Listverse.com's Epic Book of Mind-Boggling Lists: Unbelievable Facts and Astounding Trivia on Movies, Music, Crime, Celebrities, History, and More

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Ulysses Press, May 13, 2014 - Reference - 432 pages
Delving into the shocking side of pop culture, science, and history, Listverse.com's Epic Book of Mind-Boggling Lists offers a wealth of fascinating reading. Movie buffs dive in to the list of crazy movie plots that actually happened in real life, plus the top ten films that accurately predicted the future. Celebrity gawkers do a double take at the list of famous people with secret physical deformities, as well as the numerous celebs who have killed someone. And music fans are set straight by the list of rock 'n' roll urban legends that never happened, while literary buffs cringe at the greatest writers who had crippling drug addictions. List after amazing list keeps readers enthralled, revealing the many entertaining aspects of this wonderful world: strange Civil War weapons, stupid criminals who were captured after butt-dialing the police, bizarre things you can buy from vending machines, and even sex toys with ridiculously ancient origins.
 

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Contents

MYSTERIES
9
CONSPIRACY THEORIES
77
CREEPY
132
Top 10 Creepiest True Stories behind Movie Scenes
169
Top 10 Silliest Lawsuits Ever Heard in Court
206
POP CULTURE
243
Top 10 Logos That Mean Way More Than You Think
252
Top 10 Insane Facts about Marvel Comics
255
Top 10 Monstrous Killer Babysitters
491
Top 10 Grotesque Examples of Male Genital Mutilation
495
Top 10 Female Serial Killers from around the World
498
Top 10 Serious Crimes Committed for Bizarre Reasons
502
Top 10 Criminals Caught Thanks to Their Own Stupidity
507
Top 10 Phantom Law Breakers
511
Top 10 Innocent People Sentenced to Death
515
Top 10 Terrorist Organizations Operating in the U S
519

