The History of the World According to Facebook

Sometimes it’s hard to get students excited about world history. Heck, sometimes it is just plain impossible to get students excited about learning anything except what’s happening on Facebook. If you’ve run into this issue, there’s a new (parody) history book for you. It’s called The History of the World According to Facebook by Wylie Overstreet.

While I strongly recommend that no teacher actually use this as their de facto history book (duh) it is certainly a creative way to view key events in history. Take a look at the sample pages below to get a feel for what this book is like. It’s basically Facebook timeline conversations by important figures in history (like the sun, an asteroid, dark matter, etc.).

I’m not being paid to write about this silly book, I just genuinely think it’s pretty funny and creative. Always nice to have another perspective, if you can even call this a perspective. But I digress.

So what prompted this ridiculous book? A popular blog post by the author of the book titled “If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses” and he decided to turn that into a full-fledged book. Unlike the blog post, the book is more than 200 pages long and going onto my Christmas list.

Sample Pages

Here’s a bit more from the main website to shed some more light on this silliness:

From the Author
Towards the end of last year, I found myself up against an article deadline for Cool Material while a few cocktails deep. This is not a great place to be, because a) you’re short on time, b) anything you write seems totally awesome, and c) it isn’t. You submit it anyway for obvious reasons, and the feedback usually comes back polite but obvious: “let’s sideline this one” or, “needs some polish” or more directly, “seek help.” Earlier in the evening, between whiskey ginger 3 and 4, I had been doing my usual evening activity of Facebook stalking my ex reading the annotated works of Abraham Lincoln when I thought to myself, what if Lincoln was *on* Facebook? What if indeed…?

So I wrote this article, which you may have seen, and followed it up with this one. Both made their way around the interwebbery, and then something remarkable happened: I was given the opportunity to turn the concept into a full-fledged book. Many people are still wondering how this happened.

After months of work and many late nights, “A History of the World According to Facebook” is finally off to print and will hit shelves nationwide come early October. The thought leaves me blushing like a nun in the cucumber patch. Right now though, it’s available for pre-order here, where it was born. By ordering one you provide yourself or a loved one with laughs and/or something to put on the back of their toilet. The book chronicles the entire history of time, from the Big Bang through ancient Greece, the Renaissance, and the great achievements of the 21st century–think of it as the funniest history book you’ve ever read. Though considering how funny normal history books are, that may not be the best pitch. Anyway, I hope you like it. No seriously, I really do. Because there’s nothing like a bunch of negative reviews to really make that drinking habit blossom.


  1. Carla Mae Garcia Abuso

    October 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

    so funny!!

  2. Soa Buv

    June 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Love that thing! So funny. A great way to refresh on major historical events.