Our Dumb World

Our Dumb World

The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth

Book - 2007
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A news-parody compendium of world non-facts features maps and incorrect statistics for all of the world's independent nations, from Afghanistan to the Ukraine, and includes the world's rejected flag designs and the planet's most annoying handicrafts.
Publisher: New York : Little Brown & Co., 2007.
Edition: 73rd ed. 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316018425
0316018422
Branch Call Number: 081
Characteristics: 245 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dikkers, Scott

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WhidbeyIslander
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.

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Ubalstecha
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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