Today is Fan Friday and so I’m sharing with you another awesome website I love. Most of the time I’ve been sharing serious, practical, educational stuff – authors or websites that are both inspiring and useful.
Today I’m sharing something that will make you laugh. Yes, laugh. Out loud. Like I laugh out loud.
If you haven’t ever read The Oatmeal before, welcome to the new world of online comics. You have so much laughter in front of you!
The Oatmeal is funny because it’s smart and sassy and original. Think of Dilbert crossed with Rachel Maddow. Or something like that.
The Oatmeal is written and drawn by Matthew Inman, who is only 27. He started The Oatmeal in 2009 at the age of 24 and these days the website gets over 4 million visitors a month. He’s built something really funny and really popular while he’s still young.
The comic I want to highlight here is called Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek that ever lived. You have to read this comic strip. It is both educational AND entertaining.
I work with geeks every day. I work with A LOT of geeks every day. And I’ve come to appreciate their odd social quirks and strange habits. So I hope that all those geeks will appreciate The Oatmeal’s comic about Nikola Tesla. I laughed out loud AND I learned something new.
I love The Oatmeal because the artist has created something totally unique – he’s changed the comic artform. Most comics fall into 2 categories: (1) short 1 or 2 or 3 frame stories – ala Dilbert or Peanuts, or (2) long elaborate stories like a full length comic book. The Oatmeal creates comics that fall right in the middle. His comics are longer than 3 frames, but shorter than an entire comic book. They are just the right length and I love them.
I hope you appreciate both humor and education, because the internet is full of amazing creativity like The Oatmeal.