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More Information Than You Require Adapted (Complete World Knowledge #2)

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Adapted CDs ? 9 CDs, 11 hours

The New York Times bestseller by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman?The Daily Show?s ?Resident Expert? and the ?PC? in the iconic Mac ads?picks up exactly where his first book left off.
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Published October 29th 2009 by Penguin Audio (first published 2008)
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Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
I obtained this book and shipped it all the way out to a hot, dry, sandy Middle Eastern land which shall remain nameless because my boyfriend is maniacally protective of OPSEC, even when the OP is concluded and he's been home for several months (thankfully without far.) I won't even tell you which branch of the military he's in, except to say that it's the branch of the military that nobody ever remembers when discussing branches of the military, and to tell you that its official motto ...more
Jun 22, 2009 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The satire-impaired. No, really, you'll like it.
A REVIEW, comprising two LISTS (one True and one False), of John Hodgman's More Information than You Require.

List the first:
1. It has nothing but kind things to say about modern-day troubador and Internet sensation Jonathan Coulton.
2. Pages 296-299 are actually made from pressed prosciutto (in hardback; domestic bacon was used for the paperback edition, and the audiobook contains merely a bacon-scented backscratcher).
3. Every copy of said hardback edition comes packaged with a hollowed-out boar'
Dec 15, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You may remember that fairly recently comedian and minor TV personality John Hodgman wrote a parody of reference books called The Areas of My Expertise, which I reviewed. Hodgman's dry wit and ability to generate random and sublimely absurd claims made that book funny enough, so when he released his follow-up More Information Than You Require I grabbed it up.

In just about every way, More Information is more of the same. Indeed, Hodgman even continues the page numbering from his prior book and cl
brian tanabe
I am sooooo excited to get down to my local bookstore and pick this up. Hodgman's last book is brilliant and I am such a big fan of his intellect and wit. Can't wait.

Update: Finished the book. Great stuff, but on this second time around (not in reading this particular book, but in me indulging in Hodgman's brilliance), I think I would prefer *watching* Hodgman perform this book rather than me slogging through this read.
Mar 23, 2017 Deborah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i wonder if i would have liked reading this - doubtful but i also don't think it would have irritated me as much as the audiobook, which was basically listening to a pompous blowhard spouting off a meandering collection of self-indulgent jokes that are considered parody but are moreover a straight-up waste of time.

oh, and he bullies paul rudd!
Aug 08, 2016 Conor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, audiobook
Alright, so I pretty much love John Hodgman. I love his imperiousness, his cocksure tendency to hold forth on all matter of esoteric subjects, his blustery blending of pure balderdash with true trivia that almost certainly leaves people thinking true things he's said were made up of whole cloth, and vice versa.

I saw some other reviews of this book, and they lamented the tediousness of it. A lot of them had read the first of the books in this trilogy, and really, I can't imagine his schtick chang
Zach May
Mar 23, 2012 Zach May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Generally quite funny. The guide to our American presidents and the daily almanac entries were perhaps the funniest, but Hodgman really breaks out as a terrific essayist in his consideration of alien abductions, his only explanation for how his wife could have ever ended up with him. Eloquent, warped, and funny, this chapter really struck a chord with me. Wonderful![return][return]Perhaps my only real complaint is that in most parts of the book, the writing seems to follow the same formula as wo ...more
Dec 14, 2008 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I heard that John Hodgman was coming out with a new book, I was excited to read it. I probably should have listened to the rest of the interview to know exactly what I was getting myself into. Hodgman is at his funniest when sharing anecdotes or quirky stories but unfortunately that's only a small fraction of this book. This is an encyclopedia of fictitious "facts". While some of the facts are witty most are just ridiculous- like Hodgman jotted down whatever came to mind. (I'm sorry but do ...more
Mar 11, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When reading a Hodgman book, you know exactly what you're getting into: a hilarious faux-almanac cooked up with a wealth of tweaked facts and imitation classed-up English. I will say, however, this time around I got a little weary of the "fact for a day" on each page. I get the gag, some of them were really good, but being a traditionalist (and kind of an asshole at times) I get a little burnt out on the "let me find a good stopping place on this page to read the little tidbit in the corner" rou ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book much more than its predecessor, The Areas of My Expertise, which I found amusing but got tired of fairly quickly. I was concerned the same thing would happen with More Information Than You Require as it is a continuation, starting on page 237 where the first book left off. However, although I could have skipped over the parts dealing with mole-men or "What to Expect While Serving on A Jury", I really enjoyed the stories which could actually have been about John Hodgman's li ...more
May 20, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will probably skip portions of this to help ensure I get the most out of the forthcoming audio version, but I've read enough to go ahead and give it five stars. Hodgeman is one of the very few authors who consistently gets audible laughter out of me while I'm reading him. Seriously, MARTA people look at me funny and the cat is very much perturbed by the laughter tremors when she tries to sleep in my lap. This book continues right where the previous volume left off -- to the point that it picks ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book of "fake trivia," "author" John Hodgman* claims that Bill Clinton was "the first black president." All fine and good EXCEPT FOR THE FACT that Hodgman earlier lists William Howard Taft as a black president as well. As far as I know, Taft came BEFORE Clinton. And logic dictates that they can't both be "first." So which is it, "Mr." Hodgman? WHICH IS IT?

