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