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30 Least Educational Books

posted by Mark on June 3rd, 2010

In an online school, you may or may not have hard-copy textbooks, but suffice it to say, if your professor assigns any of these texts as required reading, it might be time to drop that class. (Yes, we’re judging books by their covers.)

The Obvious:

How to Watch Football on Television by Chris SchenkelHow to Watch Football on Television by Chris Schenkel (1965)

Old Age: Its Cause & Prevention by Sanford BennettOld Age: Its Cause & Prevention by Sanford Bennett (1912)

How to Abandon Ship by Phil Richards and John J. BaniganHow to Abandon Ship by Phil Richards and John J. Banigan (1942)

Why I Hate the Nazis by Milton J. Wynne Why I Hate the Nazis by Milton J. Wynne (1945)

The Disadvantages of Being Dead by A.R.D. FairburnThe Disadvantages of Being Dead by A.R.D. Fairburn (1958)

Born to Run: The O.J. Simpson Story by Larry FoxBorn to Run: The O.J. Simpson Story by Larry Fox (1974)

How to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. TrimmerHow to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer (1992)

How to Write a How to Write Book by Brian PiddockHow to Write a How to Write Book by Brian Piddock (2007)

The Contradictory:

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van DorenHow to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren (1940)

Understanding Senility by Virginia Fraser and Susan M. ThorntonUnderstanding Senility by Virginia Fraser and Susan M. Thornton (1987)

The Truth About Fonzie by Peggy HerzThe Truth About Fonzie by Peggy Herz (1976)

The Dated:

Metric Power: Why and How We Are Going Metric by Richard DemingMetric Power: Why and How We Are Going Metric by Richard Deming (1973)

Disco Roller Skating by Dale A. MarzanoDisco Roller Skating by Dale A. Marzano (1979)

For Men Only: Styling and Techniques by Louise CotterFor Men Only: Styling and Techniques by Louise CotterFor Men Only: Styling and Techniques by Louise CotterFor Men Only: Styling and Techniques by Louise Cotter (1994)

What to Do When the Russians Come: A Survivor’s Guide by Robert Conquest and Jon Manchip WhiteWhat to Do When the Russians Come by Robert Conquest and Jon Manchip White (1985)

Will Christ Return by 1988? by Colin DealWill Christ Return by 1988? by Colin Deal (1979)

Get the Message: Telecommunications in Your High-Tech World by Gloria SkurzynskiGet the Message: Telecommunications in Your High-Tech World by Gloria Skurzynski (1993)

The Ridiculous:

How to Bombproof a Horse by Rick PelicanoHow to Bombproof a Horse by Rick Pelicano (2004)

Cheese Problems Solved by P.L.H. McSweeneyCheese Problems Solved by P.L.H. McSweeney (2007)

A Million Random Digits by Rand CorporationA Million Random Digits by Rand Corporation (1955)

The (Virtually) Impossible:

invisibilityInvisibility: Mastering the Art of Vanishing by Steve Richards (1982)

The Teach Your Chicken to Fly Manual by Trevor WeekesThe Teach Your Chicken to Fly Manual by Trevor Weekes (1983)

How to Be Pope by Piers MarchantHow to Be Pope by Piers Marchant (2005)

You Can Make a Stradivarius Violin by Joseph V. ReidYou Can Make a Stradivarius Violin by Joseph V. Reid (1955)

Versailles: The View from Sweden by Elaine Dee and Guy WaltonVersailles: The View from Sweden by Elaine Dee and Guy Walton (1988)

If We Can Keep a Severed Head Alive...by Chet FlemingIf We Can Keep a Severed Head Alive…by Chet Fleming (1988)

The Just Plain Wrong:

Does the Earth Rotate? No! by William WestfieldDoes the Earth Rotate? No! by William Westfield (1919)

Elvis: The Messiah?Elvis: The Messiah? by Jack D. Mallay and Warren Vaughn (1993)

When Children Invite Child Abuse by Svea J. GoldWhen Children Invite Child Abuse by Svea J. Gold (1986)

Eleanor Roosevelt by Wyatt BlassingameEleanor Roosevelt by Wyatt Blassingame (1967)

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  • http://www.onlineschoolsguru.com/ Dave-online schools

    This was to funny…I love the Fonze….AAAAYYYYEEEEEEE

  • Rachel of Cyberia

    The Fonzie book almost looks like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure.
    If you punch the jukebox, turn to page 16
    If you say Ayyyy, turn to page 25

  • Lusciousbom

    The random numbers book should be under the dated section, as before the days of computer generated random numbers, that was one of the only ways people had to pick a TRULY random number (e.g. playing a tabletop game, performing calculations, etc.)

  • Sdfsdf

    Actually, computers cannot generate completely random numbers, so this book still applies. It should most definitely not be considered ridiculous though as it’s very useful for statisticians.

  • Cate

     I read How To Read a book and contrary to its title it is in fact a useful book. I found it very educational and I am an avid reader. I’m not sure the creator of this list read all of these books. 

  • Katelj1

    I agree.  How to Read A Book is a great read and helpful to those who want to get the most out of reading — especially if one reads a great deal for business purposes.

  • Guest

    I actually read “Invisibility”, which states that if you meditate in a certain way you will produce a cloud of electrons. Even if it worked: that will not make you invisible, just give you one hell of a static charge. The author has qualifications in magic, yoga, and alchemy. How about a little science?