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They Did What?!: Your Guide to Weird and Wacky Things People Do    by Jeff Szpirglas & Dave Whamond order for
They Did What?!
by Jeff Szpirglas
Order:  USA  Can
Maple Tree, 2005 (2005)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Jeff Szpirglas tells us that for each of homo sapiens' great accomplishments, there's an equally great blunder, and he shares a variety of these flubs with us in They Did What?! Dave Whamond's colorful accompanying illustrations show us the funny side of mankind's wackiness.

Szpirglas takes us from Far-Out Fads to Far-out Futures, pausing along the way to present topics like The Extreme Sports Scene, Are You Going to Eat That?, and Peculiar Performers. I enjoyed the section on Truly Tall Tales (classic urban legends like the one about gators in the sewers), and had to laugh at the idea of pumpkin paddling as a sports event, or how about rolling downhill in a Zorb? I don't plan to treat a headache with powdered mummy, or to attend a World Worm Charming Championship any time soon. But I would like to see those water-skiing squirrels in action.

Read They Did What?! to exercise your critical thinking on fads and hoaxes, and to discover that people do do the strangest things imaginable.

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