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Cruel and Unusual Idiots: Chronicles of Meanness and Stupidity Kindle Edition

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About the Author

The jokes, wacky anecdotes, and inane quotes in Leland Gregory’s Stupid-themed anthologies showcase the best of human nature at its worst. Through his Twitter handle of @ChronicStupid, Leland shares headlines, quips, and unbelievable feats of folly culled from print, online, and broadcast media around the globe. He has authored more than a dozen humor titles, including What's the Number for 911? and the New York Times best-sellers Stupid American History and America's Dumbest Criminals.  A tireless promoter, he has made hundreds of radio and television appearances, including multiple appearances on NBC's Today show. 

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  • File Size: 1614 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0740771108
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC (May 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OVESZE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Leland Gregory is the New York Times Bestselling author of "Stupid American History" and "America's Dumbest Criminals." He is also author of the National Bestsellers, "The Stupid Crook Book," "What's The Number for 911?" and "Stupid History." Leland is a former writer for Saturday Night Live, has written and sold a screenplay to Disney, optioned a screenplay to Touchstone and has written for a variety of magazines from Readers Digest to Maxim. A tireless promoter, he has made hundreds of radio and television appearances, including multiple appearances on NBC's Today show. Leland lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy exploring "the worst of human nature" you will have hours of screamingly funny entertainment with this book. You'll love hating the woman in Arizona who pulled up the the Neiman Marcus in her BMW, took her dog in the store with her but left her baby in the back seat after handing the valet her car keys. Hours later, she was riding in the back of a squad car. Just the headline from a North Caroline newspaper is enough to entertain you. "17 Known Dead in Morgue Shooting Spree."

Perhps you'll find most inspirational the story of the husband in Salt Lake City who kidnapped and beat his wife over an argument about attending church!

These people exist, and if we can at least laugh at them, their lives are a little more precious for it. (Sick, sad and pathetic, but precious nontheless!)

This is weird entertainment for the select and strange few.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicit6 on December 20, 2012
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I purchased the Kindle Edition for $1.99, and was not impressed. It features both short stories, and headlines. I wish it featured more stories to go with the headlines. While i did enjoy some, a good portion of the stories involved a person (sometimes drunk, sometimes not) assaulting another for a variety of dumb reasons. I'll give it two stars simply because it was a decent purchase at $2, but I would strongly urge you against buying the kindle version at anything more, it just isn't worth it.
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No one will mistake this collection of news clips, anecdotes, and headlines for great literature. It's not. Rather, it's a set of attention-grabbing vignettes. Often these are pretty funny. But just as often, the material is pathetic, bizarre, bewildering, ironic, or just plain strange.

Whatever the case, I found the material to be mostly entertaining. On occasion, however, I just felt sorry for the people involved, such as the girl who tore out most of her teeth while hallucinating that a green-gold bug had flown down her throat. Six months later, she decided that maybe drugs weren't such a great idea. Or the guy who rushes a balcony so he can spit further, only to fall to his death. I can't really laugh at stories like this when I'm left wondering how to contribute to the dentures fund or to ease the pain of the parents of a lost son.

Aside from the downright hilarious passages, the most satisfying anecdotes are of people who are "hoist on their own petard." Take for example the case of a guy who tries to shoot someone he has in a headlock, only managing instead to kill himself outright with the bullet. Or the guy to strands his girlfriend to die from an oncoming train only to perish himself from the flying debris. After a couple of these stories, one starts figuring that God has a sense of justice after all, or that karma is for real. Also satisfying are those stories where one is left wondering just what on earth the people were thinking. These tend to be alcohol and drug stories.

I tend to think that laughing with others is healthier than laughing at them, but these stories are still undeniably fun to read. If you own a Fire, then this is worth borrowing for a month. I paid $1.99 to get access on other devices. I wouldn't go above that, though.
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While the vast majority of anecdotes in this book feature stupid people doing stupid things, you also get a number of curious newspaper headlines, ironic acts by people with notable names (such as a fellow named Perry Mason suing over his expulsion from law school), some examples of extremely bad luck, and even the rare "there is justice in the world after all" pick-me-up. As an example of the latter, take the despicable man who parked his car in front of an oncoming train and bailed out, leaving his girlfriend inside to die - she somehow survived, and he was killed by a piece of flying debris.

Yes, I suppose there is a degree of reveling in the misery of others, but one must admit that it is quite fascinating to discover some of the bizarre ways in which humans meet their deaths or suffer grave injuries. I don't pity any of the dumb criminals here (not even the Japanese woman who complained to the police that the hit man she hired was taking too long to get the job done), as most of them actually deserve worse than they got, but I do feel sorry for some of their victims (such as the man who was stabbed for humming a Megadeth song so loudly that his attacker couldn't enjoy her Celine Dion music). Frankly, though, I'm not sure how to feel about someone who choked to death while biting the calluses off his feet or fell out of a moving car after opening the door to relieve himself. And you wouldn't believe some of the things people have argued and killed over.

There's very little in the way of original content here, which is fortunate given the fact that Leland Gregory's occasional little comments and bad jokes are not nearly as funny as he probably thinks they are.
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If your email address is known to more than 20 people, the odds are very good that at least one of them sends you some "funny" email every day. Typically they involve some stupid or moronic person doing something that no sane human would ever do, usually with disastrous consequences.

This book is nothing more than an anthology of those emails. If you like those types of stories, you will love this book. If you hate them, you will hate this book. It's that simple. Personally I find about 1 in 10 actually humorous, a ratio that seemed to hold in this book.

On the good side, I picked 10 of the stories and random and googled them to see if I could find a somewhat credible looking source- a named newspaper or publication, snopes, or at least something that sounded reliable. Eight of the ten passed this "sniff" test, indicating the author has at least tried to do some due diligence.

For the most part the author has cleaned up the copy a bit, but many of the stories are similarly worded to the original sources. Each story is a paragraph or two in length-nothing very deep.

So I came up with 3/5 stars because I am pretty much sick of most of these types of stories, although the author did a reasonable job of selecting, compiling and editing the material. If you are a fan of "Man punches kangaroo" stories, you will love the book.

Some of the material is borderline tasteless or gross-which is probably part of its charm.
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