Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Through the Ages

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Jun 15, 2009 - Humor - 320 pages
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Why exactly is Paul Revere revered? Was the lightbulb really Thomas Edison's bright idea?

* Best-selling author Leland Gregory employs his masterful wit to expose historical myths, faux "facts," strange events, and tales of human stupidity throughout history.

If it would shock you to learn that Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity, you'll appreciate this take on hundreds of historical legends and debacles. Historians and humorists alike may be surprised to learn that:

* Samuel Prescott made the famous horseback ride into Concord, not Paul Revere.

* As a member of Parliament, Isaac Newton spoke only once. He asked for an open window.

* On April 24, 1898, Spain declared war on the U.S., thus starting the Spanish-American War. The U.S. declared war the very next day, but not wanting to be outdone, had the date on the declaration changed from April 25 to April 21.

With these and many other stories, leading humorist Leland Gregory once again highlights both the strange and the funny side of humankind. 


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Review: Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Throughout the Ages

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Easy-to-read and interesting, but filled with more typos than I've ever seen in a book. Read full review

Review: Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Throughout the Ages

User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

There were a few things in this book that were fairly interesting hence the 2 stars. Other than that, it's peppered with mistakes, is all over the place with absolutely no cohesion and has tried so hard to be clever and funny that it completely misses the mark. A definite must try harder. Read full review

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The jokes, wacky anecdotes, and inane quotes in Leland Gregory's "Stupid"-themed anthologies showcase the best of human nature at its worst. Through his Twitter handle of @ChronicStupid, Leland shares headlines, quips, and unbelievable feats of folly culled from print, online, and broadcast media around the globe. He has authored more than a dozen humor titles, including "What's the Number for 911?" and the "New York Times" best-sellers "Stupid American History" and "America's Dumbest Criminals." A tireless promoter, he has made hundreds of radio and television appearances, including multiple appearances on NBC's "Today" show.

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