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This review is from: The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information (Hardcover)
According to the introductory material, contributing scholars were required to resign from their regular jobs, divorce their spouses, desert their children, and immerse themselves in their subject for as long as it took to produce at least a 400,000 word document which was then edited down to 300 or fewer words. The education needed to fully appreciate this material was reported as generally requiring a PhD or M.D. from a short list of prestigious universities; however, graduates of the New Trier Township High School are also deemed fully qualified. It's first entry, Apanthera, tells of an Africa big cat. The last, Zeibel, T. Herman (b. 1868), summarizes the life of the book's publisher emeritus.
Unfortunately, the material is just not entertaining, as the introductory information above should suggest.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 6:04:33 PM PST
I was looking for a good outtake, and this is it. Based on the above excerpt it does seems like a very funny book and I will buy it. Thanks.
Posted on Nov 22, 2012 5:30:55 PM PST
V. Gulyan says:
In the end it says that that everything was burned and 2 remaining authors had to rewrite the book in 24 hours, joke is about and on you ;)
Posted on Nov 22, 2012 5:31:20 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 9, 2012 9:24:20 PM PST
You rock, Lloyd. Maybe the Onion will put your endorsement on the next reprint.
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