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He's back. Anders Henriksson, author of The New York Times bestseller Non Campus Mentis (retitled Ignorance Is Blitz), returns with even funnier, nuttier, more outrageous material culled from the actual exam books of real college students. And it's a hoot that covers all subjects of the core curriculum, including: American History: "The Underground Railroad was built as th He's back. Anders Henriksson, author of The New York Times bestseller Non Campus Mentis (retitled Ignorance Is Blitz), returns with even funnier, nuttier, more outrageous material culled from the actual exam books of real college students. And it's a hoot that covers all subjects of the core curriculum, including: American History: "The Underground Railroad was built as the nation's first public transit system." Art: "Cubism is art from Cuba." Religion: "Moses led his Islams out of Egypt. Bananas from heaven arrived to feed the hungry people. These events are described in the Book of Zeus." Philosophy: "Plato did his thinking in the Cave of Al Gore." Economics: "The theory of surplus value is Marx’s idea that you always shop with coupons." Music: "Bach's sacred choral music includes the B Minor Mess. . . . All one million of his famed works can be found in his BMW. He had over one hundred children and was, of course, very famous for his work with his organ. Two of his successful sons were Jesus Christ Bach and Bacherini." Literature: "Jay Gatsby moved to East Egg because it would be a good place to raise his chickens." And Psychology—or is it Theater Arts: "Most people are either straight, gay, or thespian." Published in the irresistible form of a spiral notebook, a pure parody of a course-by-course study guide (complete with doodles), College in a Nutskull is stuff that just cannot be made up—bloopers and blunders and desperate attempts to bluff the right answer, woven together to give a hilarious, unintentionally brilliant report on the state of American higher education. A comedy, that is, for anyone not paying tuition. 


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He's back. Anders Henriksson, author of The New York Times bestseller Non Campus Mentis (retitled Ignorance Is Blitz), returns with even funnier, nuttier, more outrageous material culled from the actual exam books of real college students. And it's a hoot that covers all subjects of the core curriculum, including: American History: "The Underground Railroad was built as th He's back. Anders Henriksson, author of The New York Times bestseller Non Campus Mentis (retitled Ignorance Is Blitz), returns with even funnier, nuttier, more outrageous material culled from the actual exam books of real college students. And it's a hoot that covers all subjects of the core curriculum, including: American History: "The Underground Railroad was built as the nation's first public transit system." Art: "Cubism is art from Cuba." Religion: "Moses led his Islams out of Egypt. Bananas from heaven arrived to feed the hungry people. These events are described in the Book of Zeus." Philosophy: "Plato did his thinking in the Cave of Al Gore." Economics: "The theory of surplus value is Marx’s idea that you always shop with coupons." Music: "Bach's sacred choral music includes the B Minor Mess. . . . All one million of his famed works can be found in his BMW. He had over one hundred children and was, of course, very famous for his work with his organ. Two of his successful sons were Jesus Christ Bach and Bacherini." Literature: "Jay Gatsby moved to East Egg because it would be a good place to raise his chickens." And Psychology—or is it Theater Arts: "Most people are either straight, gay, or thespian." Published in the irresistible form of a spiral notebook, a pure parody of a course-by-course study guide (complete with doodles), College in a Nutskull is stuff that just cannot be made up—bloopers and blunders and desperate attempts to bluff the right answer, woven together to give a hilarious, unintentionally brilliant report on the state of American higher education. A comedy, that is, for anyone not paying tuition. 

30 review for College in a Nutskull: A Crash Ed Course in Higher Education

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mathew Walls

    Almost as good as the first one, though most of the best stuff is in the history sections, so the addition of other subjects doesn't add as much as you might hope. Almost as good as the first one, though most of the best stuff is in the history sections, so the addition of other subjects doesn't add as much as you might hope.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alea

