Review of Strange History

September 23, 2016 Book Reviews 3

Review of Strange History

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Strange History Genres: Coffee Table read
Published by Printers Row Pages: 417
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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From the 20th century to the Old West, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Dark Ages, from ancient cultures all the way back to the dawn of time, Strange History is overflowing with mysterious artifacts, macabre legends, kooky inventions, reality-challenged rulers, boneheaded blunders, and mind-blowing facts. Read about…

*The curse of Macbeth
*Stupid history: Hollywood style
*The secret LSD experiments of the 1960s
*In search of the lost “Cloud People” of Peru
*The Swedish queen who declared war on fleas
*Unearthing the past with the Outhouse Detectives
*The Apollo astronaut who swears he saw a UFO
*How to brew a batch of 5,000-year-old beer
*The brutal bloodbaths at Rome’s Coliseum
*Ghostly soup from ancient China
*The bathroom of the 1970s

And much, much more

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What I thought of this book

This is one of those coffee table books full of fun and strange little bits of history from around the world.

It was a lot of fun to read and had some really really strange things and it made me laugh out loud.

In case you ever need a magical curse here are a few:

May the desert wind blow angry scorpions up your robe.

May a family of ferrets nest in your knickers.

There is a lot of fun facts about really strange laws and weird things that the aristocracy did a long time ago. Talks about Vlad the Impaler and strange toys (shrinking head kit)

It’s a book that you don’t have to read all at once and can take in little tidbits at a time. If you like funny historical facts then you will probably enjoy this book. Recommended for a laugh!

Random Fact: License plates came before cares- they were used on horse-drawn carriages in 1884.
Ceasar Salad: It was invented in the 1920s by Italian-born restaurateur Caesar Cardini in San Diego during a busy Fourth of July celebration when kitchen supplies were running low.

Orange Julius: Also from the 1920s, the Orange Julius is a sweetened, icy orange drink. It was first sold by Julius Freed. Customers would line up and shout, “Give me an orange, Julius!”

From things not named after Julius Ceasar.

Reading Challenge

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Netgalley Reading Challenge 2016
  • New Release Challenge 2016
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