"Every man should be capable of all ideas, and I believe that in the future, he will be."
— The Argentine National Poultry and Rabbit Inspector's Little Book of Shitty Aphorismsnote WERE YOU EVEN AWARE OF IT? This is an actual quote from "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" by Jorge Luis Borges. It might help to read this book with Google handy.
Short for: For your Consideration, The Firms of Dutton & Riverhead Books of New York City, Publishers of Ken Follett, Darin Strauss, David Rees, and the RZA, Present in the English Language: A Further Compendium of Complete World Knowledge in "The Areas of My Expertise" Assembled and Illumined by Me, John Hodgman, A Famous Minor Television Personality*, OfferingMore Information Than You RequireOn subjects as Diverse As: The Past (As There Is Always More of It), The Future (As There is Still Some Left), All of the Presidents of the United States, The Secrets of Hollywood, Gambling, The Sport of the Asthmatic Man (Including Hermit-Crab Racing), Strange Encounters with Aliens, How to Buy a Computer, How to Cook an Owl, And Most Other Subjects, Plus: Answers To Your Questions Posed via Electronic Mail, And: 700 Mole-Man Names, Including Their Occupations. *Formerly a Former Professional Literary Agent and Professional Writer, AKA "The Deranged Millionaire"Yes, there is a footnote in the title.The second installment of the Complete World Knowledge trilogy, following The Areas of My Expertise and succeeded by That Is All. Not quite sequel to The Areas of My Expertise so much as it is a continuation. The difference is that if it were a sequel, it would start on page 1, rather than 237. Very similar to the first book in many regards.Includes some actually true material dealing with Hodgman's life, including reflections on the considerable success he had achieved since the previous book in the saga was published.Not to be confused with Too Much Information.
This book provides examples of, and parodies, the following tropes:
Running Gag - Literallynote Not literally. everywhere, including subjects such as Masturbation (still), eels, turkeys, Benjamin Franklin, shitty aphorisms, Yale University's controversial Feline Studies, unusual precipitation, Emo Phillips, ponytails, Percocet (a powerful narcotic), and falconry.
Slurpasaur - Parodied. The mole-men ride on giant iguanas that they think are dinosaurs
Strawman Political - An argument with someone who insists that mole-men were created by the Century Toad, while it's been scientifically proven that they evolved from mole-apes. In an interesting twist, however, this person is portrayed as quite a polite debater, if very very incorrect. In the audiobook, this role is taken by Paul Rudd.
Actually, it's the author who comes off as dismissive and closeminded, refusing to dignify any of the pseodo-creationist's knowledgeable arguments with reasoned responses, and the "mole-ape" theory seems pretty flimsy.
Unstuck In Time - Hodgman reveals that one presidential candidate would become (unstuck in time during the (at the time) upcoming 2008 election cycle.
The paperback reveals that this was John Mccain, who transported back to Prehistoria.
Wonderful Life - Prince Albert, disliked by England for being too German, is seriously contemplating suicide, but then a second-class druid who has yet to earn his golden sickle shows Albert the true meaning of the pagan Yuletide festival. Albert successfully gets Rescued from the Scrappy Heap and becomes a Funny Foreigner.