main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
Headscratchers: Illuminatus!
  • What does "Never Whistle While You're Pissing" mean besides the most literal interpretation? :-
    • It means that you should concentrate on one thing at a time, man. Whistling while you're pissing means that you're not concentrating fully on either: you're a robot, man.

      • But I thought you are the robot?

      • Just because you're the robot doesn't mean you're the robot. Did you even read the book?

      • There's a reference in the Appendices to Aldous Huxley's novel Island, in which the Rajah trains mynah birds to fly over the island saying "Concentrate!" and "Here and now!" to remind the people of the island to concentrate fully on the here and now. Huxley was a friend of Timothy Leary's. Leary was a friend of Wilson's. You do the math.

I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamHeadscratchers/LiteratureImmortals After Dark

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy