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(Slate)   So it turns out that the children's book "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" might not, in fact, be a deeply symbolic parable of the welfare state's questionable role in our modern society and, instead, is just a story about a mouse who likes cookies   (slate.com) divider line
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2020-07-14 4:43:03 PM  

gar1013: Stop lying Subby.

I had a high school English teacher who insisted that there was symbolism in EVERYTHING we read, and it was intentional in all cases.


Yeah... I had a teacher like that.  Yes there is purposeful symbolism in many works of art. There is also accidental symbolism, but when you push for everything to be a symbol, you often misinterpret what the author was trying to say ( see: Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Rings etc )
 
2020-07-14 4:44:24 PM  

Marcos P: Idk about yall, but this shiat sent me down the rabbit hole:

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(Dont worry, the monster turned out to be Grover, )


Inspired, of course, by H.P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider."
 
2020-07-14 4:56:17 PM  

Parthenogenetic: GrogSmash: gar1013: Stop lying Subby.

I had a high school English teacher who insisted that there was symbolism in EVERYTHING we read, and it was intentional in all cases.

Which reminds me of any number of time travel stories, where there is a middle aged man, dressed in medeival clothing and a neck ruff, sitting in the back of a university English class, staring confused at a failing grade following an exam on Shakespeare's works.

The Immortal Bard- by Isaac Asimov

http://www.mayofamily.com/RLM/txt_Asim​ov_TheImmortalBard.html


Ha!  Dat da bunny!

I'd forgotten who wrote it.
 
2020-07-14 5:05:17 PM  

rewind2846: You know who else associated people they deemed "undesirable" with rodents?


People upset with the covidiots who go around unmasked and ignoring other rules against being plague rats
 
2020-07-14 5:15:17 PM  

elaw: If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and he'll sit in a canoe and drink beer all day.


If you give a man fire, he'll be warm for a day. Set him on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

/Sir Terry Pratchett
 
2020-07-14 5:21:11 PM  

neongoats: Sure. Next you'll tell me Thomas the Tank Engine isn't fascist indoctrination.


It's not. But what it is is often mired in early 20th century English class. The aristocratic Sir Toppamhat genially leading the underclass Thomas. I swear, I once saw two episodes back to back where the "lesson" was "stay on your track. Don't have ambition. Your station in life has already been determined." I mean, I didn't even think of those puns as I was writing this. They're BUILT INTO THE SHOW!!!

/ Why yes, my toddler has been on a train kick recently.
// And yes, it has affected my sanity.
/// I still think my reading holds up.
 
2020-07-14 5:35:38 PM  

rewind2846: You know who else associated people they deemed "undesirable" with rodents?


The people complaining about "plague rats"?
 
2020-07-14 5:59:22 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: You know how you get rid of mice and rats?  You stop putting food out for them.  Clean up your garbage.  Remove their shelter.  Make sure to introduce predators.

Take the mega cities for example.  Stop putting tons of garbage on the street.  Then the rats have to start eating each other.  They become the predators on themselves.  Since corona lockdown shut down the restaurants and stopped putting tons of garbage on the streets, the rats have started eating each other.

The same will work for people.  Stop giving them food.  Then they will eat each other.  The earth will heal.


I prefer a modest proposition where we let the poor sell their excess children as quality meat. This will both end poverty and solve overpopulation issues.
 
2020-07-14 6:13:43 PM  
This book is about toast and nothing else:
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2020-07-14 6:22:45 PM  
And the curtains are blue.
 
2020-07-14 7:04:37 PM  

advex101: gar1013: GrogSmash: gar1013: Stop lying Subby.

I had a high school English teacher who insisted that there was symbolism in EVERYTHING we read, and it was intentional in all cases.

Which reminds me of any number of time travel stories, where there is a middle aged man, dressed in medeival clothing and a neck ruff, sitting in the back of a university English class, staring confused at a failing grade following an exam on Shakespeare's works.

Or the number of people I went to school with who were fluent in Spanish, yet still ended up getting a B in Spanish.

English is your first language.  How were your grades?


Good.

Consistently got A or A- in English, with the exception of one teacher in HS and one college professor. Both were creepy old men who were constantly leering at the female students.
 
