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Uncle John's Presents: Book of the Dumb: The Book of the Dumb (Uncle John Presents) [Kindle Edition]

John Michael Scalzi

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Book Description

A celebration of dimwits, lunkheads, bad ideas and just plain wrongheaded foolishness. In every field of human endeavor, there are people, things, and ideas that rank among the best mankind has ever produced. This book isn't about any of that stuff. If there's one thing human history teaches us, over and over and over again, it's this: Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. Time and again, the human capacity to do really dumb things pops up in surprising and sometimes unusually inventive ways, and almost always catches those who do the dumb things by surprise. From crashed Mars landers to vegetable-flavored Jell-O to land wars during bitterly cold Russian winters, The Book of the Dumb chronicles some of the biggest moments in human folly in every field of human endeavor. Author John Scalzi (a frequent contributor to the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series) takes the reader through the whole of recorded history, looking for the best examples of the worst ideas, regrettable utterances, and crackpot theories in the fields of arts, science, politics, sports, entertainment, and more.

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Chronicles some of history's biggest moments of folly and questionable theories, from vegetable-flavored Jello-O and land wars during the bitter Russian winters to the pole-sitting fad and the development of the 8-track tape. Original.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 990 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Portable Press (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P15V0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #800,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for the Hugo Award. His other novels include The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, and The Android's Dream. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Buy! 16 Dec. 2004
By James N Simpson - Published on
This is a sensational collection of tales of stupid people, governments or decisions which span for one or two pages each. This easy to read format makes the book ideal to read as either a few stories at a time or from cover to cover. Dumb movie festival is an excellent inclusion in this collection as well where you get to actually read negative reviews by real publications and not just the positive ones the public relations departments of the film industry put out. I have read many of this genre of books such as The Darwin Awards Trilogy, Ripley's Believe it or Not and other Uncle John's collections and I have no doubt that this is the best of them all. You'll laugh, you'll smile, you'll be glad you bought this masterpiece.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, but too quick a read for the price 5 Mar. 2005
By Charlene Vickers - Published on
The anecdotes, stories and articles featured in Uncle John's Presents The Book of the Dumb are very, very funny. It's hard for me to believe that so much idiocy exists in the world (well, outside of the men in my family), but writer Scalzi's collection of dumb acts, dumb criminals, dumb movies, and dumb quotes proves that stupidity is everywhere.

The only thing that bothered me was that I felt somewhat stupid for having bought this book, or should I say this half-book. Large type, wide margins, and lavish use of white space makes this book seem far smaller than 312 pages. Perhaps this book would better suit a reader who enjoys reading at a very leisurely pace, say ten pages a day. Those who like to plow through a book might feel disappointed.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed faithful reader of the series 6 Jan. 2006
By A Microbiologist - Published on
I love the bathroom reader series, and the content of this book is mostly up to their usual standards, but I have to agree with the last reviewer. Uses large text, wide margins, and half empty pages to get the page number so high. Could have easily fit into less than 100 pages.

Funny, but not worth it for the money.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Your Head Off! 19 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
If you've ever done anything stupid, take heart...Book of the Dumb will make you feel much better about yourself. Within the pages of this book you'll read true stories that will dumbfound you. Letterman should add Stupid Human Tricks to his show and bring some of these characters on to tell their tales...if they are not too ashamed or embarrassed, but they're probably too dumb to notice that we're laughing at them and not with them.
The book is full of the kinds of stories you read out loud to your family and friends and provides hours of laughter and entertainment. A good gift for someone who is down in the dumps, but be careful about giving it to someone in the hospital, they might bust a gut or their stitches laughing.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Example of Stupidity 21 Aug. 2004
By J. Ferrell - Published on
I have enjoyed this book greatly both times I have read it. The examples of stupidity contained in it made me laugh out loud.
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