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By Michael Farquhar

ISBN-10: 0143035444

ISBN-13: 9780143035442

We might say that honesty is the easiest coverage, yet history—to say not anything of commercial, politics, and the media—suggests in a different way. during this infinitely citable publication, the writer of 2 bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts a few of the maximum deceptions of all time. With what solid record did the Vatican lay declare to a lot of Europe? Who wrote Hitler’s diaries? Why do hundreds of thousands nonetheless think the imprecise doggerel that Nostradamus came about as prophecy? Organizing his fabric via subject matter (con artists, the clicking, army trickery, medical fraud, imposters, nice escapes, and more), Michael Farquhar takes in every little thing from the hoodwinking of Hitler to Vincent “the Chin” Gigante’s thirty-year loopy act.

A Treasury of Deception is a zestful, gossipy exposé—and celebration—of lying.

A Treasury of Deception additionally includes:

• Ten tricksters from scripture
• Ten nice liars in literature
• Ten egregious examples of recent American doublespeak
• Ten vintage deceptions from Greek mythology

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137. In a bar fight, would you be more inclined to break a beer bottle to use it as a weapon, or to pick up a stool and crack it over your opponent’s head? 138. If you had a theme song, what song would you 139. At a urinal, is it wrong to look down? In a stall is it wrong to talk to the person next to you? pick? What if the song were played every time you entered a room or walked down the street? Would this change your choice? 140. When video phones become ubiquitous do you think we should be able to blur our identities like they do on cop video shows?

Do you think the alphabet is in the right order, or should all the vowels be together? What about the letters “Q” and “U”? Are there other changes you’d make? Sing your new alphabet song. 183. Why do you think the word “monosyllabic” has five syllables, “abbreviation” is such a relatively long word, and “onomatopoeia” sounds nothing at all like what it is? Can you think of better words for each? 184. Would you rather have a life preserver under your seat on an airplane or a parachute? After all, the seat cushions may be used as a flotation device.

Kung fu grip, removable head, pull string) 131. If you could trade lives with anyone at all, would you do it and whom would you trade with? 132. If you could trade clothes with anyone at all, would you do it and whom would you 129. If you trade with? What about bodies? could use a Barbie doll as a voodoo doll, who would you hurt and what would you do to them? 133. If a dead relative appeared to you and told you to give up all your earthly goods and go live on an island in the Caribbean to achieve eternal happiness, would you go?

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