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  • Published: 22 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780452297739
  • Imprint: Plume
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $22.99
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Dumb History: The Stupidest Mistakes Ever Made



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.

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.

  • Published: 22 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780452297739
  • Imprint: Plume
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $22.99
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