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National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919). Think you're having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.
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About the Author

Michael Farquhar, a former writer and editor ataThe Washington Post,ais the bestselling author of numerous books, including the critically acclaimedaBehind the Palace DoorsaandaSecret Lives of the Tsars, as well as the popular Penguin "Treasury" series-aA Treasury of Royal Scandals,aA Treasury of Great American Scandals,aA Treasury of Deception,aandaA Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten aAmericans. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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"The facts of this passing parade of perfidious knaves, nasty poltroons, incompetent liars and just some unlucky folk who slipped on bygone banana peels make for leisurely reading--and it's surely a story to be continued." --Kirkus Reviews "A catalog of historical anecdotes in which the historical agents experienced very bad days indeed." --Library Journal

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