Complete World Knowledge

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"The metaphysicians of Tlön are not looking for truth or even an approximation to it: they are after a kind of amazement."

Complete World Knowledge is a critically-acclaimed series of fake almanacks written by John Hodgman (aka the PC in the "Mac vs. PC" commercials). They include:

Known for their absurdist sense of humour, bizarre running jokes and high degree of cohesion between volumes, absolutely deadpan writing style, and sheer breadth of subject matter, ranging from cheese to axolotls to aliens to hoboes to mole-men to celebrity status to zeppelins to lobsters to ancient and unspeakable ones.

The following tropes are common to many or all entries in the Complete World Knowledge franchise.
For tropes specific to individual installments, visit their respective work pages.