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Unusually Stupid Americans: A Compendium of All-American Stupidity

Unusually Stupid Americans: A Compendium of All-American Stupidity

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By (author) Ross Petras, By (author) Kathryn Petras, By (author) Petras

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  • Publisher: Villard Books
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 117mm x 180mm x 20mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 21 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0812970829
  • ISBN 13: 9780812970821
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 925,306

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A hilarious collection of lists, statistics, news items, quotations, and facts detailing stupid acts of Americans from all walks of life--by the authors of the bestselling "The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said" Everyone knows that America is "the land of the free and the home of the brave," but sometimes that means we're free to be as bravely stupid as we want! In "Unusually Stupid Americans," Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras assemble choice bits of stupidity, U.S.A.-style, including -the top seriously flawed American advertising moments, including Pacific Airlines' brilliant "You're scared of flying? So's our pilot!" ad campaign, which led the airline to bankruptcy within two months of the campaign's inception -the Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration in Florida, where a plaque was un-veiled that was intended to honor the actor James Earl Jones but instead read, "Thank you James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive" (an unfortunate slip-up, as James Earl Ray was King's assassin) -and much more!

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Kathryn and Ross Petras are the authors of numerous humor books, including the bestselling The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said and the annual bestselling calendar The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said.

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What's been said about their work: "Exceedingly amusing."--"The Washington Post" "Cruel but funny."--"Playboy" "Brilliantly stupid."--"The Wall Street Journal" "Like eating popcorn. You can't stop."--"The Dallas Morning News" "You want stupid? Check this book."--"The Houston Chronicle" "Sinfully delicious."--"Fort Worth Star-Telegram" "Wickedly funny."--"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" "Enormously funny."--"The Star-Ledger" "Fabulous."--"Elle" "Perfect on-the-john entertainment."--"Stuff "

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A hilarious collection of lists, statistics, news items, quotations, and facts detailing stupid acts of Americans from all walks of life--by the authors of the bestselling "The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said Everyone knows that America is "the land of the free and the home of the brave," but sometimes that means we're free to be as bravely stupid as we want! In "Unusually Stupid Americans, Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras assemble choice bits of stupidity, U.S.A.-style, including -the top seriously flawed American advertising moments, including Pacific Airlines' brilliant "You're scared of flying? So's our pilot!" ad campaign, which led the airline to bankruptcy within two months of the campaign's inception -the Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration in Florida, where a plaque was un-veiled that was intended to honor the actor James Earl Jones but instead read, "Thank you James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive" (an unfortunate slip-up, as James Earl Ray was King's assassin) -and much more!