Oh, Yikes!: History's Grossest, Wackiest Moments

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Workman Publishing, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 308 pages
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Gross is back and viler than ever! From the author of Oh, Yuck! the perennial bestseller about science with over 610,000 copies in print, comes OH, YIKES!, an illustrated encyclopedia of history’s messiest, dumbest, grossest, wackiest, and weirdest moments.

If kids think pus and gas are fun, wait until they hear the lowdown on the real Dracula, samurai, gladiators, guillotines and vomitoriums, pirates, Vikings, witch trials, and the world’s poxiest plagues. Impeccably researched, deliciously wry, and subversively educational (check out the toilet-paper timeline), OH, YIKES! covers people, events, institutions, and really bad ideas, alphabetically from April Fool’s Day to zany Zoos. Here are the Aztecs, sacrificing 250,000 people a year for the gods—and for food. Fearsome Attila the Hun, scourge of the steppes whose spinning eyes terrified his friends and whose mastery of horses terrorized his enemies (how does someone so evil die? Nosebleed!). Saur, the 11th-century dog-king of Norway (and not too bad as kings go). Henry VIII and his marital problems, the story of the Abominable Snowman and the Loch Ness Monster, why sailors in the old days preferred eating in the dark (hint: you can’t see what’s crawling in your food), and the answer to thequestion, “How did knights in armor go to the bathroom?”

Topped off with hundreds of illustrations and photographs along with hands-on activities that bring the past to life, OH, YIKES! puts the juice in history in a way thatmakes it irresistible.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
ATTILA AND THE HUNS
AZTEC ANTICS
BEASTLY BABYHOOD
BURIAL CUSTOMS
CAVE DUDES
CIRCUS CLOWNING
CRAFTY CATS
LEWIS AND CLARK
MISERABLE MEDICINES
MOLDY MONEY
MUSTY MUMMIES
NUTTY NAPOLEON
OOZY OLYMPICS
OUTRAGEOUS OUTLAWS
PIRATES

CRAZY CALENDARS
CREEPY COLUMBUS
CRUEL CONSTRUCTION
CUSSIN COWBOYS
DASTARDLY DENTISTRY
DOGGONE DOGS
DREADFUL DRACULA
DUMB DUELS
ELECTRIC SHOCKS
EVERYDAY EXECUTIONS
FARFETCHED FASHIONS
FREAKY FLYERS
FRIDAY THE 13TH
GHASTLY GAMES
GLADIATORS
GUILLOTINES
HEINOUS HAIR
HORRIBLE HENRY THE 8TH
HUMONGOUS HOAXES
IDIOTIC INVENTIONS
JUNKY JOBS
KILLER KINGS
KNIGHT TIME
PLAGUES AND POXES
PRICKLY PRESIDENTS
PRISONS AND PUNISHMENTS
QUIRKY QUEENS
RIPROARIN RAILROADS
SALT ASSAULT
SAMURAI AND SHOGUNS
SCHOOL DAZED
SINKING SHIPS
SMELLY SHOES
STRANGE SPORTS
STUPID SUPERSTITIONS
TERRIBLE TABLE MANNERS
TICKIN TIME
TOILET PAPER
UGH UNDERWEAR
VICIOUS VIKINGS
WACKY WARFARE
WHALE TALES
WICKED WITCHES
XFILES
ZANY ZOOS
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About the author (2006)

Joy Masoff, mother of two, fell into the world of gross when she became scoutmaster to a den of burping Cub Scouts, and then discovered that her Brownie troop has the same fascination with the feculent. She lives with her family in Waccabac, New York.

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