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The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information
     

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information

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by The Onion
 

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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

Overview

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?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Elle
"An encyclopedic fun house of information and illustrations teeming with hundreds of entries covering everything from the letter A to Zibby the cartoon squirrel."
Scott Coffman
"More of what The Onion does best: Make readers collapse in fits of giggles."
- Huffington Post Comedy
"One of the best works that "The Onion" has ever produced...[it] dryly parodies an encyclopedia in the most comprehensive manner imaginable."
- Entertainment Weekly
"A tome so replete with knowledge [that it allows readers] to win friends and influence people."
- MSN's The Bubble
"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."
Huffington Post Comedy
"One of the best works that "The Onion" has ever produced...[it] dryly parodies an encyclopedia in the most comprehensive manner imaginable."
Entertainment Weekly
"A tome so replete with knowledge [that it allows readers] to win friends and influence people."
MSN's The Bubble
"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."
Miami Herald
"Extremely funny."
Popmatters.com
"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"."
Huffington Post
"Everything you've ever wanted to know about anything."
The Economist
"Long on laughs."
Kirkus Reviews
The irreverent crew from the long-running satirical newspaper and website present a compendium of mock encyclopedia entries, lavishly illustrated. Much like any recent episode of Saturday Night Live, this faux textbook serves up a fair share of both hits and misses, although those designations will undoubtedly vary according to readers' particular interests. Those who don't find a graph of family relations hilarious ("Son: Male child who slowly turns into his father by not living up to his father's expectations") may snicker at the pithy definitions that line the margins of each page ("IMAX: Type of widescreen cinematography that makes some nothing suburb feel like it's getting somewhere"). There is plenty of political satire, entertainment satire and incredibly detailed medical diagrams that could fool the unwary at first glance but that upon closer scrutiny contain labels like, "Podiatry: Field specializing in those afflicted with feet," and "Iris: Thin tissue whose pigment actual careers and livelihoods have been based on." While much of the text provides the sharp wit and oddball ramblings that The Onion has made its bread and butter, the true standout feature of the book is its artwork. This volume begs to be read in actual book format instead of on an electronic reader; miraculously, for the digital age, it manages to capture some of the thrill of skimming encyclopedias, Ripley's Believe It or Not! collections and other beloved fact/trivia books from the mid-to-late 20th century. And when you do come across a glimmer of the heartfelt, as in the entry on how Frank Lloyd Wright lost the love of his life, it makes the browsing experience that much richer. A grab bag well worth dipping into and a testament to the still-thriving art of book design.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316133241
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
141,244
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.64(d)

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Meet 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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The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mfwesq More than 1 year ago
Besides featuring the delightful Onion snark with flair, the physical book is a quality production, with heavy glossy pages, full color illustrations and a pleasing typeface and layout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Onion nor Nook doesn't want to fix the freezing error, I told them mulitple times in different ways and still nothing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im on 2nd page (after X roman pages of introduction) and already had too much laugh.(there are200 more to go) If youre on nook hd the ability to share small portions is just awesome..
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diva_nj More than 1 year ago
The Onion Book of Known Knowledge was a gift for my 23 year old son who wouldnt stop shouting out.."Listen to this!!" all Christmas day!
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This book managed to freeze my Nook every time I tried to open it to the C section. Please fix because I really love The Onion.
bigbigfan More than 1 year ago
Top 100 Barnes and Noble Bestselling Humor Book
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