||[Jan. 18th, 2002|10:40 pm]
Non Campus Mentis by Anders Henriksson. I haven't read the book, so my commenting with any opinions about it would be showing my own ignorance. I'm not one to shy away from showing my ignorance, but at least I usually try admit those moments when I'm ignorant and simply can't shut up. I hear there's a cure for ignorance now, but then this book would never have been written if everyone was cured.As I'm typing this I'm listening to a radio show promoting the book |
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"?
From another review on Amazon's page:
*Men during this period were usually about thirty years old and women only twelve or thirteen.
*Death rates exceeded one hundred percent in some towns.
*Westward expansion ended at Custard's Last Stand and his later defeat at Wounded Knee.
*The Pershing Gulf War began when Satan Husane invaded Kiwi and Sandy Arabia. This was an act of premedication.