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Another Immature Humor Alert

Warfare in the Enemy’s Rear
Heilbrunn
1963

I love this title! All I did was giggle every time the word “rear” was used. Then I got to the Appendix and it was all about deep penetration. Even more giggling!

Having only one military history class as a undergraduate (I am now counting how many wars have happened since that class), I cannot speak to this book’s quality, but I am sure that the author did not want a 50-something librarian giggling like a 12 year old boy at this book. Too bad for him.

School started around here and I am still digging out from the Labor Day weekend. I needed a little naughty humor for the week. Unleash your inner middle school boy!

Enjoy!

Mary

 

More immature and stupid humor:

Immature Humor Alert!

Ass Clown

Sticker Shock

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Lifestyles of the Ancient Britons

The Ancient Britons
Ross
1987

Submitter: This was found in the library at the small UK primary school (ages 3-11) where I teach. We have a wide variety of history resources and I had no hesitation in weeding this one. The information is inaccurate, and terribly wishy-washy – there’s no dates anywhere in the book! The drawings are awful (why the moustaches? Why??) and despite the huge range of archaeological evidence for Stone and Iron Age Britain, there’s only two small photographs of (rare) gold ornaments. Finally, it’s just plain out-of-date – there’s been too many advances in our knowledge of that time period in the last 27 years for this to be of any use. (And no, kids, do NOT paint yourself with blue poster paint…) The Anglo-Saxons are a big part of the Key Stage 2 (grades 3-6) curriculum and as a former archaeologist I’d be horrified to think our pupils were using this as a resource!

Holly: I can see some parents getting worked up about some of the content. There are obviously loud, drunk men and an emphasis on the fact that they drank “huge amounts of beer” (third picture below), as well as the Druid with the skulls and the dead guy (well, bloody anyway…) on the ground (fourth picture below). As Submitter mentioned, it’s too old to be useful, so it’s got to go.

More Awful History:

Wigwam and Warpath

ABC Book of Early Americana

“Modern” World

The Cold War

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The Pioneers

The Pioneers: The Picture Story of Canadian Settlement
McClelland and Stewart
1968

Submitter: The non-fiction section of our school library in Quebec hasn’t been weeded since…well, ever, so now that we’re undertaking it there have been good pickings. We came across this book in the Canadian history section. It was allegedly about pioneer settlement of the Canadian frontier, but apparently the Canadian frontier was settled by creepy dolls. The one in the middle with blonde hair and blue eyes is a whole new level of terrifying.

Despite its 1968 publication date, this book actually contains a lot of information that could still be useful, but nobody has checked it out since the 70s. Maybe the nightmare-inducing cover had something to do with it?

Holly: There is something about old dolls, isn’t there? This is an odd cover for the book. Either someone was trying to be clever by representing pioneers with dolls from the era, or they are actual dolls brought by actual pioneers and it is somehow relevant to the book’s content. Old photos of actual pioneers would have been better, or maybe a daily-life artifact of the time that doesn’t stare at you with disapproving glass eyes.Verdict: I’d keep the book (unless the same info is available in a book that people seem to like better, since this one hasn’t been checked out in 40 years) but it is a strange cover.

More Strange Covers:

Computers A to Z

Hawaii: Paradise or Polar?

Evolving Cover Art

WTF Cover Art: Timepivot

 

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