By Leland Gregory

Best-selling slapstick comedian Leland Gregory deals a blockbuster selection of greater than two hundred strange, bizarre, foolish, surprising, and downright outrageous actual tales approximately historic Greek and Roman history.

New York Times best-selling writer Leland Gregory is certainly one of Andrews McMeel Publishing’s so much profitable noncartoon humorists. foolish, surprising, bizarre, hilariously funny—and outrageously true—the brief anecdotes inside of his anthologies of human stupidity are culled from print, on-line, and broadcast media from all around the world. Inside Stupid historic History, Gregory chronicles Greek philosophers, Roman conquerors, and old mythconceptions, including:

— To struggle off Roman ships in three hundred BC, Carthaginians catapulted dwell snakes at them.
— The Athenian lawmaker Draco died of suffocation whilst presents of cloaks have been showered upon him through thankful electorate at an Aegina theater in 620 BC. 
— In old Rome, lengthy sooner than the arrival of the Christian Bible, Roman males swore to “tell the reality, the entire fact, and not anything however the fact” through putting their correct hand on their testicles. It is from this ritual that we derived the time period “testimony.”
—  Of the Seven Wonders of the traditional international, The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus burned to the floor in 356 BC. The arsonist used to be accomplished; and to ensure his want for eternal reputation wouldn’t come actual, it used to be ordered that his identify be troubled from all documents and not pointed out again. But humans will talk. Despite all efforts, his identify leaked, and Herostratus is remembered as essentially the most infamous firebugs in history. 

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