History Literature / TheAreasOfMyExpertise

9th Nov '16 2:01:24 PM nombretomado
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The audiobook version, which in many ways is even more hilarious, is read by Hodgman in his trademark deadpan style. It also features JonathanCoulton singing the book's theme song, the songs of the various American states, and generally acting as Hodgman's foil and straightman throughout.

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The audiobook version, which in many ways is even more hilarious, is read by Hodgman in his trademark deadpan style. It also features JonathanCoulton Music/JonathanCoulton singing the book's theme song, the songs of the various American states, and generally acting as Hodgman's foil and straightman throughout.



* TakeThat: Parodied with the "attack ad" segments, in which he jokingly accuses JonathanCoulton of being an awful catsitter, and another person of masturbating out a window ''on two separate occasions'', while John Hodgman has only masturbated out a window ''once''. Also, one of the Hobo Names is Creator/NickNolte.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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Parodied with the "attack ad" segments, in which he jokingly accuses JonathanCoulton Music/JonathanCoulton of being an awful catsitter, and another person of masturbating out a window ''on two separate occasions'', while John Hodgman has only masturbated out a window ''once''. Also, one of the Hobo Names is Creator/NickNolte.
9th May '16 9:56:38 PM erforce
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|| Boy vs. Girl || Mountains thwart progress || [[TheDrifter A stranger]] comes to town || Triumph over ennui || [[{{Terminator}} Threat of cyborgs from the future]] ||

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|| Boy vs. Girl || Mountains thwart progress || [[TheDrifter A stranger]] comes to town || Triumph over ennui || [[{{Terminator}} [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Threat of cyborgs from the future]] ||
19th Feb '16 12:04:09 PM MegaMarioMan
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* EskimosArentReal: ''The Areas Of My Expertise'' has a running gag that Chicago is a myth, mostly as a joke on [[BigApplesauce how very New York the author's sensibilities are]]. Revisited in the follow-up ''ThatIsAll'', [[spoiler: when the mythical city rises at last from the swamp during the [[MayanDoomsday End Times of 2012]].]]

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* EskimosArentReal: ''The Areas Of My Expertise'' has a running gag that Chicago is a myth, mostly as a joke on [[BigApplesauce how very New York the author's sensibilities are]]. Revisited in the follow-up ''ThatIsAll'', ''Literature/ThatIsAll'', [[spoiler: when the mythical city rises at last from the swamp during the [[MayanDoomsday End Times of 2012]].]]



*** ''ThatIsAll'' brings the Creator/NickNolte TakeThat to its inevitable conclusion [[spoiler: declaring him a cosmic horror]].

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*** ''ThatIsAll'' ''Literature/ThatIsAll'' brings the Creator/NickNolte TakeThat to its inevitable conclusion [[spoiler: declaring him a cosmic horror]].
26th Dec '15 12:59:06 AM CassandraLeo
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* RunningGag: [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent The different varieties of werewolf]], [[{{A Date With Rosie Palms}} masturbation]], eels, zeppelins, cheese, [[HairTropes haircuts/facial hair]], distrust for people who use pseudonyms, Henry David Thoreau, giant Brazilian monkeys, Alexander Graham Bell, Yale University, crabs and lobsters (although the term "lobster" originally referred to a type of sea otter), the non-existence of Chicago, getting either [[IntoxicationEnsues "very high or very autistic"]], common flammable gels, Percoset, and, of course, the hoboes.

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* RunningGag: [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent The different varieties of werewolf]], [[{{A Date With Rosie Palms}} masturbation]], eels, zeppelins, cheese, [[HairTropes haircuts/facial hair]], distrust for people who use pseudonyms, Henry David Thoreau, Creator/HenryDavidThoreau, giant Brazilian monkeys, Alexander Graham Bell, Yale University, crabs and lobsters (although the term "lobster" originally referred to a type of sea otter), the non-existence of Chicago, getting either [[IntoxicationEnsues "very high or very autistic"]], common flammable gels, Percoset, and, of course, the hoboes.



* TakeThat: Parodied with the "attack ad" segments, in which he jokingly accuses JonathanCoulton of being an awful catsitter, and another person of masturbating out a window ''on two separate occasions'', while John Hodgman has only masturbated out a window ''once''. Also, one of the Hobo Names is Nick Nolte.

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* TakeThat: Parodied with the "attack ad" segments, in which he jokingly accuses JonathanCoulton of being an awful catsitter, and another person of masturbating out a window ''on two separate occasions'', while John Hodgman has only masturbated out a window ''once''. Also, one of the Hobo Names is Nick Nolte.Creator/NickNolte.



*** ''ThatIsAll'' brings the Nicke Nolte TakeThat to its inevitable conclusion [[spoiler: declaring him a cosmic horror]].

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*** ''ThatIsAll'' brings the Nicke Nolte Creator/NickNolte TakeThat to its inevitable conclusion [[spoiler: declaring him a cosmic horror]].
19th Sep '15 4:00:54 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: "The Amazing Duo of [[TheyMightBeGiants Flansburgh]] and Goldwasser", Bruce Campbell, "[[ElfQuest Skywise the Sexual Elf"]].

