Epic Fail

Epic Fail : The Ultimate Book of Blunders

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Herewith a handful of sample entries to tickle your funny bones... In the 1824 war between Britain and Ashanti (now part of Ghana), the British Redcoats found themselves surrounded by 10,000 fierce Ashanti warriors, and running very low on ammunition. Their commander ordered Charles Brandon, the army's stores manager, to break open the reserve ammunition he'd ordered. As the Ashanti advanced Brandon began to open the ammunition boxes - only to find he had brought the wrong supplies. They were all full of biscuits. The grandfather of film star Lana Turner owned a half share in a brand new company that had started bottling a fizzy drink. He thought the drink's name would affect its saleability and wanted to change it - without success. In frustration and as a protest he sold his 50%. It's a pity really because Coca-Cola became quite popular... Italian Vittoria Luise was out driving during a fierce storm in Naples. A huge gust of wind blew his car into the River Sele. The car began to sink, but the calm motorist managed to break a window and swim to safety. He dragged himself onto the riverbank - and it was here that he was hit by a falling tree and killed. The Times of 19 October 1986 carried the story of Emilio Tarra, a crewmember of the 1986 America's Cup race, who was driving from Perth towards Adelaide during the Australian leg of the race. En route, his car sideswiped a kangaroo, leaving it sprawled across the road. Tarra got out of his car and, assuming the kangaroo was dead, decided to take a novelty photograph to show his colleagues. Dressing the kangaroo up in his smart team blazer, he propped it against his car to take its photograph. As he was focusing his camera, the kangaroo, which had only been stunned, woke up and bounded back off into the bush, taking with it the jacket, which contained Tarra's passport, $2,000 worth of cash and his credit cards.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (black and white)
  • 0753541262
  • 9780753541265
  • 568,314

About Mark Leigh

Mark Leigh is an experienced humour writer who has penned over 40 humour and trivia books to date, including the hit bestseller Pets with Tourettes. He's also written for a range of celebrities, including Jeremy Beadle, Julian Clary, Rolf Harris, Chris Tarrant, Ade Edmondson, Des Lynam, Joe Pasquale, Jimmy Tarbuck, Hale & Pace, Russ Abbott, Brian Conley, Noel Edmonds and even Bobby Davro. Mark has his own website at www.mark-leigh.com.show more

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Failure can be caused by many things – bad luck, stupidity or a basic failure to grasp the laws of gravity. One thing is certain though: when it happens to other people, it's painfully, wickedly funny. Epic Fail is packed with those hilarious, cringeworthy moments, including: the terrorist who didn't pay enough postage and had his parcel bomb returned to sender; the thief who pickpocketed a top international sprinter; the health authority who launched a 'Better Health' campaign showing the cardiogram of a dead person; the hundreds of men who responded to an ad for a penis enlarger, only to be sent a magnifying glass. Mistakes, mishaps and the world's biggest balls-ups... You'll find them all here in Epic Fail.show more

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