Dumbing Down the ArtsA
frustrated writer came up with novel scheme to test the intelligence of book publishers. He retyped into manuscript form The Painted Bird
, Jerzy Kosinski's award-winning novel, and submitted it, under his own name, to a dozen big publishers. They all rejected the manuscript as not being worthy of publication, including the house that had actually published Kosinski's book.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Too Smart to AskW
hy do the idiots always rise to the top?
They're handpicked by the top brass, who don't want someone smart coming in and making them look bad by comparison.
he world's first parking tickets were given out in Nineveh (now Iraq) over 2,000 years ago to people who parked their chariots on the king's road. The fine? Death by impalement.
Dumb Moments in the Lives of Famous PeopleN
ot all presidents need scientific advisers. Ronald Reagan, for example, found it more efficient to invent his own science. Here's Reagan on the campaign trail dismissing the dangers of atomic energy: "All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk." That would have been one amazing desk, big enough to cover up the 25 tons of nuclear wasted produced each year by an atomic power plant.
People with Unique VisionL
ady Lewson, a wealthy eighteenth-century English woman, refused to bathe, ever, thinking immersion led to illness. Instead, to preserve herself she coated her body daily with hog's lard. She lived ninety years that way.