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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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[[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 a list (see [[#Items on the list|details]] below) of allowed and forbidden foods. He eats meat from typical farmyard animals like beef, pork and chicken. He also eats fish. And then he eats plants like fruit, vegetables and grain. But he refuses to eat some of the more special creatures from the sea like squids, shrimps and oysters.  
  
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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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''.  
  
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 rule is a joke on the {{w|Vegetarianism|vegetarian}} rule that says ''[http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/910-dont-eat-anything-with-a-face don't eat anything with a face]''. There are various vegetarian diets which restrict certain foods for ethical or personal concerns. A real vegetarian do not eat any kind of meet, but some only declines from eating red meat, although this will then not make them true vegetarians. Vegetarianism can go as far as to not eating (or even using) any kind of products coming from an animal. The face rule, though, is very difficult to follow, because it is subjective whether people think a given animal has a {{w|face}}. Thus people may begin to discuss which animals have a face and could thus be eaten. Which was of course not the point of that rule in the first place.  
  
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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As can be seen from Randall's list, he is willing to eat food disregarding if it once had a face or not. But if he needs to use Google to figure out whether it came from something who had a face, then he will not eat it. 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 shrimp, oysters and squids. For example, the 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 with a face" and thus openly mocks this rule. Some people might argue that for instance an oyster has no eyes and that it thus should be clear that it has no face. However, this may be [https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080613194541AAwlN90 debated on-line] and the face question can be found asked on-line (using Google) for both [http://www.chacha.com/question/do-shrimp-have-a-face shrimps], [http://www.chacha.com/question/do-clams-and-oysters-and-mussels-have-faces oysters] and [http://www.chacha.com/question/do-octopus-have-faces octopuses] (that are closely related to squids). So from the list i can be seen that Randall needed to Google the face question to find out for these kind of animals, and thus he declines from eating these animals.
  
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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The three omissions are also explained by another rule given in the title text. 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. Randall does thus not eat these!
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Invertebrate animals do not have a typical skeleton as would be used in a horror movies with living dead creatues (as there is no central structure to keep the rest of any other possible bony structures together, like a shell or an {{w|exoskeleton}}). 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), he imagines that they would come back as animated skeletal structures. 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.
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Randall has previously mentioned his dislike of certain foods (namely {{w|lobster}} - another invertebrate) 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:
 
Here is a list with explanation for each item on Randalls food list:
 
*{{w|Red meat}}, includes meat from most adult {{w|mammals}}, but many people will probably think of {{w|beefsteak}} from {{w|cattle}}.
 
*{{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}}.
 
*{{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}}.
 
*{{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|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|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}}.
 
*{{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}}.
 
*{{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|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}}.
 
*{{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.
 
*{{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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