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Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!: Learn the Truth and Spot the Lie on Everything from Tequila-Made Diamonds to Tetris's Soviet Roots - Plus Tons of Other Totally Random Facts from Science, History and Beyond! Kindle Edition
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I had a great time with this book. But as another reviewer pointed out, the book made a really major error in stating that Thomas Jefferson was the third Vice President and fourth President. It then says, "That one was a gimme!" Except that one was WRONG. He was the second Vice President and third President. I'm not going from memory; I looked it up to be sure I was remembering correctly.
So I'd say anything in this book should be taken with a grain of salt. It's for fun. If you're looking for facts, look them up in reliable sources. That's the only error I noticed, but it may not be the only one.
However, I'm not going to let an error ruin a fun book. It's like a game, to me, and I enjoyed it a lot. I always look up things I'm not sure about anyway, so one wrong answer out of an entire book (although it was a pretty weird thing to get wrong) isn't that big a deal to me. If this were a history text, I'd have a different opinion on that.
This book was a first for me in a way. Fact. Fact. Bulls***! was the first book I ever read on my phone thanks to the Kindle app for my android phone. In a way, this book was made for reading on a little phone screen. It is entirely composed of a topic with three "facts" that follow. After that the reader will find out that at least one of those "facts" will be correct and at least one will be incorrect, or bulls*** as the title notes. The facts and the bulls*** answers are explained.
This makes for fairly interesting short-term reading but it is not built for the long haul. This would be a great book to have for standing in line at the bank or if you have to wait for a bus or a train because you can get in and out of a topic in just a few minutes.
But...some of Stewart's facts are more factual than others. For example, he incorrectly states as a "fact" that Thomas Jefferson was the fourth president and the third vice president. In reality, he was the third president and the second VP.
When it comes to the NASCAR set of "facts" there are multiple problems. He addresses the widely held belief that Danica Patrick is the first woman to race for NASCAR's Winston Cup, which he notes is incorrect, but on multiple levels that he fails to mention. Danica is not the first woman to race in NASCAR, which he correctly notes. However, he only mentions Janet Guthrie, who first competed in NASCAR in 1976. Other women competed in NASCAR's top level as early as 1949, but they are not mentioned. Also, he fails to note that Danica never competed for the "Winston" Cup since its name was changed in in 2004. Also, he notes in his "fact" section that the largest NASCAR event can hold as many as 170,000 fans. That is incorrect.Read more ›
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Fairly interesting read. Funny to read some of the comparisons and it ends up being trivia in our household between my wife and I. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Austin Jensen
Fun, fascinating, and a great party game. I like that the background of all the answers is given for those who would "argue" with the answers.Published 10 months ago by L. Alessio
Fun to read book of facts. I like this kind of stuff. Not something I sat down and read in one sitting, in fact I have not yet read it all. Read morePublished 19 months ago by echogirl