That Is All

TV watchers know John Hodgman as The Daily Show's "Resident Expert" and the deadpan face of the PC on those ubiquitous Apple commercials. Readers know he's also the bestselling author of two books in the heretofore incomplete Complete World Knowledge trilogy: 2005's The Areas of My Expertise and 2008's More Information Than You Require. With this third delightfully oddball volume of entirely made-up yet enthusiastically conveyed "facts," Hodgman picks up precisely where he left off: on page 596.

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