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Dumb History: The Stupidest Mistakes Ever Made

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Plume (first published April 24th 2012)
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Ryan Aday
Dumb History: The Stupidest Mistakes Ever Made by Joey Green is a hilarious book that gives readers insight on the oddest and most idiotic actions history’s most well known figures have ever done. It tells of the blunders of American presidents, the strangeness of Chinese emperors, and the mistakes of businessmen, baseball heroes, and senators alike. The book also tells of architectural blunders of ships, buildings, and bridges, as well as terrible strategies in warfare and politics. Dumb Histor ...more
Well... I'm not really sure what I was expecting from this. I received it as a gift a while ago and had been putting it off. I was hoping it would be funny, at the very least amusing. I just found myself annoyed at most of it.

The worst part, in my opinion, was the lack of organization. The facts jumped from topic to topic and were all over the place. A little organization, either chronologically or by category, would have helped.

I like to save 1 star ratings for the absolute worst, which this
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Donovan Richards
Mistakes Make Brilliance

Everyone makes mistakes, even smart people. To a certain extent, brilliance is a product of multiple failures. It’s easy to credit an inventor with a dazzling idea which benefits society. But we often don’t realize the many failures it took to create such an idea.

This principle caused intrigue in Joey Green’s latest book, Dumb History. I wanted to discover the failures behind the brilliant people in history through humorous short stories.

High on Low Brow Humor, Low on S
Daniel Kukwa
Well, that was "disposable" in every sense of the word. Apart from a few interesting anecdotes, this is a very dismal piece of work, for numerous reasons: (1) there is absolutely no logic or rationality of organization -- it's simply thrown together at the author's whim; (2) there are MANY factual inaccuracies (eg. Romulus was NOT the first Roman emperor...and if you don't know who is, you shouldn't be writing any kind of book on history); (3) there are many moments when the author's personal ta ...more
It truly is a wonder we've survived as long as we have. This book made me laugh over and over. I loved the small blurbs, they were just the right length to get the punchline across. There is not one person exempt from this kind of book, we all know we've done a few hysterical things-though maybe not funny or ironic enough to write about.

The readers will learn plenty of random facts they can later tell others when searching for a random conversation topic. The book doesn't organize the blurbs, b
This book has some value if you need some quick talking points our if you want to wow others with your random knowledge at a party. Other than that, it's fairly boring. I was expecting a collection of funny facts that would keep me amused for a few hours. Unfortunately, these are just random historical facts. Some were slightly amusing, but most were just there.

I also think the book could have been improved by organizing the facts, either into groups or chronologically. As it is, they are just r
This book did deliver on the "Dumb" promise but not so much on the "History". Yes, I know by one definition "history" is anything that happened before today, but I was hoping for a book that delved a little deeper into the past. Well over 400 of the 550 individual entries were post 1900, and many in the later part of that century, a time period I remember very well, making it an uninformative review at best. Of the 5 two-page sections devoted to a particular person or subject, only 2 had entries ...more
Amusing way to pass the time but I didn't learn much, and some of these "facts" have already been proven false by scholars. I read this while waiting in a doctor's office, and that's about all it's good for.
What a great trivia book! This book has a wide range of information from Aristotle to the present day. Each entry has a full explanation, which is much appreciated and lacking in most trivia books. It is a fascinating collection of information for people who want to what and why.
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I would have liked this book better if it had been organized into chapters by category instead of the apparently random arrangement. I was surprised how many of the anecdotes I had read elsewhere or knew just from general knowledge.

An easy, fun read. Would have liked it better if the facts were put into categories (sports, presidents, etc) for easy lookup later. Won this book from Goodreads Giveaways and was impressed that it came autographed and with a note!
Roy Zinder
I love this book. It's filled with short, pithy, fun, bite-sized factoids that made me laugh out loud. This book would make a great gift for anyone, really. I gave a copy to my nephew who just graduated from college, and he ate it up.
This is a "bathroom" read, with little new "stuff" to offer. I think the title has more to do with the author's choices than historical idiocy.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Very cute, small, perfect for a read on a trip. Funny and informative as well.
Pretty good snippets of historical mistakes of much hilarity......but only when viewed with hindsight. Still a fun read.
i enjoyed it, there's no chapters, just quick 2-3 pages on each "dumb history" moment, good read
Sep 03, 2012 Ian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: humour
Lots of multiple, short entries per page. Amusing bathroom type of book.
Richard Martin
"Darwin Awards" without death. Well, actually, there was one.
Kamaria Nurse
Terribly funny chronicle of historical mistakes.
Really funny, liked it.
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