The 1960 Don Appell play
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Johnny. Does he truly love Eadie, or is he looking for someone else to fill the void in his life who isn't his mother?
- Funny Moments:
- On their honeymoon night, Eadie confesses to Johnny that she doesn't like the taste of the gin. Then she downs it.
- Johnny's mother scolds him for thinking too hard, because he'll go bald otherwise. Johnny awkwardly rubs the back of his head to check.
The 2002 Chuck Palahniuk novel
- Crowning Moment of Funny: The chapter of Mona's "coven" meeting. But the crowner has to be when Oyster pushes Carl too far, and Carl snaps... and Plucky the parrot drops dead. Helen's reaction of "I didn't do it" cinches it.
- Moral Event Horizon: Oyster's Grand Theft of Helen to destroy her and cruelly mock Carl.
- Nausea Fuel: In Carl's confrontation with Nash, Nash killed every single person inside a resturant. Including a chef who fell facefirst onto the stove.
- Also, Mona extracting things from Carl's feet.
- Also the nudist exiting the toilet with paper stuck up his ass.
- Paranoia Fuel: There are certain people who can kill you by simply reciting a few words to you. There are even a few people who can kill you by thinking the song at you.
- Tear Jerker: The end, in which Carl sings the culling song to the dying Helen. She gets better... sort of.
- The revelation that the couple Carl and the gang saw gardening were Carl's parents, and Carl's call to his dad afterwards. It becomes even sadder when you remember that the author wrote this book in response to the death of his father.
- Both of Helen and Carl's encounters with parents who accidently killed their children with the culling poem.