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Book Review: The Stupidest Things Ever Said: Book of All-Time Stupidest Top 10 Lists by Kathryn and Ross Petras

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After reading Kathryn and Ross Petras’s book, The Stupidest Things Ever Said: Book of All-Time Stupidest Top 10 Lists, I found myself literally wiping the tears from my cheeks. This book is full of hilarious quotes and anecdotes through the ages. In their most recent collection, the brother-sister duo entertain once again with the best (and the worst) of human imperfection.

It all began with the Petrases’ publication of their first book, The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said. From this hit was born their new collection of top 10 lists, with an assortment of stupidity ranging from double-entendres and translational errors to accidental omissions and, my personal favorite, the slip of the tongue. Er, wait, that came out wrong…

Of course, everyone loves to see a news anchor flub his lines, but few of us are lucky enough to witness it live. This book has wrangled them together for your reading pleasure. I guarantee you, you will not be able to keep yourself from chuckling the whole way through.

The Stupidest Things Ever Said: Book of All-Time Stupidest Top 10 Lists is absolutely full of juicy gems such as quotes from stumbling politicians, inappropriate ad slogans, and celebrity goofs. Perfect for sharing with family and friends or entertaining yourself during a night in, this book is pure fun for anyone.

Having said all of that, my only complaint was the inclusion of film and other scripted quotes that really had no place in this particular book. For me, the fun of reading and watching bloopers comes from the fact that they are genuine, spontaneous moments coming from real people. However, the movie quotes didn’t by any means ruin the book for me, and there was still plenty more to enjoy.

I suggest this book to anyone who loves blooper shows, pranks, or anyone else who loves to laugh. Of course, discretion should be used when reading this to children as the book includes a few (if unintended) sexual and discriminatory remarks.

I will definitely keep this book on hand as an emergency mood-lifter. It is a celebration of human ignorance at its finest and reminder of just how funny life can be. In my opinion, the world needs more reminders like this.

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