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

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  5,138 Ratings  ·  357 Reviews
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 adspicks 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 narrative

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (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.
Sep 14, 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
Mar 17, 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
Dec 28, 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
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
Dec 26, 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
Jan 28, 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.
Sep 03, 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
Eric Dexter Brown
Second verse, just as great as the first!
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.
May 01, 2009 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.
Jan 23, 2009 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.
Jan 27, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Dec 11, 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.
Oct 06, 2014 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Eric by: Family
First, I should say that I have not read the first book in this series: The Areas Of My Expertise by John Hodgman.

Next, that being said, I grieve at the thought of the millions of acres of bonsai trees, who may have found and fulfilled their destiny...and the millions of octopi, who may have "donated" their ink... in the production of this publication. Much proofreading and/or editing would be encouraged. While some of the illustrations are of a dubious nature, this tome would best be read by
Jan 09, 2011 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.
Two Readers in Love
Feb 02, 2016 Two Readers in Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, owned, reference
Funnier than Part I (“The Areas of My Expertise”). I'm no humor writer, so I can't put my finger on it, but I think its due the decreased emphasis on hobos in this volume; perhaps hobos are just too creepy for a reference work?

Bonus: The exercise of separating the slightly skewed facts from the implausible verities and entirely made-up surreal nonsense means that I learned more from this book and its predecessor than from many actual almanacs (Ben Franklin, I'm looking pointedly in your directio
May 18, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
A good choice if you like very dry humor. This audiobook surely deviates quite a bit from the written version. It was 10 disks long but the book itself was done by the middle of disc #6. The rest is bonus material (a year's worth of podcasts of his "It Happened Today, in the Past"). During the book proper, there is also quite a bit of interrupted conversation with actor Paul Rudd, musician Johnathan Coulton, and others that drop by (Dick Cavett, Rachel Maddow, Ira Glass). There's really no plot ...more
Feb 25, 2016 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
Jan 14, 2010 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wife brought this home from the library for me based solely on the facts that I enjoy trivia and that she was pretty sure I had said some nice things about John Hodgman at some point. I have not read "The Areas of My Expertise," this book's predecessor, so I went in with no idea of what I was getting myself into. This book, a compendium of false information, is absurdist, ludicrous fun. Much like the almanacs that inspired it (in particular, the wonderful "Book of Lists" series, which were so ...more
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
Bryce Johnson
Oct 19, 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
Michael Emond
Apr 16, 2013 Michael Emond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A follow up to "Areas of My Expertise" this book is a humourous book for people with OCD and people who like a lot of made up facts presented to them in hilarious ways. I say OCD because there is just so much stuff in this book. Added on top of that, John decided to make it 365 pages so he could have a tiny insert on every page about "this day in history". While not every bit in the book works (I'm looking at you Mole-manic names; Hobo names = funny, mole manic names = tedious page filler) the t ...more
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
May 24, 2010 Ubalstecha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To read a John Hodgman book is to laugh and chuckle at the silliness and absurdity of it all. But to listen to the audio book is like getting to listen to a comedy album version of the book.

Read by the author, Hodgman is not content to simply read his text to us. Instead, he is joined by a variety of special guests, most notably Jonathan Coulton, to skip though the novel. There are musical accompaniments, sarcastic banter and dramatically reenacted scenes.

If YouTube proves to be true, some of t
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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