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5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) (The Oatmeal) Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Social etiquette, animals, rules of grammar, and more are critiqued in ways ranging from the educational to the bizarre in this collection of comic strips from TheOatmeal.com. While proceeding directly from the newspaper strip tradition, these Web comics present observational humor that's a little more vulgar, a little more clever, and a little more likely to end up with the reader actually learning something than would have been printed in a nationally syndicated comic strip. The humor, like many classic comics, is based on Andy Rooneyesque shared experiences, such as "10 Reasons to Avoid Talking on the Phone," "How to Use a Semicolon (The Most Feared Punctuation on Earth)," and "How to Track, Hunt, and Kill a Unicorn." These are presented in a text-heavy style supplemented with basic, XKCD-like drawings. While the collection is erratic, some of the best strips—many dealing with cats—hit the universal funny bone. (Mar.)
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"Matthew Inman is the Gary Larson of the Internet age." (Ken Wheaton, Advertising Age)
"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)
"Dangerously funny." (TODAY.com)
"Delightfully absurd musings on both everyday life and fantasy from an unusually creative mind." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Regarding the contents, this book is hilarious. If you follow up with The Oatmeal's posts, you won't see many news here. This books is a compilation of the funniest and most useful posts (I personally find the Types of High Fives post extremely useful) and a couple of new ones (too bad that he didn't include the "What if your brain was your imaginary friend", because I really like that one). If you liked the posts on the site and feel like re-reading them, then sure, go ahead and grab this book.
I dutifully pre-ordered this volume and it was worth every penny.
What's so great about this book?
1. It's by the Oatmeal. Yeah, I know- duh.
2. It contains a decent chunk of the classic comics plus some new ones and a removable poster. Sure it would been a wonderful addition to have the articles but hey, then it would have cost much more than $7 and change. It's printed on high-quality paper and quite simply, a colourful addition to any collection. Not personally into such things but it might also be someone's answer to the ideal micro-coffee table book.
3. Not a single wasted page, which is amazing. Every book, whether it's a textbook or nursery rhymes has b.s. pages that are blank. This did not. What can I say, I like efficiency and one less dead tree.
Are any of the things I've enumerated reasons to help feed Inman for a day? Of course not.
I won't pretend this book is life-changing, some overused adjective on par with AWESOME!!!, or that it's even necessary reading. A lot of this stuff is already online, so big whoop, right?
Well... it cracks me up that this shot straight to the (very nearly) top amidst self-help, dieting, and pulp fiction. Therefore, I say make this baby shine.
Help keep America semi-literate!
PS they also have sales on his website theoatmeal.com so you can probably grab it for cheaper there. I was just too lazy to set up an account and I knew Amazon would have it to my doorstep just in time for the holidays. It even comes with a poster (which, sadly, my dog shat on so I couldn't hang it up) But either way, good stuff! :-)
Overall, this was entertaining, but not as good as the newest collection about 'Grizzly Bears.'
I will keep reading!
My mom is one of those prim and proper type of people. When on vacation with my mother, I was horrified to walk into our room with her reading this off my e-pad, but she was laughing. As vulgar and gross as some of the things are in this book, my mom actually asked me if there was a way to transfer this book to her kindle. I guess it is just so over the top goofy, that someone like my mom even found it entertaining.
The construction of the tome itself is very high quality and shiny. I like shiny things. It has that new book smell too, of course, so you can get that high which is rarer and rarer these days. (e-books, I am looking at you) One of the issues is that as you are reading it on the can; you will find it is hard to balance opening the book, holding it open to read the juicy bits that are always on the interior fold and not creasing the binding. I tend to obsess about new book quality, but not so much as to not keep them near the crapper. You probably do not ever want to borrow a book from me. Or anyone for that matter; as we all know this is where 98% of the reading is done.
Get the book, you will have a laugh and something nice to put on the toilet tank.