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5 People Who Died During Sex: and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  540 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
All in perfectly bad taste

Prepare to be amazed, appalled, disgusted, and hugely entertained by this compendium of indelicate oddities. Nothing is too inane, too insane, too bizarre, or too distasteful for this incredible, seemingly impossible, but absolutely true collection of facts from across the ages and around the world.

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jun 05, 2007 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: greatreads
A very distasteful book of facts, tidbits, and lists about the darker side of history. It is one of those easier reads, for stressful evenings, when a hot bath and a seedy, but true, book is what you crave. Includes such tidbits as the fact that cornflakes were created to try to prevent masturbation, that the confession booth was created to stop priests from sexually assaulting women in their flock, and all of the juiciest and unseemly tidbits about Europe's royalty. Great fun indeed!
Aug 12, 2007 Christina rated it really liked it
I just finished this one; it was hard to put down...yes, it is nothing but lists -- but they are SO bizarre that it's like reading a train wreck over & over again. :) What's hard to believe is that for some lists, there are *plural* people who have experienced such a bizarre circumstance, and I noticed that several people showed up on multiple lists...thank the lord that I didn't find my name on any of this! :-P
Pamela W
Oct 09, 2007 Pamela W rated it liked it
Another of the vacation books. My vacation book themes were death, porn/sex, and music. This crossed some lines, but was more like a fact book...a book of lists. People who keep books in their bathroom would likely keep this (and "Final Exits") in their loo, but since I am not a bathroom reader, I'm forced to share these choice tidbits sporadically while on vacation.
Oct 30, 2007 HeavyReader rated it liked it
Shelves: death, sex-nonfiction
This book was a nice diversion. It was fun to read. I'm not sure I remember anything I was supposed to learn from it, but I did enjoy it in the moment.

I like list books. They are easy and fast to read. If I am depressed or just want to pass the time, I enjoy books without plot or characters that I have to keep track of. This book fits the bill.
Feb 22, 2008 Kirsti rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, history
I found this in a bookstore in Minneapolis. Karl Shaw is a favorite of mine, and although this has some typos and factual errors, I really enjoyed it.

A sample quotation:

"Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria: Born hydrocephalic (with water on the brain), he grew up to be a violent epileptic who could barely sign his own name and was otherwise incapable. His tongue was too big for his mouth—an inherited Habsburg defect—and he found it difficult to string a sentence together. His idea of a good time was
Jul 22, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
The most bizarre book of lists. I found it to be very entertaining.
Sep 27, 2008 April rated it liked it
Recommended to April by: N/A
I LOVE useless facts and trivia! This book is filled with things you never knew you wanted to know. I was particularly entertained by learning about early figures in history and some of their more interesting quirks.
Sep 25, 2008 Stan rated it liked it
A great book to read on a long airplane flight, actually a series of short artical about the weird and unusual.
Dec 20, 2008 Barbara rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
This was my husbands! A whimsical purchase during one of our many Sunday afternoons whiled away in a bookstore. Who would have thought there would be a book about this sort of thing! The writing style here is very matter of fact, only the subject matter is crude!
Eva Leger
Sep 16, 2009 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: trivia junkies
Shelves: b-non-fiction, wtf, humor
The amount of research that must have went into this book is nothing short of amazing- I can't remember how many times I thought that while reading this. Most people probably get through this in short bursts because of how it's written and while I expected to do the same I just couldn't put it down. I laughed so hard at some places and was absolutely disgusted in others. How Shaw even got the idea for this is beyond me.
Mar 31, 2009 Jeremy rated it liked it
My father-in-law, Tom, gave this book to me. Yep. That alone should tell you how cool he is. Very cool. Anyway, it was sort of meant as payment for kidnapping my wife and children over Spring Break and ferreting them up to Utah to see a new grand baby. It is one of those classic lists books. Very funny. I kept it in the bathroom--is there a better place for a book of lists? It reminds me of that classic line in "Big Chill" wherein it is argued that the length of each article in People Magazine i ...more
Apr 01, 2009 Sowmya rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
True to the title most of the book contains some extremely tasteless as in puke evoking, horrifying, voyeuristic and painfully disgusting trivia. So who can resist that?

An example of one of the more shockingly gruesome lists, '10 least appealing dinner dates': No.10. IDI and SARAH AMIN in1999 "......Guests at the home of the Uganda’s president were treated to some unscheduled entertainment by their host one evening in August 1972,when between courses Amin suddenly vanished into the kitchen and r
Bryce Holt
Apr 28, 2009 Bryce Holt rated it it was amazing
Made me laugh so hard on an airplane, that some strange lady asked me if this was the first time I'd flown and if I was having a panic attack. It now sits as one of the two books by my visitor's toilet...inevitably they will read it, and then go buy it. That good...

