Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!: Learn the Truth and Spot the Lie on Everything from Tequila-Made Diamonds to Tetris's Soviet Roots-Plus Tons of Other Totally Random Facts from Science, History, and Beyond!

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Press: Adams Media (October 18, 2011)
Author Name:Stewart, Neil Patrick


Think you can spot the fake?Think again. 
It's going to be a lot harder than you think to pick out the BS.
Each entry hides one well-crafted fib among a pair of unbelievable truths.
And it's up to you to figure out what's fascinating and what's fabricated on everything from koala bears to Confucius to high-fructose corn syrup.Was Cleopatra the last Egyptian pharaoh?Can you really make diamonds out of tequila?Is the platypus actually poisonous?A flip of the page reveals whether you're right or wrong as well as more information on the true trivia—and why you might've fallen for the fake fact.
You'll really need to know your sh*t if you plan on correctly calling bullsh*t.


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  •     I love trying to figure out if something is true or "bull" (Amazon won't let me actually use the word that's in the title of the book.)I had a great time with this book. But as another reviewer pointed out, the book made a really major error in stating that Thomas Jefferson was the third Vice President and fourth President. It then says, "That one was a gimme!" Except that one was WRONG. He was the second Vice President and third President. I'm not going from memory; I looked it up to be sure I was remembering correctly.So I'd say anything in this book should be taken with a grain of salt. It's for fun. If you're looking for facts, look them up in reliable sources. That's the only error I noticed, but it may not be the only one.However, I'm not going to let an error ruin a fun book. It's like a game, to me, and I enjoyed it a lot. I always look up things I'm not sure about anyway, so one wrong answer out of an entire book (although it was a pretty weird thing to get wrong) isn't that big a deal to me. If this were a history text, I'd have a different opinion on that.
  •     Fun to read book of facts. I like this kind of stuff. Not something I sat down and read in one sitting, in fact I have not yet read it all.
  •     I bought this because I saw it at my neighbor's house. I am a lover of quirky facts, and this book feeds that passion! My daughter and I (7) love reading through it and guessing at which statements are fact and which are not. What I love most is that I know she's absorbing/learning, in the disguise of having fun. Furthermore, it is a quick read, you can just pop in and read a page or 2, since each subject is just one page, front and bag. You can flip through the different sections easily to find topics that pique your interest. In fact, this could be marketed as a great bathroom book!
  •     Interesting book.
  •     Published by Adams Media in 2011This book was a first for me in a way. Fact. Fact. Bulls***! was the first book I ever read on my phone thanks to the Kindle app for my android phone. In a way, this book was made for reading on a little phone screen. It is entirely composed of a topic with three "facts" that follow. After that the reader will find out that at least one of those "facts" will be correct and at least one will be incorrect, or bulls*** as the title notes. The facts and the bulls*** answers are explained.This makes for fairly interesting short-term reading but it is not built for the long haul. This would be a great book to have for standing in line at the bank or if you have to wait for a bus or a train because you can get in and out of a topic in just a few minutes.But...some of Stewart's facts are more factual than others. For example, he incorrectly states as a "fact" that Thomas Jefferson was the fourth president and the third vice president. In reality, he was the third president and the second VP.When it comes to the NASCAR set of "facts" there are multiple problems. He addresses the widely held belief that Danica Patrick is the first woman to race for NASCAR's Winston Cup, which he notes is incorrect, but on multiple levels that he fails to mention. Danica is not the first woman to race in NASCAR, which he correctly notes. However, he only mentions Janet Guthrie, who first competed in NASCAR in 1976. Other women competed in NASCAR's top level as early as 1949, but they are not mentioned. Also, he fails to note that Danica never competed for the "Winston" Cup since its name was changed in in 2004. Also, he notes in his "fact" section that the largest NASCAR event can hold as many as 170,000 fans. That is incorrect. The Brickyard 400 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has 280,000 seats available.So, in short, this is a fun little book but don't trust everything that you read in it. Before you try to impress your friends and co-workers with your newfound factoids, verify them.
  •     Interesting book
  •     It's Okay.
  •     ok
  •     B.s!
  •     Fairly interesting read. Funny to read some of the comparisons and it ends up being trivia in our household between my wife and I.
  •     If you're familiar with the NPR show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me", you'll recognize this book as a reader's version of the "Bluff the Listener Challenge". where panelists read three stories from the week's news, only one of which is true. Neil Patrick Stewart's "FFB" increases the odds, relating two "facts" and one "BS" item in a variety of categories.Stewart introduces the book indicating that he's out to expose myths and urban legends as "BS", but nearly all of the "false" items he includes are simply modified versions of ostensible facts. For example, saying that a set of events took place two years earlier than claimed is not my definition of BS, nor is the substitution of a cat for a dog in an otherwise complex story. Many others are just things he made up for the book.I got this book when it was offered for free on the Kindle, and it was worth that. I think I'd hesitate at paying more than a couple of bucks for it. Some of the items presented as fact are astonishing, if they are indeed true, but I felt that the book did not live up to its promise.
  •     Eh, is a good book to keep in the bathroom.
  •     Not a bad read, a little cumbersome at times.
  •     Received book quickly and exactly as described.
  •     Fun, fascinating, and a great party game. I like that the background of all the answers is given for those who would "argue" with the answers.
  •     The book was funny and fun to read until I got to the part about Thomas Jefferson. As another reviewer mentioned the author has the wrong facts on our THIRD president (book says 4th). Before the TJ error I had noticed a few other editing errors; some items were marked Fact but you could tell from the phrasing that they were actually the BS answer. For those it was obvious that they just got the labels mixed up and I was fairly forgiving. After seeing the TJ entry I deleted this from my Kindle (glad it was free). With a mistake on something so basic I can't trust anything the book says. Ironically I was on my way, with my family, to tour Monticello when I was reading the book.

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