Compiled and with Learned Notes by Brian E. Strayer, Ph.D.
Humor World History (sort of)
Western Civ 101 was never quite like this!
Pharisees showed off their goodness by praying in synonyms" . . . "The
fourteenth century was an unpleasant era to be alive in, much less dead
in" . . . "The Vaccuum is a large empty space where the popes live in
Rome" . . .
This is the history you never learned in school (or maybe you did).
Back in the 1950s, Art
Linkletter noted that small children often mix fantasy and
reality, making their views of everyday life wildly askew. But when those
Baby Boomers (and Generation Xers) entered college, they were still mixing
fantasy and reality, as their history and English essays demonstrated
in a fractured, fictionalized, hilarious interpretation of events.
are gems uncut and unpolished, straight from the pens of freshmen and
sophomores trying desperately to make some sense out of the past. If
these bloopers prove nothing else, they demonstrate that Art
Linkletter's "little kids" still say "the darndest things" when faced
with college history exams . . .
"You don't need to be a history
teacher at any level to appreciate this book . . . [or] to see the
absolute humor in the convoluted reasoning, the wonderfully creative
spelling, and the sneaking feeling that, despite the whopping errors,
there is more truth than not in this artfully arranged collection of
student wisdom—or unintentional wisecracking. . . . While the average
person will think this book is hysterical, anyone who has taught at the
junior college/community college/university levels will be on the floor.
. . . Even though the students' world view is all so wrong, it's
nevertheless endearing, and beyond funny." —Margaret Scott Chrisawn,
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