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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535864
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating guide to all those little wrong things you thought you knew all your life. Reading it made me feel both smarter and dumber at the same time...but mostly smarter."
-Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! champion and author of Brainiac

About the Author

Rod L. Evans, Ph.D., is a teacher of philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and is the author of Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge and The Artful Nuance. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr. Rod L. Evans is an author, lecturer, and philosopher who writes and speaks on language,trivia,popular misconceptions,ethics,practical political philosophy,and personal responsibility. He graduated from Old Dominion University, and earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. He is Lecturer of Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Evans has published eighteen books in several subjects, including English usage, recreational linguistics, lexicography, trivia, political philosophy, and religion.His latest book,a wordplay book called "Tyrannosaurus Lex," was praised by author Richard Lederer,who said,"No one makes the alphabet dance as brilliantly and entertainingly as Rod Evans." The following persons have written introductions or forewords for Dr. Evans's books: Isaac Asimov, William F. Buckley, Paul Simon (the late U.S. senator), Linus Pauling, Hugh Downs, Steve Allen, and Betty White. The following persons have endorsed his books: Milton Friedman, Walter Williams, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Albert Ellis, Ken Jennings (Jeopardy! champion), Joe Edley (Scrabble champion), and Tyler Hinman (Crossword puzzle champion).

He has won two teaching awards, has earned an entry in Who's Who in America, and is a member of Mensa and the Triple Nine Society.

Customer Reviews

If you have a "Know-it-All" friend, this is the book to stump them with.
R. Craig
Seldom is so much accurate information presented in so interesting and entertaining a way as in this book.
D. Mayer
It just wasn't meaty enough for me, plus it was annoying to keep flipping back and forth.
Wyjadka

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Mayer on June 7, 2010
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Rod Evans proves himself to be the master of trivia - and a true debunker-artist - with this outstanding collection of questions that, as the book's subtitle says, "even know-it-alls get wrong." There's something here to stymie every one of your "know-it-all" friends, family members, work colleagues, or acquaintances, with questions arranged in diverse topics, including American history, geography, science, sports, literature, music, the Bible, and religion. I particularly liked the two sections on quotations, which debunk misconceptions about the origins of such famous sayings as "Give me liberty or give me death!," "That government is best which governs least," and "There's a sucker born every minute." What makes this book stand out from all other trivia quiz books is not just the quality and diversity of the questions, but the thoroughness of the answers. Encyclopedic in its coverage, Sorry, Wrong Answer not only explains the right answers but also gives the reasons why so many people get them wrong. Seldom is so much accurate information presented in so interesting and entertaining a way as in this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carol Ventresca on June 24, 2010
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Consuming the juicy morsels in this book is better than "pigging out" on dessert -- without the calories! You can partake of as little or as much as you have time for and come away feeling satisfied and edified. Filled with interesting facts artfully presented, this book provides hours of entertainment, alone or in a group. I learned something from every page. Even when I knew the correct answer to a quiz question, I eagerly turned to the full answer and invariably found yet another juicy morsel. One cannot have too much of the knowledge captured in this book. As usual with Dr. Evans's writings, his use of language is precise and informative. Both the style and the content of Sorry, Wrong Answer make it a worthy addition to the library of every curious reader.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Craig on June 17, 2010
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This is truly a treasure trove of general knowledge origins and trivia. Well researched, referenced and written, it brings to light many common misconceptions about everything from the meaning or origin of everyday words and phrases to historical events. The answers are detailed and thorough. If you have a "Know-it-All" friend, this is the book to stump them with. Rod Evans has knocked it out of the park with this one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mcgivern Owen L on July 7, 2010
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Which group started the "British Invasion" in the early 60s? ....Who is the only past U.S. President to head a labor union?...How did Mama Cass really die?....Which was the longest military war in U.S. history?...Who was the last Fuhrer of Nazi Germany?....Is Wellington, New Zealand actually EAST of western Alaska? And which state's nickname is "The Land of Opportunity?". These and some 593 other questions are posted here in "Sorry, Wrong Answer". Author Evans has compiled a book of fun and challenge. 30 sources are listed in the bibliography as testament to authenticity. A high point is the detailed answers to many of the questions, such as the one on the origins of the Baltimore Oriole-the bird not the baseball team. Readers may enjoy SWA more by digesting the contents slowly over a few readings. The answers to the Qs above are: The Tornadoes, with the instrumental "Telstar" in 1962; Ronald Reagan, who headed the Screen Actors Guild; Mama Cass (of the Mamas and Papas) suffered a fatal heart attack at age 32. She did NOT choke on a ham sandwich; the war against the various Apache tribes spanned between 1840 and 1886; Admiral Karl Donitz, who succeeded Hitler for 8 days in 1945; Wellington is actually east (!) of the westernmost Aleutians and Arkansas, as per the old Glen Campbell song. Only a curmudgeon could fail to find some entertainment here. Is the title a play on the old film noir classic ("Sorry, Wrong Number") with Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster? Somehow that would be fitting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruce C. Friedman on June 22, 2010
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Reading one of Professor Rod Evans' masterpieces (and I kid you not, this is truly a masterpiece) is an exercise in humility. Just when you're beginning to feel a bit smug with the accumulated wisdom of your years, along comes Professor Rod to burst your bubble by demonstrating that much of what you think you know just isn't true. So, whether you're looking to correct your reservoir of knowledge or merely to acquire ammunition to humble a know-it-all acquaintance, you will treasure this book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By mike kimzey on December 8, 2010
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Small book, not very interesting. I was hoping for more background on the origin on these facts, but most of the answers are short. Chapter format is awkward, using double lists kept me going back and forth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denise Cochran on June 18, 2010
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This accessible and very engaging collection of trivia will delight most anyone and in virtually any setting. From food to famous people, sports to literature, the book spans over two dozen topics. And whether one is given to taking a long flight, keeping the banter rolling at a party, or just has a natural curiosity about cultural literacy... "Sorry, Wrong Answer" is sure to have broad appeal. What I like most about the book is the variety of the selections and also the thoroughness of the explanations. I can only imagine all the exhaustive work that went into compiling this collection. So wonderful of Mr Evans to turn out yet another stellar read!

As for who invented kilts... it wasn't the Scottish but the Irish.
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