These Are The “100 of the Worst Ideas in History”

Ever since Adam snacked on the forbidden fruit and was chased naked out of the Garden of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of bad ideas. From skinny-dipping presidents to toxic tooth fillings to hit-making pop music stars who can't carry a tune, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is a celebration of humanity's historical, often hysterical missteps that have started wars, sunk countries, wrecked companies, scuttled careers, lost millions and even endangered the Earth.

Today it comes alive in the form of a new audiobook at — featuring 100 mind-boggling stories, 10 mind-bending chapters and six mind-blowing sidebars performed by authors Michael N. Smith and Eric Kasum (plus a posse of professional Hollywood voice actors), all energized by comical music and intriguing sound design.

Originally published by Sourcebooks of Chicago, the printed book has spawned over 40 talk radio interviews, Los Angeles TV appearances, features in the New York Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer and more.  

What Were They Thinking?

In the new audiobook, listeners will discover:

  • How a confused chauffeur helped start World War I
  • Who turned down the greatest product placement opportunity in cinema history
  • How a Chicago White Sox game helped hasten the demise of disco
  • The toad that nearly ate Australia
  • The most dangerous children's game ever invented
  • The tasty new snack food that's likely to give you diarrhea
  • And so much more (of so much less)

Spanning politics, pop culture, fashion, sports, technology and more, this irreverent and witty audiobook is packed with info-taining tidbits, tracing how these thundering brainstorms turned into blundering brain farts, while illuminating the astonishing impact these faux pas and foibles continue to have on us today.

"100 of the Worst Ideas in History"

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