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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 dIn 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 habitsEvery country will be categorized in a number of ways, including:Ethnic cleanliness 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 handicraftsOUR DUMB WORLD is the first original Onion audiobook in eight years--a gut-busting send-up in which no nation escapes unscathed....

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

  • Becky
    2019-06-15 08:57

    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 know it's lost its shine. It's been 10 days and I've only made it 50 image-heavy pages. Meh.I much preferred "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth: A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race." Skip this and check out that instead.

  • Thomas
    2019-06-15 03:18

    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 pages contained herein. Was that correct grammar? Hmm.A couple of favorite passages:ICELAND: So "Cold" From All The "Ice." -- "In what must be the greatest geological hoax in history, millions of middle-school students are fed lies day after day by Iceland's highly coordinated campaign of misinformation, insinuation, and not changing the name of their country to something more descriptive."SOUTH AFRICA: A Bad Neighborhood. -- "The citizens of South Africa fall victim to a serious crime every 17 seconds -- a statistic that is nearly impossible to verify, as everyone in the country has his or her watch stolen every 12 seconds."JORDAN: Home Of The Lovely Queen Rania. -- "Not only is Queen Rania a stunningly beautiful woman, she's also the very definition of a 'classy lady.' Whenever Jordan is going through a hard time, all Queen Rania has to do is smile and everybody feels good again."Wonderful time browsing this wonderful work. It can border on the offensive for people without a sense of humor, but hey -- it's the Onion, man!

  • Joe
    2019-06-21 03:13

    Our Dumb World has a 5-star cover. Advertised features for this geographic parody include 'Free GLOBE Inside' and 'Better-Veiled Xenophobia.' The presentation (the cover and introduction) delivered enough belly laughs to sustain a small country.Combine that with The Onion's sterling reputation for satire and my expectations were soaring by the time I cracked the first page. Seemed like a solid premise too; go around the world and make jokes at the expense of each country in turn. Add some twisted atlas trappings; maps, infographics and so forth, and it feels like a strong premise with world-sized potential.So a five-star comedy troupe wrapped in a five-star cover somehow earned a two-star rating. The problem is the conceit doesn't work; it relies heavily on stereotypes and grew stale well before the book's equator. By the 4th page joking about AIDS in another African country I started wondering whether I was the 'dumb' one for coming along that far. I found myself wishing I was reading Wikipedia articles on each individual country as then I'd at least be getting some information. The journey ended in Tanzania with half the continents untouched.You can't rate a book by it's cover, but sometimes that's where you get your money's worth.

  • StacyAlesi
    2019-06-13 06:03

    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 weren't sure about this, the cover helpfully steers you towards the Onion's skew by proclaiming "Now With 30% More Asia" and such highlights as "Fewer Clouds on Maps" and "Long-Standing Border Disputes Resolved." A sampling from the page on the South, "Where the Mistakes of the Past Come Alive" include this gem on my home, Florida: "The Silent Holocaust: Though on the surface Florida appears to be a tropical paradise, inside this state lurks a dark, gruesome secret: Each year, thousands of Jews are sent here to die." The Onion doesn't leave a stereotype unturned, from Malaysia, "An Allah-Inclusive Terrorist Resort" to India, "Please Hold While We Die of Malaria" to French Guiana, "The Colony That France Totally Forgot It Still Had" to Germany, "Genocide-Free Since April 11, 1946." All the map lovers in your life, and even those who can't fold a map, will find something to laugh at here.

  • Lydia
    2019-06-23 04:00

    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 end, there was less "information" about each country because they just picked one funny thing about the country and talked about it the whole time. While my good friend from Hungary would probably be very amused at the book's comments about the pornography industry there, I was sad to see that the book essentially defined entire countries such as this one from only one perspective.Yes, I get that it's humor, but...still. It bothered me. That's why it only gets 4 stars from me instead of 5. DEFINITELY still worth the listen, though - the narration is excellent. And the paper version of the book may have enough other information to make up for the flaws I found in the abridged audio book. I plan to try to read it at some point as well to see.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-28 05:24

    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.

  • Stenmarks1981
    2019-06-17 03:03

    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.

  • Leah Polcar
    2019-06-17 08:03

    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
    2019-06-09 05:12

    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.

  • Nick
    2019-06-26 03:59

    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 description, or any of the pictures (such as the brutally dark picture of an Etheopian wearing a T-shirt saying 'no fat chicks').That's one of the things about Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition that's so impressive. The other is how diverse the humour is. Anybody who reads the site will know that they're as capable of bitterness as sillyness and as happy to employ highbrow irony as they are to indulge themselves in gutter humour, but that range of approaches is taken to new heights here. Observe how viciously certain US states are attacked, and then compare it with how Jordan's page is basically a love letter to Queen Rania, before turning back to the subtle(-ish) contempt with which France are described, and then fast-forwarding to the way most of the descriptions of countries in the Middle East mock America's foreign policy and myopic, often offensive worldwide media coverage (Afghanistan are described as being 'bombed forward into the Stone Age' while Iraq's tagline is simply 'they had it coming').It's an absolute tour de force throughout, irreverent and caustic withou ever being truly offensive, and silly without being dumb. It took me four days to read all of it, and at least half of that time was taken up by laughing - even people I know that can't get into The Onion's website love this book. Brilliant.

