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==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
There are various {{w|Vegetarianism|vegetarian}} diets which restrict certain foods for ethical or personal concerns. Real vegetarians do not eat any kind of meat, but some only refrain from eating red meat, although this means they are not true vegetarians. Vegetarianism can go as far as to not eating (or even using) any kind of products coming from an animal (i.e. {{w|veganism}}). The comic is a joke on one of the vegetarian rules, namely ''[http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/910-dont-eat-anything-with-a-face don't eat anything with a face]''. This rule is difficult to follow, because it is subjective whether people think a given animal has a {{w|face}}, causing disagreement about what is allowed and what is forbidden to eat.
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There are various {{w|Vegetarianism|vegetarian}} diets which restrict certain foods for ethical concerns. A {{w|Pescetarianism|pescatarian}} diet omits most sources of meat, but still allows for fish. One rationale for this choice is that fish have a less complex nervous system, and thus experience a narrower range of suffering when farmed. An {{w|Ovo-lacto_vegetarianism|ovo-lacto vegetarian}} will not eat meat, but may consume animal byproducts such as milk, egg, cheese, and honey. A {{w|Veganism|vegan}} diet excludes all animal products entirely. Some vegetarians choose to summarize their eating habits in one sentence, like eating "nothing that once had a heartbeat", "nothing that can have children", "nothing with eyes" or "[https://www.google.dk/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=&oq=%22nothing+with+a+face%22&hl=da&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGHP_daDK541DK548&q=%22nothing+with+a+face%22&gs_l=hp...0i22i10i30j0i22i30l4.0.0.1.642912...........0.VML4AzjfqPA#hl=da&q=don%27t+eat+anything+with+a+face nothing with a face]" - this last example being the subject of the comic.
  
[[Randall]] presents a list (see [[#Items on the list|details]] below) of allowed and forbidden food in his diet. For example, he eats meat from typical-looking animals like beef, pork, chicken, and fish. He will also eat plants like fruit, vegetables and grain. But he refuses to eat some of the more odd-looking creatures from the sea like squids, shrimps and oysters. Below the list he explains his rule for what can be eaten: ''I won't eat something if I have to Google to figure out whether or not it has a face'', which is a joke on the disagreements about the ''don't eat anything with a face'' rule. The joke is particularly teasing as it allows most (if not all) kinds of meat, which are the most strictly forbidden foods for even the mildest of vegetarians. Randall does not care about food having faces, he is worried apparently only about having to defend the position that some particular food has a face or not. While it's clear, at least to Randall, that a cow has a face and an apple does not, some beings are harder to classify into one of these categories. For Randall this goes for shrimps, oysters and squids; and apparently actual vegetarians also struggle with these creatures, as can be seen in several on-line questions ([https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080613194541AAwlN90 1], [http://www.chacha.com/question/do-shrimp-have-a-face 2], [http://www.chacha.com/question/do-clams-and-oysters-and-mussels-have-faces 3], [http://www.chacha.com/question/do-octopus-have-faces 4]).
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[[Randall]] presents two rules about what can be eaten (one in caption below the frame comic and one in the title text). He also presents a list of allowed and forbidden foods but not all of the forbidden foods matches both rules.
  
The title text gives another rule that also would make these same three omissions. This rule is about not eating {{w|Invertebrate|invertebrates}} (animals without a {{w|vertebral column}}, i.e. spineless creatures). As the first four items on the list are meat from four different animals of the type {{w|Vertebrate|vertebrates}} (with vertebral column) and the last three items are from {{w|Plant|plants}}, that explains why these are all OK to eat. But the middle three items are three different animals of the type invertebrates, which Randall does not eat.
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Randall is willing to eat food disregarding if it once had a {{w|face}} or not. But his rule in the caption states that he will not eat any food if he needs to use Google to figure out whether it came from something who had a face or not. While it's clear that a cow has a face{{Citation needed}} and an apple does not, some beings are harder to classify into one of these categories. For example, the {{w|squid}} has eyes and mouth, but it would be hard to tell whether that counts as a face. This would be a problem for the vegetarian standard rule of "nothing without a face" and thus openly mocks the vegetarian rule of "nothing with a face". However, {{w|oysters}} definitely have no faces, so the rule can not explain why he does not eat these. And he would not need Google to check this. Also he does know what a squid and a {{w|shrimp}} is, so he would also not need Google to investigate these. Of course it may be discussed on-line if a squid has a face or nor... He could find such a discussion using Google. So the first rule cannot explain Oysters at all and may also not explain the other two forbidden items.
  
