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Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth

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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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Hardcover, 73rd Edition, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2007)
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OK... I bought this because I enjoy The Onion's brand of humor... but, I'm glad that I only paid $1 for it, because it's pretty lame. I mean, it's funny, sure. It's well-researched, I'm assuming, in order to make fun of these countries accurately, but it's just so damn repetitive. Every page is exactly the same. The only things that change are the oh-so-witty quips and such. But those just aren't enough to keep my interest.

So. I'm calling it quits. I have no desire to pick this up again, so I k
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
My ... God. Quite simply one of the funniest, smartest, and most irreverent books I have read in some time! Though, the term "read" would be a misnomer. You don't "read" Our Dumb World. Rather, you browse it in small doses and enjoy just how much work and care went into the creation of this masterpiece of mirth.

From the helpful Bono Awareness Guide to a nifty little map of the North Pole explaining to children how many ways Santa Claus would die if he indeed "lived" there - it's all within the p
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you could rate a book by it's cover, Our Dumb World would earn 5-stars. Advertised features for this geography lampoon include 'Free GLOBE Inside' and 'Better-Veiled Xenophobia.' The book's presentation delivered enough belly laughs to fuel a small country and sent my expectations soaring before I'd cracked the first page.

Combine that with The Onion's sterling reputation for satire and how could this globe-trotting expedition go wrong? The premise seemed solid too, if a tad gauche; hop aroun
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the abridged audio book version of Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of The Planet Earth on my drive from Santa Clarita to Sacramento with my sometimes-awake, sometimes-asleep fiance. I don't know how you could sleep through this book, though - it was very funny. (Granted, I was driving, so I didn't really have the option.) Very clever social commentary from an, of course, American perspective.

The book started off very strong. My 4-star rating instead of 5 is because towards the en
Stacy  Alesi
If you are not familiar with the Onion, "America's Finest News Source" and the originator (I think) of pseudo news, get thee over there immediately. Today's headlines, as I write this: "Mel Brooks Starts Nonprofit Foundation To Save Word 'Schmuck'", "Christian Charity Raising Money To Feed Non-Gay Famine Victims" and most appropriately for this site, "Third-Person Limited Omniscient Narrator Blown Away By Surprise Ending." But Our Dumb World isn't about news, per se, it's an atlas, and if you we ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
The format of this book is clearly designed to allow as much information to be crammed into as little space as possible. If that sounds like a bad thing, it's definitely not - the jokes come so thick and fast here that it's like you're being attacked. There's barely a square inch of any page that doesn't have something at least a little bit funny in it, whether it's in the points of interest that are labelled up on the map, or the brief historical timelines, or the main tagline, or the full desc ...more
Alan Hoffman
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have an alternate answer to the question the Ms. Teen USA Pagent judges asked to Ms. South Carolina. Americans aren' t familiar with geography because,unlike this book ,it's usually boring to learn.

Very funny, and with entries on nearly every country you will actually learn something. But it is not for kids. It has some profanity and has the darkest, most gallows humor of anything The Onion has put out. The book frequently refers to topics like starvation, AIDS, or genocide and wants to point
Katie Pagan
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
First of all, a warning to the wise: if you don't believe that no-holds-barred, anything-goes humor is possible, don't read the book. I mean it...just don't even try. That said, if you're like me and you like to laugh even when you want to cry simultaneously, you'll love this book! The Onion is the "world's leading humor publication," and it upholds its reputation with this book, which is a mock atlas of every country of the world. The Onion's smart-ass assessment of each nation is brutal, crude ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: satire lovers
Shelves: humor
I gave this to my husband for Christmas, but before he could get to it my mom started reading it, and was laughing her head off! I guess I should quit worrying about protecting HER delicate sensibilities anymore.
A little cruder than I like in places - I'm much more easily shocked than my mom, apparently - and basically one joke per country (hey, how much do YOU know about, say, Cameroon?) but still very funny. If you are suffering from withdrawal from The Daily Show (writer's strike), this can h
May 28, 2008 marked it as to-read
I leafed through this in the bookstore and desperately wished I had someone to poke and share it with. I was literally in stitches. Wickedly offensive yet hilarious stuff such as the starving Somalian woman clad in a T-shirt bearing the words "No Fat Chicks," the map of France pointing out the location of an International House of Crepes, and the alarmingly true accusation that 93% of Washington residents do not realize Olympia is their state's capital.
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is possibly the funniest book I have read (you don't really read it, just skim it pick up and open to random pages - countries).

