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Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students (2001)

by Anders Henriksson

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This book is amazingly funny. However, I think it would have been more richly humorous, as well as being a bit less student-oriented if the author (compiler) had also included some bloopers made by professors, instructors, teaching assistants and the like. Because it is not only students who make inadvertent, funny academic mistakes (I have taught and teach German at the university/college level and have definitely written some inadvertently funny bloopers on German language exam questions, and I am not ashamed to admit this). ( )
  gundulabaehre | Mar 31, 2013 |
A humorous look at the world of students, written by a history professor who has been keeping track of answers on tests for years. Funny, but not so funny, because many of the mistakes hit too close to home for any teacher. ( )
  Devil_llama | Apr 29, 2011 |
Being a collection of amusing, occasionally hilarious, malapropisms and factual confusions which emanate from the minds of today's young scholars. This concept could, and should, be extended to other fields besides history, and could also support a monthly humor magazine. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Apr 18, 2011 |
Funny in small doses. Some of these are "are they real?" level, but hilariously funny - if a bit scary (these are apparently university and college students making these mistakes). ( )
  ElenaGwynne | Nov 8, 2010 |
At best a book for reading in spurts no longer than a minute or two. After that its relentless one note humour begins to pall. ( )
  mmyoung | Jul 4, 2010 |
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Be prepared to weep as you read Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students, a horrifically hilarious compendium of actual North American college student essays. Learn about the victims of the Black Death (who "grew boobs on their necks"), the Automaton Empire, Martin Luther King's famous "If I Had a Hammer" speech, the Iran Hostess Crisis, Zorroastrologism (the "duelist" religion "founded by Zorro"), and Joan of Ark, Noah's wife, at rest on Mt. Arafat. Meet Dim El Sum of Korea, the Vestigal Virgins, "dedicated to burning the internal flame," and Hitler, who "shot himself in the bonker." Did you know a position as "lady-in-mating helped a young girl's chances for a marriage," and "the assignation of Archduke Ferdman gave sweet relief to mounting tensions," or that "the major cause of the Civil War is when slavery spread its ugly testicles across the West"?

Well, you'd better buckle down and learn, then! --Tim Appelo

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