Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years Of Headlines From America's Finest News Source by Onion StaffOur Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years Of Headlines From America's Finest News Source by Onion Staff

Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years Of Headlines From America's Finest News Source

byOnion Staff, Scott Dikkers

Paperback | April 8, 1999

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The Onion has quickly become the world's most popular humor publication, misinforming half a million readers a week with one-of-a-kind social satire both in print (on newsstands nationwide) and online from its remote office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Witness the march of history as Editor-in-Chief Scott Dikkers and The Onion's award-winning writing staff present the twentieth century like you've never seen it before.
Started by two University of Wisconsin undergraduates in 1988, The Onion began as an alternative weekly newspaper in Madison, originally meant to parody both USA Today and the nearby Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper. While some believe The Onion got its name from the slang for a "juicy news story," it was actually named when the two foun...
Title:Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years Of Headlines From America's Finest News SourceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 11.1 × 8.5 × 0.4 inPublished:April 8, 1999Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0609804618

ISBN - 13:9780609804612


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly written Revisited history at its best! If you can read the actual articles (it is small print), you'll find them even funnier than the headlines. The "I had a weird dream last night" from Martin Luther King had me ROTF. Other gems are from Sept. 1945 ("WA-'"), July 1969 ("Holy S***! Man walks on f****** Moon) and the caption in 1951 (Giants win pennant, Giants win pennant, Giants win Pennant, Giants win pennant). Absolute genious.
Date published: 2011-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and uncompromising "Our Dumb Century", like all great satires, pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. Anyone can take on such easy targets as Richard Nixon or communism, but what can you say about people who came up with "Martin Luther King: I Had a Really Weird Dream Last Night"? The "newspapers" featured here look perfectly authentic for their respective periods, and there's plenty of material; there are four or five full-length "stories", almost all hilarious, per page. Many will be offended, but for anyone who can appreciate great satire, this book is a must.
Date published: 2000-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our Dumb Century The funniest book of 1999. Will keep you reading and laughing for weeks. Hilarious book, a great buy for those into the Onion newspaper.
Date published: 1999-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I hope you have a spare gut! You'll need a gut transplant after reading this gut-splittingly-funny book written by those guys at America's Finest News Source--The Onion. It functions superbly as a coffee-table book and will offer up laughs and giggles for years to come. Here are a few sample headlines: Mr. T releases Pity List '86; New President feels nation's pain, breasts; the hilarity goes on! This book is guaranteed to elicit guffaws, if it doesn't you can always give it to a friend.
Date published: 1999-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our Dumb Century This book follows the format of The Onion’s website and newsstand publication, telling the history of the last century in a hilarious newspaper front-page format. Starting at 1900, the staff let loose with their zany humour and satirical writing to highlight the events of the last 99 years. Good to pick up for some laughs when you have a few minutes, as it doesn't have to be read from cover to cover. I find something new I didn't see each time I pick it up. Would make a great gift for any history buff.
Date published: 1999-10-08

