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

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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 from Afghanistan, "Allah's Cat Box," to the Ukraine, "The Bridebasket of Europe."
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Overview

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 from Afghanistan, "Allah's Cat Box," to the Ukraine, "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, and Saudi Arabia's superhighway, the Mohammedobahn.

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What better way to view the world than in the pages of this atlas published by The Onion, America's finest source for unreliable news? Filled with incredible statistics and faux facts, here is the perfect gift for people who suspect the truth is overrated!
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 Onionstaff 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 rereadable, this is an essential book for fans of Stewart, Colbert and (of course) the Onion. (Oct.)

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This isn't just any atlas; it's the Onion's atlas. Readers familiar with the satirical newspaper and its previous publications will here find the intelligent and biting humor they've come to expect. The book is a quality product with a seemingly built-in market. But the market for readers who would read an atlas for entertainment is small, and the number of Onionreaders in that market's subset, probably smaller. In the Library of Congress record, the publisher states, 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 Onionis publishing a world atlas: to help us. Fair enough. Libraries with a large contingent of Onionreaders will probably do well to consider this purchase, and certainly some readers will be clamoring for it. But it is recommended only for public libraries and postsecondary academic institutions. Although the Onionhas hooked many savvy high school readers, Our Dumb World's strongly objectionable content (e.g., a manipulated image of George W. Bush performing a sexual act with a Saudi leader) negates its appeal for school libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ6/15/07.]
—Audrey Snowden

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316018425
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition number: 73
  • 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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  • Posted December 25, 2009

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    pretty good

    funny and a little educational. took off the boxing gloves a little bit but pretty funny stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    Hella Freaking Awesome Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

    Amazing!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    A Great Follow-up to Our Dumb Century

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Freakingly Hilarious

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

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    The Onion does it again! Intelligent, sarcastic and painfully funny! Our Dumb World is a must-own!

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