Teaser Tuesday: Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar

Like getting your Christmas Bonus before Black Friday, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

Despite my enthusiasm for last week’s teaser, Hard Rivers, I had a hard time getting into it. See what I did there? Anyway, I haven’t given up on it; I’ll try again later, perhaps after the new year. So I’ve substituted Hard Rivers for a book that’s been on my TBR for several months, and one I found in a used bookstore several weeks ago: Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy – Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart.

The Goodreads’ Blurb

Outrageously funny, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . has been a breakout bestseller ever since authors—and born vaudevillians—Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein did their schtick on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar . . . is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism (What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?) to Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything). Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read—and finally, it all makes sense!

The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 105.

Everyone's favorite sub-genre of sectarianism jokes, of course, is the Counter-Reformation joke. You basic collection of Counter-Reformation jokes always includes this one:  


Sorry, I’m not going to tell you the joke. Think of this week as a Double Teaser!


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