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What Were They Thinking?
Really Bad Ideas Throughout History

by Bruce Felton
 
Why would a Boston shoplifter hide stolen lobsters in his underwear? What would possess a California physician to give a cadaver’s severed hand as a romantic gift? What mental misfire 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 They Thinking?, revised for this edition to include recently unearthed harebrained schemes, useless products, and misguided obsessions. You’ll learn the stories behind:



> The World War II plot to attack Buckingham Palace with exploding ­chocolate bars.

> The zoo that encouraged visitors to shoot the animals (and even supplied rifles for an extra charge).

> The travelers’ phrase book that translates “The cockroaches have eaten my shirt,” “Is there a taboo on your house?” and “Where can I defecate?”

> 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 Thinking?
What Were They Thinking?
Really Bad Ideas Throughout History
by Bruce Felton

The Lyons Press, 2007.
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