That Is All by John Hodgman

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John Hodgman-bestselling author, The Daily Show's "Resident Expert", minor television celebrity, and deranged millionaire-brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge.

In 2005, Dutton published The Areas of My Expertise, a handy little book of Complete World Knowledge, marked by the distinction that all of the fascinating trivia and amazing true facts were completely made up by its author, John Hodgman. At the time, Hodgman was merely a former literary agent and occasional scribbler of fake trivia. In short: a nobody.

But during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, an incredible transformation occurred. He became a famous minor television personality. You may ask: During his whirlwind tornado ride through the high ether of minor fame and outrageous fortune, did John Hodgman forget how to write books of fake trivia? The answer is: Yes. Briefly. But soon, he remembered!

And so he returned, crashing his Kansas farmhouse down upon the wicked witch of ignorance with More Information Than You Require, a New York Times bestseller containing even more mesmerizing and essential fake trivia, including seven hundred mole-man names (and their occupations).

And now, John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off-specifically, at page 596-and finally completes COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012.

 

About John Hodgman

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JOHN HODGMAN is a writer, performer, and expert who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the “Resident Expert” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the PC in Apple's television ads. Both previous installments of his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge were New York Times bestsellers.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Dutton Adult. 368 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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That’s the glory of modern life—and because we live in a land of opportunity, strange and unpredictable things happen, which is just the reason, Hodgman asserts, that Wilt Chamberlain had to hire a “special sex butler.” Bad math, bad facts—it all adds up to what Jean-Paul Sartre would have called...

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“John Hodgman is a juggernaut of funny!”About John Hodgman’s last book, More Information Than You Require, television commentator Rachel Maddow commented, “There’s just enough true in the book to be alarming.” That book—the sequel to The Areas of My Expertise, the book that drove John Hodgman to ...

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TV watchers know John Hodgman as The Daily Show's "Resident Expert" and the deadpan face of the PC on those ubiquitous Apple commercials.

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Campus Circle

Hodgman has a very twisted sense of humor, and this tongue-in-cheek tone is packed full of witticisms like, “The Da Vinci bat of South America is not actually a bat but a mouse wearing little wings it fashioned out of sticks and bat skin” and “You can bring a monkey into a restaurant in France if...

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