Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Through the Ages (Google eBook)

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Jun 15, 2009 - Humor - 320 pages
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Why exactly is Paul Revere revered? Was the lightbulb really Thomas Edison's bright idea?

* Best-selling author Leland Gregory employs his masterful wit to expose historical myths, faux "facts," strange events, and tales of human stupidity throughout history.

If it would shock you to learn that Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity, you'll appreciate this take on hundreds of historical legends and debacles. Historians and humorists alike may be surprised to learn that:

* Samuel Prescott made the famous horseback ride into Concord, not Paul Revere.

* As a member of Parliament, Isaac Newton spoke only once. He asked for an open window.

* On April 24, 1898, Spain declared war on the U.S., thus starting the Spanish-American War. The U.S. declared war the very next day, but not wanting to be outdone, had the date on the declaration changed from April 25 to April 21.

With these and many other stories, leading humorist Leland Gregory once again highlights both the strange and the funny side of humankind. 

  

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Fun little factoids, some surprising, some well-known. - Goodreads
Atrociously lame puns. - Goodreads
Hilarious and very educational. - Goodreads
There are also probably way too many puns for my taste. - Goodreads
It is a short and easy to read. - Goodreads
Funny, educational, and historic...... - Goodreads

Review: Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Throughout the Ages

User Review  - Katrina - Goodreads

Funny little read. No idea if historically accurate but made me chuckle a few times :). Read full review

Review: Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Throughout the Ages

User Review  - Charles Parker - Goodreads

An interesting view of where the history books went wrong. The problem I had with the book, was the stores were disjoined and did not show any kind of organization. I do plan to eventually read more from the same author. Read full review

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DIVDIVThe jokes, wacky anecdotes, and inane quotes in Leland Gregory’s Stupid-themed anthologies showcase the best of human nature at its worst. Through his Twitter handle of @ChronicStupid, Leland shares headlines, quips, and unbelievable feats of folly culled from print, online, and broadcast media around the globe. He has authored more than a dozen humor titles, including What's the Number for 911? and the New York Times best-sellers Stupid American History and America's Dumbest Criminals.  A tireless promoter, he has made hundreds of radio and television appearances, including multiple appearances on NBC's Today show. /div/div

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