May. 11th, 2012

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Things I Did Not Know: former TDS correspondent Mo Rocca's compilation of fake information about White Houses, All The Presidents' Pets, is actual writing. It's not loosely organized bits of cleverness spiced up with graphics and font choices (in the vein of TDS writer Rob Kutner's Apocalypse Howe), nor even an almanac with encyclopedia entries broken up by charts (as in the Hodgman compendium of Complete World Knowledge). It's a narrative. It's a full fictional story, recounted in the first person.

It's also RPF.

Not just about the eponymous presidents, either. Mo's journey takes him to meet all sorts of contemporary pundits and newspeople, in deeply cracky incarnations. (Also surprisingly violent at points, so fair warning.) For instance, Wolf Blitzer:

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