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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 21, 2012
Wow... The Onion... as usual... leaves no group untouched. If you are easily offended you will NOT be happy with this book! However, if you can see this book for what it is... humor (and a great deal of it very off-color)... you will love it. If you are familiar with the Onion online, then you'll know exactly what to expect. If you buy it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, but be warned... there are no taboos in terms of this book. Thanks for taking the time to read my review.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
This compendium is hilarious! Entries on historical events and persons, current ones, random words and phrases. Pick it up and start reading anywhere. I guarantee that if you like satire and parody you will grin, giggle or occasionally roll on the floor chortling.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
Some of this is really enjoyable, dry wit. Some of it is so ridiculous that it is funny. Some of it is just potty humor, so it may appeal to a wide range of people. Don't leave it lying around where any of your sensitive friends or relatives can get hold of it, unless you want to offend them so much that they will never visit you again. Still, if you need a laugh, this book can provide it. Much of it is insulting to the reader and gives you a chance to laugh at yourself. I've enjoyed seeing some of the twisted stuff compiled in this book. It has been good for some laughs.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
I was looking for coffee table books for my new apartment and came across this book while browsing Amazon's huge collection of hardcover books. The Onion Book of Known Knowledge is absolutely hilarious. There is an entry for almost anything you can think of from "crumbs" to "Steve Jobs" to "jupiter." Each entry is funnier than the next and all are well-written. The book has been an outstanding conversation starter and is a favorite amongst our friends and family.

Bottom line, everyone should have this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
Great book. excellent condition, nothing wrong with it. As stated, the book contains content, pages are made of paper and are assembled in order.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
I am a fan of understated humor, overstated humor, subtle humor, humor in general, and sarcasm-however-I will warn the overly sensitive by stating that some of the material can be offensive. Don't leave it around for the kiddies. Must be a fan of great wits such as Mark Twain or towering intellectuals like Don Rickles and Sponge Bob Squarepants. Proceed at your own risk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2013
Brilliant idea for a book, funny entries (many with intelligent twists and punchlines), and fantastic mileage in terms of amusement and laughter that the book will induce from you. You will also feel that a group carefully crafted and vetted each entry, rather than have one person trying hard to fill-in pages with duds in-between good entries. The illustrations are great too. And nice props to the all-powerful Filipinos!
I suggest though that you dont consume more than 5 entries in one sitting. If you read more than 5, there will be a tendency for you to always wait for a punchline in the end, so the enjoyment is somewhat spoiled. The wisecrack might not strike its full effect, compared to when you ration the book. You might also miss the intended irony in some entries in the process. So, just open the encyclopedia from time to time and randomly scan for an interesting person or event, perhaps during a break from reading a novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2013
I've been picking up this volume almost every day for the past couple years and am continually amazed. Every time I read an article or study an informative graphic, I end up way smarter as a result of this fine book. Why I am writing today is because I've just learned the most surprising and helpful piece of knowledge yet: There are actually 27 letters in the English language! Who knew?

I could wax rhapsodic about the range of topics and the details contained, including historical clarifications, sports information, biography, geology, biology, and every other form of human, natural, and supernatural (i.e., relegious) topic. That latter topic is one of my favorites, with so many juicy tidbits of information that you simply won't find anywhere else. Did you know the following, for example: "Holy Chalice: Gross Styrofoam cup that Jesus always used to drink his coffee out of and that he never threw away or cleaned out"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
Loving the onion-from their videos to website- i just had to get this book. When i got in the mail, although the corners were dented due to lack of packaging, i immediately open to a random passage. This book is everything and more. IT covers everything from ancient civilizations(made up ones to) to dinner etiquette. This book is absolutely fabulous. This book has many political and cultural references, so you may or may not understand many of the passages. Example: I showed my friends the passage on Dinosaurs and did not crack a smile. Whoever you are, you will find something just for your taste. Makes a great gift to a sarcastic, or funny friend.

PROs:
-Funny
-something for every one
-amazingly written
-excellent coffee-table piece

Cons:
-Some people many not like crude humor
-Because my book came a little dented, doesn't mean yours will
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
Well, to be honest I was going to give this to my brother-in-law for Christmas until my sister said, "Oh he might like it, I don't know." That's when I thought, "Oh well the hell with him, I KNOW I will like/love it" so, it stayed home with me. I have been reading the Onion for quite a while and I love the absurdity of it all. I read it before bedtime for a good laugh. I can't wait until my son gets old enough to read it. No one in my immediate circle of friends understand why I love this so much. Maybe time for new friends?!? Anyway, if you enjoy a good laugh get this book it's a very good read.
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