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1[[quoteright:218:]]˛The ''Anarchist Cookbook'' is a 1971 book by William Powell. It was [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic written to protest]] UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar that contained various half baked recipes for things like phone phreaking and, most controversially, building homemade explosives. However, it's really infamous for two things:˛˛# [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Having nothing to do]] with UsefulNotes/{{anarchism}} as a political idea. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint (Or cooking, for that matter.)]]˛# Having nothing to do with the reality of how one would safely make a homemade bomb.˛˛With the rise of the internet, a number of text and .pdf files have showed up bearing the name of this book. If you do a Google search for "anarchist cookbook," some of these will probably come up on the first page. They often contain some information cribbed from the real book, as well as various tips, tricks, and pranks that have been put in over the course of twenty years (these things date back to the dark days of Website/{{Usenet}}). As one would expect from something that was put together by the precursors to Website/FourChan, most of the stuff in these online "cookbooks" is often so outdated or dangerously inaccurate that it makes the real ''Anarchist Cookbook'' look like an Army field manual.˛----˛!!This book provides examples of:˛˛* BombThrowingAnarchist: Presumably the type of anarchist the authors had in mind.˛* DontTryThisAtHome: Seriously. You are more likely to end up short a few fingers than leading the revolutionary vanguard. ˛** The online magazine ''Vice'' did [[ an investigation]] in which they attempted to replicate some of the explosives (complete with the aforementioned warning to not try this at home). The ones that worked at all proved very unpredictable and unstable even with proper safety precautions.˛* GovernmentConspiracy: The book has been theorized to be the work of [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness antidisestablishmentarianist]] factions in the government to get hippies to "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accidentally]]" maim and kill themselves. Given the reliability of a lot of the recipes and instructions therein, this isn't that far fetched.˛* GRatedDrug: Apparently, baking banana peels activates a hallucinogenic chemical called "bananadine" which can be used to get high. Although this is 100 percent fiction, that little fact hasn't stopped countless failed attempts by the type of people who try to buy 10 bottles of Robitussin.˛* MadBomber: The book's target audience.˛* TheMovie: There's actually a movie named after it. How is it? Even though it came out in 2002, it is so [[StrawmanPolitical straw-tastic]], it makes anti-communist propaganda from the fifties look like a Creator/MichaelMoore documentary.˛* MoralGuardians: Frequently cited by. At the time, they attempted to ban it, and still do. Ironically, the FBI knew from the beginning that it was all a lot of rubbish; internal FBI files, including letters by concerned Congressmen to J. Edgar Hoover, released under freedom of information laws reveal the FBI regarded it as something of a joke and that constantly having to fend off letters from concerned morons annoyed them far more than the book's existence did.˛* TakeThat: Anarchist collective [[{{Pun}} CrimethInc]] published [[ a book]] subtitled as '''''An''''' ''Anarchist Cookbook'' that is more in line with their definition of anarchism.˛* ToadLicking: The book contains a recipe to make dried toad skin powder for smoking. It's not good for your toad karma.˛* UrbanLegend: Was the subject of one for a long time. The story went that if you purchased the book, you were put on an FBI watchlist (similar stories existed for ''Mein Kampf''). As explained above, this was rubbish.˛* Website/{{Usenet}}: Where the online guides were compiled.˛----


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