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Is there really such a thing as too much information? Not in this case. Hodgman's follow-up to The Areas of My Expertise is packed with even more lists, charts, and made-up facts that are so brilliant and hilarious you'll wish they were true!
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Publisher Comments:

The bestselling author of The Areas of My Expertise — also known as The Daily Show's "Resident Expert" and the PC in the iconic Mac ads — picks up exactly where his first book left off. Exactly.

Like its predecessor, More Information Than You Require compiles incredibly handy made up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes such as:

  • THE PAST (because there is always more)
  • THE FUTURE (because they say there is still some left to discuss)
  • THE METHOD BY WHICH WE "ELECT" OUR PRESIDENTS (as this will be happening soon)
  • THE STRANGE OKAPI (an actual animal)
  • GAMBLING: THE SPORT OF THE ASTHMATIC MAN (includes hermit crab racing)
  • HOW TO BE A FAMOUS MINOR TELEVISION PERSONALITY (hint: go on television)
  • PLUS: 700 MOLE-MAN NAMES (and their occupations)

Yes. Hodgman may have been briefly absent from your life, but with this volume he is ready to pick up exactly where The Areas of My Expertise left off — specifically, at page 237.

Review:

"More Information Than You Require is exactly the tonic for these truth-challenged times: a transformation of pedestrian reality through the enlightened power of imagination and insatiable list-making. (Grade: A-)" The Onion AV Club

Review:

"Hodgman is funny, clever, and has the face of a giant baby." Ricky Gervais

Review:

"I love this book so much I nearly read it!" Justin Long

Review:

"John Hodgman is funny in this way where sometimes I just stare at the paragraphs trying to figure out how he's doing it. Like there's some hidden trick in his brave, deadpan sentences that makes them funnier than they have a right to be." Ira Glass

Review:

"Hodgman has forged his own tradition here — one that I expect will be imitated widely in the future, though probably not with success. An imagination like this is not so easily duplicated. For now, then, let us just enjoy the real thing." Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of The Areas of My Expertise, who is also the Resident Expert on The Daily Show, compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes.

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestseller by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman?The Daily Show?s ?Resident Expert? and the ?PC? in the iconic Apple ads?picks up exactly where his first book left off. In fact, ?the new volume is in every way a continuation of Areas of My Expertise, except in the ways it?s clearly superior.?(The Onion AV Club)

In 2005, John Hodgman published his first compendium of Complete World Knowledge, The Areas of My Expertise, a handy volume of fake trivia and made-up facts. Hodgmania was born. Virtually overnight, John Hodgman was whisked from tweedy obscurity to the high ether of minor celebrity. And from his strange new vantage point as a Famous Minor Television Personality, Hodgman realized that there is some world knowledge yet to be documented. And so he returned to exactly where he had left off?namely, page 256 of the paperback edition of The Areas of My Expertise. And he brought with him: MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE Which, naturally, begins on page 257. Like its predecessor, More Information than You Require consists of brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes such as:

THE PAST (because there is always more of it)

THE FUTURE (because they say there is still some left)

MOLE-MEN (including a list of 700 Mole-man names)

GAMBLING, THE SPORT OF THE

ATHSMATIC MAN (including hermit crab racing)

CRYPTOGEOGRAPHY (including Canada)

HOW TO BE A FAMOUS MINOR TELEVISION PERSONALITY (Hint: Go on television)

AND NOW, the relatively pocket-sized and inexpensive paperback edition includes even more

MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE, updated to include the very latest in implausibility.

PLUS!: This paperback edition includes a special self-expanding fold-out edition of THE TAXONOMY OF COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, which you have probably never seen before because it has been carefully hidden. UNTIL NOW.

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About the Author

John Hodgman is a writer and former literary agent, and the author of the bestseller The Areas of My Expertise. He is a regular on The Daily Show, and the PC in Mac's TV Ads.

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If you need a page a day calendar or maybe are a amnesiac with a mysterious scar then this book is for you. In it Mr Hodgman will enlighten you on such topics as gambling, using a pig spleen to tell the future, and aliens. This highly entertaining read will definitely provide you with more information than you require.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594483646
Author:
Hodgman, John
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
Form - Parodies
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Parodies
Subject:
HUMOR / Parodies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.26x5.48x.93 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 400 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781594483646 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Is there really such a thing as too much information? Not in this case. Hodgman's follow-up to The Areas of My Expertise is packed with even more lists, charts, and made-up facts that are so brilliant and hilarious you'll wish they were true!

"Review" by , "More Information Than You Require is exactly the tonic for these truth-challenged times: a transformation of pedestrian reality through the enlightened power of imagination and insatiable list-making. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "Hodgman is funny, clever, and has the face of a giant baby."
"Review" by , "I love this book so much I nearly read it!"
"Review" by , "John Hodgman is funny in this way where sometimes I just stare at the paragraphs trying to figure out how he's doing it. Like there's some hidden trick in his brave, deadpan sentences that makes them funnier than they have a right to be."
"Review" by , "Hodgman has forged his own tradition here — one that I expect will be imitated widely in the future, though probably not with success. An imagination like this is not so easily duplicated. For now, then, let us just enjoy the real thing."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of The Areas of My Expertise, who is also the Resident Expert on The Daily Show, compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes.
"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestseller by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman?The Daily Show?s ?Resident Expert? and the ?PC? in the iconic Apple ads?picks up exactly where his first book left off. In fact, ?the new volume is in every way a continuation of Areas of My Expertise, except in the ways it?s clearly superior.?(The Onion AV Club)

In 2005, John Hodgman published his first compendium of Complete World Knowledge, The Areas of My Expertise, a handy volume of fake trivia and made-up facts. Hodgmania was born. Virtually overnight, John Hodgman was whisked from tweedy obscurity to the high ether of minor celebrity. And from his strange new vantage point as a Famous Minor Television Personality, Hodgman realized that there is some world knowledge yet to be documented. And so he returned to exactly where he had left off?namely, page 256 of the paperback edition of The Areas of My Expertise. And he brought with him: MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE Which, naturally, begins on page 257. Like its predecessor, More Information than You Require consists of brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes such as:

THE PAST (because there is always more of it)

THE FUTURE (because they say there is still some left)

MOLE-MEN (including a list of 700 Mole-man names)

GAMBLING, THE SPORT OF THE

ATHSMATIC MAN (including hermit crab racing)

CRYPTOGEOGRAPHY (including Canada)

HOW TO BE A FAMOUS MINOR TELEVISION PERSONALITY (Hint: Go on television)

AND NOW, the relatively pocket-sized and inexpensive paperback edition includes even more

MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE, updated to include the very latest in implausibility.

PLUS!: This paperback edition includes a special self-expanding fold-out edition of THE TAXONOMY OF COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, which you have probably never seen before because it has been carefully hidden. UNTIL NOW.

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