Top 10 Ways Magic Tricks Your Brain
259
Top 10 RealWorld Technologies Inspired by Video Games
263
Top 10 Amazing but Overlooked Innovations by Walt Disney
267
Top 10 Classic Toys and Games That Are Older Than You Think
271
Top 10 Interesting Histories of Iconic Products
275
Top 10 Totally Ridiculous PR Disasters
281
MOVIES AND TV
285
Top 10 Weird Facts about Game Shows
286
Top 10 Odd and Fascinating Facts about The Wizard of Oz
290
Top 10 Hollywood Myths People Still Believe
292
Top 10 Fascinating Facts about Sesame Street
296
Top 10 Weird Ways Iconic Movie Costumes Were Created
300
Top 10 Movie InJokes and Traditions
304
Top 10 Crazy Movie Plots That Happened in Real Life
307
Top 10 Bizarre TV Incidents
311
Top 10 BehindtheScenes Stories of Simpsons Guest Stars
317
Top 10 Shocking Documentaries
320
MUSIC
325
Top 10 Wild Rock and Roll Urban Legends People Believe
326
Top 10 Fascinating and Unusual Music Techniques
330
Top 10 Music Recordings for the Insanely Determined
335
Top 10 Beatles Innovations That Changed Music
338
Top 10 True Rock Music Stories
341
Top 10 Famous Songs with Unknown Originals
350
Top 10 Major Stars Who Sang Backup on Hits by NotSoMajor Artists
353
Top 10 Rock Concerts That Were Just Messed Up
356
Top 10 Unpleasant Facts about John Lennon
360
CULTURE
364
Top 10 Books That Prove the Victorians Were Kinky
365
Top 10 Fascinating Typographical Origins
368
Top 10 Everyday Words with Unexpected Origins
372
Top 10 MindBlowing Stage and Circus Acts
377
Top 10 Sinister Origins of Nursery Rhymes
380
Top 10 Unusual LittleKnown Fairy Tales
386
Top 10 Curious Facts about Your Favorite Childhood Authors
394
Top 10 Deleted Chapters That Transformed Famous Books
398
Top 10 Stupidly Banned Childrens Books
402
Top 10 Horribly Disturbing Fairy Tales
406
HISTORY
413
Top 10 Notorious Witches and Warlocks
418
Top 10 Terrifying Historic Villains
423
Top 10 Weird Historical Coincidences
428
Top 10 Brutal Atrocities People Continue to Defend
434
Top 10 Badass Gangs from History
438
Top 10 Horrible Historic Homicides
442
Top 10 Mad and Murderous Victorians
448
Top 10 Weird Stories about Famous People
452
Top 10 Historically Significant Sites Destroyed for Awful Reasons
455
Top 10 Dirty Secret CIA Operations
460
Top 10 Greatest Impostors of the 20th Century
465
CRIME
473
Top 10 Evil Corporations You Buy from Every Day
474
Top 10 Instances of Violence Committed by Peace Movements
479
Top 10 Prison BreakIns
485
Top 10 Gruesome Acts of Justice
488
Top 10 Terrifying Unsolved Serial Murders
523
RELIGION
529
Top 10 Insane Facts about the Westboro Baptist Church
530
Top 10 Popes Who Resigned
533
Top 10 Things You Probably Dont Know about the Amish
536
Top 10 Biblical Figures Who Teach Outrageous Morals
539
Top 10 Truly Bizarre or Unsettling Biblical Accounts
543
Top 10 Amazing Feats Performed by Saints
546
Top 10 Alternative Religions Based on Popular Culture
549
FOOD
554
Top 10 Ways You Could Eat Feces Today
555
Top 10 Strange Facts about Hamburgers
558
Top 10 Truly Weird Food Tales
563
Top 10 Strange and Creepy Reasons Not to Eat Fast Food
567
Top 10 Food Facts and Fallacies
571
Top 10 Weird Foods Sold by Victorian Street Vendors
578
Top 10 Animals That People Eat Alive
580
Top 10 Strange Tales about Pizza
583
Top 10 Strange and Fascinating Fast Food Tales
588
Top 10 Fascinating Facts about Soda
592
Top 10 Disturbing Foods That Might Harm You
595
Top 10 Terrifying Things That Can Hide in Your Food
598
ANIMALS
603
Top 10 Strange Animal Freaks of Nature
604
Top 10 Surreal and Twisted Fish
607
Top 10 Genetically Modified Animals You Can Buy
610
Top 10 Truly Terrible Species Invasions
614
Top 10 Sadistic Killers of the Natural World
618
Top 10 Bizarre Animal Facts
620
Top 10 Amazing and Creepy Corpse Fauna
624
Top 10 Strangest Defense Mechanisms in Nature
627
Top 10 Extreme Insect Species
630
Top 10 Aberrant Avian Hunting and Feeding Methods
633
Top 10 Unusual Animal Senses
636
TECHNOLOGY AND SPACE
640
Top 10 Bizarre Scientific Stories
641
Top 10 Orwellian Technologies That Exist Today
648
Top 10 Unexplained Mysteries of the Stars
653
Top 10 Crazy Things You Should Know about Our Solar System
658
Top 10 Strangest Things in Space
662
Top 10 MindBlowing SciFi Technologies That Really Exist
666
Top 10 MindBending Discoveries in Physics
670
Top 10 Weird and Fascinating Facts about Space Travel
675
GRAB BAG
679
Top 10 Ridiculous Cold War Government Projects
680
Top 10 People Who Exposed U S Government Secrets and Lies
686
Top 10 Lesser Known Amazing Facts about the Human Body
693
Top 10 Fascinating Scientific and Psychological Effects
696
Top 10 Astonishing NearDeath Experiences
700
Top 10 Ridiculously Cool Natural Phenomena
706
Top 10 People Who Survived Your Worst Nightmares
709
Top 10 Strangest Places People Actually Lived
714
Photo Credits
718
Acknowledgments
720
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About the author (2014)

Jamie Frater is the creator of the popular website listverse.com. Born in Naenae, a suburb of Lower Hutt, New Zealand, he studied postgraduate music at the Royal College of Music in London, after which, due to an insatiable desire to share fascinating, obscure, and bizarre facts, he created Listverse.com, where he presents a new top ten list every day. He has been a guest speaker on numerous national radio and television stations in the United States and Great Britain. Jamie now writes full-time for his California-based website from his home in Naenae, New Zealand.

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