I certainly don't write perfectly. However, I'm not being paid to write this. So there's that. I bookmarked a few places, but I won't quote them in their entirety because then the publisher will come after me. One particularly bizarre "correction" made by the author was to write [sic] after Queen Victoria wrote "defenceless.
The author seems to think that Queen Victoria couldn't spell. She may have gone off the deep end after Prince Albert's death, but I'm pretty sure Her Majesty could spell.
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Another piddly thing, which also happens to relate to British royalty, is that the author refers to "King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. I don't think it's technically wrong to refer to the Queen Mother now deceased as Queen, but it's confusing because she and her daughter have the same name.
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To clarify, he could also have called her "Elizabeth of York. I just realized that I pretty much said nothing of real import about this book in this review. Perhaps that tells you something? If you want a fun take on history, this isn't really it. I grew up reading the Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary which now seems to involve a lot of rats??? Those books were funny but they were also very real about what life was like. I'm now tempted to buy a bunch of used copies on Amazon because I think the ones I own are somewhere in the rafters of my parents' garage. All in all, this isn't a bad book, but it's rather dull and needs some serious polishing before being published.
Aug 15, Ann Keller rated it it was amazing Shelves: humor , reference , history. Wonderful book!
It really makes history come alive. Ever heard about Moliere's last role in or the huge vat of molasses which exploded across an industrial site in Boston in , killing both men and horses? Most of us have heard about Napoleon's forces being compelled to withdraw from Russia in the dead of winter, but what about the "accomplished" surgeon, John Taylor, who managed to blind two of the wo Wonderful book!
Most of us have heard about Napoleon's forces being compelled to withdraw from Russia in the dead of winter, but what about the "accomplished" surgeon, John Taylor, who managed to blind two of the world's greatest composers, Bach and Handel? The tale of Jane Grey is a very sad one. Then there is poor Thomas a Kempis, a saintly German monk, who finally passed on in at the ripe old age of Or did he? Steve Wynn's loud sneeze was so powerful that the Vegas gentlemen inadvertently managed to plunge his elbow into Picasso's masterpiece, Le Reve.
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You will laugh and chuckle, cry and sigh your way through this book as numerous historical delights are brought before you. Mar 25, Lili rated it it was ok Shelves: first-read. I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Read Program, here is my honest review: I am full of disappoint! History is pretty freaking huge, I expected lots of excellent ancient and modern trivia bits of badness. Most the of the events are really kinda dumb, sorry, I do not care about when a TV station made a faux pas and aired a movie instead of a baseball game, I could care less that some actor did a thing I don't care about popculture trivia, I wanted history!
I mean there was not e I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Read Program, here is my honest review: I am full of disappoint! I mean there was not even a reference to The Defenestration of Prague, that is a really random historical trivia blip that should have been included for May 23rd. I am sure some people like the more modern references, but maybe not have the Trojan Horse as your cover Jul 20, Bec rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction.
I like this book, it's not really a book you just sit down and read cover to cover. Historical events are given in bite sized pieces. The book jumps around to different periods which some people may not care for but I didn't have a problem with.
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May 19, Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it Shelves: world-history , humor. Are you having a bad day?
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I bet it is not as bad as those described in this fun and informative book. It is arranged as a calendar of each day of each month in various years since recorded history and relates a "bad day" for someone for each one. And sometimes they are obscure incidents in history that will give you a chuckle while others are treated seriously such as December 7, which simply says "A date which will live in infamy". But the majority of entries are humorous ranging from the Are you having a bad day? But the majority of entries are humorous ranging from the disastrous opening day of Disneyland in when nothing worked right to the infamous "fairy photographs" faked by two young girls that fooled even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Light, enjoyable reading. Jan 23, Leah rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , reads , history , humor.
Super fun and interesting - total 'bathroom read' with a lot of fast, short bites that can be read quickly. I ended up reading this one slowly by choice. Taking the book month-by-month I relished in savoring it, rather than speed reading like I tend to do. This book was great and included lots of facts I both already knew history nerd here! Sep 16, SheLove2Read rated it liked it Shelves: Michael Farquhar is my history bae. That is all. Feb 18, William Schram rated it liked it Shelves: history , trivia.
My first impression of Bad Days in History is that of Wars lost and terrible things that happened over the history of the human race. The cover seems to have an illustration of the legend of the Trojan Horse. This is despite the fact that there might be corroborating evidence of the existence of a city known as Troy. The book is a collection of all the days of My first impression of Bad Days in History is that of Wars lost and terrible things that happened over the history of the human race.
The book is a collection of all the days of the year organized by month. Each day contains a reason to know that particular date.
Sometimes it is as simple as a racist man becoming the governor of a state. The book covers a lot of history, though not all of it is important. Sometimes you get little tidbits of trivia. Do you remember the giant Molasses Flood? The book talks about multiple fields of inquiry, from the realm of science to the arena of sports. Some of the things it talks about are pop cultural in nature and of no real value or benefit. So as I see it, there are two ways to read this book. You could read it cover to cover and learn all different varieties of trivia for each date, or you could search for a birthday or some other special day and find trivia for that.
The book is entertaining either way. Take the trivia on my birthday, for instance, February 6th. It covers the first historically recorded market bubble with the Tulip Bubble back in None of the days are lucky, hence the title. It talks about the times that celebrities or politicians were publicly insulted.
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Remember Shoe-gate with George W. I do, and I had forgotten about it until this book came around. Thankfully the library had a copy of this book. May 19, Fred Forbes rated it really liked it. Ok, not done with it yet.
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