    Once I figured out what the premise of College in a Nutskull was (people's test/paper responses that are horribly inaccurate, hilarious mistakes etc) I was really looking forward to reading it. And while it was a lot of fun I would definitely point out that this should be used as a coffee table book, don't try to read it in a sitting or even really a spam of a few days (yes I totally did that) because it does begin to get repetitive but reading from it now and again I think would be a great idea Once I figured out what the premise of College in a Nutskull was (people's test/paper responses that are horribly inaccurate, hilarious mistakes etc) I was really looking forward to reading it. And while it was a lot of fun I would definitely point out that this should be used as a coffee table book, don't try to read it in a sitting or even really a spam of a few days (yes I totally did that) because it does begin to get repetitive but reading from it now and again I think would be a great idea. This might make me fodder for the book but here's the three ways I reacted to the passages in the book. 1. I totally knew what the correct information was and found the person's answer to be really funny! 2. I wasn't exactly sure what the right answer was but I knew what they had written was definitely wrong. 3. I know nothing about this subject matter so I'm not really sure what's funny about this. So obviously some sections I liked better than others, art being my favorite. The history section is pretty lengthy but that makes sense since the man that compiled and edited it is a chairman of a history department. While I understand why the format and binding of a spiral notebook was appropriate I really do not like spiral spines for reading, the pages snag on the rings and it's hard to keep the pages flipping. I think maybe a better solution would have been to have the book look like a composition notebook, it would still look like a notebook but with better binding! I do like that the inside was laid out as a notebook as well, with doodles, pictures, handwriting in some places etc. Overall this might be a fun coffee table book for those interested in scholarly humor.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A few years ago I read the previous book compiled by the same editor, Ignorance is Blitz: World History According to College Students and thought it was hilarious, so when I saw there was another book, I had to have it. This book is for the most part really funny, but history is my favorite subject, and so I didn't find some of the non-history sections as funny - unlike the first book, this book covers several subjects. In a nutshell (or nutskull!), this book is a collection of horribly, hilarious A few years ago I read the previous book compiled by the same editor, Ignorance is Blitz: World History According to College Students and thought it was hilarious, so when I saw there was another book, I had to have it. This book is for the most part really funny, but history is my favorite subject, and so I didn't find some of the non-history sections as funny - unlike the first book, this book covers several subjects. In a nutshell (or nutskull!), this book is a collection of horribly, hilariously wrong excerpts from college exams and papers. It includes such gems as: The Spanish Inquisition was where people were asked questions about Spanish culture. Creationism is the belief system of people who like to go out and create things. Bi-polar disorder is a disease suffered by Arctic explorers. Canterbury Tales is about pilgrims on their way to Thanksgiving. The first major work by an American author is The Holy Bible. The Middle Ages ended with the Bluebonnet Plague. When the epidemic was over, there were only a few dozen Europeans left alive. The Spanish conveniently located their missions along Interstate 5. This was the famed El Casino Real. The Manhattan Project introduced public housing to New York City. The Lusitania was sunk by a Japanese iceberg. Basically, if you think these quotes are hilarious, you will probably enjoy this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    Professor Anders Henriksson has compiled a list of mistakes made by students in higher education in College in a Nutskull. The spiral bound notebook with lined pages with doodles in the margin is filled with mistakes, misinformation, wrong facts, and spelling errors. These answers are taken from essay tests all over the world, which were sent to Henriksson. “Cast aside all worry and savor this text as an opportunity to visit a world remarkably different from the reality we think we inhabit.” (pag Professor Anders Henriksson has compiled a list of mistakes made by students in higher education in College in a Nutskull. The spiral bound notebook with lined pages with doodles in the margin is filled with mistakes, misinformation, wrong facts, and spelling errors. These answers are taken from essay tests all over the world, which were sent to Henriksson. “Cast aside all worry and savor this text as an opportunity to visit a world remarkably different from the reality we think we inhabit.” (page viii) The blunders, malapropisms, spoonerisms, and poor facts are arranged by subject, ranging from religious studies to all kinds of history and science and technology. Many of these examples could be attributed to test-taking jitters as students rush to finish their timed essays, but it makes them no less amusing. However, some of these lines read more like a “smart ass” spouting off “witty” comments, such as “Descartes began this by stating, ‘I think, therefore I’m Sam.’” (page 11) and “Some of these ideas are unfortunately too long for my attention spam.” (page 69) To read more of this review: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2010/05/c...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This book is a collection of ridiculous exam answers from college students. Some are obvious attempts at humor when the student simply didn't know the answer and instead elected to make a joke. The majority, however, are what happens when the student mishears the professor, copies down something similar-sounding yet nonsensical, and regurgitates it on the test. They lack the experience and common sense to realize that women didn't gain the right to vote in the 1970s and that the Underground Rail This book is a collection of ridiculous exam answers from college students. Some are obvious attempts at humor when the student simply didn't know the answer and instead elected to make a joke. The majority, however, are what happens when the student mishears the professor, copies down something similar-sounding yet nonsensical, and regurgitates it on the test. They lack the experience and common sense to realize that women didn't gain the right to vote in the 1970s and that the Underground Railroad didn't involve trains. Having been a college student once upon a time, and worked to assist them in my current job as a librarian, I definitely believe that all of these "answers" appeared in coursework. In short: College students are really, really dumb. However, just because I did well in every class involving reading I cannot be too haughty because I did poorly in every class primarily involving numbers. My math answers alone over the years could fill an entire book like this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Troy Simpson

    I've published my full review of College in a Nutskull at http://www.funny-english-errors.com/r... Overall, I was disappointed with College in a Nutskull; for one main reason: few of the student bloopers are actually funny. To me, College in a Nutskull is more of book of dumb mistakes than a book of funny bloopers. I've published my full review of College in a Nutskull at http://www.funny-english-errors.com/r... Overall, I was disappointed with College in a Nutskull; for one main reason: few of the student bloopers are actually funny. To me, College in a Nutskull is more of book of dumb mistakes than a book of funny bloopers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nari

    http://thenovelworld.com/2010/06/10/c... http://thenovelworld.com/2010/06/10/c...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Campana

  9. 4 out of 5

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  10. 4 out of 5

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  11. 4 out of 5

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  12. 4 out of 5

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  13. 5 out of 5

    P.J.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Parker

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Walls

  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Libgirl16

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    John I.

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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