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Unusually Stupid Americans: A Compendium of All-American Stupidity Paperback – October 21, 2003
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Everyone knows that America is "the land of the free and the home of the brave," but sometimes that means we're free to be as bravely stupid as we want! In "Unusually Stupid Americans, Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras assemble choice bits of stupidity, U.S.A.-style, including
-the top seriously flawed American advertising moments, including Pacific Airlines' brilliant "You're scared of flying? So's our pilot!" ad campaign, which led the airline to bankruptcy within two months of the campaign's inception
-the Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration in Florida, where a plaque was un-veiled that was intended to honor the actor James Earl Jones but instead read, "Thank you James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive" (an unfortunate slip-up, as James Earl Ray was King's assassin)
-and much more!
Top Customer Reviews
Some of the quotes and acts of silliness presented here were committed by well- known entertainers, politicians, sports personalities, and other famous people and they make for some of the book's most memorable and funniest moments. Al Gore, Bill Gates, Justine Bateman, Bob Ney (Ohio Republican representative), and other members of the fraternal order of the rich and famous are quoted in the book at length, showing how they either made a silly- sounding comment or twisted the truth to get themselves out of trouble.
Not all of the comments and acts of zaniness involved in this book center around the well-to-do. There are plenty of quotes and acts of stupidity committed by ordinary people too. And some of them will have you rolling on the floor with laughter while others will have you a little bit concerned about the condition of Americans and politics in general. Most of the stuff included in this book is flat out funny with nothing further to contemplate. But other things make you wonder if certain laws and/or conventional wisdom have gone too far. Like the case of some kids in a school getting arrested for allegedly possessing and distributed an illegal substance that turned out to be a package of grape kool- aid. Or a woman who stole a firecracker from someone's home, mistook it for a candle, was injured when it blew up, and then sued the homeowners for not labeling the stolen good as a firecracker.Read more ›
Most important, though, these folks did make me laugh (and think). I enjoyed this book tremendously on both counts and do recommend it for others.
I thought of this when I read UNUSUALLY STUPID AMERICANS by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras . . . this is a funny collection of lists, statistics, news items, quotations, and facts detailing stupid acts of Americans from all walks of life.
I laughed out loud at many of these . . . furthermore, they got me thinking about what if the authors included examples from around the world . . . methinks that they'd have enough material
for at least several books that I know that I'd certainly want to get.
What amazed me most was the fact that some of the "contributions" were from folks who otherwise were pretty bright . . . for example, award-winning adman Stan Freberg wrote the following-a full-page newspaper ad for a small Pacific Airline. Two months after the campaign
started, the airline went bankrupt. Perhaps the ad was involved.
Hey there! You with the sweat in your palms. It's about time an airline faced up to something. Most people are scared witless of flying. Deep down inside, every time that big plane lifts off that runway, you wonder if this is it, right? You want to know something, fella? So does the pilot, deep down
There were several other amusing tidbits; among them:
Three New Jersey townships--Upper Pittsgrove, Alloway and Quinton--in 1993 contracted for elevator inspectors, as per the orders of the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA). One problem: There are no elevators in any of the three towns.Read more ›
Robert E. Milliken author of Stupid In Montana As America.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an unusually stupid book. The really stupid thing Americans do is abuse the world's natural resources.Published 19 months ago by Trevor
Funny. I'm so glad I'm not the only one out there saying stupid things. I bought it as a gag gift for some European guy.Published on November 10, 2013 by A. Almeida
This book is not witty, amusing, or funny. It is just plain awful - and boring to boot. Don't buy it. I rated it at 1-star because there is no 0-star.Published on March 5, 2011 by Numbers Gal
Fun, lighthearted read when you want to feel smarter than the avarage rambling idiot. This book is filled with them and you'd be surprised at who they are.Published on December 16, 2009 by AC
This is a poorly-compiled and incomplete book of odd news stories. The authors just grabbed some stories off the Internet and print short excerpts, often withholding key... Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by Mediaman
The thing about Unusually Stupid Americans is that while there are some funny moments, many really fall flat. Some of the stupid anecdotes that are meant to amuse, just don't. Read morePublished on April 25, 2009 by Runa
Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras have produced another winner that is sure to make you laugh hysterically over the outrageous stupidity of people. Read morePublished on July 12, 2008 by J. Arena
If you've ever wondered how stupid people really can be, all you have to do is pick up a copy of this book! Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by Jennifer Wardrip