History hasn't ever been extra enjoyable than it truly is during this fact-filled compendium of old fiascoes and embarrassingly undesirable ideas.
Throughout historical past, the wealthy and strong, or even simply the dim-witted, have made horrifically undesirable judgements that experience had resounding results on our international. From kings to company leaders, from captains to presidents, nobody is resistant to undesirable judgements and their lasting legacy. The fiascoes that muddle our background are innumerable ... and interesting of their foolishness. This witty number of old mayhem chronicles unwise judgements from historic Greece to modern day Hollywood and every little thing in among. research such classes as:
- Never belief Greeks bearing presents of enormous wood horses.
- Avoid development effortless faculties on poisonous waste dumps, even people with candy monikers like Love Canal.
- Rabbits multiply like rabbits Down Under.
- Even in case you use brightly coloured paint at the boats, it really is particularly effortless to misplace a complete country's navy.
With greater than forty-five chapters of mind-boggling flubs and follies, fanatics of background, minutiae, and those that simply need a strong snigger will adore this fascinating and enjoyable read.
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