The Old Pun University Book of Uncommon Knowledge

The Old Pun University Book Of Uncommon Knowledge: The Ultimate Joke Reference Book Specially Designed To Both Test And Insult Your Intelligence


WHY DO THE FRENCH PERSIST IN ASKING "WHO LAA-LAA" BUT NEVER MENTION THE OTHER TELETUBBIES?DID THE OUTLAW JOE EVER GET TO SEE WALES?BREAKING NEWS "MAN WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE TAKEN JOURNEY ON FLYING CARPET FOUND TO BE UNDER INFLUENCE OF DJINN" In Volume 1 of an intended series (Volume II due Spring 2015 )The OPU exploits the power of the pun by demonstrating its ability to change the course of history, amend the titles and plots of classic films and books and update famous quotations and poems. Nothing which falls under the banner of Media and the Arts is sacred in a book which sets out to both test and insult the intelligence of the reader.Beginning with basic one line jokes, archive material from the heads of now diminished Faculties is presented in a variety of formats ranging from travel guides to English,French and Scottish dictionaries, breaking news items, both historical and contemporary, and special features on Soccer in Ancient Greece, Art at the Barby-Ken centre and Welsh nostalgia.A compendium of the witty, nonsensical and absurd, The OPU Book of Uncommon Knowledge is the perfect fodder for wordsmiths and crossword fanatics with a penchant for the ridiculous. Littered with new games and quizzes which require both a sound general knowledge and an aptitude for punning this is a new form of joke book which provides entertainment for all the family.All facts are incorrect at the time of going to print as the OPU lives up to its motto of promising not to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing like the truth.Specially footnoted to overcome the barriers to understanding created by age, culture and continental split, this is an opportunity for English speaking peoples around the world to gain a true understanding of how the pun can change the sublime to the ridiculous with a flick of the pen.



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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
  • ISBN-13: 9781502797179
  • ISBN: 1502797178
  • Publication Year: 2014
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