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Notable: 'All-Time Stupidest Top 10 Lists'; 'The Second Book of General Ignorance'; 'The Super Book of Useless Information'

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We often turn to books to make us feel smarter, but books like these cheerfully celebrate foolishness and error.

Book of All-Time Stupidest Top 10 Lists (Workman) by Kathryn and Ross Petras gathers enough unfortunate quotes, unintended ironies and mangled cliches for 10 primaries, like this gem from a soccer player: "We lost because we didn't win."

The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong (Crown) by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson patiently explains that a defibrillator won't start a stopped heart, Mussolini didn't make the trains run on time, high testosterone levels don't make people aggressive and much more.

The Super Book of Useless Information: The Most Powerfully Unnecessary Things You Never Need to Know (Penguin) by Don Voorhees reads a little like a drill for Jeopardy: Name a slave state that didn't secede from the Union, how many feet of DNA a cell contains, and which writer had a No. 1 movie, TV show and book at the same time. (What's Kentucky, what's 3, who's Michael Crichton?)

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: 'All-Time Stupidest Top 10 Lists'; 'The Second Book of General Ignorance'; 'The Super Book of Useless Information' 01/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 3:30am]

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