Duh!: The Stupid History of the Human Race

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Sep 1, 2000 - History - 288 pages
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Never kiss a rattlesnake. Put on the parachute before jumping from the plane. Don't bring your dog along if you're going to rob a bank. These seem like obvious enough strategies but, unfortunately, we seem to be a race of rattlesnake kissers.

Duh! The Stupid History of the Human Race is a hilarious collection of the stupid things that people do-even the really smart people. "Part 1: The Stupid Chronicles" details the unbelievably idiotic things people have done, organized by such topics as politics, history, sports, arts, science, and dumb plays in the face of fate. "Part 2: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Stupidity but Were Too Smart to Ask" looks at the track record of human stupidity in all its dumb glory. And "Part 3: How to Destupify" offers tongue-in-cheek advice on how to avoid ending up in a future edition of the book.

 

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User Review  - heina - LibraryThing

One of those books that has, unfortunately, been made obsolete by the Internet. Reading Snopes, the Darwin Awards, and Oddly Enough News is better than the book in that those sites are kept updated. Read full review

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

A hilarious impulse buy. I'm not sure how reliable some of the stories are, but they are still wonderful bathroom reads. Read full review

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Contents

Dumb Plays in the Face of Fate
3
Dumb Moments in the Lives of Famous People
12
Stupid Predictions
21
Popped Culture
28
Dumb Ways to Die
40
Stupid Inventions
51
Stupid Social Customs
60
Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
72
Dumb Things Famous People Said
132
Idiotic Politics
139
Stupid Sports
147
Dumb Things You Can Waste Your Money On
158
The Business of Stupidity and Vice Versa
162
Advertising How Dumb We Are
178
Dumb Crime
188
Avoidable Catastrophes
198

Government by the Idiots
78
The Power of Stupidity
86
Dumbing Down the Arts
97
Military Unintelligence
106
Stupid Science
119
Intelligent Thoughts About Stupidity
203
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Stupidity but Were Too Smart to Ask
211
How to Destupify Sixtytwo Unexpected Things You Can Do to Get Smarter While Your Neighbor Stays as Dumb as He Always Was
255
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Bob Fenster is the author ofDuh! The Stupid History of the Human Race, Twisted, Laugh Off, and They Did What!? as well as three novels, two puzzle books, and one play. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives with his wife and three sons in Santa Cruz, Calif., when he's not touring his one-man show, The Stupid History of the Human Race.

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