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Mohamad Rabaee (11 days ago)
Clever
Jubilee Chambers (14 days ago)
Fuck you Oliver I wanted that book!
francesuisseusa (1 month ago)
A year later, Trump was elected... People do believe in these lies, John, as hilarious it seems...
Zoe Hart-Moore (1 month ago)
WELLHELLOTHERE
Obirion ōkami (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
But... but.... HOW DARE YOU GET ME EXCITED FOR A BOOK I WOULD NOT BYE (for economic reasons) BUT STILL LOVE JUST FOR EXISTING???
Sanja Markovic (1 month ago)
I love this guy!
Marie Productie (1 month ago)
I still want this to be real
Dan the Dude (1 month ago)
I WANT THE BOOK
Jory Jones (2 months ago)
Trump logic.
Ryan Larrew (2 months ago)
Why does he still have bangs on that book cover?
Julian Ernstberger (2 months ago)
I am sooooo upset... It's pissing me realy off
Knight Glint (2 months ago)
Lies, starts trusting him again, lies again and repeat.
Ayélé Mensah (2 months ago)
Seriously John, you promised no more pranks because they’re the worst!
William Wallace (2 months ago)
Holy fuck the Saddam one was real. Best google ever.
raju kumar (3 months ago)
Class asshole 👏
Ethan Latinum (3 months ago)
I was so excited to get that book...
LindaCreations (3 months ago)
damn it i wanted to buy that book
Amit Vikram Mahapatra (3 months ago)
what the fuck I am not getting notifications even after pressing the bell button.
Xander Lowe (3 months ago)
Damn, I would actually buy that book.
JDVS Karthik (3 months ago)
Why did the book have to be a lie ? WHY?
Mc Jester Salamanca (3 months ago)
isn't this what trump is doing?
Just Looking (3 months ago)
I wish that cocaine and lying 🤥 fact was true.
moonlily1 (3 months ago)
Well, fuck, I was all horny to buy me that book.
DrTXBooks (3 months ago)
I still want this book
Kelly M (3 months ago)
A tamer version of Bill Maher’s “I Don’t Know It For a Fact, I Just Know It’s True”
just vampyrphile (4 months ago)
Can't believe I fell for this again! 2018!
Scott Crawley (5 months ago)
Is it me or did this feel like an ad for the bugle.
Eduardo Jourdan (5 months ago)
Well, some years later... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/us/politics/trump-pardon-scooter-libby.html
Hannah Plas (6 months ago)
I want that book...
TheCarrifaery (6 months ago)
and fake news was born..
N T (7 months ago)
WELL....FUCK YOU COMMENT SECTION WHY DID YOU HAD TO SPOILE THAT HE WAS LYING ABOUT THE BOOK?
Patricia61922 (7 months ago)
Who just googled the Hussein story about Detroit?
Scotland Dobson (7 months ago)
dangit I want that book XD
Zygon Zygon (7 months ago)
This is as funny as it was 2 1/2 years ago!
Sam Curry (7 months ago)
Petition for an actual book to be made
Tony Pepperoni (7 months ago)
I would’ve actually bought that
osmosis453 (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
Knee trading longtime dllda hardware tension urge.
Obirion ōkami (8 months ago)
God damn it u rat faced weasel stop lying about things we can lye to others about
STR1 _ (8 months ago)
Is this video a lie?
Charles Ruben (8 months ago)
you are an artwhole for not making that book, try picturing that.. Oliver!!
i am bacon 123 (9 months ago)
I was the 25 prez
MilesBellas (9 months ago)
worst episode.....not funny or engaging
Rachel Blurr (9 months ago)
One year later, I wanted to comment the same thing, got fooled again and still wish I could buy this book.
Muhannad Alhabashi (9 months ago)
I can see his newbook titeled How to lie proficcaniley with john oliver
King Dediodead (9 months ago)
Build an army trust no one: John Oliver
Sean Snyder (10 months ago)
I really wish you'd publish that book, Johnny boy. I'd love to give you my money.
