Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition

Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 9780316018425
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Every week, three million readers turn to the world's most popular news organization for a much-needed dose of Onion news and entertainment coverage. In a history spanning 15 years, six popular books, and 10 Webby Awards, The Onion has attracted legions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention.

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Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of The Planet Earth, 73rd Edition 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
stypulkoski on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Well, it's from The Onion, so that should tell you from the start whether you will enjoy it or not. I'm a big fan of their previous books, and have not been let down by this one. I received it for Christmas 2007 and still haven't finished it - as another reviewer noted, it's not the kind of book that you're going to sit down and read straight through. Rather, you'll pick at it over a long period of time. That being the case, this book will bring you laughs for months, if not years to come.
Pferdina on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This spoof on a world atlas is inconsistently funny. Sometimes the humor is spot on, other times it's flat or worse. There is a map of each country, but usually only the capital city is marked, the rest of the points being "funny" locations. Each country appears to have a theme for the jokes, such as the negative effects of radiation in Belarus (the site of Chernobyl) or the long-distance running records of Kenyans. That approach works some of the time, but it became tiresome for me after several dozen countries. On the other hand, the level of effort that went into preparing this detailed volume is quite amazing, and most of the historical references are not entirely made up.
bookcoll on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Highly irreverant, slightly smutty, politically incorrect, beautifully illustrated "atlas" of the world as seen through the eyes of those twisted people at "The Onion".
kanata on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I don't think it is possible to actually read this entire book. As always The Onion goes over the top in presentation with every little nook and cranny being filled up with hilarious stuff. This book is great as a coffee table book. I think I'd get overwhelmed if I sat down and tried to read it straight through. From wonderful comments about countries (Canada - See U.S. on pages 9-12, Ethiopia: Africa's Extended Belly) to spoofing on world politics (Now Bono Awareness Rated!) it is just a fun read especially if you have a great sense of humour. I'm moving into the read section just because I'm crazy about organization but I'll be flipping through and appreciating it for a long time.
annbury on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Very funny book over all if a) you like political satire, b) don't mind the politically incorrect, and c) have reached a modus vivendi with your inner thirteen year old boy. There's a good deal of variation in the level of humor in the entries (some are really hysterical, while a few made me cringe) but it is fun overall.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As with the articles and webpage from the Onion, this atlas has something in it to offend anyone. And despite this and it's incredible tongue-in-cheek attitude, it requires a good deal of background knowledge to even get what they are joking about and harpooning. Provided the Onion (or the Daily Show, Colbert Report, Family Guy, etc.) is your style of comedy, this book will leave you cracking up. I read this during lunch breaks at work, which allowed me plenty of time to appreciate the style of the book (really, it is an atlas) without getting overloaded with the sardonic tone. The only downside what that when I kept cracking up, my coworkers wanted to hear what was so funny, and I didn't dare repeat most of what I read. Obviously not meant for serious research.
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gunny50 More than 1 year ago
funny and a little educational. took off the boxing gloves a little bit but pretty funny stuff.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hella awesome. Hilarious. The jabs at the current affairs in all the countries make it even more funny. It's perfect if you want a good laugh. Also just as a side note - I've learned more from this book about all the countries than all my history classes combine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read is what i would say . Its ravishingly hellish and the devil couldnt have done a better job of poking fun.The humor stretches to the limit, to the subjects considered sacred,this Atlas takes you on a journey, desecrating the most powerful nations in the world to explictly stating the current situation in least developed nations.Insighful, it intrigues the reader to check the facts on which the parody is based. Fabulously researched it is accurate to the mark in exploiting our cultural idiosyncrasies. Bound to offend a lot of people but thats the ideas.. either take it as humor and laugh it off or dont read it all.. Not recommended for the narrowminded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will make you laugh out loud and cry, maybe at the same time. 'Our Dumb Century' is one of the funniest books ever, so when I saw 'Our Dumb World' was on the bookshelves, I had to see if it was comparable. It is. You'll have hours of entertainment, and if you read this in public, you'll have many people staring at you laughing hysterically. Writing for 'The Onion' is my idea of a dream job. Get this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Onion is just absolutely brilliant. 'Our Dumb World' is so hilarious that you will be wanting more. I have never laughed so much in ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Onion does it again! Intelligent, sarcastic and painfully funny! Our Dumb World is a must-own!