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By Michael N. Smith

What have been they thinking?

Ever considering that Adam snacked at the forbidden fruit and was once chased bare out of the backyard of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of undesirable ideas.

From skinny-dipping Presidents to poisonous enamel fillings to making a song pop stars who can't hold a song, 100 of the Worst rules in History is a party of humanity's historical—and usually hysterical—missteps that experience begun wars, sunk nations, wrecked businesses, scuttled careers, misplaced hundreds of thousands, or even endangered the Earth.


• How a careworn chauffeur helped commence international battle I

• Who grew to become down the best product placement chance in Hollywood history

• How a Chicago White Sox video game helped hasten the dying of disco

• The toad that just about ate Australia

• the main harmful children's video game ever invented

• And a lot more (of rather a lot less!)

Spanning politics, popular culture, model, activities, expertise, and extra, this irreverent and witty booklet is full of enjoyable images and sidebars, tracing how those thundering brainstorms became blundering mind farts—and the fantastic affects our fake pas and foibles nonetheless have on us at the present time.

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Lucas perseveres. Broke and in need of work after Universal Studios initially refuses to release his American Graffiti (made for under $1 million, it goes on to gross over $118 million), Lucas first approaches United Artists with his “space adventure” idea. They turn him down. Universal follows suit. Then others hop onto the no-way-Georgy bandwagon. , head of 20th Century Fox. He loves the movie—and inquires about any other ideas Lucas might have for future films. to worse: luCk: Lucas introduces him to Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy, R2-D2, and the host of Star Wars characters now part of cinematic lore.

S. Revenue Cutter Service, charged with reducing seaborne smuggling and enforcing tariffs, ratchets up enforcement. from bad Fast-forward to 1839. Joseph Cinque leads a group of fifty-four Africans aboard the Spanish slave schooner La Amistad in a daring mutiny near Havana, Cuba, demanding that the crew provide them safe passage home. S. government, as the law allows. dumb President Martin Van Buren’s administration, weary of tariff-evading smugglers and sympathetic to the proslavery views of wealthy landowners, argues for the government’s financial share of Amistad’s slave payload—all the way to the Supreme Court.

And it’s nearly ended humanity far too many times in the past half century. from bad Example: The Cuban Missile Crisis, October 1962. S. places one hundred nuclear missiles in Europe, close enough to strike Moscow. The USSR responds by secretly sending the same to Cuba, mere minutes by missile from Washington, DC. President John F. 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.

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