By Leland Gregory

Best-selling stand-up comedian Leland Gregory deals a blockbuster choice of greater than two hundred strange, bizarre, foolish, surprising, and downright outrageous precise tales approximately historic Greek and Roman history.

New York Times best-selling writer Leland Gregory is one in all Andrews McMeel Publishing’s such a lot winning noncartoon humorists. foolish, surprising, bizarre, hilariously funny—and outrageously true—the brief anecdotes inside of his anthologies of human stupidity are culled from print, on-line, and broadcast media from everywhere in the world. Inside Stupid old History, Gregory chronicles Greek philosophers, Roman conquerors, and ancient mythconceptions, including:

— To struggle off Roman ships in three hundred BC, Carthaginians catapulted stay snakes at them.
— The Athenian lawmaker Draco died of suffocation while presents of cloaks have been showered upon him by way of thankful electorate at an Aegina theater in 620 BC. 
— In historic Rome, lengthy earlier than the appearance of the Christian Bible, Roman males swore to “tell the reality, the complete fact, and not anything however the fact” by way of putting their correct hand on their testicles. It is from this ritual that we derived the time period “testimony.”
—  Of the Seven Wonders of the traditional global, The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus burned to the floor in 356 BC. The arsonist used to be accomplished; and to ensure his want for eternal reputation wouldn’t come precise, it was once ordered that his identify be from all files and not pointed out again. But humans will talk. Despite all efforts, his identify leaked, and Herostratus is remembered as essentially the most infamous firebugs in history. 

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