Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Oatmeal for Breakfast

There will be nothing deeply theological or spiritual about this quick post. Just something that makes me giggle from time to time.

I took a little test before I hit the sack last night. You can take it yourself if you see fit. Remember that story in the news a while back about some shop owners in England who use a device that admits an annoying sound that mostly only young people can hear to keep them from loitering? Well, here it is. See if you can hear the annoying sound and flee to your local pub.

The Teenager Audio Test - Can you hear this sound?

Created by Oatmeal

About a month ago, a friend of mine turned me on to a humorous website. The Oatmeal is a website created by a fellow named Matt Inman. Everything on it is his own creation. I like it. It's funny without being filthy. (Hey, I can tolerate some fairly risque' jokes...provided that they are clever.) Andrew "Dice" Clay and Adam Sandler are not my ideas of top notch humor. Anyone can be dirty.

Despite what I have seen in many churches, I don't believe that humor and Christianity are contradictions. If you claim to follow Jesus, then you have no business being a Stuffed Shirt. In fact, if you claim to follow Jesus, this would mean that you have taken a fairly good look at your life and found it rather "Wanting," shall we say. This means that you ought to be rather humble...and not in a self-flagellating, "Look how humble I am...see, I'm really religious!" kind of way. No. Your humility ought to be a bit more along the lines of, "Yeah, I'm a mess. Good thing I have a massive savior who brought about a massive redemption. Let's be really happy about that, shall we?" kind of thing.

I personally think that this would include the ability to laugh at yourself and your situation. But that's just my opinion.

AT ANY RATE, I do try to look at life through a humorous lens. It beats weeping over what a mess this world can be.

So I gravitate towards websites like this one because I find it funny...and practical. For example, I discovered that if at some point I should be attacked by vicious horde of raging Justin Beibers, I would be able to defeat at least 25 of them. I also discovered that the Liver Fluke (Dicrocoelium Dendriticum...A.K.A. "Captian Higgins.") lives a considerably more action packed life than I do. These are good things to know in an uncertain world.

Anyway, take a look for yourself. (I also the style of cartooning that Inman does.) Not a bad set up for a guy who does the work all by himself. Here's a little news article on the site.




  1. Okay Joe, that really hurt my ears. If I heard that I would be investigating, not fleeing though. Good stuff, cept for that whole hurt my ears thing.


  2. So, in other words, if you were an annoying teenager hanging outside my shop while I was trying to do business, and you heard this sound and it would make you go away????

    And how is there a downside for me as a shop keeper?