In 2005, John Hodgman wrote a book called "The Areas of My Expertise."
Then he appeared on "The Daily Show with John Stewart" to promote it. He got into an odd conversation about his absurd fantasy that hobos once attempted a takeover of the U.S. government in 1932.
Since then Hodgman has upon occasion returned to that program as a "resident expert" and delivered more of his silly deadpan humor.
His second book, "More Information Than You Require," takes readers on yet another wobbly walk through Hodgman's wacky world of nutty ideas and ludicrous notions.
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Here are a few random gems from his latest book:
- Apparently, he still has a thing for hobos. The first chapter is "The presidents of the United States: Are they the new hobos?" Another chapter is "The mole-men: Are they the new hobos?"
- In his chapter "The future and other superstitions," the author advises that "a baby who smiles at himself in the mirror will become an actor. If he is born with teeth, go ahead and retire. BUT I WARN YOU: you have a scary baby. A baby who frowns at himself in the mirror will become a writer."
- He offers a few tips on how we can protect ourselves from identity theft. My favorite one is "it may seem like common sense, but don't forget to shred your passport and all your money and never speak your name aloud."