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SOURCE: The Oatmeal

SUBJECT: Printers

THESIS 1: "Printers, unlike other technologies, are remarkable in the fact that they're just as crappy and unreliable now as they were in 1995"

THESIS 2: "It is my belief that they were sent here to inspire rage, loathing, and murder in the hearts of all mankind"

RAGE-INSPIRING PRINTER ASPECTS COVERED: Purchase, setup, software, noise, "photo quality" printer, paper jams, error messages, ink cartridges, ink colors, ink expiration dates, "unfortunate timing" of complete printer meltdown ("when you're trying to print out a report that's due the next morning")

MODE OF ARGUMENT: Witty sentences, helpful illustrations, and an occasional graph

SAMPLE SENTENCE: "I've always wondered what one robot screwing another might sound like. Thanks to my printer, now I know."

SAMPLE ILLUSTRATION: (For full effect, click through all 12 stages of printer misery)

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