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Third World War with Martians in childrens factual book!

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posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 06:17 AM
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In the Third World War (due to start in the year 2023 when Martians invade)


This is quoted from the book The Woeful Second World War by Terry Deary published by Scholastic and part of the Horrible Histories franchise. The ISBN number is 0-439-01122-1.

My first knowledge of this text was when my son (7) came crying into my bedroom telling me about world war three and when it is going to start. He was extreamly upset by this and asked me if he was going to have to fight and told me didn't want to be separated from his family. I explained that it was not true and as we don't know what the future holds, it is purely make believe.

I am suprised and concerned to read this in what is a factual book and not a comic book about an imagined world or future. This series is aimed at young children/teenagers to teach them facts. Although presented in a fun way, it should not stray into the relms of fantasy and remain consistant with the rest of the book in being factual.

For those of you who don't know, the Horrible Histories franchise is aimed at children and comprises books, magazines, theatre shows, sticker activity books, tv series and audio cds. These focus on various world events and periods in history (eg Groovy Greeks, Dark Knights and Dingy Castles)

There are several other series as wel; horrible science (eg Deadly Diseases) and horrible geography (Violent Volcanoes). Scholastic Corporation has teaching publications in most schools inn the UK used by teachers to teach foundation literacy (Magic Key) and various subjects in later years. Scholastic Media produces childrens tv series such as Clifford and films such as the 2007 film The Golden Compass based on the Philip Pullmans books.

What do people think about this, especially with so much focus and speculation today on end of world, world war 3 and ufo/aliens/disclosure theories? Why are we seeing more and more of this and why is it being aimed at children?

And for the numerologists amongst you this quote can be found on page 66 and starts on line 6.


More Reading:
Horrible Histories Wiki
Scholastic Wiki
Scholastic Corporate Page
edit on 5-1-2012 by afraidofthedark because: (no reason given)




posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 06:24 AM
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I think it was simply meant as a lighthearted joke......Seems fairly obvious doesn't it?



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 06:34 AM
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DOOM!

i will wait with my answer till 2023...



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 06:43 AM
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Reason number 8 million as to why i am going to homeschool. I say bring on the alien invasion textbooks, maybe parents will finally realize school is just mindless brainwashing.



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 06:44 AM
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I think you have obviously found the first string of evidence that points to our government being in contact with aliens and conspiring to destroy life as we know it hidden in plain view.

You know too much.

Run.



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 06:47 AM
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Heaven forbid a kid uses his imagination!





posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 06:50 AM
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Wikipedia has some interesting information about the author. It claims he is a fiction and non-fiction writer. Here's what it says about his approach:

"Horrible Histories are designed to engage and enthuse the reader about a subject while appearing subversive, primarily aiming to entertain with a background educative purpose. Deary views himself as kid who wants to share facts with other kids, and as a writer who wishes to "entertain first and inform second". He does not respect authors who follow either extreme, that is, those who either only inform or only entertain. He believes that "readers are more important than writers and their needs have to come first" and that if the writer engages the reader, they will retain more knowledge from the work. The series has a sceptical view on the accuracy and validity of history. An introduction to one of the books in series states "History can be horrible. Horribly hard to learn. The trouble is it keeps on changing ... In history a 'fact' is sometimes not a fact at all. Really it's just someone's 'opinion'. And opinions can be different for different people ... Teachers will try to tell you there are 'right' and 'wrong' answers even if there aren't."

en.wikipedia.org...(book_series)



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 06:51 AM
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Terribly inaccurate, we all know that WW3 is over by 2023.


For the next few years, the Earth was relatively peaceful. Except for the Great Penguin Uprising of 2023. But that's another story. Eventually, advanced democracy spread across the world, leading to the events of World War IV 26 years later.

The Penguins were then harnessed by the US in an effort to invade the Great Tiger nation.

After everything there was only one Country Nuketown, inspired by Black Ops
ww3



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 08:47 AM
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Originally posted by bhornbuckle75
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I think it was simply meant as a lighthearted joke......Seems fairly obvious doesn't it?


This.

It's a light hearted children's book teaching about WW2 and having seen and read Horrible Histories stuff over the years because it looked fun despite my age (way too old for them and studied WW2 in detail for 2 years during school in GCSE History lessons), that WW3 line was a throwaway foray into fantasy as a bit of fun.



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 08:50 AM
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Originally posted by filosophia
Reason number 8 million as to why i am going to homeschool. I say bring on the alien invasion textbooks, maybe parents will finally realize school is just mindless brainwashing.


Great idea, brainwash a kid into believing your silly views of the world instead of letting them actually learn things and interact with other children.

Need help getting off your soapbox or would you rather remain in fantasy land?



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 12:15 PM
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What if it is a fact and in the planning...

Humans land "officially" on Mars in 2020.
Three years later the Marsians could not be more tired of the Human race, and decides to attack Earth to get payback.
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posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 04:34 PM
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All I will say about this series is;

not very accuRAT.

Martians are mainly Terreans, gone there to fight the space war, so why would they invade us?

To curious7
Home schooled children tend to be more OPEN MINDED, not closed minds like school kids.

to OP
Give your boy a hug and tell him, don't believe everything you hear.



posted on Jan, 6 2012 @ 11:38 AM
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Obviously I realise it was intended as a light hearted joke, but my son didnt see the funny side of it!

My reason for making this thread was because I felt that it was an inappropriate joke to have in a childs factual book.

Thanks for all your comments and imput



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