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Stupid History
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Why exactly is Paul Revere revered? Was the lightbulb really Thomas Edison's bright idea? If it would shock you to learn that Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity, you'll appreciate this take on hundreds of historical legends and debacles. Historians and humorists alike may be surprised to learn that: * Samuel Prescott made the famous horseback ride into Concord, not Paul Revere. * As a member of Parliament, Isaac Newton spoke only once. He asked for an open window. * On April 24, 1898, Spain declared war on the U.S., thus starting the Spanish-American War. The U.S. declared war the very next day, but not wanting to be outdone, had the date on the declaration changed from April 25 to April 21. With these and many other stories, leading humorist Leland Gregory once again highlights both the strange and the funny side of humankind.
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LELAND GREGORY coauthored the New York Times best-seller AMERICA'S DUMBEST CRIMINALS. Leland has proven to be one of the best-selling non-cartoon humorists on the AMP list with titles including What's the Number for 911?; What's the Number for 911 Again?; The Stupid Crook Book; Hey, Idiot!; Idiots at Work; Bush-Whacked; and Idiots in Love. The tireless promoter's appearances on radio and television programmes, including high-profile spots such as the Today Show, continually draw record listener and viewer response.

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