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History Lies (Web Exclusive): Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Funkopedia (5 days ago)
Dammit John, I really wanted this
NyJoanzy (6 days ago)
Lying about history? Stephan Molyneux is that you?
ISAIAH MEMBERY (6 days ago)
Please make this book!!!!!!!!!!!
Richie Bricks (7 days ago)
Okay that last comment was a lie I don't even know John Oliver LoL
Richie Bricks (7 days ago)
I personally helped John Oliver write this it was hard it was time consuming but we finally got it done thank you John.....
Arcanine-Espeon (14 days ago)
In Last Week Tonight there is no one you can trust! TRUST NO ONE!
EmpyreanLightASMR (16 days ago)
This reminds me of the incorrect spelling dictionary I convinced my mom to buy at a school bookfair. Every word was spelled incorrectly so you could essentially "find" the word phonetically. One day when she overheard me teaching my baby sister how to misspell a word, it triggered her and I've never seen that book since. tbh, I sincerely regret having not purchased a real, like, YA novel or something lol
Sylvia Green (16 days ago)
This book actually exists on Amazon! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stranger-Than-Truth-Olivers-Favorite/dp/0464820200 Summary: "There is absolutely nothing more fun than lying confidently about history. Lying is incredibly fun. In fact, the only thing that feels better than lying to someone is lying to someone, then regaining their trust, and then lying to them again. This book, for example, was promised to be released in April 2016. But that was a lie. The plan was always October 2018. Because, you know, now is a time in history when lying openly gets you elected to office. In this book, you will find plenty of plausible but completely unverifiable nonsense. Almost like watching Fox News but with a better sense of humour. Hopefully, it will teach you much about nothing other than the true joy of lying to people. Honestly, there has never been a better moment in history to be a liar. We have reached a point where truths have become lies and lies are now the truth. So learn from the greatest and get inspired by the best lies in history. *NB: Most profits from this book are going to finance railway infrastructure under the English Channel. Contains strong language."
Thats no Moon! (3 months ago)
I'm a fan just for that opening joke which was 100% me lol
Happy Cat (3 months ago)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stranger-Than-Truth-Olivers-Favorite/dp/0464820200 this is real?
Stoodmuffin Personal (3 months ago)
This was definitely before Trump became president, huh?
Critically Thought (3 months ago)
I like the edit from 0:57 to 0:59 when John completely changed clothes.
Lissy London (4 months ago)
Detroit would do that... and they did. lol
Lissy London (4 months ago)
And now the book is available through amazon.co.uk
Sebastian Osorio (4 months ago)
Epitome of trolling
Austin Friend (5 months ago)
I want that book
Mehboob Khaliq (5 months ago)
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/04/saddam-hussein-given-key-detroit/ yep, it's true...
Arthur Heinonen (6 months ago)
Fuck you John Olivier, I would have bought that book 😂
Arka Pal (6 months ago)
John milkes booth
Juphil Jiji (6 months ago)
I hate your show. I hate you and everything about you JK, That was a lie
g33kthegirl (7 months ago)
Damn it. I would have bought the shit out of that book.
DaveyTheDJ (7 months ago)
Lie Lie Lie Lie Lie LMFGAO
Gabriel Solomon Holland (8 months ago)
https://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Than-Truth-Olivers-Favorite/dp/0464820200/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542586599&sr=8-1&keywords=stranger+than+truth+oliver trust nobody
Fernanda M. (8 months ago)
For all the loving fans, Christmas arrive early this year! The book is now available on Amazon! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stranger-Than-Truth-Olivers-Favorite/dp/0464820200
hahaha fucking comedy genius hah
thetruephoenixful (8 months ago)
Fun fact, Trump preordered the book
Rie Vinaca (8 months ago)
"lying is incredibly fun" explains why the current president dose it...
ZankuroMinazuki (8 months ago)
Kory Markel (8 months ago)
This aged in a haunting way in the Trump era
Fae of the Wild (8 months ago)
I have a friend who does this.
Jony vw65 (9 months ago)
You lost my trust John 😂
Mohamad Rabaee (9 months ago)
Jubilee Chambers (9 months ago)
Fuck you Oliver I wanted that book!
francesuisseusa (10 months ago)
A year later, Trump was elected... People do believe in these lies, John, as hilarious it seems...
