A few months ago, I received College in a Nutskull edited by Anders Henriksson, and I've been saving it for a lazy weekend. That weekend has just ended.
This fun--and sometimes a bit scary--book is a collection of college-student wisdom taken from exams, essays, and other sources. Henriksson simply organized the tidbits by subject matter. You may think the types of misconceptions and misspellings included in this book are rare at the college level, but you'd be wrong. I used to save them from my own students, and I can assure you such test answers and sentences from essays occur across the curriculum and around the world.
Let me share some of my favorites from the book:
- Americans created a cornumyopia of new religions. Some of these allowed "speaking in tongues," where people sound like a dog infected with rabbis. (p. 7)
- Rome was build in a day. Homes came with garden moratoriums. Amazing aqua ducks supplied fresh water. (p. 34)
- An epic is like a docudrama, but more boring. (p. 48)
- Peter the Great was a man of enormous projections who moved the capital to St. Peter's Bird. Late in life he was bothered by ticks due to Sysiphus. (p. 67)
- Dwayne D. Ikenhowitzer was President of the fifties. (p. 79)
- The currency of Mexico is the pinyata. (p. 113)
- Women are still getting brain dents from head-butting the glass ceiling. (p. 132)
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