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Author: John Hodgman
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The best-selling author of The Areas of My Expertise presents a tongue-in-cheek compendium of made-up facts that fall under such headings as "The Method by Which We Elect Our Presidents," "How to Be a Famous Minor Television Personality," and "Gambling: The Sport of the Asthmatic Man."
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Hodgman
ISBN: 9780525950349 0525950346
OCLC Number: 223800528
Description: 237-596 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: One of my great regrets --
The presidents of the United States: are they the new hoboes? (including Lincoln Kennedy links, William Jennings Bryan, Mondale, Teddy Roosevelt, President Booth --
The future and other superstitions (including folk remedies plus a hangover cure) --
Advice, how-to, and miscellaneous (including infestations, the literary axolotl, oxalis, identity theft and secret ponytails) --
Gambling: the sport of the asthmatic man (including how to, roulette, poker, tells, slots, hermit-crab racing, American musical theater, casinos) --
How to be famous (including internet rumors, wacky neighbors, perks + 1 downside of fame) --
The hidden world (not including mole-men) (includes monsters, feral Americans, crossword code, Ralph Macchio, secret moon landing, alien life) --
Even more information than you require, with a special emphasis on food and animals (a kind of food) (includes the 6 new foods of the world, the fork, forgotten cocktails, oysters, parasites: lice, tapeworms, Brooklyn inventions, shitty aphorisms, and what to expect while serving as a juror) --
The mole-men: are they the new hoboes? (includes the 7 portals to the hollow earth; literary tone detector; 700 mole-man names; an urban legend regarding the Declaration of Independence) --
Some lists I confess to compiling: Some insects who have been friend to man; 4 get-rich-slow schemes; The 10 accepted styles of deadpan; 3 Esperanto words in common use today; Vera aux falsa; sexually suggestive Christmas songs; The best mas ever --
All of your questions answered, or at least 5 more: regarding chicken butt; the worst job; car talk; skooma; Scrabble --
An outroduction: the secret of your identity and how you got that terrible scar --
Troubleshooting guide to the new voting machines --
The precedents of the United States --
Your 12-month spleencast --
Some luck signs --
Wacky neighbors --
The damned --
Experts consulted during the preparation of this book --
Sequels to Machiavelli's The Prince.
Responsibility: John Hodgman.
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The best-selling author of The Areas of My Expertise presents a tongue-in-cheek compendium of made-up facts that fall under such headings as "The Method by Which We Elect Our Presidents," "How to Be a Famous Minor Television Personality," and "Gambling: The Sport of the Asthmatic Man."

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