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Everything Explained Through Flowcharts: All of Life's Mysteries Unraveled, Including Tips for World Domination, Which Religion Offers the Best ... the Secret Recipe for Gettin' Laid Lemonade Paperback – October 26, 2010
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Everything Explained Through Flowcharts is packed with meticulously designed charts that trace the labyrinthine connections that order the universe, illuminate life's great mysteries, and cause eye strain in senior citizens. Swiss scientists at the prestigious University of Helsinki have said that Everything Explained Through Flowcharts is the closest thing there is to a working unified field theory, and have gone on to claim that they aren't Swiss, aren't scientists, and aren't sure whether or not Helsinki is in Switzerland. And yet the Swiss consulate has not denied that this book contains more than two hundred illustrations, forty mammoth charts, and innumerable supporting graphs and essays, including:
- An illustrated matrix of WWF Finishing Moves
- Heavy metal band names taxonomy
- The noble art of zeppelin warfare demystified
- How to win any argument
- Tragedy to comedy conversion chart for comedians
- A creepy drawing of a baby skeleton
- How to tell if you're an evil twin
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Top Customer Reviews
THIS IS THE FUNNIEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
If you have even a smidgen of interest in popular culture, this book will amuse and amaze you. Even if it's not to your personal taste, if you have a teenager in your household, it would make a perfect gift. Whether it was the insanely comprehensive taxonomy of heavy metal band names, the stunningly complete exegesis of movie heroes and villains, doomsday scenarios, superpowers, designer paint names, casual and fast-food dining venues, I LOL*'ed while reading almost every one of the plethora of charts concocted and presented here by Doogie Horner. Shorter items such as the chart devoted to disgraced beauty queens, the list of billionaire pet peeves, or the examination of the quality of afterlife offered by major world religious systems were icing on the cake.
Quite simply, this book is a work of genius from start to finish.
* : Yes, the internet has debased the term "laugh out loud", but these were genuine, rib-splitting guffaws.
I gave this book to my husband for Christmas. He spent Christmas evening reading it and ignoring the boy toys I figured he'd be playing with, like his Kinect and GoPro hi-def action video camera. Instead, he started looking through this book. We spent the night laughing together, and at one point laughed until he was in tears and as he says nearly peed himself.
Life is fun, enjoy it a little. And read this hilarious, witty book. It is comedy, pop culture and process mapping genius.
As is the case with most humor, there's a fine line between "just right" and "more than enough." I liked the idea, and I liked the execution of most of the charts. There are, however, 29 of them; the concept begins to wear a little thin somewhere in those 29 charts.
Don't get me wrong: I liked the book, and I'm glad I bought it. It's very entertaining, and I think it would make a great gift for several people I know. So, for me, it's a strong 4-star book, but I can't see it as a 5-star. And it's most definitely not the funniest book I've read in the last several years.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a funny explanation of various conundrums, such as choosing the right wine, you can find humorous examples of flowcharts in this book.
Excellent purchase, genuine laughs. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting and entertaining. Great book for the coffee table. Would also make a great gift.Published 2 months ago by katma
I like and I use flowcharts in my life/work... flowcharts here are bit confusing. Also, not so great ideas of flowcharts. Read morePublished 13 months ago by marstf
For what I expended in this product I can say I'm very happy.Published 18 months ago by Max Soldevilla
Solid book. The original "infographics." I love how the author was able to take things that exist in our everyday lives and culture and explains it in flow charts, scatter... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Ronnie Dubbz
Fun book, cool graphics. Got it for a work colleague as a secret santa gift, it was a big hit.Published on December 20, 2013 by d kahn
Pretty darn amusing and very creative. All if human existence reduced to flow charts. But it for the organizationally challenged person in your life.Published on October 29, 2013 by Keeper
This is my goto gift for anyone with an ounce of humor. Original and so much fun. Love this book.Published on March 2, 2013 by JBA