*FACT: "Hodg" is Mole-Man code for "mole." John Hodgman is merely the "nom de plume" (or "name of the plum") of none other than JOHN M
Mark Rayner
Jan 16, 2010 Mark Rayner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
I feel a little guilty adding this to goodreads because I "read" the audiobook version of this, and listened to it over the course of a couple of weeks while walking the dog.

Now most people in the neighbourhood are sure I'm nuts, because this often got me giggling insanely. (Before this, they were pretty sure I was nuts.)

The only problem with this audiobook version? You can't get John Hodgman out of your head afterwards. Even if you bathe it in gin.
Oct 31, 2008 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored The Areas of My Expertise -- it was snortingly funny and I gave copies to all my friends for Christmas.

While More Information is certainly amusing, it felt schticky and well, not that funny. Three-quarters of the way into it, I laughed out loud - for the first time. My boyfriend sitting next to me looked over and said, "FINALLY."

I still adore Hodgman, but this book... eh.
Nov 28, 2008 Agathafrye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, funny, awesome
The continuation of "The Areas of My Expertise," in fact, the book even starts on page 237, one page after "Areas" ends. Mr. Hodgman is still obsessed with ferrets and their cons, mole men, and hobos. A sample quote: "My name is John Hodgman; you live on the planet Earth; and everything is going to be fine."

Audiobook? CAN'T. WAIT.
Oct 08, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hysterical, though not quite as good as That Is All. The tripendium of complete world knowledge has a nice build taken together. As one might imagine a book of lists isnt always a real page turner but it is laugh out loud funny.
Dec 31, 2009 Robert rated it really liked it

This time around, the audio book is more like an 8-hour John Hodgman podcast. There's more banter between Hodgman and Coulton -- as well as with various guests that drop in. If you loved the book or are crazy about either Hodgman or Coulton, then this is worth a listen.
Eric Dexter Brown
Second verse, just as great as the first!
Sep 12, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of the literate silliness we've come to expect from Mr. Hodgman. The personal stories are sweet and funny, but the Molemen are no hoboes.
Jan 18, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Hodgman is my kind of weirdo. Although the audiobook was absurdly long, it also featured jaunty music and guest stars, and was equal parts ridiculous and enjoyable.
Daniel Currie
Well... I like John Hodgman, which a good thing, because this is a lot of John Hodgman.

There are so many jokes/quips/witticisms, etc. per page there are bound to be some laughs and there are. But it something you best read in shorts spurts as you simply can't take them all in at one time if you read too much. But I like his sense of humor so I 'get it'.
Jun 16, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
FACT: The Declaration of Independence was not the original creation of Thomas Jefferson, but was instead inspired by the work of Mole-Man declarationists.

FACT: The true sport of kings, and the only one of which a professional gambler will avail himself, is that of hermit crab racing.

FACT: Andrew Jackson was the first president to wear a necklace of human skulls at his inauguration.

