The meaning of life

One of many, of course. From today’s Non Sequitur by Wiley


h/t: Steve


  1. Dominic
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    A rat’s patoot? Never knowingly consumed one…

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      There’s a legal limit on how many patoots can be present per ton of cereal, but it’s not very low. They’re tastier than you might think.

  2. Posted September 23, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on hitchens67 Atheism WOW!! Campaign.

  3. still learning
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    In other words, don’t be anal about it…

  4. Steven Obrebski
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    There is an old shaggy dog story about the man who consults many savants (Einstein, Schweitzer, etc. etc.) about the meaning of life and is dissatisfied with their prognostications. He meets a man who tells him that in the heights of the Himalayas there is a swami living in a cave my an astoundingly beautiful fountain who knows the meaning of life. The man undergoes many dangerous and painful tribulations but eventually finds the recluse. The fountain is truly beautiful. The man asks the swami, “What is the meaning of life?”. “Life is like a fountain”, repliers the swami. “What?”, says the man, “I came all this way, risking death, to have you tell me that life is like a fountain”.

    The swami, looking anxious and nonplussed
    leans forward and says “Life is not like a fountain ???!!”.

  5. krzysztof1
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted to amass a collection of these “meaning of life/guru on the mountain” cartoons! Maybe it’s time to start.

  6. Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    A cat’s patoot seems more appropriate.

  7. BigBob
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    This may not travel well, I’m not sure if it will mean much outside Britland but…

    Similar search for enlightenment / guru consultation situation as above. The seeker spends days climbing in the Himalaya to discover a plateau, in the center of which, a wizened old guru sits cross legged. “Tell me”, says our shivering hero, gasping for what oxygen he can find, “the secret, the meaning of life; what’s it all about”? The wise old guru, placid as a summer’s day, (in Dorset) slowly opens his eyes, fixes our hero with a kindly gaze and says “You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around – that’s what it’s all about”.

    • BillyJoe
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      This is probably the only word where we Australians side with you Americans.
      We call it the hokey “pokey”.
      In New Zealand, its the hokey “tokey”.

  8. Posted September 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Is this set in Catmandu?


  9. Cliff Melick
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Venus on the Half-Shell by Jose Farmer.

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted September 24, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      The author’s name on the copy I read was Kilgore Trout, I always assumed Vonnegut wrote it. Thanks for the tip (not that I recall any of the content).

  10. marksolock
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Mark Solock Blog.

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