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Everything Explained Through Flowcharts

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Flowcharts have risen to pop culture notoriety with their delightful intersection of geekery, design and humor. Today, a pinnacle of the flowchart cult makes its debut: Everything Explained Through Flowcharts by standup comedian and book designer Doogie Horner goes by the tagline “All of Life’s Mysteries Unraveled” and flowcharts the way to everything from world domination to getting laid to the religion that offers the best afterlife.

You may have recently sampled some of Horner’s work in the somewhat viral flowchart guide to Facebook portraits:

From a taxonomy of heavy metal band names to an illustrated matrix of WWF finishing moves, this gem of a book contains over 200 illustrations, 40 gargantuan flowcharts and various supporting materials — essays, graphs, annotations — bound to fill your semi-secret inner geek with glee.

We were particularly impressed with the clever review pitch, which also came in — you guessed it — a flowchart:

And because things this good are made to be shared, it’s worth noting that Everything Explained Through Flowcharts makes an ace holiday gift for the geek culture connoisseur in your life.

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