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* ShoutOut: "The Amazing Duo of [[TheyMightBeGiants Flansburgh]] and Goldwasser", Bruce Campbell, "[[ElfQuest "[[ComicBook/ElfQuest Skywise the Sexual Elf"]].
23rd Aug '15 8:23:59 PM nombretomado
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|| Former lovers who are [[AdventurerArchaeologist archeologists]] seek same [[PublicDomainArtifact ancient curio]] || [[TheDeterminator Petty jealousy inspires tireless pursuit]] of [[MobyDick whale]] || [[CloningBlues New numbering system for clones proves problematic for non-clones]] || [[AllJustADream Everything turns out to be a dream]] || Man creates cyborg who wishes [[BecomeARealBoy to become a real boy]] ||

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|| Former lovers who are [[AdventurerArchaeologist archeologists]] seek same [[PublicDomainArtifact ancient curio]] || [[TheDeterminator Petty jealousy inspires tireless pursuit]] of [[MobyDick [[Literature/MobyDick whale]] || [[CloningBlues New numbering system for clones proves problematic for non-clones]] || [[AllJustADream Everything turns out to be a dream]] || Man creates cyborg who wishes [[BecomeARealBoy to become a real boy]] ||
23rd Jun '15 12:59:27 PM Lukethehedgehog
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* {{Flanderization}}: [[TheSeveralStates Our 51 United States]].

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* {{Flanderization}}: [[TheSeveralStates [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates Our 51 United States]].
25th May '15 9:28:09 AM TheMorrison
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|| [[UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Magicians v. Detectives]] || [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever All animals attack all humans]] || [[TheNewRockAndRoll Society persecutes inventor of revolutionary fabric or vehicle]] || [[BettyAndVeronica Hero must choose between excellent sexual partner and stable companion]] || [[SteamPunk Return of Civil War-era cyborgs that are powered by steam]] ||

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|| [[UminekoNoNakuKoroNi [[MagicVersusScience Magicians v. Detectives]] || [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever All animals attack all humans]] || [[TheNewRockAndRoll Society persecutes inventor of revolutionary fabric or vehicle]] || [[BettyAndVeronica Hero must choose between excellent sexual partner and stable companion]] || [[SteamPunk Return of Civil War-era cyborgs that are powered by steam]] ||



|| Evil cousins thwart romance || [[BigFriendlyDog Saint Bernards]] come first as rescuers, [[TheMole then reveal themselves as enemies]] || [[StarCrossedLovers Shark loves Jet]] (also can be [[InterspeciesRomance Man v. Nature]] or [[CrackPairing Nature v. Technology]]) || [[HelpingHands Body part is severed, gains mind of its own: Watch out]] || [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Cyborg servants turn on master]] ||
|| Professional debunker v. Popular spoon-bending psychic || [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Snakes lie in wait]] || Child [[RaisedByWolves raised by Saint Bernard assassins]] seeks [[TheAtoner acceptance and forgiveness of human society]] || [[WhodunnitToMe Hero in coma seeks to solve own murder]], discovers [[TheKillerInMe culprit is himself]] || Cyborgs seek fortune on Broadway, settle for bartending gig, [[AlmightyJanitor and learn much about human life]] ||

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|| Evil cousins thwart romance || [[BigFriendlyDog Saint Bernards]] come first as rescuers, [[TheMole then reveal themselves as enemies]] || [[StarCrossedLovers Shark loves loves]] [[WestSideStory Jet]] (also can be [[InterspeciesRomance Man v. Nature]] or [[CrackPairing Nature v. Technology]]) || [[HelpingHands Body part is severed, gains mind of its own: Watch out]] || [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Cyborg servants turn on master]] ||
|| [[DoingInTheWizard Professional debunker v. Popular spoon-bending psychic psychic]] || [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Snakes lie in wait]] || Child [[RaisedByWolves raised by Saint Bernard assassins]] seeks [[TheAtoner acceptance and forgiveness of human society]] || [[WhodunnitToMe Hero in coma seeks to solve own murder]], discovers [[TheKillerInMe culprit is himself]] || Cyborgs seek fortune on Broadway, settle for bartending gig, [[AlmightyJanitor and learn much about human life]] ||



** Repeated references to the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series, such as the claim that George W. Bush has a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] for [[ArmCannon a hand]]. John Hodgman was Creator/BruceCampbell's literary agent, and Campbell is listed as an expert consulted on the subject of fake blood [likely not a joke].

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** Repeated references to the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series, such as the claim that George W. Bush has a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] for [[ArmCannon a hand]]. John Hodgman was Creator/BruceCampbell's literary agent, and Campbell is listed as an expert consulted on the subject of fake blood [likely (likely not a joke].joke).
31st Dec '14 11:28:33 PM erforce
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** Repeated references to the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series, such as the claim that George W. Bush has a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] for [[ArmCannon a hand]]. John Hodgman was Bruce Campbell's literary agent, and Campbell is listed as an expert consulted on the subject of fake blood [likely not a joke].

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** Repeated references to the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series, such as the claim that George W. Bush has a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] for [[ArmCannon a hand]]. John Hodgman was Bruce Campbell's Creator/BruceCampbell's literary agent, and Campbell is listed as an expert consulted on the subject of fake blood [likely not a joke].
12th Aug '14 3:03:35 PM foxley
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* EskimosArentReal: ''The Areas Of My Expertise'' has a running gag that Chicago is a myth, mostly as a joke on [[BigApplesauce how very New York the author's sensibilities are]]. Revisited in the follow-up ''ThatIsAll'', [[spoiler: when the mythical city rises at last from the swamp during the [[MayanDoomsday End Times of 2012]].]]
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