An audio file of the reading, accompanied by frequent collaborator Jonathan Coulton playing " Big Rock Candy Mountain " "live for an hour, one take", was posted to a page on the promotional website for the book. In October , on hearing the audio file, Mark Frauenfelder proposed on the BoingBoing website to have " cartoonists volunteer to draw one of the hoboes" that Hodgman listed in the book. A few days later, the first of the hoboes "Stewbuilder Dennis" was posted to Flickr by Daniel Cardenas and a Flickr group Hoboes was subsequently formed. In March , several contributors to the Hoboes Project decided to build a portal to house the drawings posted to the Flickr group. The URL refers to hobo in the list, "my-e-hobo. The names were completed on September 5, , coinciding with the release date of Areas of My Expertise to paperback, which contains an additional hobo names.

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The mountains of Colorado state nickname: The Dwarrowdelf are described as "large and fairly Balrog -free". When describing the correct manner of raising rabbits, Hodgman describes the phenomenon of El-Ahrairah worship When building a snow fort, "watch out for wampas. Repeated references to the Evil Dead series, such as the claim that George W. Bush has a chainsaw for a hand. Joisey : Listed as the "Too-easy-to-Mock State".

Long List : Hobo Names. Lost World : Hohoq also known as "Ar" , the 51st state, also a floating plateau populated by thunderbirds , Magical Native Americans , and Germans, who appear to be "simply German". Mascot : Breakfast cereal mascots are discussed.

Nonsense Classification : For example the column on "food, drink, and cheese", where there are "only so many kinds of foods to write about", namely "abs, polar bear steaks, chili, chili, and polar bear steaks. Stock Ness Monster : Averted. The Loch Ness Monster is fairly small and roughly humanoid. Take That! Also, one of the Hobo Names is Nick Nolte.

More Information Than You Require takes this even further. Thunderbird : The 51st state, Hohoq, is a clouded floating plateau inhabited by airplane-sized thunderbirds that shoot lightning from their eyes.

Weasel Mascot : Fig.


John Hodgman

Add to Cart About The Areas of My Expertise The Areas of My Expertise is a lavish compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom—all of it completely unresearched, completely undocumented and presumably completely untrue, fabricated by the illuminating, prodigious imagination of John Hodgman, certifiable genius. In an age when fake facts are all the rage, John Hodgman proves he is a man ahead of his time. About The Areas of My Expertise In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman—which is the nice way of saying: He made it all up. John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking: -What are the mottoes of the 51 United States? Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both. Perfect for anyone who thirsts for knowledge, and especially for collectors of books of fake trivia, The Areas of My Expertise offers through absurdity a better understanding of the world we share—and recognizes that while the truth may be stranger than fiction, it is never as strange as lies.


The Areas of My Expertise

Shelves: amazon I acquired this book through our book club gift exchange and, although I had never heard of it before, thought it would be an interesting read, and it came recommended by some of the members of the club. I tended to read it before going to sleep every night, and perhaps that affected my opinion of it, but in comparison to the other book I was currently reading, the latest novel by Joe Keenan, its humor felt to me either so understated as to be missing or so forced as to be strained. The list of I acquired this book through our book club gift exchange and, although I had never heard of it before, thought it would be an interesting read, and it came recommended by some of the members of the club. The list of hobos was probably the best "bit" in the book, and it suffered from what I term Saturday Night Live Syndrome 1: that is, not knowing when or how to end a skit.


Hodgman performed the spoken-word portions of the song " Why Does the Sun Shine? In this appearance, Hodgman recounted the sad tale of the lobster which he said were actually a small, furry, extinct species, killed and replaced by the creatures we think of as lobsters today and brought along Jonathan Coulton , a frequent Hodgman collaborator and musical director of the Little Gray Book lectures. Coulton performed a song called "Furry Old Lobster. In the ads he plays the personification of a PC alongside his Mac counterpart, played by actor Justin Long. In reality, however, Hodgman himself became a Mac user in

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