100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity's Thundering by Michael Smith, Eric Kasum

By Michael Smith, Eric Kasum

What have been they thinking?
Ever on the grounds that Adam snacked at the forbidden fruit and used to be chased bare out of the backyard of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of undesirable ideas.
From skinny-dipping Presidents to poisonous the teeth fillings to making a song pop stars who cant hold a track, a hundred of the Worst principles in historical past is a party of humanitys historical—and usually hysterical—missteps that experience begun wars, sunk nations, wrecked businesses, scuttled careers, misplaced hundreds of thousands, or even endangered the Earth.
- How a careworn chauffeur helped begin global struggle I
- How a Chicago White Sox video game helped hasten the loss of life of disco
- The toad that almost ate Australia
- the main harmful young children online game ever invented
- And much more (of loads less!)
Spanning politics, popular culture, style, activities, expertise, and extra, this irreverent and witty e-book is choked with enjoyable pictures and sidebars, tracing how those thundering brainstorms changed into blundering mind farts-and the magnificent affects our pretend pas and foibles nonetheless have on us this day.

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From bad Conspiring with eight like-minded men, he conjures up a daring plan to simultaneously assassinate Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward. On April 14, 1865, while Lincoln enjoys a performance of the popular play Our American Cousin from his box in Washington’s Ford’s Theatre, the famous thespian sneaks up from behind and fires a bullet into the president’s head. The next morning, Lincoln is dead. dumb Yet Booth’s single shot becomes perhaps the biggest backfire in American history.

Instead, the audience sees nothing but random trash, dirt piles, and empty booze bottles. ” after thoughts: Despite attracting, at the time, the biggest syndicated audience in TV history, the show turns Geraldo and his producers into laughingstocks across the nation. Writing in his 1991 autobiography, Rivera admits that he has helped make “Al Capone’s vault” a modern euphemism for any overhyped event doomed to disappointing results. indd 51 51 4/10/14 9:52 AM dinosaur helps Bring aCtor’s FinanCes to the Brink of extinCtion the Bad idea: Spend over a quarter of a million dollars on dinosaur remains instead of paying your income taxes.

After a tumultuous, two-year, tabloid-covered union, the couple file for divorce. dumb In 2007, after being photographed driving a luxury car with one of her young children unrestrained on her lap, Spears checks into a drug rehab facility—and checks out twenty-four hours later. The following night, she’s photographed shaving her head bald at a Tarzana, California, hair salon. In rapid succession, she then loses custody of her children, is remanded to a psych ward, and is famously photographed getting out of a car open-legged and bare-crotched.

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