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The Mad Student Survival Guide for Those Bored of Education: By the Usual Gang of Idiots (Mad Magazine) Paperback – Jul 2003

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Book of Complete MADness 12 Jun. 2005
By Boxy The Turtle - Published on Amazon.com
Let's start out with the fact that I am a HUGE fan of MAD Magazine. I subscribe to it, I have a lot of MAD books, and I have most of the issues ever made. This book is very cheap and if you want to know what MAD is or if you like it, I recommend this or another cheap, short MAD book.

MAD has been around since the 1950's. In the late 60's and early 70's, it was actually looked upon as controversial. Kids and teens loved it, parents really didn't. I'll explain the things you can find in here.

The MAD Students Hate Book: 4 pages of stuff that you most likely hate.

Funniest Part: "Don't you hate...finding out that the kid that you copied those test answers from is even dumber than you are?"

Rating: 7 out of 10

School Supplies Unlimited Wholesale Catalogue: School supplies for your school that will make your children as miserable as possible.

Funniest Part: MADDENING COPY MACHINE lowers student grade averages by cleverly smudging key words in quiz questions. Mechanism is equipped with irregular ink dribbler, automatic stencil ripper, cockeyed paper feeder and other illegibility devices not normally found on copiers in this price range.

Rating: 8.5/10

When Corporate Sponsorship of Public Schools Goes Too Far!: When there are too many price cuts in a school, you have to depend on big name companies to give you your supplies.

Funniest Part: Some Extinct Organisms; Wooly Mammoth, Saber-Toothed Tiger, Dodo Bird, Mom and Pop Small Corner Hardware Store.

The Lighter Side of..School (Part 1): The Lighter Side of... segment by Dave Berg. (MAD fans will know what that is.)

Funniest Part:

Kid's Mother: Hi, there! How were things at school today?

Kid: We kids got TERRIBLE PROBLEMS!!

Kid's Mother: Oh...? What kind of problems?

Kid: Pneumonia...appendicitis...tuberculosis...pyorrhea...

Kid's Mother: Oh my!! You mean everybody's getting sick from them?

Kid: Boy, I'll say! Those are the WORDS we have to learn for the big SPELLING TEST tomorrow!!

Rating: 10/10

Why Didn't You Do Your Homework?- Excuses for forgetting to do your homework.

Funniest Part: Your father used the last piece of looseleaf in the house as a "pooper scooper" when he walked the dog!

Rating: 10/10

Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions: Hans Brickface Memorial High- Snappy answers to stupid questions by Al Jaffee.

Funniest Part: Teacher: You call this homework?

Response: Kid: No, I call it two and a half hours of lost TV time.

Rating: 9/10

A MAD Look At Teachers: The "teachers" version of Sergio Aragones' hit.

Funniest part: It has no words and I can't explain it.

Rating: 7/10

The Lighter Side of School (Part 2): See Part 1.

Funniest Part:

Kid: Today, I was the only kid in class who could answer the teacher's question.

Kid's Mother: How nice! And what did the teacher ask??


Rating: 10/10

Student Excuse Notes for the 21st Century: Stupid absent notes by parents.

Funniest Part: Dear Mrs. Unbe, Please excuse Melantha's absence from English class yesterday. She had to wait for FedEx to deliver her term paper. Thank You, Brent Sackbut

Rating: 9/10

What Really Goes on At Those Teachers' Conferences!: The name says it all.

Funniest part: They get together to coordinate pop quizzes for maximum student stress.

Rating: 8/10

The Lighter Side of School (Part 3): See Part 2.

Funniest Part:

Girl in Class: Thank goodness this class is over! What have we got in the next period?

Boy in Class: Huh? Oh, just a minute! I'll check out the schedule...

Boy in Class: What class was this one?

Rating: 10/10

Modern-Day Crises In Our Public Schools: The name says it all.

