Mindblowers: A Look Back at History That Will Change the Way You Look at the World Today
From his 10 years as a leading writer on the hit TV quiz show Jeopardy! and a lifelong interest in the more bizarre aspects of history, author Jim Rhine peers behind the veil of what we think we know with insight and humor. Revealed there are shocking truths, stunning ironies, and the often humorous all-too-human element behind many of our most recognized and cherished collective memories. Mindblowers is divided into different periods of history and intellectual interest. Separate chapters deal with the beginnings of time, the earliest parts of human history, the Middle Ages, the rise of the New World and the USA, and up to the present day. Additional chapters explore the unknown and often strange origins of inventions, fictional characters, and fads, as well as the equally mindblowing history of words, phrases, and culture. Finally, after stopping off for some dizzying Earth, space, and time information that will propel us through space at 66,000 miles per hour without leaving our seats, readers will be treated to some of the most bewildering, shocking, and revealing thoughts of history's greatest minds. With its episodic nature, Mindblowers is perfect for picking up and reading from the beginning all the way through or simply browsing. Each of the essays can be read in five minutes or less, making Mindblowers the perfect choice for anyone or any time in our fast-paced world when you just want to have your brain stimulated without having to sift through hours of boring, concentrated reading.
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