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The Book of the Bizarre: Freaky Facts and Strange Stories Paperback – October 1, 2008
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It reminded me of Jamie Lee Curtis' rant to her dumb boyfriend in "A Fish Called Wanda": "Now, let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not `Every man for himself.' And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up."
In the case of "Bizarre," I want to tell Varla Ventura that Led Zepplin did not sell their souls to the devil for a recording contract; that cannibal Alfred Packer's first name is not "Alferd"; that Mary Shelley did not snatch her husband's heart from his funeral pyre -- she wasn't even there; that the Locusta who may have poisoned the Emperor Claudius was not Nero's mother, that was Agrippina; and that Michelangelo most emphatically did not carve David "while waiting for his editor to approve his novel, a thriller called `Chislers in Florence.'"
A glance at the bibliography indicates that Ventura harvested other trivia books for her material, including Michael Largo's excellent "Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless Abandon Through the Ages," which is like using Kobe beef to make White Castle burgers. She also listed one book twice, one book incorrectly, and despite an extensive list of websites, forgot Gullible.info, from which I found the suspect "duck dander" law, verbatim.
She also has a deaf ear for prose.Read more ›
Diane C. Donovan
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still reading it and I wouldn't say it contains anything to bizarre but that's just me.Published 18 months ago by chellshokr
excellent condition, showed up quickly great read for a good price :) this is a gift, so i really appreciated the condition of the book, and the short wait time :)Published on December 3, 2013 by Sharon L.
I found it to be very interesting ! Great way to pass time in the john !! Hope you enjoy it !Published on January 6, 2013 by S. BROOKINS