In Our Dumb Century you can listen to the march of history as editor-in-chief Scott Dikkers and The Onion's award-winning staff present the sounds of a twentieth century you'll barely recognize. Now that the century is winding down, it's time to look back, breathe a sigh of relief, and laugh-out-loud at the dumbest 100 years on record - as reported in the high satirical style of The Onion.
Performed by Scott Dikkers and staff of The Onion on one cassette.
A New Century Dawns! McKinley Ushers in Bold New "Coal Age"
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Boasts: "No Man Can Stop Me"
AWESOME! Nation Wowed by Tremendous Hindenburg Explosion
Martin Luther King: "I Had a Really Weird Dream Last Night"
Clinton Denies Lewinsky Allegations: "We Did Not Have Sex, We Made Love," He Says
And those are just the headlines; the stories themselves are all masterpieces of the journalist's trade. Of course, readers with delicate sensibilities may find some of these accounts a bit too risqué, and perhaps even tasteless. (Among the potential offenders: Rosa Parks's decision to "screw this bus shit" and take a cab.) But if you're looking for an antidote to all the 20th-century hoopla promulgated by stuffed shirts like Peter Jennings and Harold Evans--not to mention the best history book since 1066 and All That--then Our Dumb Century is the one for you. --Ron Hogan