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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! Paperback – October 18, 2011
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Neil Patrick Stewart is a writer, teacher, director, and actor who lives in Los Angeles. [Fact] He's as bald as a doorknob. [Fact] And at 8 feet, 9 inches, he is currently the world's tallest man. [Bullsh*t]
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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. The Brickyard 400 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has 280,000 seats available.
So, in short, this is a fun little book but don't trust everything that you read in it. Before you try to impress your friends and co-workers with your newfound factoids, verify them.
Stewart introduces the book indicating that he's out to expose myths and urban legends as "BS", but nearly all of the "false" items he includes are simply modified versions of ostensible facts. For example, saying that a set of events took place two years earlier than claimed is not my definition of BS, nor is the substitution of a cat for a dog in an otherwise complex story. Many others are just things he made up for the book.
I got this book when it was offered for free on the Kindle, and it was worth that. I think I'd hesitate at paying more than a couple of bucks for it. Some of the items presented as fact are astonishing, if they are indeed true, but I felt that the book did not live up to its promise.
However, there are some errors. The obvious one that has been mentioned is the presidents about midway through the book. Some of the others are not so obvious.
This could be a fun book. The author needs to go back and reread it and proof read it and read these reviews and fix the errors. IF that were done, this would be a five star book just because it's so darn fun and fascinatingly full of trivia. However, as it stands now it deserves a rating of about 2 stars at most.