com
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.

*Review copy provided, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read, funny but very entertaining 19 Sep 2012
By t bear - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While reading this book it does'nt take long to realize that while some of the "captains" of our industry maybe very successful in industry, they and others in this book make incredible errors in judgement, costing them wealth and of course credibilty. Enjoy the read, great "library" read.
5.0 out of 5 stars History rewritten 27 Jan 2014
By William Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
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Great ice breaker at parties or gatherings. More trivia ammo for me. Big smile from me..There is always an off the wall story behind a great one
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