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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books; 1 edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385483414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385483414
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

*Too lazy to drive to his girlfriend's house, a man ties helium balloons to a lawn chair--and ends up at 15,000 feet, closing the L. A. airport.

*A Chinese contraception program causes the birth rate to rise when men are discovered taking birth control pills and unrolling condoms over their fingers--exactly as shown in the training film.

*A gang of Norwegian thieves carefully uses explosives to open a safe--only to find the safe is filled with dynamite. . .

In the national bestseller The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said--over 200,000 copies in print--Ross and Kathryn Petras immortalized idiotic utterances by public figures and average citizens alike. But what about the doers out there, the people who didn't stop at speaking, but went right out and did something stupid instead?

It's time to give credit where credit is due.

The 176 Stupidest Things Ever Done is a hilarious collection of inane incidents, senseless stunts, farcical feats, and utterly asinine activities from throughout history, and around the globe. From Sam Goldwyn to Walter Mondale, Albert Einstein to Fabio, the board of General Motors to British Parliament, this comic compendium chronicles the stupidest acts, ideas, decisions, inventions, songs, and ad campaigns that the mind of modern man has been able to devise.

The 176 Stupidest Things Ever Done is a non-stop barrage of belly laughs, conclusive proof that actions speak louder--and funnier--than words.

From the Inside Flap

*Too lazy to drive to his girlfriend's house, a man ties helium balloons to a lawn chair--and ends up at 15,000 feet, closing the L. A. airport.



*A Chinese contraception program causes the birth rate to rise when men are discovered taking birth control pills and unrolling condoms over their fingers--exactly as shown in the training film.



*A gang of Norwegian thieves carefully uses explosives to open a safe--only to find the safe is filled with dynamite. . .




In the national bestseller The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said--over 200,000 copies in print--Ross and Kathryn Petras immortalized idiotic utterances by public figures and average citizens alike. But what about the doers out there, the people who didn't stop at speaking, but went right out and did something stupid instead?



It's time to give credit where credit is due.



The 176 Stupidest Things Ever Done is a hilarious collection of inane incidents, senseless stunts, farcical feats, and utterly asinine activities from throughout history, and around the globe. From Sam Goldwyn to Walter Mondale, Albert Einstein to Fabio, the board of General Motors to British Parliament, this comic compendium chronicles the stupidest acts, ideas, decisions, inventions, songs, and ad campaigns that the mind of modern man has been able to devise.



The 176 Stupidest Things Ever Done is a non-stop barrage of belly laughs, conclusive proof that actions speak louder--and funnier--than words.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
The title says it all. This has to be the stupidest book I've ever read but also one of the funniest. I couldn't believe how stupid these things are, and I laughed my head off. As you might expect, this book is a great "bathroom book" as they're called. It's great to dip into for a few quick laughs. I gave it as a "grab-bag" gift this Christmas to some people in the office since I knew they would get a laugh out of it. I am sure they did!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "javastar" on July 21, 2001
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This book had the non-reader in my family happily reading and then reading aloud to the rest of us, relating the stories he was laughing about.
By the end of the day everyone in our family had heard or read every single page of the book!
If you need to tickle your funny bone or want to tickle the funny bone of someone else...this will do it. If you want to entice someone to read who says "I don't enjoy reading", they will enjoy reading this!
The book contains some stories that are not appropriate for children...probably would rate a PG13 if it were a movie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
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Extremely funny -- but it does make you wonder about the smarts of many people! These stories made us laugh very hard, but we couldn't help but wonder why people do such nuts things. The one thing we noticed: It's definitely not geographical. Apparently stupid stunts are an international phenomenon. (which made us feel better here in a major U.S. city!) All in all, a very funny read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1999
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Got this as a gift and didn't know what to expect...but wound up laughing my head off. These stories are killers and prove that truth is definitely stranger (and funnier)than fiction! I really enjoyed this and recommend it very much for anyone who needs a laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1998
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A truly wonderful funny book -- totally enjoyed it. It made me laugh and was also very much enjoyed by my kids (with some censorship). Other peoples' stupidity is wonderful to read about -- makes my own seem not so dumb!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Dizzle on June 11, 2000
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This is one of those books that makes you look up and think "Is this real?" I guess I have to suspend disbelief for a while cause this book is hilarious! Check it out!
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By A Customer on October 26, 1998
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A superb find for anyone who enjoys a good laugh at other people's expense - that of course includes practically everyone! For those unacquainted with these authors' humor books, they are all great entertainment for dinner parties to sitting alone in your bathroom. They have solved our holiday gift problems perfectly in the past and this one is no exception. A good laugh and a great buy!
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