  • Alan Hoffman
    2019-06-21 04:07

    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 out the ironies and truth of the situations people have to live in without glossing them over or making you feel better. Of course a lot of humor is directed at the inability of governments or other organizations to solve problems.A lot of it is brilliant: the page on Jordan is entirely on Queen Rania - apparently by someone who is smitten with her. (But it points out: what else does the average person know about Jordan?) And the entry for Nigeria includes a Nigerian Scam letter like the ones sent through mass emails.I also recommend "Don't Know Much About Geography," though it's not a parody book like this one.

  • James Swenson
    2019-06-04 03:09

    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 put a man safely on the surface of Croatia by 2012."I wonder how that worked out.Each of the 50 states gets its own writeup. Wisconsin ("Clogged Artery of the Heartland") is reviewed under "The Midwest: America's Pit Stop" (pp. 17-18); Georgia ("No, not that Georgia") and South Carolina ("The One with the Racist Flag") under "The South: Where the Mistakes of the Past Come Alive"; and my home state is listed with Alaska ("Needlessly Unspoiled") and Hawaii ("Spectacular Balcony View") under "The Bullshit States: Filling out the Union." You lose a star for that, Onion.

  • E
    2019-06-15 02:05

    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 with just one running gag (Belarus, Finland, etc.), which is understandable given the length of the book, but unfortunate for readers who happen to know more than just the superficial about any of these nations. My German partner loved the atlas, but was unable to enjoy the feature on Germany since it relied SOLELY on the 60 year-old Nazi stereotype. We agree everyone should be able to laugh about their country, but I had to admit that mine was portrayed as 100 times more diverse than his.

  • Matthew Hanzel
    2019-06-12 06:17

    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 publications of Onion, including this political joke, readers are advised not to feel deeply insulted, for jokes are jokes anyway. I've seen people that are upset for Onion's publications, and yes, as I said before, sometimes Onion appears just way too realistic. At the end, this is a good political jokes book, and completely fun to read. An international relations major student myself, the world may be easier to study if those things mentioned in this book had been real!

  • Katie Pagan
    2019-06-23 03:12

    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, and merciless, while at the same time being hilarious, clever, and even (really?) poignant. My favorites? France, "One Nation Above God"; Saudi Arabia, "All Is Forbidden"; and Vatican City, "The Catholic Disneyland."

  • Robin
    2019-06-25 08:04

    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.

  • Theophilus (Theo)
    2019-06-18 09:17

    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 ridiculed mercilessly. If you don't find the Onion newspaper funny, this book isn't for you. If you like the paper, you'll love the book.

  • Jackie
    2019-06-09 01:15

    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 help!

  • Booboo
    2019-06-06 07:07

    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 something that our people really respect.

  • Becka
    2019-06-23 03:27

    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 can read a little at a time. GO GET IT RIGHT NOW!

  • Jamie
    2019-06-18 02:24

    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 inappropriate. I'm happy they have this at my library.

  • Darcy McLaughlin
    2019-06-24 03:26

    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 the whole way through.

  • Doris
    2019-06-26 08:20

    This book is irreverant, funny, and in many cases pushes the envelope between truth and urban myth. However, it is tongue in cheek humor at it's best, and I recommend it for people who have to travel and need some amusement on the trip.The only downside to this book is that, about midway through, the writers forgot some of their English and began using profanity it place of the proper words. Other than that, highly recommended!

  • Lesley
    2019-06-15 01:18

    Don't fall for the cover claim that this book comes with a free globe inside. It totally doesn't.I haven't actually read this book cover-to-cover but neither did I ever read any of my school textbooks in their entirety. The Onion staff, well aware of this tendency, gives several helpful tips for how to skim this atlas most efficiently. Most of this book made me laugh and parts made me laugh a lot.

  • Anna Francesca
    2019-06-06 07:13

    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.

  • Lynne
    2019-06-22 08:57

    This book is full of irreverent, potentially offensive, sick other words, it is totally awesome. If you can't laugh at yourself with biting sarcasm, what can you do? THAT's where the Gaza Strip is. Also, the book's binding broke, but this is probably not the author's fault.

  • Alison
    2019-06-03 02:21

    Serbia and Montenegro: "So We've Done a Little Ethnic Cleansing." Vatican City: "The Catholic Disneyland." Yemen: "Doing Terrorism's Grunt Work." If you're easily offended...we're probably not close friends. Otherwise, you'll be laughing at this book for years to come. An encyclopedia of geographic irreverence.

  • Dodester
    2019-06-05 09:21

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL...Anyways,this book is HILARIOUS!!!!Want an example? Here is one:On Egypt: Located in the Smithsonian, the Louvre, the National Gallery in London, and countless other museums throughout the western world, the nation of Egypt lies behind thick glass in climate-controlled rooms.

  • Anica
    2019-06-19 09:04

    I learned more from this than I learned from all my high school history teachers combined. It also reinforced everything I always assumed about places I've never been. Best of all, it helped me get out of jury duty! Defense attorneys apparently don't like intelligent, cynical people who criticize American institutions like the media...

  • Anna
    2019-05-31 08:26

    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.