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By Martin J. Smith

Even though its composition turns out sometimes arbitrary, this addition to the unusual heritage subgenre is as informative because it is interesting. Smith and Kiger (Poplorica) take 20 of yankee history's largest ''flops, goofs, misjudgments, and fiascoes'' (mainly from the 20 th century) and try to extract a ''meaningful lesson'' from each one, the latter more challenging than just telling an embarrassing tale. for example, ''Beware recommendations That Create New Problems'' profiles Thomas Midgeley, the innovator who further toxic bring about gas and invented ozone-killing CFCs, which made him liable for extra atmospheric harm than the other guy in background. most pleasurable are the chapters on jaw-droppingly ridiculous judgements, corresponding to Jimi Hendrix beginning for the Monkees in 1967 or the 1974 Cleveland Indians' 10-cent beer evening that became one in every of seasoned activities' ugliest riots. a few topics appear extra like inaccurate incidents than fiascoes (e.g., inventors' endless quest for a flying automobile, the Y2K scare), yet there are many corkers, just like the hubristic flameout that used to be the football-wrestling hybrid XFL. A ''bonus'' bankruptcy crams in different candies for a pleasant end, from the well-known (e.g., the CIA's Castro assassination plots) to the imprecise (e.g., equine sushi ice cream).

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We are assured that, were he alive today, the ever-creative Midgley would be leading the effort to solve the problems he inadvertently created. Given his track record, though, maybe it’s best that he isn’t trying to help. ” Midgley’s transformation from mechanical engineer to renowned chemist began in 1916 while he was working for the fabled Charles Kettering at Dayton Research Laboratories (which later became the General Motors Research Division) in Dayton, Ohio. In the fall of that year, Kettering asked Midgley to figure out why internal-combustion engines had an annoying knock which seemed to rob them of power.

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