Dictionary of Misinformation

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Perennial Library, 1986 - Common fallacies - 334 pages
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A remarkable book that contains enough information to help you win bets the rest of your life:
-- The bagpipe was not a Scottish invention
-- Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball at Cooperstown -- or anywhere else in America
-- London's Big Ben is neither a clock nor a tower
-- Robert Fulton did not invent the steamboat, and the boat he built was not called the Clermont
-- Cleopatra was not Egyptian
-- Lizzie Borden was acquitted
-- Scores of persons had flown nonstop across the Atlantic before Lindbergh
-- No witches were burned at Salem
-- Edison did not invent the light bulb
-- Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes never said, "Elementary, my dear Watson"
-- Mark Twain was not born in Hannibal, Missouri
-- And, alas, there is no such thing as an aphrodisiac

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User Review  - Heather19 - LibraryThing

This is an AWESOME book! I'm sure that nowadays there are multiple other trivia books that have these bits of information, but to my knowledge this is one of the first "misinformation" books. It was ... Read full review

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Burnam debunks enough information the help readers win bets the rest of everyone else's lives.

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
72
Section 4
124
Section 5
131
Section 6
149
Section 7
178
Section 8
211
Section 9
220
Section 10
253
Section 11
276
Section 12
296
Section 13
297
Section 14
301
Copyright

About the author (1986)

Burnam received a BA from Lewis-Clark State College and a MA from the University of Idaho and a PhD from the University of Washington. He is Emeritus Professor of English at Portland State University.

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