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Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment | [Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski]

Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Listeners smarting from a recent humiliation can take solace in Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment, a compendium of the biggest blunders in recent history. Some of the wretched ideas listed here will live forever in infamy for their negative example - say, New Coke or Bernie Madoff. Others are rescued from obscurity by authors Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski, like the idea to put record players in Chevy cars, or Cop Rock, the (thankfully) forgotten musical police procedural by the creator of NYPD Blue. Narrator Patrick Lawlor's droll, winking descriptions of the worst that sports, entertainment, and pop culture have to offer is an antidote to a bad day. Those prone to noisy laughter might want to listen to this one in private.

Publisher's Summary

Mistakes so big they seem like fodder for The Onion - but they really happened!

From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure the likes of Dennis Miller’s disastrous run on Monday Night Football, a political one such as John Edwards’ odd decision to run for president while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife, or a technological misstep such as Apple’s Newton OS, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

Moving from Mariah Carey’s “performance” in Glitter to the Minnesota Vikings decision to trade away their future for an aging Herschel Walker, Worst Ideas Ever offers the real stories behind some of the dumbest things ever done. Whether it was ego (Michael Jordan leaving basketball for baseball), greed (nobody questioning their impossibly high returns when investing with Bernie Madoff) or simple stupidity (Jay Leno moving to 10 p.m.), Worst Ideas Ever brings it all back in hilarious detail.

©2011 Daniel B. Kline and Jason Tomaszewski (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Peter Issaquah, WA 03-07-14
    Peter Issaquah, WA 03-07-14 Member Since 2004
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    "This book was one of the worst ideas every"
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    This book has NO insights, just anecdotal stories. It’s easy in hindsight to point out some unsuccessful events but little sight as to why – what should they have done differently, what was the flaw in their thinking. Jimi Heselden was kill driving his Segway off a cliff so it’s a bad idea – but Thomas Selfridge, one of the first passengers was kill in a flight, was the airplane a bad idea? New Coke was a classic stinker, but Pepsi did the same thing with Crystal Pepsi – what were they thinking, I don’t know, the book doesn’t go there. The humor wears thin quickly, assertions are made without foundations. I didn’t enjoy at all.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart QUINCY, MA, United States 03-08-14
    Stuart QUINCY, MA, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Incorrect facts, idiotic conclusions, bad humor"

    Anyone who has an ounce of marketing or product knowledge will have their stomach turned by the lack of research and stupid conclusions drawn for the sake of flat humor in this book.

    I mean, yeah, it's fine to point out that the "new coke" roll out was botched, but to not point out that coke had years of taste panel data saying that the new coke was wildly preferred over classic coke is a little disingenuous (not to mention that coke was losing ground to Pepsi very fast). To say that customer base dropped during the Taco Bell dog adverts is just wrong...yes it fell in the last couple of quarters before the ads were discontinued, but skyrocketed before then. To call the Dominos Pizza "Noid" add a mistake is just idiotic...given that it was wildly successful, so much so that the company has brought the character back in limited ways multiple times...including an arguably very successful Facebook push in 2011.

    I'll stop there. Even at a 99 cent special, this book was a waste.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Edie Windsor, Ontario Canada 03-11-14
    Edie Windsor, Ontario Canada 03-11-14
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    "Described as a funny laugh out loud book....NOT!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    If I hadn't only paid 99 cents for this book I would have returned it

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James C. Blasius Naperville, IL United States 03-06-14
    James C. Blasius Naperville, IL United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2013

    what, me worry?

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    "Most boring book ever"
    What would have made Worst Ideas Ever better?

    Engaging/entertaining stories. There must be some bad worst ideas ever.


    What could Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Perhaps more research than quoting a Wikipedia article. I swear the Taco Bell dog was lifted word-for-word.


    What three words best describe Patrick Lawlor’s voice?

    Snarky, uninspiring, uninflected


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I only paid 0.99 for this on special. I listened to it and within ten minutes concluded that either I was incredibly discerning or it was incredibly uninteresting. I'm not too discerning, so...

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 03-12-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Factoids better suited for a bathroom book"

    Dry narration of anecdotal stories of ideas that maybe really weren't as bad as they tried to portray. The New Coke story is predictable and has been worn into a cliché. Other stories are of variable interest, but absolutely nothing laugh-out-loud funny. Not entertaining to listen to, perhaps of mild interest to keep the book in the bathroom to grab a couple of factoids in short sessions.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Manhattan, KS, United States 03-10-14
    Teresa Manhattan, KS, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Worst Idea Ever"
    What would have made Worst Ideas Ever better?

    I don't think anything could have improved this book. It was extremely boring and redundant. Mindless gibberish and I'm 'embarrassed' that I wasted my time.


    Has Worst Ideas Ever turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Oh yes, most definitely. I would reconsider before purchasing another book along these lines. The only saving grace of this book is that it was only .99 cents, which makes this book very self explanatory.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

    It was completely redundant and I found myself repeatedly uttering "Oh yeah, I remember that. Oh yeah. I remember that, etc...."


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If there were any redeeming 'qualities' in this book, I missed them. It was completely lacking in 'quality'.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness it was only .99 cents and it didn't involve ANY mindfulness.
    You asked.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 03-07-14
    Aaron Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Too heavy on entertainment, media and sports"

    I got this as a "Daily Deal" for 99 cents, so I can't complain too much. I'm just glad I didn't pay a full credit for it.

    Judging by the description and title, I anticipated this to be about products, services or other ideas that turned out to be bad. I also fell for the cliche of judging a book by it's cover (thinking the cover would represent it's content). While the book does cover some of these topics, a HUGE chunk of the book is about entertainers, media/broadcasting, TV, movies and sports/athletes. This is not what I thought the book would be about so I ended up skipping several chapters.

    If you get this for the price of 99 cents, go for it. But don't pay more than that or especially a full credit.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Judi Heitz 03-08-14
    Judi Heitz 03-08-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Worst Book ever!"
    What disappointed you about Worst Ideas Ever?

    idea could be cute, but the putdowns are continuous and somewhat pompous and the narrator delivers the text in such a way that I feel like I'm sitting in a classroom with a grumpy lecturer who is monotone unless being rude


    What could Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Bad or untimely products are not evil, just poor ideas - that doesn't make them stupid. Stop treating all unsuccessful products like they were stupid ideas


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    see my previous comments


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Saud United States 04-14-14
    Saud United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2007

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "A list of bad ideas"

    This is a list of random bad ideas in business, sports and politics with no overarching theme other than them being less than optimal ideas. This book has no point, and a Wikipedia article of the worst ideas ever would be a better, more comprehensive read for free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A Worcester, MA, United States 04-09-14
    A Worcester, MA, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2003

    Love to read. Mysteries, history, romance, biography, current events, science, classic fiction. No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on GoodReads and BookLikes.

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    "Not impressed"

    I fell asleep while reading this one and didn't even bother to go back to read what I had missed. The stories felt very repetitive and even though I slept through some of the book (not unusually for me), I didn't feel like I had missed anything. I didn't feel like I learned anything that didn't already know. I just was not impressed by this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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