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Smart Aleck's Guide to Grave Robbing By Adam Selzer
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In this totally random follow-up to the acclaimed SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY (Random House 2009), the smart aleck staff tackles the history, theory and practice of grave robbing. It's... More > everything you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century resurrectionist! Includes sections on Victorian "mummy unwrapping parties," the days when you could take a dead body to a medical school and exchange it for cash or valuable prizes, no questions asked, the strange phenomena of stealing skulls, and gruesome (but fascinating) stories from archaeologists and horror novelists.< Less
The Smart Aleck's Guide to Naughty Playground Rhymes and Children's Folklore By Adam Selzer
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The staff who brought you the acclaimed SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY (Random House 2009) is back with a look at the history of the songs and jokes you repeated when the teacher wasn't... More > around, from Miss Suzy and her steam boat to the numerous songs about killing teachers, eating underwear, and coming down with the case of diarrhea, with an additional look at the dirty jokes, ghost stories, pranks and customs that have been passed from kid to kid for generations. Tracing many songs back hundreds of years (while debunking myths about the "origins" of others) using data from their popular PLAYGROUND JUNGLE blog, the guide is fascinating, hilarious, and will bring back memories for everyone. Those jokes are older than you thought! A great resource for writers - and a great nostalgia trip for anyone! Also included is a section of original songs for well-adjusted kids, such as "Glumpy the Elf Who Sawed His Leg Off" and "Drink Your Juice (Or You'll Get Scurvy)< Less

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