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Old 04-01-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Free (Kindle) Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!: Learn the Truth & Spot the Lie [DIY Reference]

Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!: Learn the Truth and Spot the Lie on Everything from Tequila-Made Diamonds to Tetris's Soviet Roots - Plus Tons of Other Totally Random Facts from Science, History and Beyond! by Neil Patrick Stewart is a handy self-help educational reference guide to exactly what it says in the title, free courtesy of Adams Media.

Currently free @ Amazon (available to Canadians but not in the UK; it looks like the UK store has stopped getting a lot of the standard freebies now). Still full price at B&N, which is a shame since this one looks pretty interesting and potentially useful for many people, who, judging from what they spout in serious discussions, could really use it if they're not just trolling for the lulz.

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Think you can spot the fake?

Think again. It's going to be a lot harder than you think to pick out the BS. Each entry hides one well-crafted fib among a pair of unbelievable truths. And it's up to you to figure out what's fascinating and what's fabricated on everything from koala bears to Confucius to high-fructose corn syrup.

Was Cleopatra the last Egyptian pharaoh?
Can you really make diamonds out of tequila?
Is the platypus actually poisonous?

A flip of the page reveals whether you're right or wrong as well as more information on the true trivia--and why you might've fallen for the fake fact. You'll really need to know your sh*t if you plan on correctly calling bullsh*t.

About the Author: Neil Patrick Stewart is a writer, teacher, director, and actor who lives in Los Angeles. [Fact.] He's as bald as a doorknob. [Fact.] And at 8 feet, 9 inches, he is currently the world's tallest man. [Bullsh*t.]
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:30 PM   #3
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Oh, this is going to be fun to read. Thank you!
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
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Now dropped to free @ Amazon UK. I've been skimming this in chunks and it's pretty fun. They even have a bit on BC's mysterious severed feet which we pretty much get an annual influx of.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:08 AM   #5
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While I'm sure this is entertaining, I have the same problem with this book as I do with the similar "Dictionary of Misinformation."
There are no citations. Why should I believe anything this guy says?
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:31 PM   #6
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One thing you shouldn't believe is the entry for Marie Curie. Number 2 should be Bullsh*t and number 3 should be Fact.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:13 PM   #7
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Sounds like they need to run a bit more fact-checking. Or at least proof-reading to make sure they don't have the categories mixed up.

It's sad that this has no citations, because a) this guy is supposed to be a real-life teacher, which says unfortunate things about the state and expectations of education in the US and b) it's probably not meant as an ironic lesson in taking the bare word of self-proclaimed authorities.

But the entries I've read for the stuff that I do know about (dinosaurs and the missing feet, which CBC has had a series of articles and a special feature and a documentary upon) are solid.

But uncited. "Trust, but verify, and DIY on that latter" seems to be the default lack-of-bibliography style for popular-audience-oriented reference books these days.
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