Dr. Feggs Encyclopeadia [Sic] Of All World Knowledge (Formerly The Nasty Book) Terry Jones

ISBN: 9780413569400



Dr. Feggs Encyclopeadia [Sic] Of All World Knowledge (Formerly The Nasty Book)  by  Terry Jones

Dr. Feggs Encyclopeadia [Sic] Of All World Knowledge (Formerly The Nasty Book) by Terry Jones
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I bought a copy of this marvelous book when I was a first-year undergraduate, and it became a favorite in my circle of friends. We would frequently quote from it. There is a decent article in Wikipedia. Here are the first two paragraphs:Bert Feggs Nasty Book For Boys And Girls is a humorous book first published by Methuen in 1974 which purports to have been written by a psychopathic character, Dr. Fegg. In fact, the book is the work of Terry Jones and Michael Palin, who adapted a range of material from scripts written for the television comedy series, Monty Pythons Flying Circus.

Some material was later used in Palins 1977 TV series, Ripping Yarns. The first edition was sold bearing a sticker on the front cover which read A Monty Python Educational Product.The book may be seen as a satire of childrens education literature- whether it is actually written for children or is intended as a parody aimed at adults is open to interpretation.

It satirises elements of educational text books, as well as annuals, which were popular hardcover publications for children featuring short stories, comic strips, and games, often based upon television series and films of the day.It had some rather fine bad poems, which I have been attempting to reconstruct.

Here is what I can recall of Depravo the Rat, who, I now learn, is one of the two official mascots of Grizedale College, Lancaster. Clearly more famous than Id thought, which makes it all the more mysterious that the poem is not in fact easy to locate:... I like being very rudeEating half-digested foodAnd seeing ladies in the nude.Even nasty little frogs when little girls look in their mincesTend to go all soppy and turn into handsome princesBut theres no chance of that with Depravo the RatIm a loose-living, dirty little scabSo stay away do-gooders, dont do being nice to meOr Ill make your life real hellIll slit your face Ill wet your bed Ill wrap your nostrils round your headIm Depravo, Depravo the RatThe filthiest creature that could be!Well, Im glad to see that other students loved him too.

And heres about half of A Garden is Rather Like a Poem, which I am also surprised not to find at once on Google:(The first verse has explained that gardens and poems have a lot in common)Instead of metre, theres something neater, i.e. rows of pretty things!Instead of rhyme, theres parsley and thymeAnd the sound of the lawn-edger singsMy garden has a compost-heap, and herbaceous borders as wellAnd where a poem has a thoughtMy garden has a smellBut how did it start and end?

If someone can enlighten me, Ill be pathetically grateful.

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