Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Humor - 232 pages
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From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods' marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft's BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history's biggest blunders. Whether it's a pop culture failure the likes of Dennis Miller's disastrous run on Monday Night Football, a political one such as John Edwards' odd decision to run for president while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife, or a technological misstep such as Apple's Newton OS, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you'll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

Moving from Mariah Carey's "performance" in Glitter to the Minnesota Vikings decision to trade away their future for an aging Herschel Walker, Worst Ideas Ever offers the real stories behind some of the dumbest things ever done. Whether it was ego (Michael Jordan leaving basketball for baseball), greed (nobody questioning their impossibly high returns when investing with Bernie Madoff) or simple stupidity ( Jay Leno moving to 10 p.m.), Worst Ideas Ever brings it all back in hilarious detail.

 

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I funny trip down the memory lane of humorous failures. Most of these ideas seemed like a good idea at the time, while for a select few my response was "what the heck were they thinking?". It was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - ThothJ - LibraryThing

I funny trip down the memory lane of humorous failures. Most of these ideas seemed like a good idea at the time, while for a select few my response was "what the heck were they thinking?". It was a ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
New Coke
7
The Taco Bell Chihuahua
13
Edible Underwear
23
Microwave Food
30
The Segway
43
The Yugo
50
Jar Jar Binks
81
Worst TV SpinOffs Ever
130
Michael Jordan Leaves Basketball for Baseball
139
Major League Baseball Pushes the Sammy Sosa and Mark
151
The XFL
157
Minnesota Vikings Trade Everything for Herschel Walker
167
The Trailblazers Choose Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan
174
The LeBron James Decision
183
Disco Demolition Night
189

Adding a Cute Kid
87
00 pm
96
Battlefield Earth
103
Cop Rock
113
Theodore Rex
124
MEDIA POLITICS
197
AOL and Time Warner Merge
208
The Reebok Debacle
219
Celebrity Baby Names
225
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Daniel B. Kline is the coauthor with Jason Tomaszewski of 50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do and Worst Ideas Ever. Kline has been the top editor for mass-market pop-culture web sites, including Uproar.com and Backslap.com, and his work has appeared in Stuff, Playboy.com, and other men's periodicals. He now writes a syndicated newspaper column that runs weekly in more than one hundred newspapers.

Jason Tomaszewski is the coauthor with Daniel B. Kline of 50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do and Worst Ideas Ever. Tomaszewski, an award-winning football commentator and sports analyst, also served as managing editor for a local newspaper in Connecticut.

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