The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits


By (author) Erik Sass, By (author) Steve Wiegand, With Will Pearson, With Mangesh Hattikudur

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Format: Hardback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 33mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 9 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0060784776
  • ISBN 13: 9780060784775
  • Illustrations note: black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 722,886

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History is . . . (a) more or less bunk.(b) a nightmare from which I am trying to awaken.(c) as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis.Match your answers: (1) Stephen Daedalus of James Joyce's Ulysses(2) Henry Ford(3) Arthur SchopenhauerIt turns out that answer need not be bunk, nightmarish, or diseased. In the hands of mental_floss, history's most interesting bits have been handpicked and roasted to perfection. Packed with little-known stories and outrageous--but accurate--facts, you'll laugh yourself smarter on this joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. Remember: just because it's true, doesn't mean it's boring!

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"[A]n admirable job of covering 60,000 years of human history in one volume. Along with the names of people and places, the dates and statistics, the wars, disasters, revelations, and accomplishments, there are fascinating stories, hilarious oddities, and plenty of fun....[A] wealth of information."--School Library Journal