College in a Nutskull edited by Anders Henriksson
You know those books about funny malapropisms that kids make? The ones that almost make you cringe because they show such a lack of either thought or education?
Okay, well, imagine one of those, but filled with things that college students have written on tests. Such a book is “College in a Nutskull.”
Anders Henriksson, a professor at Shepherd College in West Virgina, has collected some of the most completely absurd things that college students around the United States have ever written on exams, and put them into this book, organized by subject and designed to look like a spiral-bound notebook. Some of my favorites:
John McCane’s biggest mistake was to think that Sara Palin could cattle pout him into the White House
Life in the trenches was very dangerous due to constant attacks by submarines.
Fascism is where your social life is totally on Facebook.
When I first received this book, I wasn’t really sure it would appeal to me. Then I sat down and began flipping through it, and had a hard time putting it down! Reading it a section or two at a time, I finished this entire book in a single day. Normally these types of books made me cringe, but this one was so funny (cattle pout? hilarious!) that funny beat out sad for me. Of course there were some cringe-worthy moments too (note to all college students, fascism has nothing to do with Facebook!), but on the balance I really enjoyed “College in a Nutskull.”
Give this book to your favorite graduate – if only to make sure that they don’t think any of this makes sense!