Our Dumb Century

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by A Reader on 6/1/1999

the funniest newspaper articles ever written! buy this and keep on shelf next to can. you will never come out, and your legs will permanently numb-up. Read More

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Outstanding satire!

by A Reader on 4/29/1999

This is one of the funniest books I have read in AGES. Read More

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Now that the century is winding down, it's time to look back, breathe a sigh of relief, and laugh at the dumbest 100 years on record--as reported in high satirical style of The Onion, one of America's funniest news sources.

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The Onion, a weekly newspaper out of Madison, WI, has established a hugely popular presence online with its laugh-out-loud mixture of sophomoric irreverence and savage satire. This book continues the Onion's mission--from 1900 to 2000--with mock front pages twisting each year's signal events. 1906: "Should U.S. Set Limits on Indian Slaughter?" 1915: "Henry Ford Unveils New Line of Anti-Semitic Autos." 1933: "Stalin Announces Five-Year `Everybody Dies' Plan." 1942: "Ladies, Negroes Momentarily Useful." 1956: "U.S. Sexual Repression Reaches Boiling Point." 1976: "Cambodia to Switch to Skull-Based Economy." 1998: "Drugs Win Drug War." Though some articles will offend the delicate and a few fail to fulfill the promise of the headlines, this is terrific stuff. Even the graphics and asides have bite, like the "Countries Overthrown by the CIA Today" list from a 1964 issue.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780609804612
SKU 30451427
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0609804618
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 10.75H x 8L x 0.5T
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Annotation In this collection of mock newspaper articles, editors from The Onion satirize 20th century-America by reporting on events--real, imagined, or exaggerated--that shaped the nation's consciousness. With catchy headlines and journalistic-style articles that spotlight overt racism, sexism, xenophobia, and general ignorance, the articles encapsulate the hypocrisy and absurdity of major events, advertising, and pop culture. Photos throughout.
Editors Note The staff of The Onion, America's leading source of humorous news, presents a zany collection of headlines and news stories, including an account of the Pentagon's development of an A-bomb-resistant desk for schoolchildren. Original. 150,000 first printing.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0176
Publisher Three Rivers Press (CA)

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