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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'reYou 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....

Title : The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew
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The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew Reviews

  • melydia
    2018-09-02 20:08

    I've been reading Cracked regularly for years. Though it began as a second-rate Mad Magazine knock-off, the website has become known for consistently high-quality articles that are both educational and hilarious. If you are offended by adult language or juvenile humor, this is not the book for you. Seriously, both the language and the jokes are utterly filthy.Because this is basically one long Cracked article. It's laid out like most of their content: lists of incorrect things you were taught followed by true things you never learned about. I'd read some of the material previously, but there was more than enough new content to justify the purchase of the book. I was a little disappointed by the lack of a bibliography, especially since Cracked's online articles are full of links to references and further reading. Some of the claims were, while not strictly false, also not nearly 100% proven facts as presented. But honestly, while this claims to be educational (and it is, as far as that goes), it is first and foremost a humor book, and a humor site. Read it as such, and you'll probably enjoy it. You might even learn something on the way.

  • Sojourner
    2018-08-29 21:21

    This is a no-nonsense stuff from, and those who are not familiar with it, may have to read through it with mouth opened. It is tight, witty, brief and thoroughly enjoyable.In a sentence, The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew by is just that. And tells you in an irresistible and interesting way! The division of chapters according to subject is very handy and makes the task easier to find what you are searching for.It can be used as a reference book though the standard may come short if it is compared with other educational reference books but, all in all, it will prove to be as useful as it still is quite informative, deliciously funny and highly entertaining.

  • Amytiger
    2018-08-24 19:06

    I like to think I'm smart. I don't ask people where the time cook button is on microwaves, and I can set an alarm on a clock without reading directions. In my mind, this roughly sets me equal to Einstein. But reading this book... I felt as smart as a cartoon adult (yes, that bad).It taught me so much. So. Much.I learned about biology, anatomy, world history, and with every page I couldn't help smiling. Reasons to smile:-this book is über funnyIt makes fun of specific people, the readers, and everyone in between. They make fun of concepts, like Science. They make fun of everything, anything, that exists. They act like it exists just to be made fun of. If you can't laugh at other (INSERT ANYTHING FROM A NUN TO BALLOON), who can you laugh at?-this book has picturesPictures of dinosaurs, pictures of Greece, pictures of the human body, pictures of ladybugs who know how to party, pictures of... I could go on and on, but I'm too busy telling you why you should read this book.-teaches you a lotI've already hit this point on the beginning of this review. Nevertheless: If you read this book as a reader you'll learn things you never knew you never knew. (My altar ego is Pocahontas)All in all, don't let me be smarter than you. Read this book, laugh a lot, and think "Hey, I'm smarter or just as smart as the people who wrote this book and Amytiger along with the other readers of the DE-TEXTBOOK." Even if you don't learn anything, you'll have a fun time reading.

  • Holden Attradies
    2018-08-27 01:13

    I really enjoyed this read, but there were a couple of bumps that keep it from being a five star book but I'll get to that in a bit. First, I want to say that this book fits in with a whole lot of other books on my shelf, ones that I feel are all in the same genre but I don't know if that genre has a name. Placed next to Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual for the End of the World and other such humorous but non-fiction books it fits right in.The humor in here was great and I laughed my way through the whole book. Sure, a lot of the humor was kind of high brow and would probably go right over the head of younger people or people that just haven't read as much, but there is enough of the rest for the read to be wroth it for just about any one. The layout, the flow, it's all really good.One complaint I've read in other reviews is that most or all of this appeared in some version on the web site. I guess my thought on that is, well, so what? It's awesome having the writing in this format, one that is easier to read than the web site which, although I love it, is horribly laid out and hard to navigate. And even if you have read "everything" on the site buying this is a great way to financially support a site that is giving you tons of great humor for fucking free.So, what kept it from being five stars? I think the biggest thing was that not everything in here is as true as they present it. Without even fact checking I knew the Baghdad battery is pretty much B.S. It's not necessarily that what they said about it is technically wrong, it's that they stated the facts in a manner that presents the artifact as more than it probably was and implied it meant something it didn't. Most of the subjects here are also subjects that we learned "wrong" not because our teachers didn't want us to know, but because what we saw as "facts" and "true" has changed over the decades. Take the T Rex thing, you didn't learn about the feathers probably because it just wasn't accepted fact yet. And all facts have a half-life, and even the things they are spot on about will be wrong eventually. So it's that grain of salt you need to take the book with that drops it down a star, and especially because they don't really address this "fact".

