Overrated: The 50 Most Overhyped Things in History

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Penguin, Jul 6, 2010 - Reference - 240 pages
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A cantankerous collection of the 50 most overhyped people, places and things in the world

What do horoscopes, hemlock, Star Trek, the Oscars, and sliced bread have in common? They're all overrated-and systematically skewered in this hilariously opinionated takedown of all things overhyped.

Discover the most overrated...
Animal
Movie
Vegetable
Sport
News item
Wonder of the world
Tourist attraction
Way to die

Readers who are in no mood to celebrate Ulysses, doves, baby boomers, the curse of Tutankhamen, and many other icons of culture and lore will delight in this score-settling and take-no-prisoners volume.

 

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Contents

You Cant See It from the Moon
It Failed Miserably in What It Was Supposed to Do
Its Not Really a Great Wall Its a Few Reasonably Good Walls Many of Which Are Unrelated
Witch Hunts
Destroying the Past
The Great Pyramid of Cheops
Mount Everest
10 Left and Right Politics
8 Statistics
7 High IQs
6 The Olympic Spirit
5 Proper English
4 Skepticism
3 The MeatandVegetables Diet
2 The Past
1 Public Opinion

9 The Sixties

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