Dictionary of Misinformation

Dictionary of Misinformation A remarkable book that contains enough information to help you win bets the rest of your life The bagpipe was not a Scottish invention Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball at Cooperstown or anywher

  • Title: Dictionary of Misinformation
  • Author: Tom Burnam
  • ISBN: 9780060913151
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • A remarkable book that contains enough information to help you win bets the rest of your life The bagpipe was not a Scottish invention Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball at Cooperstown or anywhere else in America London s Big Ben is neither a clock nor a tower Robert Fulton did not invent the steamboat, and the boat he built was not called the Clermont A remarkable book that contains enough information to help you win bets the rest of your life The bagpipe was not a Scottish invention Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball at Cooperstown or anywhere else in America London s Big Ben is neither a clock nor a tower Robert Fulton did not invent the steamboat, and the boat he built was not called the Clermont Cleopatra was not Egyptian Lizzie Borden was acquitted Scores of persons had flown nonstop across the Atlantic before Lindbergh No witches were burned at Salem Edison did not invent the light bulb Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes never said, Elementary, my dear Watson Mark Twain was not born in Hannibal, Missouri And, alas, there is no such thing as an aphrodisiac

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    1. I remember reading bits of this in a dog-eared mass market paperback when I was in high school. My much smarter friend Scott had read it and I wanted to be as brainy as he was. But then he took back his copy, and I forgot about he book entirely until seeing it mentioned in a Ken Jennings' acknowledgment. So bought a used copy and read it straight through.A terrific book for pedants and know-it-alls, and while I now a fair bit of what you can find in here, there was enough that I had no idea abou [...]

    2. A good concept, but it's certainly hurt by its age at this point. Also, long entries on minor grammatical points were particularly annoying. Definitely some useful misinformation, though. Things like Robert Fulton invented the steamboat. I really enjoyed learning about some of the various Shakespearean quotations and what they actually mean in context, often the opposite of their use as sayings.

    3. This book reveals a lot of facts that many people have missed. Some people thought a thing was a fact but in fact it's a misinformation. This book was written in 1974, so it would be nice to see an update :)

    4. This book introduced me to the joys of pedantic contrarianism and probably safeguarded my virginity for many years. Still, glad I read it.

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