100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity's Thundering by Michael N. Smith

By Michael N. Smith

What have been they thinking?

Ever due to the fact Adam snacked at the forbidden fruit and used to be chased bare out of the backyard of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of undesirable ideas.

From skinny-dipping Presidents to poisonous the teeth fillings to making a song pop stars who can't hold a track, 100 of the Worst principles in History is a party of humanity's historical—and frequently hysterical—missteps that experience all started wars, sunk international locations, wrecked businesses, scuttled careers, misplaced hundreds of thousands, or even endangered the Earth.


• How a burdened chauffeur helped begin global warfare I

• Who became down the best product placement chance in Hollywood history

• How a Chicago White Sox online game helped hasten the loss of life of disco

• The toad that almost ate Australia

• the main harmful children's online game ever invented

• And a lot more (of a lot less!)

Spanning politics, popular culture, type, activities, expertise, and extra, this irreverent and witty ebook is choked with enjoyable images and sidebars, tracing how those thundering brainstorms become blundering mind farts—and the extraordinary affects our pretend pas and foibles nonetheless have on us this day.

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Indd 24 Michael N. Smith and Eric Kasum 4/10/14 9:44 AM bring on the Blunder: Based on the discovery of Neanderthal Man (1856, in Germany), Cro-Magnon Man (1868, in France), and Heidelberg Man (1907, also in Germany), humankind’s first steps seem to have been taken on the mainland of Europe. In response, British archaeologists work feverishly to outdo their French and German rivals in an effort to uncover the “missing link” on English soil. ” from bad Propitiously, in 1912, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson stumbles upon Piltdown Man—ancient skull fragments uncovered in an English quarry that appear to be part man, part ape.

Kennedy’s military advisors urge him to push the button, thereby launching a preemptive strike against the Cuban missile installations. dumb Instead, Kennedy waits, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev flinches, and neither man’s itchy finger touches the button. Yet the end of humanity remains at the fingertips of such political leaders across the world to this day. after In the years that follow, failed computer chips, flights of geese, software problems, and misidentified weather balloons prompt nuclear launch decision-makers to reach for the button.

From bad Milli Vanilli takes off like a hip-hopping missile. Then, just as quickly, the missile explodes. At a 1989 MTV live concert, Rob and Fab are lip-synching and gyrating to their monster hit “Girl You Know It’s True” when the recording skips—forcing them to repeat the same line of the song over and over. The Milli Vanilli fraud is exposed! dumb Outraged fans demand that the musical impostors be strung up by their dreadlocks. Dozens of lawsuits follow. Arista Records breaks their recording contract.

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