Zoe Hart-Moore (10 months ago)
Obirion ōkami (10 months ago)
Rat faced Weasley bastard I was going to get that book to use against other Btw the reason it would is they don’t know who u are and don’t care
Stella Rytterstedt (10 months ago)
Sanja Markovic (10 months ago)
I love this guy!
Marie Productie (10 months ago)
I still want this to be real
Dan the Dude (11 months ago)
Jory Jones (11 months ago)
Trump logic.
TheUnendingFlowOfTime (11 months ago)
Why does he still have bangs on that book cover?
Julian Ernstberger (11 months ago)
I am sooooo upset... It's pissing me realy off
Knight Glint (11 months ago)
Lies, starts trusting him again, lies again and repeat.
Ayélé Mensah (11 months ago)
Seriously John, you promised no more pranks because they’re the worst!
William Wallace (1 year ago)
Holy fuck the Saddam one was real. Best google ever.
Ethan Latinum (1 year ago)
I was so excited to get that book...
LindaCreations (1 year ago)
damn it i wanted to buy that book
Amit Vikram Mahapatra (1 year ago)
what the fuck I am not getting notifications even after pressing the bell button.
Xander Lowe (1 year ago)
Damn, I would actually buy that book.
JDVS Karthik (1 year ago)
Why did the book have to be a lie ? WHY?
Mc Jester Salamanca (1 year ago)
isn't this what trump is doing?
Just Looking (1 year ago)
I wish that cocaine and lying 🤥 fact was true.
moonlily1 (1 year ago)
Well, fuck, I was all horny to buy me that book.
DrTXBooks (1 year ago)
I still want this book
Kelly M (1 year ago)
A tamer version of Bill Maher’s “I Don’t Know It For a Fact, I Just Know It’s True”
just vampyrphile (1 year ago)
Can't believe I fell for this again! 2018!
Scott Crawley (1 year ago)
Is it me or did this feel like an ad for the bugle.
Eduardo Jourdan (1 year ago)
Well, some years later... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/us/politics/trump-pardon-scooter-libby.html
Hannah Plas (1 year ago)
I want that book...
TheCarrifaery Bear (1 year ago)
and fake news was born..
Sam (1 year ago)
Patricia61922 (1 year ago)
Who just googled the Hussein story about Detroit?
Scotland Dobson (1 year ago)
dangit I want that book XD
Zygon Zygon (1 year ago)
This is as funny as it was 2 1/2 years ago!
Sam Curry (1 year ago)
Petition for an actual book to be made
Tony Pepperoni (1 year ago)
I would’ve actually bought that
Fernanda M. (7 months ago)
now you caaan! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stranger-Than-Truth-Olivers-Favorite/dp/0464820200/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543421965&sr=8-1&keywords=stranger+than+truth+john+oliver
osmosis453 (1 year ago)
Fact or Fiction: Fidel Castro was so ubsesst with dairy that he breed a ultra lactating super cow and named her Ubre Blanca.
Evan Price (1 year ago)
Knee trading longtime dllda hardware tension urge.
Obirion ōkami (1 year ago)
God damn it u rat faced weasel stop lying about things we can lye to others about
Charles Ruben (1 year ago)
you are an artwhole for not making that book, try picturing that.. Oliver!!
i am bacon 123 (1 year ago)
I was the 25 prez
MilesBellas (1 year ago)
worst episode.....not funny or engaging
Rachel Blurr (1 year ago)
One year later, I wanted to comment the same thing, got fooled again and still wish I could buy this book.
Muhannad Alhabashi (1 year ago)
I can see his newbook titeled How to lie proficcaniley with john oliver
King Dediodead (1 year ago)
Build an army trust no one: John Oliver
Sean Snyder (1 year ago)
I really wish you'd publish that book, Johnny boy. I'd love to give you my money.
