Our Dumb World

Our Dumb World

The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth

Book - 2007
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Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of The Planet Earth, 73rd Edition features incorrect statistics on all of the Earth's 168, 182, or 196 independent nations. It also features maps, including a fold-out world map at actual size. Readers will learn about every country fromAfghanistan, "Allah's Cat Box," to theUkraine, "The Bridebasket of Europe."
Today's news-parody consumer cannot possibly understand made-up current events without the context of fake world history and geography. That is why The Onion is publishing a world atlas: to help us.
Our Dumb World is an invaluable tool for any reader interested in overthrowing a weakened government in East Asia, exploiting a developing nation in Africa, or for directions to tonight's party at Erica's. It is a reference guide to 250,000 of the world's most important places, such as North Korea's Trench of Victory, the Great Human Pyramid of Egypt, andSaudi Arabia's superhighway, the Mohammedobahn.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2007
Edition: 73rd ed
ISBN: 9780316018425
Branch Call Number: 912 OUR 2007
Characteristics: 245 p. :,col. ill., col. maps ;,29 cm


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Aug 02, 2017

Certainly lots of clever and witty entries, but not for anyone who is easily offended. Skewers lots of stereotypes (Connecticut is noted as "Home of New York's Other Population," but Arkansas is listed as "Where Second Cousins Are First Wives." The rest of the world doesn't escape the barbs: Algeria is "Terrorism's Farm Team," and Albania is "The Haiti of Europe." Every page is packed with colorful maps (cities are noted, but everything else is a joke: "Quaint spot for fish pulp (Finland)," or "Elderly Nazi thinking about coming out of retirement (Argentina)," photos, and flags. Note: despite the blurb on the front cover, this book does not actually include a free globe inside.

Dec 08, 2009

Initially this book is knee slappingly funny, but then when the jokes turn to death squads and rape, the joke wears very thin. Sophmoric humour at best.

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