History hasn't ever been extra enjoyable than it's during this fact-filled compendium of old fiascoes and embarrassingly undesirable ideas.
Throughout historical past, the wealthy and strong, or even simply the dim-witted, have made horrifically undesirable judgements that experience had resounding results on our international. From kings to company leaders, from captains to presidents, not anyone is proof against undesirable judgements and their lasting legacy. The fiascoes that muddle our background are innumerable ... and engaging of their foolishness. This witty selection of historic mayhem chronicles unwise judgements from historic Greece to modern day Hollywood and every little thing in among. research such classes as:
- Never belief Greeks bearing presents of huge wood horses.
- Avoid construction effortless faculties on poisonous waste dumps, even people with candy monikers like Love Canal.
- Rabbits multiply like rabbits Down Under.
- Even if you happen to use brightly coloured paint at the boats, it is really effortless to misplace a complete country's navy.
With greater than forty-five chapters of mind-boggling flubs and follies, fanatics of background, trivialities, and those that simply desire a sturdy chuckle will adore this interesting and enjoyable read.
Read Online or Download You Did What?: Mad Plans and Great Historical Disasters PDF
Best Humor books
As soon as, in a gods-forsaken hellhole known as Koom Valley, trolls and dwarfs met in bloody strive against. Centuries later, each one species nonetheless perspectives the opposite with simmering animosity. in recent years, the influential dwarf, Grag Hamcrusher, has been fomenting unrest between Ankh-Morpork's extra diminutive citizens—a unstable scenario made a ways worse while the pint-size provocateur is came upon bashed to demise .
It's not a lot of an island that rises up one moonless evening from the depths of the Circle Sea—just a couple of sq. miles of silt and a few outdated ruins. regrettably, the traditionally disputed lump of land referred to as Leshp is once more floating without delay among Ankh-Morpork and the town of Al-Khali at the coast of Klatch—which is spark adequate to ignite that wonderful foreign hobby referred to as "war.
After adventures with Charles Darwin, Captain Ahab, and Karl Marx, The Pirate Captain faces off opposed to his toughest—though now not his biggest—challenge but: Napoleon Bonaparte. Bruised from a crushing sadness on the Pirate of the yr Awards, the Pirate Captain makes a decision that it’s time for a profession swap.
A cheerful staff, it truly is stated, is a effective group. Mmmm. try out telling that to a military of belligerent goblins. Or the massive undesirable Wolf. Or a certified dragons layer. who's taking care of their overall healthiness? Who offers a rattling approximately their insupportable operating stipulations, loss of sufficient medical insurance, and poor espresso within the canteen?
Additional info for You Did What?: Mad Plans and Great Historical Disasters
Dozsa used to be a Transylvanian nobleman and what handed for what we name this day a liberal. He not just had commanded armies prior to yet used to be individually sympathetic to the location of the serf. there has been just one challenge with the campaign. The king of Hungary had simply concluded at concerning the related time a wide-ranging peace and exchange accord with the Turks. And with a large percent of the healthiest serfs within the military instead of operating the fields, the plants have been going untended and famine, let alone the nobles’ attainable poverty, used to be most likely. strain was once caused the cardinal and the pope to rescind the papal bull, which was once quickly performed. whilst the nobles, their land sitting and the plants losing within the fields, became to their such a lot commonly used instrument with the intention to strength the mass of crusader serfs again to their peonage. They used intimidation, threatening the serfs and their households. They used strength on a person attempting to subscribe to the campaign, and a few households have been slaughtered as examples. On might 23, simply over a month later, the campaign used to be formally suspended. Dozsa, the Transylvanian noble and sympathizer to the serf’s plight, known as a gathering of the “crusades” leaders. instead of see the serfs return to an analogous insupportable stipulations they'd fled, he drew up a application that known as for an finish to all of the privileges of the the Aristocracy. Dozsa also known as for the dividing of land one of the terrible, equality for everybody at the related point less than church legislations (I’ll wager you concept these have been new innovative rules) and a full-scale revolution. The center stands out as the military already accrued, yet he referred to as for each serf to get up in aid. They did. Fields have been burned, masters slaughtered, monasteries and houses burned. It used to be most likely a rural preview of the worst of the French Revolution that might ensue 200 and fifty years later. For weeks Hungary descended into anarchy and chaos. Then one other Transylvanian, Janos Zapolya, used to be employed and the well-trained usual army forces he led particularly simply overwhelmed the nonetheless disorganized and poorly armed crusader serfs. inside a couple of months that they had once more enforced order at the geographical region. someone proposal to have led or abetted the serfs used to be carried out, and the serfs have been legally certain much more tightly to the land. Gyorgy Dozsa used to be brutally carried out and his closest fans compelled to consume his charred flesh. via October the campaign and its aftermath have been a sour reminiscence. these serfs who remained alive harvested the vegetation, famine was once prevented, and for many years issues looked as if it would go back to general. at the least 70,000 nobles and serfs died in these six sour months. whole households have been burnt up and the complete financial system of Hungary was once heavily weakened. The Turks, peace treaty and all, have been quickly poised to exploit their neighbor’s new weak point. Worse but, the belief of the sort of rebellion was once firmly planted within the minds of all people in Europe. Ten years later the peasants’ rebellion in Germany lasted nearly a yr. a lot later the revolts in 1776 the USA and in 1789 France completely replaced Europe and the realm.