They Did It! 500 incredible and hilarious international stories.
Foreword by Jean-François Kahn
Released June 5th, 2008
A watchman in a wax museum taking pictures of himself, standing naked with celebrities… A Polish Communist spending nineteen years in a coma and waking up in full capitalist swing… A surgeon removing a brain tumour with a drill… A parrot, witnessing the infidelities of its owners, asked to speak up at the trial for divorce… A gynaecologist penetrating his patients in passing and for a good cause… A suicide attempt by auto-crucifixion…
Human nature is indeed crazier than it seems. Its excesses reveal either a boundless creativity or a metaphysical stupidity. Besides, didn't Sartre himself used to say that, in order to fathom the depth of a society, one shouldn’t neglect small news items?
Who hasn’t once smiled, or even laughed out loud, reading the unusual news column in Marianne magazine? Simon Marty and Philippe Chatenay, the authors of the column 'They did it', have selected the 500 funniest or most astonishing stories published during the last ten years. Unbelievable yet entirely true.