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Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!: Learn the Truth and Spot the Lie on Everything from Tequila-Made Diamonds to Tetris's Soviet Roots - Plus Tons of Other Totally Random Facts from Science, History and Beyond! Kindle Edition
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It's split into easy-to-read subsections, with topics ranging from the animal kingdom, to pop culture, to 'science'.
As an avid reader of a certain 'urban legends' website, I was sure that I'd be able to spot the BS 99% of the time, but in fact I was wrong...I only correctly identified the 'bull' story about 50% of the time. Moreover, the author injects a lot of humour into his 'bull' stories, which keeps the book entertaining.
Non-American readers should be made aware that this book was specifically penned for the US market, by a US author. Therefore, some of the topics ('sport' in particular) won't necessarily capture the rapt attention of readers in the UK and elsewhere.
The book also contains minor errors, though they are few and far between - one example being a random picture of toliet roll as part of the 'animal' section, which was clearly aimed for another section, where toilet roll DOES feature. Also, in 2-3 cases, the 'Fact' and 'BS' answers are quite obviously mixed up.
Nevertheless, it's a good, humorous reference book that's easy to dip in and out of at will. Most readers won't be disappointed!
It is full of interesting facts, but i have not had the opportunity to check the veracity of some of the more outrageous "facts" yet.
Another reviewer has stated this was written for the North American market. I agree wholeheartedly.
That for me was the deciding factor in my lukewarm review of this book.
There are large chunks where i didn't have a clue between fact & B.S. because i did not have any knowledge of the subject e.g. Baseball, American football, American junk food, US politics etc
What is Jell-O anyway? Do adults eat that?
As an aside, what i did find interesting was the death of Marilyn Monroe, which i will have to read more about.
So, it was not all bad and did get me thinking outside of the book (box?).
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I had a great time with this book. But as another reviewer pointed out, the book made a really major error in stating that Thomas Jefferson was the third Vice President and fourth President. It then says, "That one was a gimme!" Except that one was WRONG. He was the second Vice President and third President. I'm not going from memory; I looked it up to be sure I was remembering correctly.
So I'd say anything in this book should be taken with a grain of salt. It's for fun. If you're looking for facts, look them up in reliable sources. That's the only error I noticed, but it may not be the only one.
However, I'm not going to let an error ruin a fun book. It's like a game, to me, and I enjoyed it a lot. I always look up things I'm not sure about anyway, so one wrong answer out of an entire book (although it was a pretty weird thing to get wrong) isn't that big a deal to me. If this were a history text, I'd have a different opinion on that.
Stewart introduces the book indicating that he's out to expose myths and urban legends as "BS", but nearly all of the "false" items he includes are simply modified versions of ostensible facts. For example, saying that a set of events took place two years earlier than claimed is not my definition of BS, nor is the substitution of a cat for a dog in an otherwise complex story. Many others are just things he made up for the book.
I got this book when it was offered for free on the Kindle, and it was worth that. I think I'd hesitate at paying more than a couple of bucks for it. Some of the items presented as fact are astonishing, if they are indeed true, but I felt that the book did not live up to its promise.
However, there are some errors. The obvious one that has been mentioned is the presidents about midway through the book. Some of the others are not so obvious.
This could be a fun book. The author needs to go back and reread it and proof read it and read these reviews and fix the errors. IF that were done, this would be a five star book just because it's so darn fun and fascinatingly full of trivia. However, as it stands now it deserves a rating of about 2 stars at most.