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

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Broadway Books, 2007 - Humor - 286 pages
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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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This book is fun and interesting. I re-read it every few months. It's a great book to read while in a waiting room or on a bus. You won't have to concern yourself with keeping up with long prose and complex plot lines when you need to up and leave at any moment.
Many people have given this a bad rating due to taking offense to a quote or two, claiming it is inaccurate or disrespectful. But the fact of the matter is this book compiles facts on hundreds of historical figures, political, military, and social, and some of the facts are based on hearsay. However, when this is the case, the author does his best to research them and even prefaces the facts by saying: "According to so-and-so" or "It is widely believed, though not proven, that...."
Great book. I would recommend it to anyone (and have!).

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About the author (2007)

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

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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