Now they’ve just gone too far. (“Hey look, if we can explain Windows, how complicated can Judaism be?”) These are actual titles!
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to:

  • Understanding Judaism
  • Understanding Catholicism
  • Improving Your IQ
  • the Life of Christ
  • Being Psychic
  • Wicca and Witchcraft
  • Pro Wrestling
  • the Vietnam War
  • Sex on the Net
  • Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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