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The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information
A devastatingly important encyclopedia from America's Finest News Source that contains the sum total of mankind's knowledge.

Are you tired of stumbling around blindly, in an ignorant haze, perplexed by the world around you? What if there was a book that could make sense of your ultimately meaningless existence? Fortunately, The Onion, bastion of unbiased, reliable, and definitive news, has produced just such a book: an encyclopedia containing all of mankind's known knowledge.

And now, in a remarkably innovative tactic bound to send shockwaves through the entire publishing industry, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE is now available in a cheaper-yes, cheaper-paperback edition. Thousands of brilliant and essential text entries, colorful graphics, illustrations, and diagrams can now be yours for but a beggar's pittance. And is that not a small price to for eternal wisdom?
 
The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner
Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist “shed fascinating light on what makes us laugh and why” (New York Post).

Two guys. Nineteen experiments. Five continents. 91,000 miles. The Humor Code follows the madcap adventures and oddball experiments of Professor Peter McGraw and writer Joel Warner as they discover the secret behind what makes things funny. In their search, they interview countless comics, from Doug Stanhope to Louis CK and travel across the globe from Norway to New York, from Palestine to the Amazon. It’s an epic quest, both brainy and harebrained, that culminates at the world’s largest comedy festival where the pair put their hard-earned knowledge to the test.

For the first time, they have established a comprehensive theory that answers the question “what makes things funny?” Based on original research from the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the pair’s experiences across the globe, The Humor Code explains the secret behind winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest, why some dead baby jokes are funnier than others, and whether laughter really is the best medicine.
 
The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong
Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller.

Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more,The Book of General Ignorance is a witty “gotcha” compendium of how little we actually know about anything. It’ll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school.

Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know! Check out THE BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE for more fun entries and complete answers to the following:

How long can a chicken live without its head?
About two years.

What do chameleons do?
They don’t change color to match the background. Never have; never will. Complete myth. Utter fabrication. Total Lie. They change color as a result of different emotional states.

How many legs does a centipede have?
Not a hundred.

How many toes has a two-toed sloth?
It’s either six or eight.

Who was the first American president?
Peyton Randolph.

What were George Washington’s false teeth made from?
Mostly hippopotamus.

What was James Bond’s favorite drink?
Not the vodka martini.
 
Fur & Purr: The Funniest Things People Have Said about CATS
by Craig and Erich Pearson
Hours of laughter for cat lovers. This beautifully illustrated best-in-show humor anthology, includes quotes and articles from Dave Barry, Ellen DeGeneres, The New Yorker, The Onion, Steve Martin, Paula Poundstone, Steven Wright, Drew Barrymore, Mark Twain, George Carlin, Sarah Silverman, Rita Rudner, Albert Einstein, Wendy Liebman, Demetri Martin, Groucho Marx, Patricia Marx, Bette Midler, Rodney Dangerfield, Tig Notaro, and many more. Plus hilarious tweets from everyday folks.• Drew Barrymore will tell you about her greatest wish in life ("If I die before my cat, I want a few of my ashes put in his food so I can live inside him”). • Dave Barry tells you what your cat really thinks about you ("They’re always watching you with that smartass cat expression and thinking, 'God, what a cementhead’”). • Ellen DeGeneres asks: “Have you ever had a cat in heat? They just change on you. Once she was my kitten, my adorable little pet. Then, she’s a hooker.” • The Onion describes “The Common Benefits of Cat Ownership” ("Cats are adept at defending your home from mouse-sized robbers”). • Comedian Paula Poundstone tells you that "The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.” • An ordinary citizen tweets about her deteriorating relationship with her cat: “My cat and I pass each other in the hall without even making eye contact. I think we both know we’re just living a lie now.” • Writer Bud Herron offers practical tips on how to bath your cat ("Know that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin from your body”). And MUCH, MUCH more. Be sure to check out the companion book "Fur & Grrr — The Funniest Things People Have Said about DOGS"!
 
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