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It is with a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment that I look back upon this great Twentieth Century of ours to say that The Onion news-paper was able to document and, to a great extent, shape this wondrous time in human history, as this fine tome demonstrates.--T. Herman Zweibel, Onion PublisherTHE ONION, Monday, April 24, 1995AL GORE CAUGHT IN LOVE TRYST WITH ENDANGERED TREE OWLWASHINGTON, DC--Scandal engulfed the Clinton Administration once again Sunday, when allegations were made public that Vice President Al Gore engaged in an illicit sexual relationship with an endangered tree owl, then urged the winged nocturnal predator to lie about the affair under oath.According to an anonymous source within the administration, the vice president first met the owl during a meeting with anti-logging activists in Washington State's Olympic National Park, admiring the bird in its tree perch and praising it for its "majestic plumage."  Suspicion was aroused when the bird began making repeated visits to Gore's White House office, which is more than 3,000 miles from the owl's Pacific Northwest habitat.Gore, long known for his strong pro-wildlife stance, denied charges of an inter-species sexual liaison, insisting that his relationship with the woodland creature was "purely environmentalist in nature."Experts on bird mating, however, say the owl's extensive molting and twig-gathering behavior, as well as its alleged lining of a nest with clumps of grass and feathers, suggest that the bird was sexually active during the weeks it spent with the vice president.In addition, an unnamed Secret Service agent claimed that Gore ordered him to dispose of several fecal pellets found in the White House.  He said the pellets contained the bones of small rodents.A federal grand jury will convene Friday to determine whether the owl will be charged with perjury for an April 17 deposition in which ornithologists recorded the bird emitting a complex series of hoots denying the affair.  Gore, if found guilty of encouraging the endangered owl to lie under oath, could face congressional censure on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and owl-fucking.THE ONION, Friday, November 22, 1963KENNEDY SLAIN BY CIA, MAFIA, CASTRO, LBJ, TEAMSTERS, FREEMASONSPresident Shot 129 Times from 43 Different AnglesDALLAS, TEX.--President Kennedy was assassinated Friday by operatives of the CIA, the Giancana crime syndicate, Fidel Castro, Vice President Johnson, the Freemasons and the Teamsters as he rode through downtown Dallas in a motorcade.According to eyewitnesses, Kennedy's limousine had just entered Dealey Plaza when the president was struck 129 times in the head, chest, abdomen, arms, legs, hands, feet, back and face by gunfire.  The shooting began at 12:30 p.m. and lasted until 12:43 p.m. CST.In all, 43 suspects have been taken into the custody of the Dallas police.Preliminary reports indicate that hitmen for the Giancana crime syndicate fired from a nearby grassy knoll, CIA agents fired from an office building slightly off the parade route, Cuban nationals fired from an overpass overlooking Dealey Plaza, an elite hit squad working for Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa fired from perches atop an oak tree, a 'lone nut' fired from the Texas Book depository, a shadow-government sharp-shooting team fired from behind a wooden fence, a consortium of jealous husbands fired from an estimated 13 sites on the sidewalk along the route, a hitman working for Johnson fired from a sewer grate over which the limousine passed, and Texas Gov. John Connally lunged at the president from within the limousine itself, slitting the president's throat with a combat knife.The mortally wounded president was sped to nearby Parland Hospital, where doctors with ties to Johnson's inner circle performed a staged autopsy.  They pronounced him dead at 2:18 p.m. CST.The body was then chemically treated by J. Edgar Hoover and put in a decoy casket for transport to Roswell, New Mexico.  There, space aliens using medical technology beyond the knowledge of man sealed Kennedy's 129 wounds.  Kennedy's corpse was then reanimated and rushed to Germany for an emergency meeting with the frozen brain of Adolf Hitler.After the meeting, Kennedy aides announced plans for the two leaders' sperm cells to be atomically sustained, planted in the womb of aspiring actress Judith Campbell, and grown into a super-race of 21st-century conquerors.According to investigators, the assassination appears to have been carefully planned and carried out in strict accordance with both the Skull-and-Bones Blood Rite and Masonic "Killing of the King" rituals.Officers found several hundred weapons within a four-block radius of the shooting site, including telescope-sighted Weatherby Magnum rifles, Italian bolt-action 6.5mm carbines, Thompson submachine guns, Russian Kalishnikov assault rifles, and one ray-gun.The assembled killers were taken into police custody at Dallas City Hall.  As they were being transferred to the county prison however, all 43 were shot and killed by Jack Ruby, 52, a Dallas-area nightclub owner.THE ONION, Tuesday, April 20, 1943TOP U.S. NAVAL INTELLIGENCE REPORTS, 'THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAME''No Book's Like a Dame, Nothing Looks Like a Dame,' Says South Pacific CommandCable report from the Pacific Theater--According to U.S. Intelligence officers stationed in the South Pacific, there is not anything like a dame.Details of the report indicate that there is nothing like a dame in the known world."Lots of things in life are beautiful, but brother," read the secretly coded message that arrived on President Roosevelt's desk in Washington at 7 a.m. EST Sunday, "there is one particular thing that is nothing whatsoever in any way, shape, or form like any other.""There is nothing like a dame," the message repeated.While most details of the report remain classified -- for fear of providing the hated German enemy with any advantage -- the following information has been cleared by the War Department for release.There are no books like a dame; nothing looks like a dame; there are no drinks like a dame; nothing thinks like a dame.This new dame-related intelligence is expected to greatly improve the health of injured American solders.  "Thousands of our boys are badly wounded every day by Japs and Jerrys," said Army doctor Martin Purcell, speaking from a makeshift hospital on a tiny, coconut-covered Pacific island.  "But as we now know, there ain't a thing that's wrong with any man here that can't be cured by putting him near a girly, womanly, female, feminine dame."A full version of Monday's report will be printed, set to music, and performed around the country.THE ONION, Monday, January 1, 1900News From RomeVATICAN CONDEMNS 'RHYTHM METHOD.'Pontiff Excoriates Infidels for Fiendish 'Sin by the Calendar.'Releases Papal Edict Outlining Forbidden Family Practices.Italians in Attendance Vow to People the Earth.VATICAN CITY, DEC 31--In a proclamation rife with the righteous anger befitting a clergyman of his most exalted station, His Holiness the Pope, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Leader of all Christians of the World, lashed out at those with the effrontery to use the calendar to defeat God's purpose of peopling the globe."This prideful 'rhythm method' is a blasphemy before God," Leo XIII declared to a crowd of as yet non-American-emigrant Italians at St. Peter's Basilica. "Those who would count the days He created against the ripeness of their good wives are indulging in the darkest brand of sorcery."The reactions of lay civilization have been varied, as most prominent Americans are expected to seek the counsel of their bishops and priests for clarification of the edict.The denounced "rhythm method," according to physician Hobart McGreely of Pittsburgh, is "the way by which a lady, having an intuitive grasp still elusive to medicinal science of the ebb and flow of nature, can divine when she is most conducive to the conception of young, and may choose to refrain from the painful process of copulation, in essence avoiding her dutiful role as a mother.""Childbearing women have a responsibility to the Lord on High," added noted Chicago priest Father Willard Portkin. "In this advanced age of modern medicine, most mothers need only give birth to two or three still-born children before enjoying the fruits of living progeny. And now-a-days many of the gentler sex are enjoying full recuperation and survival of the birthing miracle. There is therefore no excuse for women-vessels to engage in trickery of God's plan for their fertility."

From Our Editors

Discover the true history of our century through the annals of the satirical Onion newspaper. Scott Dikkers and the rest of the Onion staff put together this completely original look at the last 100 years in America. Our Dumb Century is a rip-roaring history lesson, allowing readers to let it all hang out with one big laugh. Millennial angst be damned!

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