5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) by The The Oatmeal5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) by The The Oatmeal

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)

byThe The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman

Paperback | March 1, 2011

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Prepare to laugh your ass off. The hilarity of TheOatmeal.com is now presented in book form with 35 never-before-seen pieces and 25 classic favorites from the Web site, including 6 Types of Crappy Hugs and 17 Things Worth Knowing about Your Cat.

In Matthew Inman's New York Times best selling 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides), samurai sword-wielding kittens and hamsters that love .50-caliber machine guns commingle with a cracked out Tyrannosaur that is extremely hard to potty train. Bacon is better than true love and you may awake in the middle of the night to find your nephew nibbling on your toes.

Inman creates these quirky scenes for theoatmeal.com, which launched in July 2009 and already has more than 82 million page views. In fact, every 15 to 30 seconds, someone Googles one of theoatmeal.com's creations. Now, 60 of Inman's comic illustrations and life-bending guides are presented in full-color inside 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides). Consider such handy advice as: 4 Reasons to Carry a Shovel at All Times, 6 Types of Crappy Hugs, 8 Ways to Tell if Your Loved One Plans to Eat You, 17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat, and 20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer.
TheOatmeal.com 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. TheOatmeal.com is written, drawn, and coded by Matthew Inman, a king of all trades when it comes to the Web. Matthew lives ...
Title:5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.6 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Andrews McMeel PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1449401163

ISBN - 13:9781449401160

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from L O L I have had this book for several years and every time I pick it up, it always puts a smile on my face!
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius Matthew Inman is utterly gifted at making me laugh until I cry, and sometimes just cry! He is hilarious and poetic. Get ALL of his books, they're all equally amazing!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Oatmeal! This book is a compilation of some of Inman's best pieces. If you're at all familiar with The Oatmeal, you're probably a sarcastic, slightly cynical human being who enjoys a good laugh. This book is great for people who hate to read novels but still want to be entertained by witty Internet humour.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not quite funny I'm sure many people would find this book funny, but the title is inappropriate. I don't think punching an animal is something to be joked about. To me, it would be like having a book about punching babies, and I know that would be considered offensive. Animal abuse isn't funny because it happens all too frequently. The entry about punching dolphins is inaccurate - dolphins don't spend their whole lives playing. They spend them fleeing nets from the fishing industry and waste from cruise ships. They're not always smiling, either. I know it makes us think they're happy, but their lives are tough. I feel so bad for them...I just wish this part wasn't in the book.
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comedic Genius Matthew Inman knows how to make people laugh. “5 Very Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth” compiles some of his best cartoons from the last few years into an easy to read book that is sure to make you laugh time and time again. Inman features a number of hilarious approaches to top ten lists and how-to’s in comics such as “How to use a semicolon: The most feared punctuation on earth” and “6 reasons bacon is better than true love”. In addition to it sparking great conversation as a coffee table book, it includes a fantastic centerfold so you can show off just how much you love his adventures in comedy.
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever I have friends that look at reading for fun as the most hainus idea on the planet and they loved this book. Great gift idea for that person that has you stumped for the holidays, provided they have a sense of humour.
Date published: 2011-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. If you are familiar with the website (http://www.theoatmeal.com/) then you will LOVE this book. Including 25 pages of never-seen-before comics with 160 pages of comical delights straight from the site, this book is for people that love laughing by themselves. Note*: there are inappropriate content and language; reader discretion is advised.
Date published: 2011-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oatmeal wins! I can't seem to remember where I first saw this guy's comic, but all I know is I burst out in laughter from day one. This is a great collection of his work.
Date published: 2011-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes me want to punch a dolphin! "5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)" is based off The Oatmeal - a website (http://theoatmeal.com/) with funny comic strips illustrating anecdotes and useful guides, and then some. I promise you, you will grin, giggle, chortle, chuckle, cackle, snicker, smirk, laugh, keel over, or in one variation or another, have a great time with every page. Although the drawings are sometimes a little too simplistic, it adds to the charm of the collection and never sucks the hilarity out of the content. This is definitely a great recommendation for anyone humourous enough to take the cheeky jokes in stride.
Date published: 2011-03-26

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