Michael N. Smith, author of Audiobook "100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity’s Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts," interviewed by Vanessa Denha Garmo on WJR Radio.
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What if President McKinley had opted to wear a bullet proof vest and avoided assassination? What if Coke just changed its age-old formula as a devious way to increase sales? What if Burt Reynolds had said yes to the role of James Bond? These are all questions that Michael N. Smith and Eric Kasum dare to ask in their new, laugh-out-loud audiobook, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity’s Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts, with riotous results.
From skinny-dipping presidents to toxic tooth fillings to hit singing groups that can’t carry a tune, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is a celebration of humanity’s historical, hysterical stinkin' thinkin'—thundering brainstorms that turned into blundering brain farts—and the astonishing impact they carry to this day.
“We're big believers in the adage ‘those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it’,” says Smith. “With schools relegating history to the dull, boring memorization of ‘dead guys and dates’, it was time someone took a swing at making history human, identifiable, entertaining and memorable.”
With decades of entertainment writing and production between them, Michael N. Smith and Eric Kasum know how to deliver content that will have you in stitches—and you might actually learn something along the way as well! Narrated by the authors and a slew of other Hollywood voice actors, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is a media masterpiece and the perfect companion while commuting, summer travelling, exercising or simply relaxing after a long workday.
“While we do have higher aspirations of helping to reinvigorate an interest in history among students and adults, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is ultimately a schadenfreude book—taking glee in the misfortunes of others,” says Smith.
In a time when we all need a little laughter, Smith and Kasum teach us not to take the world too seriously and that sometimes it’s okay to laugh at ourselves.
“This book is for dads, grads, students, summer travelers, anyone who hears that Cliff-Claven-style, know-it-all yammering on at the end of the bar and longs to say, 'Oh, yeah? I can top that one,'” says Smith. “It’s designed to give you the ammo to unseat that inebriated windbag and rise to your proper place as the smartest, coolest, grooviest guy or girl in the room.”