Dumb History by Joey Green

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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 Joey Green

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JOEY GREEN is the bestselling author of more than for ty-five books, including Joey Green's Cleaning Magic and Contrary to Popular Belief. He lives in Los Angeles.
Published May 29, 2012 by Plume. 250 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, History. Non-fiction

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“This is simply a collection of incidents Mr. Green seems to believe are ‘dumb,’ when many are simple errors.”

May 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Dumb History

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But mostly, all of the “mistakes” in this book are neither dumb nor actual mistakes, and we only know this because we have years, sometimes thousands of years, of retrospect.

Jun 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Dumb History

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