“Life isn’t about having amazing experiences; it’s about making mediocre experiences look AWESOME on Facebook.” –The Oatmeal
It’s time to talk about, perhaps, one of my most favorite websites ever. I totally and completely love love love The Oatmeal. One man, one website; so many jokes! I was scanning my old blog entries and didn’t realize how many times I referenced an Oatmeal comic. So, why not dedicate this whole blog to the man who cracks me up!
You know when you find something so awesome, and you tell all your friends about it, and you aren’t always around a computer, and it was before smart phones were everywhere, but you insisted that friends write down the website you were telling them about and then you hounded them via email to remind them once more about the really funny website that they just HAD to check out now and then you emailed them back “did they see it?” and didn’t they just love it…and…
…then…everyone, everyone knows about the website and they know more about the man behind it than you do and suddenly you are kind of happy and pissed at the same time because the guy deserves the recognition but dammit, you were cool and hip and ‘in the know’ before everyone else was…
…it’s cool. I’m okay. (Deep breath in…and…out.)
Matthew Inman is the genius behind The Oatmeal. His website is a collection of comics that have no rhyme or reason. As one reviewer from RainyDayBooks put it, The Oatmeal is a “whimsical yet oddly informative Website”.
Where did The Oatmeal come from? Well, at first, ‘oatmeal’ was the moniker Mr. Inman used when he played online games. When he began to register domain names, he always used ‘oatmeal’. Then it came time to have a place to put his collection of nonsensically wonderful comics and it just seemed apropos to call it…yup…The Oatmeal.
In his own words, on his own website, this is how Mr. Inman describes himself: “The Oatmeal‘s real name is Matthew and he lives in Seattle, Washington. He subsists on a steady diet of crickets and whiskey. He enjoys long walks on the beach, gravity, and breathing heavily through his mouth. His dislikes include scurvy, typhoons, and tapeworm medication.”
I love that, it cracks me up. Mr. Inman and his good work at The Oatmeal do a few things.
In an interview with Wild Oats online magazine about his new book release, he said of his work that it’s meant to “entertain, inform and offend.” And he does all that intelligently, hysterically and perfectly. Hell, just check the guy out! Theoatmeal.com Or even better, buy me his new book!How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You