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Fascinating True Stories from the Flip Side of History


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and Other Stories
from the Flip Side of History

by Steve Silverman


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  • Fartman – You can really earn a living releasing foul-smelling gas! 
  • The Collyer Brothers – But where was Langley? 
  • Michael Malloy – Possibly history’s most bizarre murder scheme.
  • The Rooster Booster – The feathers will be flying!
  • Ballooning – Up, up and away in my beautiful lawn chair…
  • The Great Boston Molasses Disaster – History’s stickiest disaster.
  • Citicorp Tower – Watch our for the Leaning Tower of Citibank.
  • The Lake Peigneur Disaster – And away goes the lake down the drain!
  • The Rainman – Don’t wish for too much of a good thing…
  • Kitty Litter – What’s the scoop?
  • Einstein’s Refrigerator – He really did design modern iceboxes.
  • The Foot Thingy – Whatchamacallit?
  • America’s First Subway – It was one big secret.
  • Vaseline – It’s yummy for your tummy!
  • Hedy Lamarr  – Not exactly your typical nerdy inventor with a pocket protector.
  • The Zipper – Hey!  Your fly is open!
  • Nikola Tesla – He makes Thomas Edison look like a dummy.
  • Mike the Headless Chicken – He really was a chicken running around with his head cut off.
  • George Washington – He was really the 9th President of the United States!
  • Emperor Norton I – The USA’s first and only emperor.
  • Pennies for College – A college education for just pennies.
  • Fu-Go – The strangest weapon of World War II.
  • Bat Bombs – The other top-secret weapon.
  • Titanic – The curse of Violet Jessop.
  • Poon Lim – How did he manage to survive?
  • Mount Pelée – How an election killed the entire electorate.
  • Gadsby – An E-less novel.
  • Niagara Falls – The day that the Falls actually went dry.
  • The Al-Kuwait – How Donald Duck helped save the day.
  • The Baby Derby – How many babies can a woman have in ten years?
  • The U.S. Camel Brigade – Something seems just a little out of place here.
  • The Flubber Fiasco – You just can’t keep a good toy down.
  • Philo Farnsworth – How one boy changed the world…
  • The Great Toilet Paper Shortage – Blame it all on Johnny Carson.
  • Fight! – Why you should never scream that word in a crowded room.
  • The Exploding Whale – Son of Blubber takes flight…
  • The Peshtigo Fire – You’ve never heard of it because a cow stole the spotlight. 
  • The Horrors of DHMO – This stuff is just downright scary. 
  • The Matchstick Man – The most unusual instrument collection in the world.
  • Eveready Batteries – He gave the company away to work on model trains. 
  • Murderous Mary – The day Mary the Elephant was hanged.
  • Pez – Available in Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Chlorophyll flavors!
  • Pink Flamingos – So tacky, yet so cool.
  • Barbequing – Who really needs lighter fluid?
  • Lindbergh’s Artificial Heart – He was more than a famous pilot.
  • Reginald Fessenden – The world’s first radio broadcaster.
  • Photographic Film – Eastman-Kodak’s big loss.
  • The Photocopier – The invention that nobody wanted.
  • Neil Armstrong – Was he really the first to walk on the moon?
  • AstroNOTS – Did they really have the right stuff?
  • Mayday at 41,000 Feet – Watch those units…
  • Sir Alfred – He’s still there.
  • The Miracle Man – Almost does count…
  • 1904 Olympics – These games were a sideshow in every sense.
  • Ota Benga – The guy that lived in a cage at the zoo.
  • Charles Ponzi – Double your money in 90 days.
  • The New English – Good luck understanding this one.
  • Murphy’s Law – It figures.
  • Arbor Day – A forgotten tradition.
  • The Electric Pickle – Lets hear it for pickle power!
  • Hiroo Onoda – Hey!  The war is over.
  • Rubber Duckies – The quack heard around the world.