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June 18, 2007

No Doubt Obvious to Pet Owners…

Filed under: Argyle Sweater, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Far Side, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

Update: I’ve since discovered this is not The Far Side, but rather Scott Hilburn’s The Argyle Sweater. Not sure whether Scott is Gary Larsen’s illegitimate son, though…

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  1. The style looks Larsonesque, but the humor is a bit lowbrow even for him.

    Comment by Powers — June 18, 2007 @ 5:56 am

  2. Don’t think it’s a genuine Far Side, though the influence is clear.

    The chickens emerge wearing collars of the sort veterenarians often put onto dogs who’ve just been neutered to prevent them from chewing their sutures.

    Apparently this place serves only a certain type of “nuggets”…

    Comment by Brian Leahy — June 18, 2007 @ 6:18 am

  3. No, this is not Larson’s work, he signs is name differently, and art isn’t the same

    I think the joke it something like after the heads of the chickens are cut off (and then harvested for food) they sew the heads back on and give them a collar to prevent them from opening up the stitches

    But it’s not a great joke, and the sign really threw me off, why bother writing something that obvious if it doesn’t matter?

    Comment by Helen — June 18, 2007 @ 9:02 am

  4. The paper sign is an awkward way of telling you this is the back door, not the front door.

    Comment by Mark — June 18, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  5. This is from The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn. He can be very Larsonesque at times, and more often than not I find him funny. I don’t have an explanation for this one though because if I didn’t actually send it in — I wanted to .

    Comment by Nicole — June 18, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

  6. Leahy’s got it. The deliveries of nuggets involve surgery and the inevitable cones that follow for pets.

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — June 18, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

  7. The genitals of waterfowl are internal-s0 if those are the “nuggets” in question then the chickens should have stitches on their bellies…

    Comment by John DiFool — June 19, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

  8. The thing I can’t understand is why they seem to be neutering only roosters born without eyeballs.

    Comment by brien — June 19, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

  9. I just heard that Milli Vanilli was arrested for impersonating a McNugget. HOY-YOOOOO!

    Comment by Joe Blevins — June 20, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

  10. This one has me stumped. It appears to me that they are being denied access at the back door…the one is getting unceremoniously booted out and one of the others is slumped on the wall and doesn’t seem to know what to do. If they are removing “nuggets”, internal or external, where is the sign of it…stitches, blood? Maybe if they were storks making deliveries? Nope. Makes no sense to me.

    Do the cartoonists ever show up here with explanations?

    Comment by Lola — June 20, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

  11. Lola, it’s always been CIDU policy not to accept explanations from cartoonists, under the theory that they already had the chance to make their meaning clear — though I guess that policy would be a bit hard to enforce now that there’s no moderation.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — June 20, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  12. What freaks me out is that there appears to be some chicken feet sticking out from under the garbage can lid. What’s THAT all about??

    Comment by Molly — June 23, 2007 @ 2:28 am

  13. Of course they are removing the chicken’s nuggets (ie, balls). He is taking a little liberty in implying that the nuggets are on the outsideof the animal-hence no stitches. And it is the backdoor for deliveries because the chickens are delivering their nuggets! They have the cones on because when your dog gets neutered, it wears a cone.
    I LOVE The Argyle Sweater!

    Comment by Julie — September 12, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

  14. “Lola, it’s always been CIDU policy not to accept explanations from cartoonists, under the theory that they already had the chance to make their meaning clear — though I guess that policy would be a bit hard to enforce now that there’s no moderation.”

    Didn’t your site used to say something like “if you have any idea what the meaning is, especially if you’re the cartoonist?” Or was it, “unless you’re the cartoonist”?

    Comment by Rob — November 17, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

  15. Actually, Rob, it was “If you ever come across a comic you think might be funny, but you have no idea why, please let me know — especially if you’re the cartoonist”

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 17, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

  16. Well, I was close. (except for the fact that I completely missed the joke – duh)

    Comment by Rob — November 17, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

  17. Rob, if there’s one site where that can be forgiven, it’s this one.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 17, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

  18. maybe the sign should have read ‘chiken balls’?

    Comment by shakinglikeafool — December 1, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

  19. I stumbled across this in a search.

    The chickens are wearing killing cones. Google it and then the comic will make sense.

    Comment by Cathy Zeiler — March 4, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

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