By Michael N. Smith

What have been they thinking?

Ever in view that Adam snacked at the forbidden fruit and used to be chased bare out of the backyard of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of undesirable ideas.

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


• How a careworn chauffeur helped commence global struggle I

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

• How a Chicago White Sox online game helped hasten the loss of life of disco

• The toad that almost ate Australia

• the main harmful children's video game ever invented

• And a lot more (of lots less!)

Spanning politics, popular culture, model, activities, know-how, and extra, this irreverent and witty booklet is jam-packed with enjoyable photographs and sidebars, tracing how those thundering brainstorms become blundering mind farts—and the magnificent affects our fake pas and foibles nonetheless have on us this present day.

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Producers of TV’s Ally McBeal end his recurring role. dumb luCk: after thoughts: In 2003, Downey’s free fall from the heights of Hollywood hits rock bottom. Unemployable, he summons the courage to toss his drugs into the blue Pacific and enter a phase of intensive rehabilitation. He claims to have been clean and sober ever since. Completing his comeback, Downey is nominated as best supporting actor for his race-bending role in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder and goes on to soar as Iron Man in the hit film trilogy.

In that time, Reynolds flexes his star power to make such forgettable flops as Gator, WW and the Dixie Dance Kings, and two Smokey and the Bandit gems. dumb His leading man élan squandered, the now-aging sex symbol falls out of favor with Hollywood in the 1980s. Having foregone the potentially huge Bondmovie paydays, he files for bankruptcy in 1996. ” the geniuses Behind it: the brainstorm struCk: bring on the Blunder: Tribune Entertainment and WGN, Chicago April 1986 A slick-talking tough guy from the streets of New York and his network of henchmen plot to bust open a safe and walk off with a big payday.

The Milli Vanilli fraud is exposed! dumb Outraged fans demand that the musical impostors be strung up by their dreadlocks. Dozens of lawsuits follow. Arista Records breaks their recording contract. The band’s Best New Artist Grammy Award is returned in shame. Their short-lived careers in disarray, Fab slips into obscurity and Rob dies of a drug overdose in 1998. after In the wake of the Milli Vanilli debacle, lipsynching has become a hot topic among music critics and fans today, with everyone from Britney to Bieber to Beyoncé being accused of “fake singing” a live performance.

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