  • Darnell
    2018-09-08 19:20

    Full of factoids, many of them interesting, but I think it's basically an inferior version of the Cracked website. There are no links to citations (actually no citations at all) and the sections are even shorter than articles on the website. Not recommended if you read Cracked, because it mostly recycles their top articles.

  • Kristin
    2018-09-03 01:19

    Very interesting. Very funny. Very true. Very Cracked. Just remember it is Cracked. What their facts are right, but they don't leave room for "Things you thought were true are partially true." Just take what they say with a grain of salt and a lime (trust me, they'd approve) and if something they say interests you do more research.

  • Javier
    2018-08-27 21:56

    Dick jokes and knowledge, this book rules.

  • Jessica
    2018-09-15 23:07

    I really enjoyed this book. Informative and hilarious. Wish I had bought the physical copy instead of the kindle copy so I could loan it to everyone I know.

  • Allen Adams
    2018-08-21 00:26 is one of the most popular humor sites on the internet. Their model is built around list-based articles designed to offer up nuggets of information that you might not have known couched in poop jokes and none-too-subtle innuendo. More often than not, they strike an entertaining balance between laughter and learning.And now there’s a book.It’s called “The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn’t Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew”. It’s a collection of some of the greatest informational tidbits compiled by Cracked writers over the years; the template is your standard-issue high school textbook. The premise is simple: a lot of what you learned in school is misleading or even downright inaccurate. The Cracked crew takes great pains (and pleasure) in putting an end to those misconceptions and offering a heaping helping of truth with a side of jokes.Lots and lots of jokes.With chapters ranging from Health and Anatomy (Did you know that your pooping method is wrong?) to World History (The Dark Ages? Not that dark, it turns out) to Physics (How does a bicycle work? No one knows), “The De-Textbook” takes a lot of the information that we’ve “known” for years and turns it on its head. And it’s all done via a wonderfully-realized parody of the standard textbook. From the omnipresent illustrative figures to the full-page standalone inserts, “The De-Textbook” is high school reading material reflected in a funhouse mirror. Perhaps surprisingly, the book never strays too far from its mission to genuinely inform. Sure, it is all presented with tongues planted firmly in cheeks, but the tone never detracts from the substance. If anything, it only serves to enhance it – think Howard Zinn as a stand-up comedian and you’re in the ballpark.The writers of this book (of which there are legion; nearly 60 names are credited between Cracked editors and contributors) have clearly taken great delight in uncovering forgotten and/or ignored educational tidbits. Many times, after debunking a particularly popular piece of data, they will offer up a replacement fact that winds up being even more fascinating than the original.There’s no doubt that there’s a reward in learning something new. Cracked understands that as well as anybody; they’ve built a significant portion of their wonderfully broad website around that idea of telling the audience something they don’t know in an interesting way. “The De-Textbook” is a logical offshoot of that idea. And let’s be frank – there’s something delightfully subversive about a book that looks like a textbook and acts like a textbook, yet is somehow not quite a textbook.Whether you want to know more about your body and brain or are just looking for some surprising facts about dinosaurs, ninjas and explosions, “The De-Textbook” is perfect for you. In short: if you’re curious to find out just what you don’t know about the stuff that you were pretty sure you knew, this book is a great place to start.

  • Lostshadows
    2018-08-25 19:08

    If you've ever visited, this book is about what you'd expect; short, easily digestible, humorous pieces, just with less lists and no links to suck you in for several hours.However, given this book's premise, the fact checking should have been much better. There were a number of things that, as I read through, I noted down as facts to double check before writing this review, then I hit the section that talked about why things weren't better way back when, and I no longer needed to. The section has many valid points, it also has a handy chart of things to consider about the 1910s-1990s. While the chart is clearly humorous, the three items listed under the 1990s contains two that I know are just plain wrong.Yes, the internet and cell phones both existed in the 90s. Cell phones have been commercially available since the early 80s and the origins of the internet date back to the 60s. Both experienced a noticeable growth in the 90s. (Also, Tyrannosaurus Rex, still badass, even with feathers.)In short, its funny, but keep in mind the facts here are probably as reliable as the stuff they're claiming to clear up.

