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Dumb History

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Dumb History

The Stupidest Mistakes Ever Made

By Joey Green

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452297739, 242pp.

Publication Date: May 29, 2012

A book that proves idiocy is as old as time
Think civilization has deteriorated and that people these days are dumber than ever? Dumb History proves that we didn t invent stupidity in the 21st 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 C.E., Emperor Hsien Tsung's herbalist presented him with an anti-aging 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.

About the Author
Joey Greenis the author of twelve books including the bestsellingPolish Your Furniture with Panty Hoseseries. His titles have sold in the hundreds of thousands. Joey has appeared onThe Tonight Show, Late Night, Dateline, CNN Newsnight, Good Morning America, Today, Rosie O'Donnell, and dozens of other national and regional television and radio shows. He has been featured in hundreds of periodicals, including theNew York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, and theWashington Post."