Literature: Complete World Knowledge

"The metaphysicians of Tlön are not looking for truth or even an approximation to it: they are after a kind of amazement."
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733 edition note 

Complete World Knowledge is a critically-acclaimed series of fake almanacks written by John Hodgman (aka the PC in the "Mac vs. PC" commercials). They include:

Also related was the podcast "Today in the Past", containing some snippets from the Complete World Knowledge series. Known for their absurdist sense of humour, bizarre running jokes and high degree of cohesion between volumes, absolutely deadpan writing style, and sheer breadth of subject matter, ranging from cheese to axolotls to aliens to hoboes to mole-men to celebrity status to zeppelins to lobsters to ancient and unspeakable ones.


Although each book has its own page, the series as a whole provides examples of: