Calvin & Hobbes creator, Bill Watterson, knew how to tell the truth with clarity, conciseness, and humor.
Case in point...in the following panels, Hobbes is very practical in his proposed solution to Calvin's desire for knowledge:
And then, the 500-pound anvil of Truth drops on our heads:
Truth is...this is funny because we recognize our own tendency to want things without working for them. Thankfully, the laughter helps ease the pain of that confrontation with Truth.