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

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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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Historians and humorists alike may be surprised to learn that Samuel Prescott made the famous horseback ride into Concord, not Paul Revere. With this and many other stories, leading humorist Gregory once again highlights both the strange and funny side of history.

About the Author

Leland Gregory has written for Saturday Night Live and is the coauthor of the New York Times best-seller America's Dumbest Criminals and many other top-selling humor books. A tireless promoter, he has conducted hundreds of interviews—including four appearances on NBC's Today show. Gregory and his family reside in Nashville, Tenn.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780740760549
Author:
Gregory, Leland
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
General
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
History
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070501
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in

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