FACT: The first moon landing was achieved in 1802, when Napoleon Bonaparte stepped onto the lunar surface with his
Oct 21, 2008 Brendan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title of the book gives you a sense of its breadth and scope. Hodgman’s book is truly a COMPENDIUM OF WORLD KNOWLEDGE. There are lots of hilarious bits, but I’ll comment on just a few themes and ideas:

* I love the continued numbering that puts this book in concert with the previous book, AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE. The last book in the series purports to be forthcoming: THAT IS ALL.
* Throughout the book, JH has “this day in history” almanac entries. Here’s my favorite:
August 7:
1989, ATHENS: A
I'm really grooving on these books of fake trivia by John Hodgman, and it will be a dry three years or so waiting for the third and (hopefully not) final volume to be released. I enjoy this stuff so much that I scoured the book for extra material to read and found the taxonomic chart inside the dust cover, and read that, too. (TRUE FACT.) I was simultaneously delighted and horrified to realize that (a) Hodgman dropped a bunch of hardcore geek-speak, unexplained, into said chart, and (b) I didn't ...more
Oct 24, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Hodgman is a funny, funny man. I liked this book, though it didn't quite approach the absurdist and hilarious shock value of his inaugural almanac of fake trivia, The Areas of My Expertise. (My favorite bit from that first book comes from a list of failed palindromes: "Slow speed, deep owls.")
While there are faux factual lists, tables, and footnotes aplenty here, there are also some anecdotes from Hodgman's life, which, while obviously exaggerated (running down the street after Justin Timbe
Dec 10, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny. Not as funny as the first book in this... series. BUT FUNNY NONETHELESS.

I remember reading Areas of My Expertise and constantly being struck by the astounding absurdity of Hodgman's deadpan. (To be more literal, I laughed so hard my ribs hurt and I may have slipped out of my chair once or twice. That could have been the ether, though.) This volume is no less deadpan (deadpanny?), with some really funny material about forks and computers and corn, but unfortunately, it's often redundant wi
Bryce Johnson
Feb 29, 2012 Bryce Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two main things that make JH's tomes of complete world knowledge enjoyable (for me at least).

1) He is fantastically clever, and his seemingly arbitrary choices of references usually mean something, whether I get it or not. Example: there is an opening quote by Pierre Menard, which wouldn't mean a thing if you haven't read any Borges. Another: at one point he references a very old crossword, which happens to contain the clue "Actor Morales," which only is going to mean anything to regul
Andrew Georgiadis
Read the cover and dust jacket first

There's no question John Hodgman is a funny guy. The question readers ask themselves should be instead: can a book that is one long, run-on joke keep me interested for its duration? The answer is probably no, but who can say? I recommend looking at the dust jacket, seeing if the hyper-witticisms and multiple entendres are funny, and then decide if you are going to bite in. Because when he says he is going to list 700 mole-man names, he means it, quite literal
Oct 21, 2016 Cale rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of books in my life. Some I've loved. Some I've hated. But I can't recall ever reading a book that, when finished, I felt was an absolute waste of time. Usually there's something I got out of it, even if it was a poor story. But John Hodgman's collection manages to take something that's already of marginal value (a book of trivia), and make it utterly worthless by fictionalizing the trivia. Not completely - many of the anecdotes have at least some basis in reality, so I spent as ...more
Derek Wolfgram
Nov 29, 2010 Derek Wolfgram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hodgman's sequel to The Areas of My Expertise is just as funny as its predecessor. He perfectly captures the tone (and the effortless shift in narration from first person to second to third) of all of my favorite sources of weird facts from childhood: the Guinness Book of World Records, the Ripley's Believe It or Not feature in the Sunday comics, and their ilk, with the added bonus that all of the facts are fake. Or are they?

It's hard to pick out a quotation to illustrate how amusing this book
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Before he went on television, JOHN HODGMAN was a humble writer, expert, and Former Professional Literary Agent living in New York City. In this capacity, he has served as the Humor Editor for the New York Times Magazine, Occasional Flight vs. Invisibility Consultant on “This American Life,” Advice Columnist for McSweeney’s, Comic Book Reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and a Freelance Jo ...more
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Complete World Knowledge (3 books)
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