Funniest Part: Finster High School students Al Elam and Byron Brooks sustained minor injuries today when they opened the locker they share and a cascade of textbooks, yo-yos, notepads, Frisbees, skateboards, a radio, a lunch box, gym bags, tennis shoes, pens, pencils and 9 half-eaten sandwiches rained down on them.

Rating: 6/10

Lunch-Packing Mom Profiles: What your mom packs you for lunch and what type of mom it is.

Favorite Profile: Stressed Out Working Mom:

-Your sister's favorite gummy snacks, not yours.

- A can of soup with house key taped to it, with directions to microwave for dinner tonight.

- Your sandwich, accidentally wrapped in Mom's first quarter marketing report.

Rating: 9/10

The Brownnosing Guide To Writing A+ School Papers: How to write A+ papers in all your classes.

Favorite Part: The Sure Fire A+ Book Report: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a little noan piece of litterchure that might have remaned unnoan if Miss Fennery hadnt noan to asssign it, theirby making it noan to all of us."

Rating: 7/10

Clues Your High School's Football Team Really Stinks: The name says it all.

Favorite Part: By the third quarter, the opposing team's mascot is playing fullback and putting up Heisman numbers.

Rating: 11/10 AWESOME

Bumper Stickers That Reflect Real School Life

Favorite Part: "Me child am English honor student at Brownlake High".

Rating: 9/10

Monroe and the School Clothes: The School Clothes edition of Bill Wray and Anthony Barbieri's Monroe comic.

Favorite Part: none, it all sucks

Rating: 1/10

The Lighter Side of School (Part 1A): See Part 3.

Favorite Part:

Girl in School: I don't understand your uneven grades, Larry! On one test you score brilliantly, on the next you fail miserably!

Boy in School: What's not to understand? It's obvious it's all in the studying!

Boy in School: If the guy sitting next to me did what he was supposed to and studied hard, I get good grades!

Rating: 9/10

One Tuesday Afternoon After School

A Don Martin one-page comic.

Rating: 4/10

All in all, this is perfect for a student, a college graduate or just anyone who wants to learn. I recommend this and a subscription to MAD Magazine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Infantile, yet appealing to adults 22 April 2012
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
The unusual characteristic of the humor in "Mad Magazine" is that it is simultaneously infantile yet appeals to adults. With the exception of some of the social and political humor, it can be understood and appreciated by people from the level of late elementary school all the way to advanced adulthood. No one is better at pointing out the logical inconsistencies and absurdities about American institutions than the people at "Mad"; in this case their targets are the pillars of education.
Students, teachers, administrators and parents all at some point have the red outline of Alfred E. Neumann on their backs, being the target of the "Mad" sniper scope. The humor will be appreciated by all, whether they are still in the public schools or have long since moved on to other things, although the target audience are young people that face the daily tribulations of going to school.
Light hearted, amusing and satirically accurate; this is a book that deserves to be passed from student to student so that they can share the laughter and joy of making fun of being educated.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a mad letdown 11 Sept. 2010
By Malcolm L. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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ive been on a mad kick lately and have ordered alot of the mad compilations offered on this site. most of them i have been pretty happy with. this is one of the few exceptions.

i was expecting this to be more inline with some of the other offerings such as Mad about Superheroes or Mad about the 80's. this is instead a very small, thin book.

its kinda confusing because mad has such a large library and could have easily filled a book 10 times this size.

its barely a book, its more of a pamplet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
MAD student survival guide 13 Aug. 2012
By Cathleen Hendrickson Spitson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as a birthday gift to my 10year old who hates school it was my hope she would see some humor in school not all the bad stuff like bullies or homework but the funny things like the pencil sharpener that eats your pencil or the teacher with dog breath.I read the book with her and we both had a good long over due laugh together I cant wait to get the next book of mad. I recommend these funny mad books for parents&kids,teens
Crummy! 30 April 2013
By Ray Meissner - Published on Amazon.com
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Thought Mad was funny 35 years ago when it went along with the fads and jokes of the time. This book must have been written back then because its dreadfully outdated!
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