Alternative Facts: 200 Incredible, Absolutely True(-ish) Stories

Alternative Facts: 200 Incredible, Absolutely True(-ish) Stories

by Alex Palmer


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Did you hear that Pope Francis endorsed Trump? Or that you have to pay to perform “Happy Birthday to You” in public? How about that the Soviet Union once banned microwaves out of fear that they were spreading diseases? These are all totally true things!* Everyone is saying so.

There’s a lot of weird news out there today (thanks, Internet!). But given the speed of modern media, often these stories get disseminated faster than they can be fact-checked. As Mark Twain once said, “a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.” (Actually, that’s been attributed to about a half-dozen different people in various publications, but still, the point remains.)

In Alternative Facts, author Alex Palmer (Weird-o-pedia) collects 200 of the oddest stories he could find, ranging from history to pop culture and science, which have been disseminated over the years, whether true or not. You’ll have to flip to the back of the book to find out which ones were real and which were not; but you couldn’t be fooled that easily, right? 

[* Actually, just one of those things is really really true; can you guess which one?]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435166271
Publisher: Fall River Press
Publication date: 10/06/2017
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 279,999
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 4.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alex Palmer has written for the New York PostHollywood ReporterBillboard, the Rumpus, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. He is also the author of Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature. Find him at:

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