  • Jeannie
    2018-08-23 00:56

    You're brushing your teeth wrong. You're sleeping wrong. You're pooping wrong. You've been going about everything in life all wrong . What a mess you are! Thankfully, the staff at Cracked(dot)com are here to set you straight. Did you know that T. Rex was not the scariest of the dinosaurs and velociraptor was basically a chicken on crack? So much of what you learned in school was completely incorrect: Napolean was actually above average in height for his time, and Machiavelli was no tyrant (he merely satirized one in "The Prince"). Did you also know that the doorknob was not created until 1878? Cold War Spies were so bored at work that they often times invented their own head-games to stay awake at work, and there was a three day-long "Straw Hat Riot" in New York City. Oddly, the most boring chapter is the one on SEX, which is fraught with far too many "Cosmopolitan" magazine references. (I gather the Cracked staff is largely male, hmm?) If you're someone who reads a lot, you probably already know most of the information presented in these pages; though the trade witticism of the Cracked staff makes this a fun and informative read all the same.

  • Kris
    2018-09-08 16:58

    Decent as far as it goes. Many of the things I knew before, and many of them don't have context that goes far enough--yes, only Western Europe was that bad as far as the dark ages go, but they don't touch on WHY (the church figuring the best way to thrive is to keep people ignorant and beholden). Also, if by "veil" you actually mean "burka" when speaking of how Muslim women dress, say that up front. Because hijab and burka are very very different things, and not many wear the burka (esp by 100% choice) but many many more choose to wear hijab. So reasonably fun to read, but if you read a lot, not much will surprise you.

  • Debi Anderson
    2018-09-07 17:23

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK, SERIOUSLY!!!If you love to laugh, are older than 20, want to know all the ridiculous and wrong things you were taught as a child, this book is a must. In it, you will learn why using a toilet is bad for you; the ways your brain hasn't evolved and why; the reason why you shouldn't get annual check ups; and lots of other things having to do with your body, history, science, medicine, etc. You will find yourself laughing uproariously at the humorous way these facts are presented. THE TITLE IS VERY APROPOS !!!!!

  • Zachary
    2018-08-31 21:57

    THE DE-TEXTBOOKI've was a teacher for a long time, (middle school.) I wish I had this book when I was teaching because some of the things that the kids are learning today are useless! Why not give their brains something to walk away with? I know, I know, I probably will be the only one that feels this was, but, hey, I was put on probation by a principal who told me if I ..... never mind. Buy the book, you'll love it. Even if it ends up in the bathroom as "one of those books!" FUN, FUN READ!!! 😀 🎓🛀🐮

  • Joshua Dancer
    2018-09-07 22:10

    Entertaining enough, and covers a lot of interesting stuff, but the authors don't cite any sources (apart from generic references like "government statistics" or "a study in [country]"), which means the books is also useless to cite as a source. Not that I expected something super scholarly from Cracked, but minimum wiki standards would have been nice.

  • John Haake
    2018-09-15 18:19

    The De-Textbook is really good and really interesting. It, however, reads more like a stand-up comic's routine (the now almost normal cussing and swearing type of routine).I took a star off of an otherwise excellent book because of some of the crassness.Most interesting item to me: the lack of "blue" in ancient Greece.

  • Jenna Ferchoff
    2018-09-10 17:57

    It was a really fun book to read. I learned a lot of interesting facts although there is a couple in there I still wasn't sure they verified properly. It seemed to be a pretty good revamp on all the inaccurate facts we are taught during our public education years.

  • Cate
    2018-09-01 17:26

    4.5 stars

  • Eileen Lennon
    2018-09-20 21:25

    Funny and educational. I want to find a textbook and burn it.

  • Alexandre Bittar
    2018-09-09 19:04

    Nice to readNice to read sometimes a lot of humor. I mean A LOT unnecessary humor. But the fact are right. Good for entertaining

  • Serena
    2018-09-11 19:25

    MehAmusing, but did not learn anything from the book. Rambling at times. Will avoid cows in the future as a safety measure.

  • Dash Ruiz
    2018-09-07 20:06

    There's nothing on here that isn't in their article archives online. However, it's easier to access, and it makes for a fun coffee table book.

  • Kelly
    2018-08-23 19:17

    The book has an aggressive, angry voice that is inconsistent. Most of the "myths" busted are common knowledge, but there's a several interesting tidbits.

  • Brian
    2018-08-25 23:01

    I thought that this book was very interesting. A lot of facts about the stuff people we know is true but in fact is really is BS.

  • Alyssa
    2018-08-24 16:59


  • Lisa Gaunky
    2018-09-10 21:58

    Entertaining and informativeThis book was greatly entertaining and difficult to put down. I really enjoyed it. Fun to read snippets of it aloud to my husband.

