Writer/illustrator Allen Carter describes the mongoose as "a perfect animal (due to its speed and cuteness) to tackle the fun issue of dealing with some of the expressions that we use every day, but never think about in terms of their meanings." Growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Carter would see mongoose daily, as they were introduced to Hawaii to help deal with a native rat problem. Look up a picture of one . . . did you look yet? I'll wait. Cute as Hell, right? There's another one. What makes Hell so damned cute?
The F-O-S Mongoose is done in the panel style of a daily newspaper, about 8 to 12 panels for each figure of speech. Yes, younglings. News, comics, sporting scores, and more - they were all once available in paper form. Ask a grandparent or elder figure to explain in more detail.
The Figure-of-Speech Mongoose is available for sale online. If you enjoy the more "out there" panel comics, keep an eye peeled for The F-O-S Mongoose. He may just enlighten you to the origins of some well-known phrases. Then again, he may just make light of them, and that's cool, too.
You can thank me later . . .