From the Publisher
Everyone knows Scott Adams, the creator of "Dilbert," as the king
of workplace humor. His brilliant insights into the crazy world of
business have long been on display in his hugely popular comic
strip and bestselling books like "The Dilbert Principle." But
there's much more to life than work, and it turns out that the man
behind Dogbert and the Pointy-Haired Boss has an equally outrageous
take on life outside the cubicle.
Now Adams ventures into uncharted territory in this hilarious
collection of more than 150 short pieces on everything from lunar
real estate to exploding bladders, not to mention politics,
religion, dating, underwear, alien life, and the menace of car
In his essays on Helpful Critical Guy syndrome (HCGS) and the Who
Cares Most (WCM) Method, Adams shares his recently acquired
insights on married life. He shares his diet secret that involves
experiencing a wrenching personal problem to lose weight or, if
that fails, buying stretch pants and growing a goatee. He also
gives expert advice on how to appear smarter than you are (two
words: "zeitgeist" and "eponymous").
Adams isn?t afraid to confront the most pressing questions of our
day, such as the pros and cons of toothpaste smuggling, why
kangaroos don?t drive cars, and whether or not Jesus would approve
of your second iPod.
His ?optimistic cynicism? enlivens his no-holds-barred rants about
stupidity, Komodo dragons, getting old, nose snorkeling, and the
end of humanity.
He even takes us behind the scenes of his process for creating
"Dilbert," showing a series of strips that he wasn?t allowed to run
in their original form.? And he reveals why a syndicated comic
strip can never show a police officer firing a gun?but a donut that
shoots bullets is totally fine.
Why has Adams decided to leave his comfort zone with this book As
"?Every time I try something different or unlikely, someone says
the equivalent of ?Don?t quit your day job. When I venture into
areas clearly outside of my expertise, I hear ?You?re in way over
your head ? and, lately, ?Stick to drawing comics ? But if I had
listened to that sort of advice in the past, I never would have
done anything interesting in my life.?
?Was it smart to write this sort of book, or will it turn out to
be another in a long list of my failures and embarrassments Beats
me. Thank you for giving it a chance.? "