Dumb History

Dumb History

The Stupidest Mistakes Ever Made

Book - 2012
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Think civilization has deteriorated and that people these days are dumber than ever? Dumb History proves that we didn't invent stupidity in the twenty-first century. You'll find facts from throughout the ages about everyone from Cleopatra and Napoleon to Elvis Presley and even NASA scientists. Consider this- In 820 ce, Emperor Hsien-tsung's herbalist presented him with an antiaging elixir-it killed him. In 1849, Brooklyn inventor Walter Hunt invented and patented the safety pin and then sold all the rights to his invention for $400. By the time he died penniless, the United States was producing an estimated five billion safety pins annually. In 1967, voters in the town of Picoaza, Ecuador, elected a brand of foot powder as their new mayor. It's a wonder we've survived as long as we have.
Publisher: New York : Plume, c2012
ISBN: 9780452297739
0452297737
Branch Call Number: 902.07 Gre 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 242 p. :,ill

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StratfordLibrary Mar 05, 2018

2018 Blind Date with a Book Comment: "This book was a surprise. At first I thought, What?! Dud! But then it became VERY interesting!"


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StratfordLibrary Mar 05, 2018

2018 Blind Date with a Book Comment: "This book was a surprise. At first I thought, What?! Dud! But then it became VERY interesting!"

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vfryzek
Feb 26, 2018

Welcome to the future. We keep making dumb History.
Very entertaining, Sad how history keeps repeating it self.

shokolit Nov 04, 2017

This small book is filled with unbelievably stupid true stories, that are funny ,some are sad in retrospect. All in all its a tiny book worth reading.

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