The Abridged History

We have left out the dull parts. Take, for example, the Role of the Plow in the Settlement of Nebraska. "The hell with the Role of the Plow in the Settlement of Nebraska"—that is our motto. This philosophy left us with plenty of extra room, which enabled us to provide you, the reader, with large, restful expanses of white space, as well as numerous riveting 'behind-the-scenes' historical anecdotes that you will not find in a normal history book because we made them up.
Dave Barry Slept Here, introduction

Uncle trope to The Abridged Series, which parodies history in a similar fashion. The aim of The Abridged History is to entertain rather than educate, making plenty of Historical In Jokes and generally playing by the Rule of Funny rather than sticking to boring facts. Genuine historical facts (the stranger the better) will be mixed in with debunked legends and anachronistic absurdities.

In books, expect each chapter to end in a textbook-like set of ridiculous exercises. Silly footnotes are also common.

Examples:

Film

Literature

Theatre

Comic Books
  • The Cartoon History of the Universe series by Larry Gonick. Although it does go quite a bit into actual history and facts and dates, the panels and commentary are drawn in a way that is meant to be both humorous and educational.

Web Original

Western Animation


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