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Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's… (1999)

by The Onion, Scott Dikkers (Editor), John Krewson (Section editor), Maria Schneider (Section editor), Robert Siegel (Section editor)

Other authors: Todd Hanson (Contributor), Tim Harrod (Contributor), David Javerbaum (Contributor), Ryan Kallberg (Contributor), Carol Kolb (Contributor)9 more, Mike Loew (Contributor), Kurt Luchs (Contributor), Randel Shard (Contributor), Rick Streed (Contributor), Jack Szwergold (Contributor), Scott K. Templeton (Designer), Stephen Thompson (Copy editor), Andrew Welyczko (Designer), T. Herman Zweibel (Introduction)

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  gilsbooks | May 17, 2011 |
A typically humorous Onion look at the events of the 20th century. Most of it is spot on, but there are definitely some misses. The newspaper format works absolutely, as they have endeavored to change the look of the newspaper to match the newspapers of the era being spoofed. ( )
  quantum_flapdoodle | Apr 15, 2011 |
What is there to say about The Onion. You either adore them or really really Don't Get It. I happen to fall in the former camp, so I love the book. If you can only browse their website for a few minutes before sighing heavily, shaking your head, and closing the window, perhaps this book is not for you. ( )
  bluedream | Dec 21, 2010 |
Pretty damn funny. ( )
  CarmenOhio | Jul 9, 2009 |
A brilliant collection of satirical news stories from 'The Onion', documenting in retrospect events of twentieth-century America. Cleverly written and very funny, this book will appeal to anyone who appreciates intelligent satire, but especially those with an interest in history, who can pick out the humorous revisions of historical detail.

The book can get a bit repetitive if read in large chunks, but it's a great item to have on your bookshelf to dip in and out of, and to share with those who have not yet discovered the joy of reading The Onion. ( )
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The Onionprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dikkers, ScottEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Krewson, JohnSection editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Schneider, MariaSection editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Siegel, RobertSection editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hanson, ToddContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrod, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Javerbaum, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kallberg, RyanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kolb, CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Loew, MikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Luchs, KurtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shard, RandelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Streed, RickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Szwergold, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Templeton, Scott K.Designersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thompson, StephenCopy editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Welyczko, AndrewDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zweibel, T. HermanIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A NEW CENTURY DAWNS!
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Sears, Roebuck plead 'Not Guilty' to pornography charges
Scopes Defended by Super-Intelligent Chimpanzee-Man from Future
Henley, Frey Urge Nation to Take It Easy
Berlin Wall Destroyed In Doritos=Sponsored Super Bowl Halftime Spectacular
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0609804618, Paperback)

Every Wednesday, work at Amazon.com--along with just about every other company connected to the fantastical "information superhighway" invented by Vice President Al Gore and actress Hedy Lamarr--grinds to a halt as employees hasten to read the latest issue of The Onion, America's most popular newspaper based in Madison, Wisconsin. But most of the paper's fans have started reading it only within the last few years, and are sadly unaware of The Onion's mighty journalistic legacy. To combat this cultural illiteracy, Editor in Chief Scott Dikkers and his writing staff have assembled this collection of great front pages from the last hundred years. Here is just a sampling of the headlines:

A New Century Dawns! McKinley Ushers in Bold New "Coal Age"

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Boasts: "No Man Can Stop Me"

AWESOME! Nation Wowed by Tremendous Hindenburg Explosion

Martin Luther King: "I Had a Really Weird Dream Last Night"

Clinton Denies Lewinsky Allegations: "We Did Not Have Sex, We Made Love," He Says

And those are just the headlines; the stories themselves are all masterpieces of the journalist's trade. Of course, readers with delicate sensibilities may find some of these accounts a bit too risqué, and perhaps even tasteless. (Among the potential offenders: Rosa Parks's decision to "screw this bus shit" and take a cab.) But if you're looking for an antidote to all the 20th-century hoopla promulgated by stuffed shirts like Peter Jennings and Harold Evans--not to mention the best history book since 1066 and All That--then Our Dumb Century is the one for you. --Ron Hogan

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