Today on ‘Things I Probably Laughed Too Hard At’…
Was it the picture or the dialogue that did the trick?
I can’t say that I laughed to hard, but the dialogue and punch line is what I found to be the truly amusing apart.
But, you know, cracks against the French and being fussy about cooking, just so appropriate for Victorian English, even if that happens to be anachronistic (which I’m not so sure it is).
It might be a crack, but hopefully not a very offensive one. After all, the French are the culinary masters of sauce, and that’s no joke.
Of course, if they produced decent food in the first place, they wouldn’t need to disguise the taste with fancy sauces 🙂
All countries used fancy sauces when meat and fish couldn’t be kept fresh. But the French were the first to stop this when fridges made this unnecessary. Ever heard about “Nouvelle Cuisine”?
I’ve been reliably told by food professionals, that the belief that heavy spicing/sauces/etc is false. Once meat has spoiled, no amount of spicing will cover it up. However, it was often used to disguise *poor quality* ingredients, but not rotten ones.
I learn so much from my readers! I swear you guys all know more about stuff than the readers of any other webcomic!
We did have a very detailed and enlightening conversation about the works of Goya in the comments section of the Spying With Lana/Giant Girl crossover special once.
At least he didn’t call it a Kettle….
Oooo… I should’ve had him wearing a kettle! The handle could have been a chin strap!
The kettle is really worn only for formal occasions, I think.
It only just occurred to me, but that’s not a saucepan he’s wearing. It’s too broad relative to its height, and the sides slope.
I’m not entirely sure what it is, though. It’s a bit tall and narrow to be a skillet, (though not entirely out of the question). Probably not a Dutch oven, even if you discount the lack of a lid.
I suppose it could be a saucier, which is distinct from a saucepan. They *usually* have rounded sides, but some have sloped ones. I have the vaguest of feelings that sauciers weren’t invented by this time, but I have absolutely no facts to hang that on, and I’m certainly no Historian of Cookware.
No Historian of Cookware, huh?
Don’t you facepalm at me as if you don’t believe there’s such a thing as a Cookware Historian, young man! You know darn well that somewhere out there someone is currently preparing to defend their PhD thesis along the lines of “Micronutrients: How the Shift in Metallurgic Composition of Common Cookware Affected the Health and Wealth of the Appalachian Diaspora of the Mid Twentieth Century”.
You say that as if Ethnosocioeconomic Mettalurgy is an uncommon field of study…
Indeed. It’s a rich field and hard to find a topic for original research. In fact, a little digging unearthed that exact study published in the Peer Review Quarterly of Oxford’s College of Gastro-Archaeology, issue 3, volume XXIV. It was published by then Doctoral Candidate Fenton Gantolimane (no relation to the well-known twins Gregory and casper Gantolimane who dominated their field of East Norwegian Fence Design).
Sadly, this particular work, was rejected by the committee as being too derivative of a previous study published by Caractacus Bellowaite-Smythe (yes, of THOSE Bellowaite-Smythes). While there are similarities to that work, I hardly find it to be derivative. I DO however notice, from reading local and school newspapers from around that time, That the University was attempting to woo Dr. Theophilus Bellowaite-Smythe away from his position at Caimbridge to become Oxford’s Chair of Tableware Toplogical Studies. It of course goes without saying that Theophilus was an overly-doting father to Caractacus. Which leads me to the conclusion that the paper was actually rejected for political, rather than academic reasons, but then, I’m just more of an enthusiast in the field, so I could be wrong.
I’ve run out of faces to palm 😉
This…this means we’ve won the comic, right? It’s like when Eminem slapped Donald Trump down so bad that he couldn’t even step to the mic, so now Marshall Mathers is the PotUS. (I know the news still reports as if Trump is the President, but I still firmly believe that Eminem is and will be until someone bests him in a rap battle.)
[On a side note, I may never have typed “Eminem” before, but I just now noticed that it doesn’t mark it as a misspelling. I checked with dictionary.com to see if it was a real word, and darn if it doesn’t have an entry: “noun 1. real name Marshall Mathers III…” However, it fails to mention how he wrested the presidency in a rap battle.]
I don’t know much about this “rap” thing the kids listen to these days – this new president – is he the red one, or the yellow one with the peanut inside?
(I just want to know which one to blame when the economy goes bad)
Blame Calvin Coolidge.
Hey now don’t pick on poor Cal,we could use more politicians these days with the nickname “Silent” 😉
Plumber boy is starting to remind me of Gray Fullbuster the way he is donning and shucking clothes…..
only instead of ice based magic he practices rabbit-based magic! (it wouldn’t be any stranger than some of the ones on that show)
My son and I amuse ourselves coming up with the weirdest magic we would have if we were in that guild….
mine so far is balloon-animal magic…. kind of like picto-magic except I bring to life anything I can make out of balloons…
Aha! Your mighty Balloon-Animal T-Rex is a fearsome creature indeed, but you did not count on facing my expert Porcupine Magic and Cactus Magic Casters!! Bah ha ha ha ha!
Balloon-Make secret art… steel belted radial balloon animal!
This from someone who apparently can’t tell the difference between a Saucepan and a Hat!
Your comment illustrates your ignorance of regency-era subterranean fashion trends 😉
Of course! Stupid me for not paying attention, it was all clearly explained in this Educational Vote Incentive:
Number 6 Facepalm of the Week!
Truly, those photoshop skills are… breathtaking.
I’m glad he’s on our side. Let’s try to make sure he only uses his powers for good.
Breathtaking indeed. In fact, I’m humbled. I’ve no choice but to pass the art reigns to Number 6.
Well, a prisoner must occupy himself between escape attempts. Art would have been the thing before, Photoshop and internet memes are the thing now. :/
As you contemplate, just remember: sometime a century from now, just about when Chapter 5 is finished, someone will be making a post lamenting how far down the scale things have fallen from the times of Photoshop and Internet Memes…..
Chapter 5 a century from now? Ouch.
It’s your own fault for setting the bar so high with that Prologue….
@wintermute: ‘Tis no more noble a purpose under the sun than to defeat Thorin in the accumulation of Facepalm Awards!
@mvandinter: I am honored to accept this responsibility, however inasmuch as my skills are limited to vandalizing the prior works of others, you will now need to please limit all future action to locations already depicted, as well as refrain from introducing any additional characters unless they are the evil twin of a current cast member. (This bodes poorly for us ever meeting pterodactyl girl – maybe I need to decline this honor?)
@Yakumo: If we call it “photoshopping” they just think it’s a harmless diversion, whereas if we call it “practicing forgery skills” they suspect you’re planning another escape. Shhh – Don’t tell Number 2.
@Thorin: If you think that was impressive, just wait until your grandchildren get to read the 250 page Epilogue!
I’m not going to Facepalm the 250 page Epilogue crack… until I actually make one shorter than that;-)
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