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May 26, 2010 10:52 AM   Subscribe

The Peter Nguyen essays of 1999-2004 -- brilliant, illuminating, one-page studies of: [ Influential Person in World War 2: Jimmy McPersonBiography: Christopher ColumbusThe Stations of the Cross ReportBiography: Walt WhitmanU.S. Capitalism and Influence on Foreign NationsAtoms ]Bonus: Andrew Horowitz's "Preserving the Future: The Fight to Save Pop Rocks"
posted by not_on_display (12 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I don't really get it. Could we have some context PLEASE????
posted by ReeMonster at 10:58 AM on May 26, 2010

Peter, please stop doing this.
posted by HumanComplex at 11:03 AM on May 26, 2010

"I don't really get it. Could we have some context PLEASE????"

Peter Nguyen is currently saving the world under an assumed name, fighting the good fight against Hitler's minions and the President of the Taliban. He is also the best selling author of the Historical Biography, "Robot Lincoln versus the Martians".
posted by not_on_display at 11:05 AM on May 26, 2010

As collected in My Dad Beat Me For Being A Smart Ass And I Got Held Back A Year: Portraits in Smart-Assedness: The Peter Nguyen Story: Visionary Storyteller of the Stark Past-Future
posted by boo_radley at 11:08 AM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

It's also important to note that this kid has His own wikipedia page that touches on his other accomplishments.
posted by boo_radley at 11:10 AM on May 26, 2010

::rolling eyes:: whatever
posted by ReeMonster at 11:27 AM on May 26, 2010

Well, giving the kid a Vietnamese name is a modern twist on the "fake wacky shit kids didn't really write but your Grandma believes they did and that's why she forwarded it" genre.
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:33 AM on May 26, 2010

OK, how about, "Planes Trains and Plantains: The story of Oedipus," which... well... here's a link.
posted by not_on_display at 11:51 AM on May 26, 2010

The Future Jesus one was pretty good.
posted by battleshipkropotkin at 2:03 PM on May 26, 2010

I guess someone decided to deliberately give up a correct answer to a very simple question on a quiz years ago. As the instructor handed back the tests the next day, he gently informed us that "...'slash and burn' is not a sacrificial rite...."

dammit why don't I think of these things...
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 6:57 PM on May 26, 2010

Well, in 1987, I took a Biology mid-term, having gone to few of the classes. My grade was a 4. Out of a hundred. In one area of the test, the grader gave me n bonus points for "creativity," (I'd drawn a cartoon), but then took away those same n points, for "cluelessness."
posted by not_on_display at 7:43 PM on May 26, 2010

Okay, I'm a really, really, really easy grader when it comes to compositions. But what's this? A B-? And this? How is this a D-?
posted by John of Michigan at 7:46 PM on May 26, 2010

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