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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
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Uncle trope to The Abridged Series, which parodies history in a similar fashion. The aim of this trope 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, anachronistic absurdities and Historical Character Confusion.

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


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     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.

     Film  

     Literature  

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     Live-Action TV  

  • Cunk On Britain. A parody of sweeping history documentaries, presented by Philomena Cunk
  • Horrible Histories. Comedy sketch series, where each episode is an anthology of sketches about different historical eras

     Theatre  

     Web Original  

     Western Animation  


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