The De-textbook : the Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew

Book - 2013
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You are an idiot.

Don't get defensive! It's not your fault. For decades your teachers, authority figures and textbooks have been lying to you. You do not have five senses. Your tongue doesn't have neatly segregated taste-bud zones. You don't know what the pyramids really looked like. You're even pooping wrong - Jesus, you're a wreck!

But it's going to be okay. Because we're here to help. Packed with more sexy facts than the Encyclopedia Pornographica, the Cracked De-Textbook will teach you about the true stars of history, why you picture everything from Velociraptors to Ancient Rome incorrectly, and finally, at long last - how to pop a proper squat. This book was built from the ground up to systematically seek out, dismantle and destroy the many untruths that years of misguided education have left festering inside of you, and leave you a smarter person...whether you like it or not. The De-Textbook is a merciless, brutal learning machine. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are informed.
Publisher: New York, New York : Plume, 2013
ISBN: 9780452298200
Characteristics: xiii, 209 pages : colored illustrations ; 25 cm
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Alternative Title: De-textbook


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Jul 11, 2014

A fun and interesting read although without any citations you're left to do your own research on whether you believe them or not. The chapters about the brain and psychology are a good introduction into why you cannot trust what you think you know. Just in case you don't know, there is some crude humor throughout the book.


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Jul 11, 2014

...your brain is probably the most amazing machine humanity knows about...Just because your brain is capable of amazing stuff doesn't mean you're going to know how to use it. It's also complicated, constantly malfunctioning, optimized for a world that no longer exists, and from a usability perspective, so nonintuitive that it's almost like it was designed to trick you.
pg. 175


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