Satirist Leland Gregory's books, Stupid History and his newest release Stupid American History, have taught us lessons in historical hilarity. The daily pages of this calendar, with excerpts from these popular best-sellers, offer more tales of historical myths, faux facts, strange events, and tales of human stupidity throughout history. Historians and humorists alike may be surprised to learn that: Chinese checkers did not originate in China, and the game doesn't use checkers. The game was created in England, and it's played with marbles on a star-shaped board. The men who in 1908 wrote and composed the anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer, had never been to a baseball game.Ten-gallon hats cannot hold ten gallons of anythingthey don't even hold one gallon. They are pretty much filled to the brim with three quarts.