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

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

by Leland Gregory

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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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780740792106
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2009
Series: Stupid History , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 553,262
File size: 3 MB

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.

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Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Through the Ages 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1305 reviews.
Hushpadwitch More than 1 year ago
Silly and informative but the spelling errors are driving me crazy!
Tony Wetzel More than 1 year ago
Good way to pass the time when you have a few extra minutes lying around.
Brenda Weeks More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hard to determine what is true and what is not in this book. Most things I've read in this have been backed up by more research (on my part). And I still only take history for face value anyways, concidering what I grew up learning in grade school was immediately squashed by other history books and of course The History Channel. This read was definately entertaining and I will definately be purchasing others from this author as well. Have fun with it and don't over think it.
CountessE More than 1 year ago
I'm really glad this was a free download. I would have been angry to have purchased this. While the information it gave was enlightening and presented in a whimisical air, it was in serious need of an editor and a bibliography. There were numorous errors in the book that made it difficult to read (v or w where u or e should be). I would have also liked a bibliography so that I could dig further into some of the statements. Ah well. If you can grab it free, do, especially if you find the stupidity of humanity a great source of humor.
RetiredSenior More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, amusing. But nothing to back up statements. And yes, horrible many errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ironic, funny but all true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the facts, but the typos make it seem unprofessional, like it's fake. I like the fact that it was free, because if it wasn't, I'd want my money back.
Can-D More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting coffee table book, but it doesn't cite sources. I know one of the 'chapters' in the book was plain wrong. It's worth it for a giggle or two.
HeresJay_Kesslinger More than 1 year ago
I agree with others who note that it's a decent book with some humor (although much of it is corny), but it contains way too many formatting and editorial errors. Decent, but not great.
Kings_Jester More than 1 year ago
Unexpected! A humorous look at some of jistory's greatest myths and legends! Guaranteed you'll learn something new by reading this!
wroberthelms More than 1 year ago
One great story after another. You'll love it. Nice page layout on my Nook.
Daniel Mason More than 1 year ago
Easy quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't take the time to check these "truths" for accuracy, but it was an enjoyable trip through time.
Jennifer Reub More than 1 year ago
Got it on free friday and have loved every page. I just couldn't help but share nearly every one with those around me.
Littleangel56144 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting good read. Cons lots os spelling errors
ima25 More than 1 year ago
was fun easy reading, could pick up and lay down quickly when busy.
cripplerp More than 1 year ago
Its a fun little read. But the grammer is bad
Carter_Proofreads More than 1 year ago
I had a blast reading this. Will go fact check some of this but now i am ready for
Megarelix More than 1 year ago
This is a bunch of trivia facts and factoids, thrown together without any underlying message, plan, or scheme. 50% of them you know from other sources anyway. The author does not bother to re-read his writing, especially when regarding numbers. If Napoleon's height were, indeed, measured in "French" feet (which are smaller), his measured height woold be a lerger number -- that's just one example. During a casual dash through the book I discovered about 30 typos (a notorious use of "too" instead "two" is one example); and some form atting errors - mostly paragraphs breaking abruptly at the end of a page, not continued on the next one. The most irritating is that the writer sometimes tries very hard to be funny. In a local war about a stolen bucket more than a few people "kicked the bucket". Ha ha ha. The thousands of Gypsies exterminated by the Nazis were, indeed, gypped. Just hilarious, quite close to second-grade bathroom jokes. It may be a free e-book, but it is still overpriced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book cause it makes history fun also even though im not done i love it because it is Stupid History
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super funny book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It tea
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
There are books that demand to be read: those who’s reading bring enlightenment and new direction to life, others are read from a seeming directive of the collective unconsciousness, and those that seem to lift the mundane of life to the sublime of living.  Then there are books that are read because they are fun and remind the reader that some things are too important to be taken seriously.  This volume is of the latter group. History is as exciting as the ability of the historian to relate the events being presented.  Unfortunately, such ability exciting is in short supply.  Mr. Gregory’s book takes some of the familiar stories taken as historical fact and exposes them as being misrepresented at best or in error at worst.  In other instances, he shows how history has been “hidden” due to its having become familiar and therefore have made it invisible.  In still others, he cites anecdotes that flesh out some of the less interesting or remote moments of history.  Regardless of what he is doing to which moment of history it is all fun reading. This is a book that deals with history but it is not a history book.  If history can be defined as “stories (lies) written by the victors,” then this book is a stick used to poke certain of those victors in the eye.  The author holds no part of History as “cow scared” (i.e. Paul Revere, Magellan) that cannot be made in to hamburger and he grinds the beef with profound glee. The book is to be read with an eye toward humor, but that does not remove the educational moments.  Learning to differentiate myth from fact, reality from wish, what one was told from what actually happened is an important aspect of a well-rounded education and Mr. Gregory’s intent lies in the reality of that theorem.  There are few moments of questionable content in the book and even those are innuendo.  No bloodshed (except to report history) is offered and there is no “adult” language. Had this book been part of the syllabus for my college History course; I may have attended it with more frequency and interest.  I definitely would have been a better student of that dusty discipline.