Widdekuu91 (10 months 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 (10 months 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 (10 months ago)
He fooled me so many times...
Edgar Pelayo (10 months ago)
I was searching for the book the whole time this video was showing. Damn John Oliver got me.
falcore91 (11 months ago)
You son of a bitch. Well played....
BarbarosaAlexander (11 months 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)
THERS NO BOOK
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!
邢健 (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.
Black Hare Jumps (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 (1 year ago)
fuck this guy lol
mooiemooface (1 year ago)
2:40 It's kinda hard to forget about it because I was eating while watching this.
bigwilly43729 (1 year ago)
Lmao, I was all ready to give $20 for the book too.
k then (1 year ago)
Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off
tyjuji (1 year ago)
Maybe that is why Detroit ran into the ground?
Atharva #breakthrough (1 year ago)
mouse killing as dance is mean
Jesus christ (1 year ago)
those Irish farmers whose land would've been stolen by the british
Jesus christ (1 year ago)
2:00 county Cork
nonnanevrotica (1 year ago)
Donald Trump saw this video in 2015 and thought "I should try that shit!"
cak01vej (1 year ago)
#TrustNo1
Carolina Murtha (1 year ago)
This sounds like it would be an amazing bathroom book.
jpalmer999 (1 year ago)
I was about to go buy it!
Danny Caracciolo (1 year ago)
DAMN JOHN!! we have Money we want to Give it to your for that Book WHY WON'T YOU COMMIT
Smarty Pants (1 year ago)
you spider looking little boy
Obsidian (1 year ago)
I THINK TRUMP MIGHT'VE WATCHED THIS
Brendan Flynn (1 year ago)
I feel like I need to go to the no spin zone after watching this 😂 #thefactor
Neal Stewart (1 year ago)
As soon as he said "out next spring" I opened Amazon and searched for the fucking book, thanks John! 😂😒
Ellie Bartle (1 year ago)
This is painful to watch now.
Violet The Witch (1 year ago)
queen Catherine The Great didn't die while having sex with a horse. she died from a stroke
Amie Collins (1 year ago)
I'd buy it. For some reason... I literally do not even know why.
Kevin Yeoh (1 year ago)
History is kinda funny and unpredictable sometimes when you really study it. I never would've known someone like Sadam Hussein received the key to Detroit.
Miguel Roldán (2 months ago)
Apparently archaeologists found a very ancient inscription in the ceiling of a cave and when they translated it, throughout the years, it turned out to be sth like 'i just made you climb here'
ThunderHammer99 (6 months ago)
Kevin Yeoh that profile picture fucking got me. I was highly concerned.
CaryDorse (9 months ago)
One of the first German submarines sank because the captain didn't know how to use the flush. Sounds funny? How to build a flush in a submarine had been quite a question those days. In the end the flushes they used were to complicated you needed two people to operate them. The captain refused help and tried making it work himself, failed and as a consequence water got into the submarine. Directly under the toilet was the battery and to prevent a total catastrophe they had to rise up. 14 km from the British island. Needless to say they didn't survive that encounter
NippelNo1 (1 year ago)
If he keeps lying like this, he''ll soon be president of the united states
Kate is amazing (1 year ago)
As an Irish person, I wish that story about Irish dancing were true
Arjun Chaudhuri (1 year ago)
I was so close to searching it up on amazon.
Grazikon (1 year ago)
"This entire video has been a waste of everyone's time" Yeah, thanks for that~
chase teel (1 year ago)
I would have loved that book
Bobby Fisher (1 year ago)
I got so angry I wrote a book
Etiem Rivera (1 year ago)
everytime I see a John Oliver video, i just have to click.
guy wolff (1 year ago)
I want that book ! John you need to put it out with nothing on the pages inside .. A lie on a lie ... Barnes & Noble ???
Saunved Mutalik (1 year ago)
So did anyone ghostwrite that book yet?

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