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Product Details

  • Series: Uncle John Presents
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Portable Press (November 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592231497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592231492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A frequent contributor to the Bathroom Reader series, John Scalzi's other books include The Rough Guide to Money Online and the Rough Guide to the Universe. He lives in Bradford, OH.

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John Scalzi writes books, which, considering where you're reading this, makes perfect sense. He's best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller "Redshirts," which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. He enjoys pie, as should all right thinking people. You can get to his blog by typing the word "Whatever" into Google. No, seriously, try it.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on December 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a sensational collection of tales of stupid people, governments or decisions which span for one or two pages each. This easy to read format makes the book ideal to read as either a few stories at a time or from cover to cover. Dumb movie festival is an excellent inclusion in this collection as well where you get to actually read negative reviews by real publications and not just the positive ones the public relations departments of the film industry put out. I have read many of this genre of books such as The Darwin Awards Trilogy, Ripley's Believe it or Not and other Uncle John's collections and I have no doubt that this is the best of them all. You'll laugh, you'll smile, you'll be glad you bought this masterpiece.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Vickers on March 5, 2005
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The anecdotes, stories and articles featured in Uncle John's Presents The Book of the Dumb are very, very funny. It's hard for me to believe that so much idiocy exists in the world (well, outside of the men in my family), but writer Scalzi's collection of dumb acts, dumb criminals, dumb movies, and dumb quotes proves that stupidity is everywhere.

The only thing that bothered me was that I felt somewhat stupid for having bought this book, or should I say this half-book. Large type, wide margins, and lavish use of white space makes this book seem far smaller than 312 pages. Perhaps this book would better suit a reader who enjoys reading at a very leisurely pace, say ten pages a day. Those who like to plow through a book might feel disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Microbiologist on January 6, 2006
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I love the bathroom reader series, and the content of this book is mostly up to their usual standards, but I have to agree with the last reviewer. Uses large text, wide margins, and half empty pages to get the page number so high. Could have easily fit into less than 100 pages.

Funny, but not worth it for the money.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2004
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If you've ever done anything stupid, take heart...Book of the Dumb will make you feel much better about yourself. Within the pages of this book you'll read true stories that will dumbfound you. Letterman should add Stupid Human Tricks to his show and bring some of these characters on to tell their tales...if they are not too ashamed or embarrassed, but they're probably too dumb to notice that we're laughing at them and not with them.
The book is full of the kinds of stories you read out loud to your family and friends and provides hours of laughter and entertainment. A good gift for someone who is down in the dumps, but be careful about giving it to someone in the hospital, they might bust a gut or their stitches laughing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Ferrell on August 21, 2004
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I have enjoyed this book greatly both times I have read it. The examples of stupidity contained in it made me laugh out loud.
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I was hugely disappointed with this Uncle John's offering and will most likely not purchase an "Uncle John Presents" book again.

While some of the happenstances were definitely noteworthy Dumb, most were just interpretations of the author's view of "dumb". I want fact, not commentary. I want to form my own opinion of whether something is dumb or not. I do not want to have some other guy's opinion of what is dumb shoved down my throat.

Although delegated to the bathroom of my house, as are all of the Uncle John's books, no one read past the first few entries.
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"Hand me my lighter so I can see if the gas tank is full...."

If that sounds like a good idea to you, there's probably a profile of your finest moments in this volume from Uncle John!

Stupid criminals, stupid movies, stupid comments, stupid quizzes... I think you get the idea. If it's dumb, it's in here, and it's all amazingly funny.

I'd like to tell you this is fiction, but I'm not that dumb -- or optimistic.

Recommended!
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By kurt schmidt on May 6, 2014
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The topic is kind of overworked here. I guess if you like reading about people doing dumb things, its the right book for you! I thought I would, but it wears you down and you get the real impact of useless time spent
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