There are gems throughout this book -- great for hours of entertainment for the cynical, realists, people who are not afraid to laugh at the mess we (humans) have made of the planet on a country-by-country basis.
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It's The Onion, so adjust your expectations accordingly. The book is clever from start to finish, and executed very well. You find funny, outrageous, profane, over the line, and all points in between.
This is not a book to read cover to cover. I like to pick it up and just browse, wondering just what the hell these guys will do on the next page.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So dang funny that I had to read every word - which takes some doing with this kind of book. It's incredibly comprehensive; I can't imagine how many people it must have taken to put this together. Stay away from it if you're easily offended or need things to be properly politically correct.
Leah Polcar
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book I have ever read for learning basic geography, random country facts, and what flags look like. While naturally this is not a serious atlas, it is pretty informative and totally hilarious.
Russell Hayes
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funniest book of all time. Literally every single sentence is funny. This must have taken tens of thousands of man hours to write. An impressive accomplishment.
Rob Johnston
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will forever be dumbfounded as to how the Onion managed to make individualized caricatures of every single state/nation. Incredible.
MK Brunskill-Cowen
Wickedly funny - brutally honest
No one writes political humor better than the Onion!
Jil Larson
Jun 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The funnniest book I've ever read. Period.
James Swenson
There are a lot of stupid and cheap jokes here, but there is also a fair amount of truth, packaged in easy-to-swallow one-liners. e.g.:

"The United States was founded in 1776 on the principles of life, libert, and the reckless pursuit of happiness at any cost -- even life and liberty."

"All Iraqis have a a yearning for freedom, a desire so strong that every single one of them is willing to die if that's what it takes to achieve it."

"2004: In an impassioned speech, President Stjepan Mesic vows to p
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics-history
When I laughed, I laughed so hard I could barely hold the book in my hands. Among my favorite are the comments on the Turkish flag, the Welsh language, and the evolution of the continents from Pangaea into the future. There is so much detail and attention given to so many countries, states, and territories, the insane research such detail signifies deserves utmost respect. No place on earth is immune to attack and most of the political humor has a very progressive bent.

Some nations were stuck w
Matthew Hanzel
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What's best about any Onion publication is that sometimes it appears way too convincngly it may confuse readers for being the truth. This atlas is built on political jokes, satire, and stereotypes, some are hillarious, some are understandably insulting -- but still fun to read. Especially the section about the United States and how Bono is depicted using certain measurement index. I also read the part about my country, and it fulfills the its promise of being a political joke.

When reading public
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
WARNING: not for the easily offended. I haven't actually finished this book, but it is an atlas, so you really don't read it straight through. I don't think I have ever read anything as offensive in my life... which is why it is so funny. From the Bono Awareness map to the description of Sudan as "All Better Now Thanks to You" (all because "a woman in Iowa was wearing a 'Save Darfur' T-shirt") to the entry on France ("One Nation Above God") to Rwanda: "The Land That Time, Newsweek, And USA Today ...more
Theophilus (Theo)
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Like the Onion newspaper, this is funny, in a sarcastic, wry, twisted sort of way. The maps are hilarious, such as the map of France that shows the location of the Memorial to Poupon-Plochman War of 1994 can be found (for mustard lovers of the world). You can also tour the shirtless and shoeless regions of the American Southeast. The timeline of American history is great. Sensitivity Alert: Coarse language is spread throughout the book and some areas of the country and its inhabitants are ridicu ...more
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 re ...more
Feb 15, 2009 added it
This book is say something bad about my country Thailand.
It has a picture King and Queen of thailand with stupid idiot hooker girl. That made me really angry. I know lots of people say that was a joke but this is toooo much and I can not stand with it.I dont know if any thai peoples read this book or notice that.. I have to do something with it. I have to show this to the embassy.
I want the author to respect my country. This is not funny at all dude. you are an idiot to make a joke with somethi
Nov 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if it's considered blasphemous to award five stars to a humor book, but in the world of humor books, the Onion people have put together a masterpiece. I read this book casually over a period of four months, and there was plenty of material to keep me occupied. Each country has enough sly comic whimsy to cover seven or eight issues of The Onion, and in many cases (like the U.S. entry) much, much more. And there are a lot of countries, it turns out. (I was never much for geography.) ...more
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
I haven't finished reading this yet, but I can't stop laughing. Every country is in here, and misrepresented sensationally from an American point of view. Austria is described as the "Birthplace Of Classical Muzak," the Democratic Republic of Congo is "Like A Zoo You Get Killed At," Panama is "A Shortcut With A National Anthem," and Montenegro is "Just Getting Out Of A Bad International Relationship." Delightfully detailed maps, histories, and facts that are gleefully inaccurate and inappropriat ...more
Darcy McLaughlin
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of the humorous textbook genre (yes that's a real thing) and decided to pick up the Onion's version of an atlas. They manage to stretch a simple concept over 250 pages, and even if some jokes are based on stereotypes (well, a lot of them really) they attack the subject matter so relentlessly that you can't stop laughing. Whether it's classic jokes about the Polish or the incredibly depressing Africa section (so horrible you have to laugh or else you'll cry) it's consistently funny ...more
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is my new is hilarious although rather harsh (you have to have the right sense of humor). It's a satirical atlas put out by the Onion with entries on every country. Somewhat disturbingly, it was actually #1 on the Amazon atlas list for a while. I admit some parts are rather mean but it will make you laugh out loud...however you may annoy everyone you know by constantly reading little quotes but you can't help it. Also good because each country is only a page or 2 so you ...more
Anna Francesca
This book is not one to read cover-to-cover-- at least not for me. It is very funny, but the text-book layout is just too much to absorb. By skipping around and looking at various nations' pages, though, I enjoyed some wonderful chuckles. One of my favorite lines is at the beginning and relates to the United States of America: The Midwest. It says, "The Midwest is conveniently located between where you are and where you are going." Brilliant.
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