Randall's reason for avoiding invertebrates is somewhat outlandish: he fears that the spirits from creatures he has eaten will come back to haunt him. In horror movies, as well as in video games and roleplaying games with fantastic elements, {{w|undead}} creatures often appear as spooky skeletons (i.e. the [http://zelda.gamepedia.com/Stalfos Stalfos] of the ''{{w|Legend of Zelda}}''); however invertebrates have no skeleton so Randall can't figure out what kind of spooky undead creature will come after him if he eats them (invertebrates may have a {{w|Mollusc shell|shell}} or another type of {{w|exoskeleton}}, but these do not look at all like the typical mental image of a skeleton). Randall imagines that he'll be able to fight a typical skeleton, but is afraid of the unknown ghostly creature an invertebrate may become after dying.
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The three omissions are explained by the rule given in the title text. This rule is about not eating {{w|Invertebrate|invertebrates}}. The first four items on the list are meat from four different animals of the type {{w|Vertebrate|vertebrates}} and the last three items are from {{w|Plant|plants}}. These are all OK to eat. But the middle three items are three different animals of the type invertebrates (specifically they all fit under the term {{w|shellfish}}). Randall does not eat these!
  
The comic may also be a joke on the modern {{w|Paleolithic diet|paleo diet}} trend, which emphasizes eating fruit, vegetables, and meat ("anything with a face").  
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These animals do not have any skeleton. Randall is joking about how the animals he eats might come back to haunt him, and in the case of a cow or fish (or any other vertebrates - with skeletons), he imagines that they would come back as an animated skeletal structure. Any undead creature that returns as a skeleton he believes he will be able to fight. But since he has no idea how an undead squid or oyster (or any other invertebrate) would look, he feels unprepared to fight such a spooky creature and thus declines from eating them. This may be an excuse for not eating certain invertebrate, or a mocking comment on several games where the protagonist is required to fight several animated human skeletons.
  
Randall has previously depicted cuttlefish as spooky in [[520: Cuttlefish]], and he's also mentioned his dislike of certain foods (namely {{w|lobster}} - another invertebrate) in [[1268: Alternate Universe]].
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Randall has previously mentioned his dislike of certain foods (namely lobster) in [[1268: Alternate Universe]].
  
 
===Items on the list===
 
===Items on the list===
Here is a list with explanation for each item on Randalls food list:
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Here is a list with explanation for each item:
*{{w|Red meat}}, includes meat from most adult {{w|mammals}}, but many people will probably think of {{w|beefsteak}} from {{w|cattle}}.
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*{{w|Red meat}}, includes meat from most adult {{w|mammals}}, but many people will probably think of {{w|beefsteak}} from {{w|cattle}}.  
*{{w|Pork}}, is meat from {{w|Domestic pig|pigs}}. While technically a "red meat" (according to the US Department of Agriculture) it is popularly considered "the other {{w|white meat}}", hence its own bullet point.  
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*{{w|Pork}}, is meat from from {{w|Domestic pig|pigs}}. As this is actually a type of red meat this supports that Randall was thinking of beef, when mentioning red meat above.
*{{w|Poultry}} are domesticated birds; most people will think of {{w|Chicken (food)|chicken}}.
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*{{w|Poultry}} are domesticated birds, most people will think of {{w| Chicken (food)|chicken}}.
*{{w|Fish}} covers a very large group of animals, most of them are not eaten on a regular basis, but a large group of fish are {{w|Fish as food|used as food}}.
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*{{w|Fish}} covers a very large group of animals, most of them are note eaten on a regular basis, but a large group of fish are {{w| Fish as food|used as food}}.
*{{w|Shrimp}} is used to refer to {{w|Decapoda|ten-footed}} {{w|crustacean}} and some of these are {{w|Shrimp (food)|used for food}}. In the UK they often go under the name {{w|prawns}}.
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*{{w|Shrimp}} is used to refer to {{w|Decapoda|ten-footed}} {{w|Crustacean}} and some of these are {{w|Shrimp (food)|used for food}}. (In the UK they often go under the name {{w|Prawns}}).
*{{w|Oysters}} refers to a family of {{w|mollusca}} within the class {{w|bivalvia}} (i.e. body enclosed in shells consisting of two hinged parts). Most people will probably think of the {{w|Ostreidae|true oysters}} specifically the {{w|Ostrea edulis|edible oyster}}, which are not the only edible oyster!. Note that {{w|pearl oyster}} is not a true oyster.
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*{{w|Oysters}} refers to a family of {{w|mollusca}} within the class {{w|bivalvia}} (i.e. body enclosed in shells consisting of two hinged parts). Most people will probably think of the {{w|Ostreidae|true oysters}} specifically the {{w|Ostrea edulis|edible oyster}}. Note that {{w| Pearl oyster}} is not a true oyster.
*{{w|Squid}} are {{w|cephalopods}} (also of the mollusca family ) with eight arms arranged in pairs and two longer tentacles. They are closely related to {{w|cuttlefish}} and {{w|octopuses}}.
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*{{w|Squid}} are {{w|cephalopods}} (also of the mollusca family ) with eight arms arranged in pairs and two longer tentacles. They are related to {{w|cuttlefish}} and {{w|octopuses}}.
 
