For Ganz, who teamed with Onion editorial manager Chet Clem on World, the project's broadness initially seemed daunting. "When we decided to do a book that included every single country in the world, we thought it would be really funny," she notes. "In practice, it was this horrible trial of getting information on countries no one's ever heard of before and don't even have Wikipedia pages." But before long, they found a style that kept the jokes rolling without letting facts get in the way. The scribes portrayed the once-conjoined nations of Serbia and Montenegro as "spurned lovers" and simply made up the entire entry for Tonga, a Pacific island nation. "The Tongan delegation isn't going to contact us to complain," Ganz predicts -- probably because they'll be laughing too hard.
Meet the creators of Our Dumb World at 7 p.m. at Neighborhood Flix, 2510 Colfax Avenue. Admission is free. Get more information at 303-777-3549 or www.neighborhoodflix.com.
Thu., Jan. 31, 7 p.m., 2008