2020-07-14 7:06:08 PM  

Parthenogenetic: gar1013: GrogSmash: gar1013: Stop lying Subby.

I had a high school English teacher who insisted that there was symbolism in EVERYTHING we read, and it was intentional in all cases.

Which reminds me of any number of time travel stories, where there is a middle aged man, dressed in medeival clothing and a neck ruff, sitting in the back of a university English class, staring confused at a failing grade following an exam on Shakespeare's works.

Or the number of people I went to school with who were fluent in Spanish, yet still ended up getting a B in Spanish.

Yup, my buddy explained the class taught European Spanish, not Latin American Spanish (like British English vs American English).


It's usually either that, or they teach Spanish as spoken in Mexico, to the disadvantage of the Spaniards and folks from other Spanish speaking countries.
 
2020-07-14 7:10:05 PM  

neongoats: Sure. Next you'll tell me Thomas the Tank Engine isn't fascist indoctrination.


I suspect "The Really Useful Crew" referenced in the theme song is a street fighting group they formed to do battle with the Marxists.
 
2020-07-14 7:20:16 PM  

GrogSmash: Parthenogenetic: GrogSmash: gar1013: Stop lying Subby.

I had a high school English teacher who insisted that there was symbolism in EVERYTHING we read, and it was intentional in all cases.

Which reminds me of any number of time travel stories, where there is a middle aged man, dressed in medeival clothing and a neck ruff, sitting in the back of a university English class, staring confused at a failing grade following an exam on Shakespeare's works.

The Immortal Bard- by Isaac Asimov

http://www.mayofamily.com/RLM/txt_Asim​ov_TheImmortalBard.html

Ha!  Dat da bunny!

I'd forgotten who wrote it.


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2020-07-14 7:31:15 PM  
AmbassadorBooze: The same will work for people. Stop giving them food. Then they will eat each other. The earth will heal.

You first.
 
2020-07-14 7:57:22 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: You know how you get rid of mice and rats?  You stop putting food out for them.  Clean up your garbage.  Remove their shelter.  Make sure to introduce predators.

Take the mega cities for example.  Stop putting tons of garbage on the street.  Then the rats have to start eating each other.  They become the predators on themselves.  Since corona lockdown shut down the restaurants and stopped putting tons of garbage on the streets, the rats have started eating each other.

The same will work for people.  Stop giving them food.  Then they will eat each other.  The earth will heal.


Starting with the Rich clearly:

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2020-07-14 8:07:43 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: You know how you get rid of mice and rats?  You stop putting food out for them.  Clean up your garbage.  Remove their shelter.  Make sure to introduce predators.

Take the mega cities for example.  Stop putting tons of garbage on the street.  Then the rats have to start eating each other.  They become the predators on themselves.  Since corona lockdown shut down the restaurants and stopped putting tons of garbage on the streets, the rats have started eating each other.

The same will work for people.  Stop giving them food.  Then they will eat each other.  The earth will heal.


I get that you're reminding us that our elected officials are, effectively, writing most of us off - especially those of us with darker skin and who tend to vote Bluer than they'd like - as vermin to be exterminated as cheaply as possible.

But where, exactly, do you expect to be during all this?  Or are you claiming to be a chimpanzee or very smart raven that learned how to Fark or something, and not a human?
 
2020-07-14 8:10:24 PM  
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2020-07-14 9:38:19 PM  
Similar to Green Eggs and Ham, very few actually read and understand the book.  Green Eggs and Ham is actually about our current situation.  Sam I Am is Bernie/AOC trying to give the guy universal healthcare.  The other guy is a Republican Stiggin' It to the Libs.  Now that Corona is setting in (in the book the boat sinks and the guy is pretty much farked in the middle of the ocean) he tries the Green Eggs and realizes that he loved them all along.

IYGAMAC is pretty much in the same Bernie/AOC wheelhouse.  Take care of people's basic needs (income and affordable housing), and they will go on to achieve great things.
 
2020-07-14 10:50:13 PM  

gar1013: Stop lying Subby.

I had a high school English teacher who insisted that there was symbolism in EVERYTHING we read, and it was intentional in all cases.


My high school English class lead me to believe EVERY piece of literature was really about masturbation.
 
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