would a Boston shoplifter hide stolen
his underwear? What would possess a California physician to give a
cadaver’s severed hand as a romantic gift? What mental
led an Atlanta Braves pitcher to iron his shirt—while he was
wearing it? Renowned bad idea connoisseur Bruce Felton examines these
unanswerable questions and many others in What Were
revised for this edition to include recently unearthed harebrained
schemes, useless products, and misguided obsessions. You’ll
the stories behind:
> The zoo that
visitors to shoot the animals (and even supplied rifles for an extra
| > The World
War II plot to attack
Buckingham Palace with exploding chocolate bars.
phrase book that
translates “The cockroaches have eaten my shirt,”
there a taboo on your house?” and “Where can I
> The British plan to tear down the Taj Mahal and
sell the pieces to interior decorators.
> The Elvis Vegiform, a plastic mold that turns
any vegetable into a bust of the King.
What Were They
Really Bad Ideas Throughout
The Lyons Press, 2007.