*{{w|Fruit}} is a part of a flowering plant. Common fruits are {{w|apples}}, {{w|oranges}}, {{w|bananas}} and {{w|pear|pears}}. But in principle anything that comes from a flower is a fruit, including grains. Although in a culinary sense there is a distinction between vegetables and fruit, any part of a flower is actually a vegetable. See below and also see [[388: Fuck Grapefruit]].
 
*{{w|Fruit}} is a part of a flowering plant. Common fruits are {{w|apples}}, {{w|oranges}}, {{w|bananas}} and {{w|pear|pears}}. But in principle anything that comes from a flower is a fruit, including grains. Although in a culinary sense there is a distinction between vegetables and fruit, any part of a flower is actually a vegetable. See below and also see [[388: Fuck Grapefruit]].
*{{w|Vegetables}} are any kind of plant. But in everyday it refers to any part of a plant that is consumed by humans as food as part of a {{w|Umami|savoury}} meal, thus excluding fruit, {{w|Nut (fruit)|nuts}} and cereal grains. For instance a {{w|tomato}} would be seen as a vegetable due to its taste and as a fruit botanically – see the Venn diagram {{w|Fruit#Botanic fruit and culinary fruit|here}}.
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*{{w|Vegetables}} are any kind of plant. But in everyday it refers to any part of a plant that is consumed by humans as food as part of a {{w|Umami|savoury}} meal. Thus excluding both fruit, {{w|nuts}} and cereal grains. For instance a {{w|tomato}} would be seen as a vegetable due to its taste and as a fruit botanically – see the venndiagram {{w|Fruit#Botanic fruit and culinary fruit|here}}.
*{{w|Grain|Grains}} are small, hard, dry {{w|seeds}}. Usually when mentioning these people will think of breakfast {{w|cereal}} grains. Typical grains are {{w|corn}}, {{w|rice}} and {{w|wheat}}. As mentioned above grains are botanically both a fruit and a vegetable.
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*{{w|Grain|Grains}} are small, hard, dry {{w|seeds}}. Usually when mentioning these people will think of breakfast {{w|cereal}} grains. Typical grains are {{w|corn}}, {{w|rice}} and {{w|wheat}}. As mentioned above grains are botanically a fruit.
  
 
==Transcript==
 
==Transcript==
 
:[There is a caption above a list of food with indication whether it is OK or not to eat. Below is another caption.]
 
:[There is a caption above a list of food with indication whether it is OK or not to eat. Below is another caption.]
 
 
:My food rule:
 
:My food rule:
 
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:I won't eat something if I have to Google to figure out whether or not it has a face.
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:I won't eat something
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:if I have to Google  
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:or not it has a face.
  
 
{{comic discussion}}
 
{{comic discussion}}
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