K Bloom, December 24, 2007 (view all comments by K Bloom)
Oh man, I had no idea what I was in for when I purchased this book. Every single sentence on every page is a riot. The Onion's style of *seeming* like a serious publication then throwing rediculous curveballs makes me laugh every time, and I can only wish I had such wit! There are undertones of real knowledge in this book, and that helped me to take a breath before bursting out with laughter again. This book really helps me to kick back, relax, and see the lighter side of my own inevitable, horrible fate! I'd also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you haven't yet
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Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition
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The folks at the Onion are up to their usual shenanigans, this time bringing us an informative and wildly inaccurate atlas that fans will love.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"The first all-new publication from The Onion's stable of mad satirists since 1999's Our Dumb Century, this globe-spanning volume raises the bar for topical humor. Known for their savage, irreverent newspaper parody, The Onion staff delight in playing up stereotypes and skewering perceptions, and they have picked an enormous playground in which to do so; this skewed world atlas compiles enough fictional facts to tickle-and probably offend-just about everyone. Profiling every country in the world-from the United States ('The Land of Opportunism') to Greenland ('The Largest Land Mass on Earth') to 'The Who Cares Islands'-this handsome parody is visually indistinguishable from genuine reference materials, but with jokes crammed into every inch, from topographical maps ('Largest Mayan casino in Mexico') and tiny vital statistics boxes (Syria's ethnicity: 'Anti-Semitic Semites') to historic timelines (Ireland, 1387: 'Luck of the Irish runs out') and photo captions ('Emergency shipments of food, water, and Bono reach Sudan'). The group's humor can demand a rarified kind of knowledge-as in the entry for Nicaragua, which revolves entirely around the now-ancient Nintendo game 'Contra'-ensuring that some jokes will fall flat; for anyone with a cultural pulse, however, the hit-to-miss ratio will be high. Eminently browsable and compulsively re-readable, this is an essential book for fans of Stewart, Colbert and (of course) The Onion." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Packed with beautiful full-color maps and framed with inaccurate essays about the world written by the full Onion staff, Our Dumb World: The Onions Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition is the first original Onion book in eight years — a gut-busting send-up in which no nation escapes unscathed.
In order to understand the news, a context of world geography and history is essential. That is why The Onion is publishing a world atlas: to help us. News that now makes no sense will now make sense. Thus begins a new age of enlightenment.
OUR DUMB WORLD contains, among other things:
News and historic facts from other nations
Historic timelines for countries
Rejected flag designs
The earth broken down and described, from its molten core to the outermost sphere, and the location of heaven
Demographic, economic and other -ic data about each country's people, industries, and habits
Every country will be categorized in a number of ways, including:
Level of Bono activity
Prop comedians per 1,000 live birds
Yearly income in wide-screen televisions
The Monkeys they got
Where it sees itself in five years
Color boxes for average skin color
Chart listing benefits of invading said country
Most annoying handicrafts
OUR DUMB WORLD is the first original Onion audiobook in eight years--a gut-busting send-up in which no nation escapes unscathed.
OUR DUMB WORLD is the world's most comprehensive fake atlas: a repository of all known information about the planet Earth (except where covered by clouds).
In late 2007 the hardcover edition became one of the hottest books of the holiday season, entertaining and offending hundreds of thousands of readers around the globe. This new, easy-to-carry paperback edition is perfect for the intrepid traveler to any of the world's exotic locales--from Afghanistan, "Allah's Cat Box," to Ukraine, "the Bridebasket of Europe," to the USA's own Nevada, "Where Everyone's a Loser."
Packed with beautiful full-color maps and framed with inaccurate essays about all the world's peoples and places, OUR DUMB WORLD is a gut-busting send-up in which no nation escapes unscathed.
"Bottom line: laughed my head off." --Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
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