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

Leland Gregory
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Book Description

Some wonder why and some wonder why not. But it's the latter ones who make you scratch your head and say, 'What in the world were you thinking?'

Former Saturday Night Live writer Leland Gregory skewers cruel crooks and the idiotically inane.

From absurd 911 calls to presidential philosophizing and political pandering to foolish felons, Leland Gregory generates the best laughs by exposing the worst of human nature. Inside this collection, Gregory offers more than 275 accounts of human stupidity at its most malicious and peculiar:

* In August 2006, 40-year-old Darrel Rodgers was treated at a Bloomington, Indiana, hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left knee. Rogers explained that he shot himself seeking to relieve the pain in his knee, which probably stemmed from shooting himself in the same knee ten years earlier.

* And, because some of the stories are just that unbelievable, each anecdote, quote, or factoid is presented with relevant background information--including its verified news source.

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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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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
2.0 out of 5 stars More meanness than stupidity December 20, 2012
By Nicit6
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Depressing yet Hilarious Look at Humanity December 4, 2012
Comparisons with the Darwin Awards cannot be avoided. Even so, I believe this tome stands on its own merits. I don't see it as a mere rip-off from Northcutt's collection of tragic, idiotic and silly stories. There are many deaths and murders, yes, but also other examples of childish revenge stories.

The picture of the cover embodies the very first tale.

I was never bored reading this brief collection, and I list a few of my favourites below.

- A Japanese man defaced a neighbour's house with urine 169 times before being caught. The reason? His neighbour's house was obstructing his view.
- A religious fanatic who claimed that god would save him from lions. He became a meal.
- A man shooting himself in the leg to relieve the pain... left by another bullet that was the result of a prior shooting.
- Poetic justice - a cruel boyfriend left his girlfriend on railroad tracks. Despite leaving just before impact, he was killed by his car's shrapnel. His girlfriend survived.
- A moron using a torch on a propane tank. He only made this error twice before perishing.

Ironic headlines abound, "Crematory Consumed by Fire" being just one of many. This is black humour at its best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Show me the funny! November 27, 2012
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Leland Gregory's Cruel and Unusual Idiots is subtitled Chronicles of Meanness and Stupidity. It seems appropriate since this is a generally mean-spirited book.

This is a collection of anecdotes and headlines, not all of which deal with the title idiots; some rely on wordplay. For the most part, however, we get tales of relatively pathetic individuals who through drunkeness, stupidity or insanity, commit harmful acts on themselves or others.

I suppose that this bears some similarity to the Darwin Awards stories, although those focus on people injuring themselves in inane ways. This book focuses more on people hurting or killing others for trivial reasons. But the big problem with this book is it's rarely funny. It does have a few good passages and it does pass the time, but overall, this is a pretty awful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ok January 11, 2014
By R. Linn
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Ok but not special. Funny at times but frequently not. I read it off and on. I needed four more words.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darwin Awards March 9, 2012
By Hake
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If you are a fan of books like the Darwin Awards once again you get a chance to laugh, shake your head and jaw drop. Enjoyable and easy read great for a break from more serious books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, light reading March 4, 2012
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Fun, light reading. This was an entertaining collection of all sorts of information one might have wanted to know but never really needed to know. Funny bathroom reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The human comedy February 13, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time
You get these stories in your in box probably every day. I bought this by accident when I first had my kindle only I think it was on sale.
Published on February 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny as hell
This book is really hilarious. It never ceases to amaze me how stupid some people really are. Especially crooks. I read this book in two days and laughed for most of them. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Lisa S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely makes for interesting and entertaining reading
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... Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Daniel Jolley
3.0 out of 5 stars Remember all those funny emails people have sent you?
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. Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by Andy in Washington
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny book for mindless reading
If you are looking for deep reading, this is not the book for you. If you are enjoy reading about the stupidity of others, and enjoy mind-numbing shows such as "World's... Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Ms. Parrothead
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Sad and Pathetic
If you enjoy sharing in the misery of others and revel in hearing about what happens to drunks, druggies and the criminally insane, this book is for you. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Charles Thiel
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More About the Author

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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