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The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information Paperback – October 29, 2013
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"An encyclopedic fun house of information and illustrations teeming with hundreds of entries covering everything from the letter A to Zibby the cartoon squirrel."―Elle
"One of the best works that "The Onion" has ever produced...[it] dryly parodies an encyclopedia in the most comprehensive manner imaginable."―- Huffington Post Comedy
"A tome so replete with knowledge [that it allows readers] to win friends and influence people."―- Entertainment Weekly
"Forget Wikipedia, burn all your books, and snap that Encarta CD Rom in half, because The Onion has just released its BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE."―- MSN's The Bubble
"Leave it to the geniuses at The Onion, who have revolutionized the science of sarcasmic infoengineering in the weekly print newspaper format, to do the same for the venerable encyclopedia. Miraculously, in only 250 or so pages, they have managed to cram more meaningful information about our universe into one book than Google or Bing or even Alta Vista have been able to do with several times that number of "web pages"."―Popmatters.com
About the Author
In a history spanning 24 years, eight popular books, and numerous awards, The Onion has attracted legions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention. Its home offices are in Chicago.
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This book is built like an encyclopedia, but you have to remember it is satire. Everything in it meant to be a joke. Often, the writers combine some real, but put a twist on it. It is their specific brand of humor, which means you either appreciate and get it or it is not for you.
I did not read this book from start to finish. Instead, I open up to random pages and just read what that page has to offer. This seems to be the best way to tackle this book. I have not read every entry, but every entry I have read made me laugh. I often re-read passages out loud to friends and family whenever I get the chance.
The book is put together using high quality materials. The writing is top notch. And the book is funny. If you are looking for a good laugh, and gain some insight into the twisted minds of the Onion writers, you should read this book.
The Onion at the top of its game.
This is a table book, you will probably read bits and pieces, not the whole thing at once. Leaving it on the table can start some interesting/hilarious discussions. It's also quite Onion-y, so if you don't know what the Onion is, you might want to find out before ordering blind (just Google it).
Overall, fantastic and should come in 2-packs.
-something for every one
-excellent coffee-table piece
-Some people many not like crude humor
-Because my book came a little dented, doesn't mean yours will
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.