  • Lola
    2018-08-20 20:04

    I'm a long-time fan of Cracked, more through their YouTube channel than anything written on their website. After Hours pretty much helped me get through high school. I never laughed so hard than when I first watched an After Hours video. I have been to the website a few times, and I did enjoy it, but I do not visit regularly.Maybe because I am so attached to their video content, it is hard for me to really love this book. It definitely had the signature Cracked style: informative, funny in a crass but intelligent way, and always assuming that everything we know is a lie. It was easy to read, and I did skip sections I wasn't interested in or didn't feel like I wanted to learn about from Cracked. I do wish the book was better sourced. There is no bibliography at the end, which really bugs me as a person who is forced to have my work cited all the time, and it made me wonder if I could trust the information. Overall, solid effort from Cracked, but I'm not quite ready to ditch traditional textbooks just yet.

  • Ellyne
    2018-08-30 21:06

    basically just a paper version of what cracked offers on their website (in fact, I'm almost certain I've read some of these stories on their website), so in that way, it's not presenting anything ground-breaking. that being said, i'd totally buy this just as a way to support cracked, because it's one of my favourite websites of all time. question everything, people!

  • Daniel A.
    2018-09-18 18:59

    What can I say about The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew, the second book of factoids and "listicles" by the editors of, other than that it pales greatly next to You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts? The De-Textbook contains much of the same type of information (i.e., trivia about random everyday subjects, told in an ostensibly humorous fashion) as You Might Be a Zombie, and that might be the main problem: This title, even if the specific information therein is different, is too similar to Cracked's original book, and the format—a satire/parody of a grade- or high-school textbook—is a conceit that doesn't really work under the circumstances.The website benefits extensively from its regularly being updated and its searchability. There are always several new articles posted daily, and if the reader is looking for a particular bit of information, they can search to find it. However, The De-Textbook fulfills neither of these criteria, and given that the information in the book is easily obtainable on itself, there is some sentiment of a waste of time about The De-Textbook; where You Might Be a Zombie felt like a decent-to-good advertisement for the website, The De-Textbook feels more than a bit like cashing in, both on readers' goodwill and on their actual time and money.Yes, one good, if not very good, part of The De-Textbook is that it utilizes's sense of humor to effective fashion. However, The De-Textbook's format, like an actual textbook, doesn't exactly help. The information in the book feels haphazardly organized, and the format itself artificial; one reason You Might Be a Zombie worked as well as it did was that its contents were more like an actual article. The De-Textbook's format is so distracting, in fact, that I suspect that if it came before the first book, the second might not ever have been published. In general, The De-Textbook is a massive squandered opportunity.

  • Alan
    2018-09-04 17:57

    Back in the antediluvian period when Cracked and MAD were both print-only magazines being smuggled into classrooms across the United States, Cracked was always a distant second in our schoolboy affections, no more than a paler, cruder imitator of MAD's subversive, satirical genius. But... a funny thing happened on the way to the glorious future we live in now, with our methane-powered jetcars and self-assembling sandwiches. While MAD does have an online presence, it's remained kind of... old-school, oriented around the same features—and much-beloved they are, don't get me wrong—that have been appearing in print since the 1970s. Whereas Cracked, that former also-ran, has evolved. Cracked has embraced the web, and now provides a constant stream of lively, snarky articles on an impressive variety of subjects, articles which are often surprisingly content-rich and well-researched.Cracked is still crude, though—this is humor written from the stance of a know-it-all sophomore, some fraternity pledge who's just discovered that he's not going to be suspended for making dick jokes after all. I can see where that style might quickly become insufferable, but as a recovering former know-it-all (though never a frat boy) myself... I still like it.The De-Textbook collects a few pertinent articles from Cracked's web incarnation—specifically, a selection of essays all of which gleefully debunk some aspect of our oh-so-misguided understanding of history, science, politics, medicine or, of course, sex. If you're an aficionado of the website, you'll have seen at least some of these already, but it's nice to have them collected in one physical place.The De-Textbook isn't as scholarly as Lies My Teacher Told Me, but it's in the same vein and performs the same salutary function. In fact, this book's one great weakness (apart from its obsession with genitalia) isn't that it gets things wrong, not at all—it's that its authors don't bother to back up any of their assertions. There's no bibliography whatsoever, no footnotes, no endnotes—none of that academic bullshit. You can look this stuff up—and you should; there are some pretty outrageous claims here, and taking what these goofballs say at face value would be just about as dumb as believing that Thanksgiving was something the Puritans came up with—but Cracked's editors aren't going to help you do so.What—them, worry?