Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students

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Anders Henriksson
Workman Pub., 2001 - History - 145 pages
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Those who forget the past are condemned to eat it, said Santayana.

(Didn't he?) Good thing he didn't teach today, when college students write that during the Dark Ages it was mostly dark and the Civil Rights movement turned around the corner with Martin Luther Junior's famous 'If I Had a Hammer' speech.

Culled by Professor Anders Henriksson from the history term papers and exams of students at over 30 colleges, Non Campus Mentis may be the funniest book of history since 1066 and All That. It is a collection of shocking mistakes and hysterical bloopers that, like a string of one-liners, are woven into a chronology with all the unexpected wit and juxtapositions of a brilliant comedy monologue. Non Campus Mentis covers it all, including the dawn of religion: Judyism was the first monolithic religion. It had one big God named 'Yahoo.' The mother of Jesus was Mary, who was different from other women because of her immaculate contraption. Great historical figures: Machiavelli, who was often unemployed, wrote The Prince to get a job with Richard Nixon. The social order: Upper Class, Middle Class, Working Class and Lowest Poor Scum. And celebrated conflicts: This was known as the 'Blintz Krieg.' The French huddled up and threw sneers at the Germans. Hitler's attack on Russia was secretly called 'Operation Barbarella.'...Hitler, who had become depressed for some reason, crawled under Berlin. Here he had his wife Evita put to sleep, and then shot himself in the bonker.

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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Anders Henriksson is the chairman of the history department at Shepherd College in West Virginia. His pieces on college student bloopers have been published in Harper's magazine and The Wilson Quarterly, and he has been featured on the Today show and CBS Sunday Morning, and is a repeat guest on NPR. He lives in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

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