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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

About the Author

Doogie Horner is an author, illustrator, and comedian. His previous books are "100 Ghosts: A Gallery of Harmless Haunts" and "Everything Explained Through Flowcharts", and his humor writing and illustration have appeared in "Wired, Fast Company, Playboy, McSweeney s, The Believer, The London Times, " and BoingBoing. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006182660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061826603
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David M. Giltinan on December 3, 2010
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I try not to go overboard in my reviews, but every so often a book comes along that forces a person to break out the superlatives. So let's be quite clear about things.

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.
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I am not the type to throw around terms like "brilliant" and "genius", but in this case it is warranted. This book is honestly one of the funniest things I have read in years. From a Presidents Wrestling Tournament to Zeppelin Warfare to Alien Sex, this book is for anyone who loves trying to make sense of the inane. There are very few books out there not written by Dave Barry that I laugh out loud while reading. This is one of them.
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By Jenn W on January 2, 2011
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I responded to the negative review, but wanted to make sure my vote was counted.

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.
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This book is based on a very clever concept: The author analyzes various aspects of pop culture by means of engineering flowcharts. For the most part, it really works well. There's something more than a little odd about seeing evil twins or mafia nicknames arrayed on decision trees. That, of course, is where the humor comes in. In addition, the author introduces each of the flowcharts with short essays that are quite well done.

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.
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While I thought most of the charts in this book were somewhere between amusing and hilarious, there are definitely some off-color elements. Which means I won't be leaving this out for my pre-teen boys to read. I imagine that some people are going to be offended by this. that being said, I gave it to my brother for Christmas and he loved it. It's definitely very clever.
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I wish that I had looked inside of this book on Amazon. It's a funny book, but not a useful book about designing and leveraging flowcharts for information delivery purposes. Amazon suggested it to me when I was purchasing books about information design, data visualization, and power point design techniques. If that's your search, don't bother with this book.

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.
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This book is shake-the-mattress funny (assuming you ignored my advice in the title). You've seen these types of jokes before (particularly if you work in IT or read Maxim magazine...yes, I'm aware of the state of the Venn diagram for those two groups), but these flow charts are well thought out (many entries have more than 50 boxes) and the subjects are clever.

Excellent purchase, genuine laughs. Highly recommended.
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bought this for a coworker thinking it wold be funny since we are always making process flow charts. Definitely not what I was looking for. The topics mapped out were too "out there." Nothing funny or relatable. Went with the Inconsequential Dilemmas book, which was perfect.
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