One of the funniest books I have ever encountered. Read this. Period.
Jul 29, 2009 Melanie rated it liked it
Some funny facts in the book were just not that amusing to me, however, the information about past rulers was amazing. The ammount of research Shaw put into the royalty sections must have been extremely extensive! I walked away from the book still laughing about their crazy, eccentric behavior. It makes you wonder if it isn't inevitable for people of great power to either be or turn somewhat crazy!
Daniel Fitzgerald
Jul 30, 2009 Daniel Fitzgerald rated it liked it
A cavalcade of amusing factoids. My favorite -- noted genius and apple-addled nap-taker Issac Newton once installed two cat doors at his house. A big one for his cat and a smaller one for his kitten.

I'm not sure how much of this stuff is 100% true/accurate. There was an inaccuracy in an anecdote re: Chuck Manson and his involvement in his "family's" murders. Still, amusing.
Feb 03, 2010 Mark rated it liked it
+ Karl Shaw. 5 People Who Died During Sex and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists I give this one 3 stars. The title and subtitle say it all. This is designed to satisfy even the most hardened craver of prurient lists! From the title list to ones of recipes for human flesh, of Least Romantic Honeymoons, Historic Drunks, Rock and Roll Suicides, Presidential Illnesses, Phobias, Dangerous Doctors and more and more, almost every imaginable grotesquery is represented! A great book to keep by your b ...more
May 30, 2010 Kendall rated it really liked it
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Rowan MacBean
Dec 27, 2015 Rowan MacBean rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

Exactly what it says on the tin. This is a fun book of lists, full of really interesting tidbits. If we could give half-stars, I'd give it three and a half. Since we can't, I gave it three because there are some things that pop up on several lists, where I would've liked to see something new.
Lists of different, totally useless and mostly tasteless trivia. For those people sitting on the toilet with nothing better to do than to pick up a book and flip through the pages to learn a much of senseless facts.

Like I said, a great bathroom read.
May 19, 2013 Neil rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Entertaining, certainly. But when one finds factual errors in a 'book of lists', it casts doubt over everything else. How many 'facts' were embellished to make a better anecdote?
Thus, although it's an excellent idea, and smile-provoking from time to time, I fear it's now in the guest toilet, with the invitation to 'steal by all means'.
Jul 05, 2012 Krystal rated it it was amazing
Basically a book of random, fascinating facts. The title sounds a little ridiculous, I know, but it's mostly about historical figures and dead celebrities. One of my favorites. The author is a history buff after my own heart.
Jul 26, 2012 Steph rated it it was ok
I love fun facts, but I found 3 mistakes and wrong dates and I'm sure if I knew more ancient history I would find more. I love the subject matter but it leads me to doubt the vailidity of the whole book.
Dec 15, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I would not say that fact checking was high on the list of priorities in writing this book. There are many, many errors which are easily found with a quick perusal of wikipedia. This is not to say that there aren't errors on Wikipedia, but there seems to have been some willful ignoring of evidence when the rumor was more salacious.

For instance, explorer James Cook was indeed killed on a voyage. But he was not, as the book claimed "served at a Hawaiian buffet". To quote the wikipedia page: (warni
May 31, 2013 Mmathi rated it really liked it
Shelves: crazy, funny
While the title may be a bit risque, I found this book to be completely entertaining. This book is in list format, but it is also full of fun stories and witty comments. The topics range from celibates to food to phobias. It was a very funny book that kept me reading!

What I really enjoyed about this book was its conciseness. It offered a short explanation on the topic so that you didn't lose interest in these random tidbits of facts. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the humor!
Flora Smith
Nov 04, 2013 Flora Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
This is not the type of book that I normally pick up. Its a book of lists of all kinds of useless information. But once I picked it up it was hard to stop reading. Not only about the 5 people who died during sex, but also things like 10 deformities of the famous and 12 magic moments in toilet paper history. And lets not forget ten routes to sainthood.

Overall, very humorous and addictive. Once you start you won't put it down.
Jul 23, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
I really wish the title of this book was different, because I think it probably stops people from picking it up. The lists in this book cover topics from cannibals to dictators and everything in between! Interested in finding out about great leaders who died on the toilet? There's a list for that! A great read for people who are busy, slightly morbid, and looking for a laugh.
Tyrannosaurus regina
Jul 30, 2014 Tyrannosaurus regina rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
While I might doubt the veracity of some of these facts (more like commonly believed than documented or proven), it doesn't matter. This is pure entertainment. Sensationalist, occasionally offensive (for reasons other than its self-professed tastelessness and indignity), and completely engrossing.
Richard Martin
Aug 27, 2014 Richard Martin rated it liked it
A compendium of tacky compendia. Tired of books with "best of," "top," and "greatest?" Then this book is for you. Author Karl Shaw presents a book of "tasteless." He states, "Bad taste is a wonderful thing. Where would good taste be without it?" The book is a light-hearted grab and read. There are occasional errors such as there were only four of the title's five that died DURING sex and some dates were wrong (1975 for 1775).
Sep 25, 2014 Sara rated it did not like it
This could have been a great book if the author bothered to fact-check. There are numerous stories included that if you know the history behind them, would know they are rumors or completely false. Just stay away from this book.
Dionna Johnson
Jun 28, 2015 Dionna Johnson rated it it was amazing
Outstanding, very interesting and completely hilarious.
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