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Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants [Kindle Edition]

The Oatmeal , Matthew Inman
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Book Description

Matthew Inman’s first collection of The spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold 200,000 copies. This pivotal and influential comic collection titled 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth introduced Samurai sword-wielding kittens and informed us on how to tell if a velociraptor is having pre-marital sex. Matthew's cat-themed collection How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You is a #1 New York Times bestseller with more than half a million copies in print. Now with Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants, Inman offers a delicious, tantalizing follow-up featuring all new material that has been posted on the site since the publication of the first book plus never-before-seen comics that have not appeared anywhere.  As with every Oatmeal collection, there is a pull-out poster at the back of the book.

In this second collection of over 50 comics, you'll be treated to the hilarity of "The Crap We Put Up with Getting On and Off an Airplane," "Why Captain Higgins Is My Favorite Parasitic Flatworm," "This Is How I Feel about Buying Apps," "6 Things You Really Don't Need to Take a Photo of," and much more. Along with lambasting the latest culture crazes, Inman serves up recurrent themes such as foodstuffs, holidays, e-mail, as well as technological, news-of-the-day, and his snarky yet informative comics on grammar and usage. Online and in print, The Oatmeal delivers brilliant, irreverent comic hilarity.

Editorial Reviews


"The utter relevance and poignancy of these often deceptively anecdotal funnies make Inman a Gary Larson for the iPad generation." (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You:

“Matt is the first native stand-up comic of the Internet. This book, and all his work, shows just how perfectly he nails the pulse of the Web dwellers like me. While this book is printed on paper, it oozes what's great about the weird, quirky, but genuinely awesomeness of the Web — and Matt Inman.”

­ (Ben Huh, CEO of

"If Inman isn't a king of the Internet, he's certainly among its royalty. The Oatmeal is one of the most popular humor sites on the web." (Todd Leopold, CNN)

"In 2009, Inman put his hand to the page, and the world hasn't stopped laughing since." (Nick Carbone, Time Magazine)

"Dangerously funny." (

About the Author is an entertainment Web site full of comics, quizzes, and stories. The site gets more than 7 million unique visitors and 30 million page views a month; 250,000 blogs and Web sites have linked to it. is written, drawn, and coded by Matthew Inman, a king of all trades when it comes to the Web. Matthew lives in Seattle, Washington. He subsists on a steady diet of crickets and whiskey. He enjoys long walks on the beach, gravity, and breathing heavily through his mouth. His dislikes include scurvy, typhoons, and tapeworm medication.

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  • File Size: 40376 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC; Pap/Pstr edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as Hell - Like Inman's Previous Books October 1, 2013
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If you are not familiar with previous works of Matthew Inman (aka,, you will like this collection of snarky comics just as much as fans: this is his best book yet. Those previous books were NY Times bestsellers for good reason: painfully-funny attacks on the absurdities of modern life by the budding Matt Groening of his generation (long before he created The Simpsons, I loved Groening's 'Life is Hell' comics: funny and inventive, as Inman is today).

One previous book, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You actually became the Times #1 Bestseller. This is a seriously funny, talented young guy - who only started creating these comics on his Oatmeal website in 2009. Other books - highly recommended - are 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) , his first collection, and My Dog: The Paradox: A Lovable Discourse about Man's Best Friend , a funny and poignant homage to dogs.

This, his second collection of comics (others were books with a single theme), contains a barrage of funny attacks on the latest culture fads, our digital lives, and more. If you are unfamiliar with Inman, the cover comic of a bear is an anomaly for his work: it looks like a traditional comic panel. Most of his comics, however, actually look like a funny poster, with professional graphics and type, and cleanly-rendered minimalist characters. In fact, all of Inman's books come with one poster-size comic folded inside the back cover.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants is a 2013 collection of comics by Matthew Inman from his website, The Oatmeal ( It features a large number of comics from the site plus several new ones.

This is pretty standard Oatmeal fare, which is to say, it's vulgar, over-the-top, snarky, by turns informative and relatable, frequently hilarious, and not for the easily offended. There are a lot of highlights here, including the title comic, "What It Means When You Say Literally," and "The Crap We Put Up with Getting On and Off an Airplane." And like the other Oatmeal collections, this is a high-quality book with glossy pages; the vast majority of the illustrations are in color.

Some of the old comics have been expanded or edited in subtle ways. An example is the removal of the "thankfully" from "the (thankfully) late Jerry Falwell" in "What It Means When You Say Literally." This, in conjunction with the conspicuous but not unwelcome omission of the controversial "How to Suck at Your Religion" and the online appearance of some other recent Oatmeal comics not included here (e.g., "Christopher Columbus Was Awful"), shows us a new, more constructive, less cheap-shot-taking Oatmeal. Don't worry, though, The Oatmeal hasn't become any gentler or more restrained, and it's still not for the uptight. But it's a bit more mature, if anything that prominently features jokes about bear testicles can be called "mature."

The bottom line, though, is that this is funny stuff. Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants is another great Oatmeal collection, and if you like Inman's other work, you'll like this one about as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars We've seen most of it before... December 27, 2013
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I read The Oatmeal on a regular basis, so I was fairly disappointed in the offerings of this newest book. I don’t know if I expected lots of new content or just more original stuff, but for some reason Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants was fairly underwhelming.

As with the previous Oatmeal books, the newest selection is a wide selection of the usual Oatmeal comics. The usual funny tone with incredible graphics, fans of the web comic are bound to laugh. If you are a fan though, you will find a majority of the comics had already appeared online, kind of making the book unnecessary. Sure there are a few new ones, but not enough to warrant an entire book.

A funny book that I did enjoy, I will warn that I had hoped for a little more original material. Nothing is as funny the second time around as it is the first. Still funny though and filled with wry humor, if you are a fan of cat jokes, or even bears in underpants, this book is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so much fun! October 27, 2013
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A wonderful collection by The Oatmeal! I'm very happy that I bought this book and am considering buying his previous books. Much of the material was already published on his website, but since I am quite fond of flipping through random pages before work each day, it's not like I grow tired of the material. Love it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants January 27, 2014
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This was the second book I bought my daughter for Christmas, because it was recommended reading when I bought the first book,
Hyperbole and a Half. Unfortunately it wasn't the same kind of humor...a lot more crass with swear words, etc. It's OK, but really nothing I'd recommend to anyone, necessarily, unless of course, they have that same kind of sense of humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of laugh outloud moments October 18, 2013
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I laughed quite often while reading and looking at the brilliant artwork from The Oatmeal. While there are familiar comics for people who frequent Matt's website, there are plenty of new works to keep you entertained for the price of a movie and plenty of brilliant works to show your friends and co-workers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Because they should!
This book explains it well. Love the randomness and laugh out loud moments. Only reason I didn't give it a five was because it was too short for the price. Read more
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As always very funny and super enjoyable.
Published 2 months ago by amanda
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was expecting this to be funnier than it actually was..I was hoping to use this as a coffee table book but am unable to do so because of the amount of cursing in it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ginger Folker
5.0 out of 5 stars great content
great book, wish it had not arrived bent because it appeared to have gotten wet and wavy
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Published 3 months ago by Kevin Lakin
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but could be better
Very funny book, but not quite as good as "How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You". Great gag gifts!
Published 4 months ago by Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Hilarious book, well put together. My only issue with it is with it being very illustrated and kind of "comic book" style in some cases, it's a very very quick read. Read more
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