Widdekuu91 (1 year ago)
PEOPLE! We will take matters into our own hands! WE WILL MAKE UP THE 101 HISTORY LIES OURSELVES. Okay, I'll start with 5, to get us going. Please refrain from commenting about unrelated things ('Thanks' is fine, but "I want a boy/girlfriend, my e-mail is.." ' is not) HISTORY LIES, HERE WE GO! 1. Did you know Cleopatra had special crows trained, so they could steal jewelry for her? Sometimes slaves or women would keep certain jewelry to themselves, if the crows detected they were wearing something shiny , they were trained to 'attack' and harass the person, untill they gave up the jewelry. 2. Albert Einstein was allergic to snow. The tiny snowflakes would be inhaled and would cause irritation on the inside of his nose and mouth. His blood-circulation wasn't great, causing the body to have problems dealing with the cold and therefore, the snowflakes would have a bigger effect on his skin and membranes. 3. Michelangelo dated a girl called Suzie Frigopharius for a long time. They never married and never had children, people assume their relationship did not involve any sexual intercourse. She was known for being a bit of a looney, She prefered to hang upside down, with her legs in the air, while tightly clenching herself on the cattlefence of the neighbours. In her own words, this helped; 'her brain cool off.' People say it's where Michelangelo got the idea from, to paint on the ceiling, rather than a flat surface 'below' his face. It also inspired him for "The Crucifixion of St Peter", one in which St Peter is hanging, upside down. Michelangelo always told people he 'took care' of her, causing their bond to seem more like a friendship, rather than a relationship. Therefore, in any biographies about him, Suzie never gets mentioned. 4. A woman by the name of Berty Brott, actually changed her name to Marie Curie and became the scientific wonderwoman we know today. She never revealed her true name and also hid the fact she had only started this project, to eventually have enough money to buy a showercurtain with a print of horses holding umbrella's. It made her smile in the catalogue. She never got to buy it. 5. Before the sprinkles were invented, they came as long, thin sticks that you had to break into pieces yourself. It was seen as a treat for the very poor. Or for people that only needed a very small amount of chocolate, like for stracciatella icecream. But since it usually broke into tiny bits, they decided to change them into the sprinkle-shape we know today! Who continues? Number 6....
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Bilinda Law-Morley (1 year ago)
Thank you so much John....NOT!!! What a dastardly trick. You sir are a scoundrel and i INSIST you publish that book!!!!
Davin Deptuck (1 year ago)
He fooled me so many times...
Edgar Pelayo (1 year ago)
I was searching for the book the whole time this video was showing. Damn John Oliver got me.
falcore91 (1 year ago)
You son of a bitch. Well played....
BarbarosaAlexander (1 year ago)
I wish you would print that book
Tilman Pfersdorff (1 year ago)
I'm disapointed.
Sumit Singh Thakur (1 year ago)
"If you look at a mirror in the middle of a night, you'd be looking at a mirror not in daylight" - Helen Keller
Aidan Shanahan (1 year ago)
Just seems wrong JO doing this and not Andy Zaltzman...
Shelby Dee Bee (1 year ago)
But...I actually want that book...:(
Nick Ruocco (1 year ago)
Come on, if Stephen Colbert can put out the midnight confessions book, why can't john do this?
Tomek Tabaka (1 year ago)
PieGodOfEarth (1 year ago)
#horsepegging #feminism
The Real Mihai (1 year ago)
When are you gonna release the second volume of the book featuring pretty much anything from the election campaign?
minette Hares (1 year ago)
LOL I had a seperate tab open looking through ebay for this book, while listening to the content... Then I heard it was a hoax :(
Gabero Bustos (1 year ago)
first: LOL! second.... god dammit i wanted the book!
Jian Xing (1 year ago)
Oh shit...I just realized this video may have inspired the whole "alternative fact" business
He should publish the book with an official cover and introduction and everything, but the first chapter is just one line reading "I lied again, there's really nothing here. Suck it fan who appreciated me enough to buy this." followed by several hundred blank pages.
Sebastian Weinberg (1 year ago)
Don't just believe anything you hear or anything you say.
Imogen Carney (1 year ago)
Another opportunity wasted
LeeTasya Manaf (1 year ago)
John, where are you, just like trevor noah, not watching your show last time, force me into a withdrawal 😂😂😂
Alejandro Bojorquez (2 years ago)
fuck this guy lol
mooiemooface (2 years ago)
2:40 It's kinda hard to forget about it because I was eating while watching this.

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