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The history books are full of heroes and villains … but what about all the idiots? Comedian and armchair historian Mikey Robins tells the astonishing story of human stupidity, one idiot at a time.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein

History is full of heroes and villains. But then there are the idiots. Idiots, Follies & Misadventures shows that human stupidity has always been our constant companion.

History tends to omit tales of human fallibility. We overlook the dubious and ridiculous contributions made by history’s tawdry parade of knuckleheads. But this book is a call to arms … knuckleheads assemble! And once assembled, prepare to be mocked. Just because history has mostly swept these idiots under the carpet does not make them by any means unsung heroes. These are rather ridiculous cautionary tales, to amuse and add some perspective to our current rash of stupidity. Tales such as:
  • Why you shouldn’t soak your underpants in mercury.
  • The booze cruise that plunged England into civil war.
  • The Russian nuclear briefcase and pizzas.
  • Flatulence jars and The Great Plague of London.
  • The deadly green wallpaper that proved a problem for Britain's trendy middle-class.

About The Author

Ross Coffey

Mikey Robins is one of Australia’s most well-known comedians and broadcasters. He spent seven years as the host of Triple J’s National Breakfast Show before appearing as team leader on the smash hit TV series Good News Week. He has written for The Daily Telegraph, GQ and Men’s Style, and co-authored the books Three Beers and a Chinese Meal (with Helen Razor) and Big Man’s World (with Tony Squires and
The Sandman).

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (July 5, 2023)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781761107115

Raves and Reviews

'A catalogue of stupidity and evil from someone who knows what he is talking about. Robins is not afraid to apply the electrodes to the night tools when he wants the historical truth!'

HG Nelson, author of The Fairytale

'A rollocking celebration of the unsavoury knuckleheads who’ve made us who we are . . . as usual Mikey Robins delights and intrigues with his sharp wit.’

Indira Naidoo, author of The Space Between the Stars

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