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Literature: Our Dumb World
Our Dumb World is a mock world atlas written by The Onion. It contains a section on every country on Earth, plus some places that aren't countries. It's a Spiritual Successor to Our Dumb Century.

This book provides examples of:

  • Black Comedy
  • "Far Side" Island: The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is said to be one of these.
  • 419 Scam: The first page of Nigeria.
  • Hollywood Atlas: Oh yeah.
  • Retroactive Legacy: The cover of the book lists it as its 73rd edition.
  • Take That: The part on Minnesota is titled "Land of 10,000 Retards" and consists of over-the-top bashing of the state. It should be noted that The Onion was founded in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Take That, Audience!: The introduction contains "A Note to Barnes & Noble Browsers" bashing people who read the book in the store without buying it.
  • Technology Marches On: In the entry for Japan, the "palmtop computer" seems less hilarious just a few years later with the advent of smart phones.
  • Überwald: Romania is portrayed this way, with the page's subtitle reading Bram Stoker's Romania.
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alternative title(s): Our Dumb World
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