Popular Errors Explained

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Random House, Apr 30, 2012 - Reference - 288 pages

In 1841 John Timbs wrote a book called Popular Errors Explained. It went on - with Timbs' other great series 'Curiosities of ...' - to become one of the great popular books of the 19th century, running into many editions and selling hundreds of thousands of copies. Some say the popularity of his one hundred and fifty volumes led him to outsell a certain Mr Dickens.

Stewart McCartney, under the Timb's title of Popular Errors Explained has created a new book, capturing the zeal and enthusiasm of the original, to be 'agreeable, by way of abstract and anecdote so as to become an advantageous and amusing guest at any intellectual fireside.'

The book has completely new material - around 200 or so 'popular errors' from science and literature, history, sport, popular culture and so on. Each entry will have that eyebrow raising 'I didn't know that!' or 'Surely that cannot be true!' feel. Every one will explode a commonly held misbelief.


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The information included on this site about the Dutch bringing scalping to America is completely false, and shockingly easy t disprove. Especially since the Dutch did not scalp in Europe.
There is
ample evidence of scalping at Mesa Verde, in SW Colorado dating back to 1000 B.C.E. Not popular with the P.C. liars who want to denagrate European contributions to Western Civilization' and the world, but none-the-less, true.
Several sites at Mesa Verde show evidence of cannibalism, scalping, lasting until the late 1400s.
While these sites are not the only ones to offer evidence of scalping, they suffice for purposes of correcting the agenda drive ignorance of the writer.
How come Native Americans never invented the wheel, a written language, paper, or any tools past the Stone Age?


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Stewart McCartney is a strange and wonderful fellow. A legend in television he has the most extraordinary job. He was a supremely successful player in the quiz leagues around Yorkshire and had made numerous TV and radio appearances with his team and as an individual when he was asked if he wanted to be a question setter and verifier on Brain of Britain and Mastermind (having been a competitor on both). He has gone on to work on a plethora of other quizzes, game shows and comedies, including most recently Weakest Link, The Krypton Factor, The Unbelievable Truth and Round Britain Quiz.

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