5 People Who Died During Sex: and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists

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Crown/Archetype, Feb 13, 2007 - Reference - 304 pages
All in perfectly bad taste

Prepare to be amazed, appalled, disgusted, and hugely entertained by this compendium of indelicate oddities. Nothing is too inane, too insane, too bizarre, or too distasteful for this incredible, seemingly impossible, but absolutely true collection of facts from across the ages and around the world.

Did you know…

…that Pope Benedict XII was such a hardened boozer that he inspired the expression “drunk as a pope”? (From “10 Historic Drunks”)

…that as a special honeymoon treat, Prince Charles read Princess Diana passages from the works of Carl Jung and Laurens van der Post? (From “History’s 10 Least Romantic Honeymoons”)

…that the best-dressed gentlemen in medieval England exposed their genitals below a short-fitting tunic? (From “History’s 10 Greatest Fashion Mistakes”)

…that Alfred Hitchcock suffered from ovophobia—fear of eggs? (From “10 Phobias of the Famous”)

…that King Louis XIV only took three baths in his lifetime, each of them under protest?
(From “10 Great Unwashed”)

…that in 1930, Sears customers became enraged when the catalog was first printed on glossy, non-absorbent paper?
(From “12 Magical Moments in Toilet Paper History”)
 

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User Review  - bowiephile - LibraryThing

Another amusing and informative read from Karl Shaw. The title is eye catching and some of the lists are truly fascinating. The only drawback is some of the information may be presented out of order ... Read full review

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User Review  - badrabbyt - LibraryThing

i am a fan of any book that provides the type of information i may never have use for in general conversation. however, i did love reading this while using public transportation. you just know people ... Read full review

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KARL SHAW is the author of Royal Babylon. He lives in Staffordshire, England.

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