Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Iraq and Swear Words

I'm still waiting to hear back from the submitter as to exactly what college this is from, but Submitter says it's from that college's equivalent of the fishbowl. I'm assuming the highlighting is the submitter's doing. This is supposed to be the text of a speech. I'm really hoping that wherever this was given, no one took Author seriously. I'll update this as more info comes in.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Page after page of pages

It feels good to put a pen to horrible writing again. I'm not sure what college this is from, but it was one of the submissions I had in my inbox from forever ago. I looked through some of the other submissions briefly and could see I had some other website-worthy writing, so check back next week for more.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

One Last Hurrah?

Hello everyone. Sorry it's been so long. A few things:

1) As is obvious, I'm not able to maintain this site as I used to. A key component of writing a site about fishbowl papers is being able to get papers at the fishbowl. While I still live in Ann Arbor, I'm not able to get over to the fishbowl anymore.

2) If you wish to reach me, the best way to reach me is by leaving a comment. If you have submissions, email them to the address at right and then leave a comment saying you've done so.

3) It has been a long time since I checked my fishbowl email address

That being said, however, upon checking my email for this site, I found I had a decent number of submissions waiting for me (10-15). I'm going to read these over and see if there's something that will be worthy of posting online.

I really miss doing this site. Perhaps we can get it started again. At the very least, let's see if we can get a few papers up before this site just becomes a bad paper archive.

Friday, November 09, 2007

High school a microcosm of U.S.

Generously sent in by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

For this assignment, the graduate student had to (among other things) go to a local school to observe. A part of the assignment also was supposed to include research through scholarly websites. Check out the source of the first quote.

Allerdice High School Horrible Essay

Thursday, October 04, 2007

How a feminist would see the story of Icarus

See? When readers send me stuff I post it.

This was forwarded to me by everyone's new pal Chris M who got it from a UMich alum working at the University of Maryland. The last paragraph is gold.

Feminists hate men lol

Monday, October 01, 2007

No, I'm not dead

But I fear this site may be without your help.

As the careful reader already knows, I'm no longer a Michigan student. I am however still in Ann Arbor, but with entering the working world, I'm unable to make it over to the fishbowl. I'd get into further details as to why I've been so busy, but then we'd lose that whole anonymous thing, wouldn't we?

So here's where you guys come in.

If you want this site to continue, I need your grabs. Go dig through some papers (at your college, your high school, your office even) and scan and send me the best ones. You'll remember my email is Just make sure they're high enough res that they'll be legible on screen.

Because the world needs its horrible papers mocked,

p.s. Thanks for sticking with me still after all this time.

another p.s. how come no one called me on my bad verb agreement last post?

Monday, September 03, 2007

A New Year of 'Fishbowl'

Hey all. Classes resume on Tuesday which means a brand new influx of papers. I myself can't make grabs like I used to, but there are measures in place to get papers to me. If you're on a college campus and wanna help out, start grabbing, scanning, and emailing.

See ya once the first set of papers come in.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A "great" brochure about a "movie"

No, friends, I haven't forgotten about you.

Today's post is a little different: my Fishbowl material is pretty slim pickings right now, so I thought I'd bring you something I found as entertaining as a bad paper: a bad brochure that I picked up from a random place I was a couple months ago.

I'm "sure" you'll "enjoy" it.
brochure unnecessary quotation marks pamphlet
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/also submitted to The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation marks.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Betting money on the Lions is always a bad idea

A script that dares to go where so many movies have already gone before.

Detroit Lions Super Bowl Losers

Thursday, July 19, 2007

UMich Makes Spelling Error on Diploma

Blatantly stolen from this UM Livejournal Community Post, I bring you a spelling error right on a graduate's diploma.

A commenter in the post also says that hers had "Literature" misspelled. The errors aren't widespread, which makes me wonder: is there someone who's typing up each individual diploma?

In other news: I'll get back to my regular paper critiques soon.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Mike Anglin City Council Flyer

Chris S. sent me an email a while ago containing a flyer. He says it all, so I'll just quote his submission email:
"I found the attached flyer in my driveway yesterday

June 26, 2007 Tuesday

I thought you might enjoy it

It is very motivational

I particularly like the author's use of punctuation.

I hope "the campaign to elect Mike Anglin for Council" didn't overpay

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I hope that Anglin's speech writer does a better job than his advertising manager. Oh, and his webmaster.

More notes in the comments.

Edit: Also, our pals over at AAIO have some Mike Anglin-ness going on as well.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Bridge Burner

Anyone care to explain to me how this is a good idea?

La Dolce Vita

Also, check back late this week for another entry (from a local Ann Arbor political candidate).

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Let's Randomly String Sentences Together

So bad I don't even know what to do with myself. I can't believe some of the mistakes in here: rough draft or not.

The goggles they do nothing

Has anyone read Mama Day? Does this paper make even a little bit of sense?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Asians are good at being minorities

Some people really can't write intros. Or conclusions for that matter.

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