Weekly Reads

 

Well, That’s Stupid!

by Scott D. Strawn

 

“Stupid is forever.”  “Stupid is as stupid does.”  We’ve all seen, heard or read something that made us shake our heads, sigh and mumble something to the effect that: “Well, that’s stupid.”  Sometimes it’s enough to astonish us and sometimes it just makes us laugh.  Regardless, we know deep down in our hearts that whatever it is, someone, somewhere, at some time will top it.  Don’t believe that? Try reading these titles.

Stupid History, by Leland Gregory

 

     

 

Here it is, fully documented:  historical stupidity.  Inventors who didn’t invent what we’ve been taught they invented; explores who didn’t explore or discover what they are historiclly credited with.  Here we find out how off our knowledge of history really is.  Hey, wait, is this book trying to tell us, we’ve been stupid?

 

The Book of General Ignarance, by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd

 

 

 

Well, if the last title isn’t trying to tell us how stupid we are, this one has no qualms in doing exactly that.  Think that camels store water in their humps?  Nope.  Think that Washington was the first president?  Think again.  Think that Henry VIII had six wives?  Try counting again.  Think.. Forget it, we don’t have any real idea of what we know and don’t know.

 

 

History’s Greatest Lies, by William Weir

   

We can stop feeling stupid now.  This book will help clarify that it isn’t our naivity at play. We’ve just been lied to.  From ancient times to the Renaissance, from revolutins to the old West, history has laid it on thick.  Whether it’s Nero fiddling or Paul Revere riding and warning, we have been had.  Kinda makes one want to not trust anyone, especially historians!

The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action, by Wendy Northcutt

 

The Darwin Awards are given to those humans who, through their own stupidity, have done themselves in (or at least maimed themselves to the point of not being able to contribute to future generations).  Here are wonderful examples of stupidity as a human checking the contents of a gasoline can with a match.  Think that’s stupid?  How about the guy who tried to fish using live electric wires?  These guys make all the rest of us look like geniuses. 

 

Bad Days in History, by Michael Farquhar

 

Okay, if you get through the first four titles, you’ll probably feel like you’re not having that great of a time.  But try these times:  as the subtitle states:  “A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year.”  Here are the follies and misfortunes of Tsars, Pirates, Presidents, other famous people and persons not so well known.  Who knew how “stupid” lives could get?

 

 

All books listed can be obtained through your local library.  For more information about “stupid” books (or “smart” books for that matter), or to find out about library services and programs, please visit your local library, or go to ahjlibrary.org.  Mr. Strawn is Director of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.