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June 20, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, food, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:32 am



  1. “Soylent Green is people.”

    Comment by Morris — June 20, 2007 @ 7:11 am

  2. The joke on Dinette Set is always the same, that dumb, lower-middle-class, middle-aged people sure are dumb. (I’m ashamed to say that I do read it.) Here they don’t know the difference between Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, a high-end steakhouse, and Outback Steakhouse, a lower-end chain.

    Comment by John — June 20, 2007 @ 8:43 am

  3. I guess. . .

    THe problem I have with kokes like this is that for many people, a place like Ruth’s Chris is not so noticeably “better” that they would feel happy about a meal there. I know people who sneer at Ruth’s Chris because it is a chain, and they don’t believe any chain can be good. Maybe the joke is that people are sitting around comparing chain restaurants. I would be tthat if the Pennys went to Ruth Chris, they wouldn’t notice the difference in quality enough to justify the increased price in their mind. I certainly wouldn’t recommend a high end place to my mom, who loves the Outback, and those Black Angus places, and even that Texas Roadhouse place.

    I think the creator just wanted to use the “outhouse” line. Bathroom humor. That always kills ’em.

    Comment by Dave Geary — June 20, 2007 @ 10:04 am

  4. I don’t eat a lot of steak and rarely if ever go to steakhouses, so I’d never heard of “Ruth’s Chris.” But because of the Soylent Green thing on the TV set, I completely misread this. I thought that the steaks at Ruth’s were *made* out of some guy named Chris.

    Comment by Joe Blevins — June 20, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

  5. I have to agree with Joe Blevins on that one.

    Comment by Francois Tremblay — June 20, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

  6. Can anyone explain the name “Ruth’s Chris”? Besides being nearly unpronounceable, it doesn’t make sense.

    (Is there a “Steak Houses I Don’t Understand” web site?)

    Comment by DPWally — June 20, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

  7. Maybe the joke is that people in the “Where’s the Beef?” Singles’ Club would sit around talking about steakhouses?

    I’m with Joe Blevins, though, on the obscurity of something called “Ruth’s Chris”. I hate internationally distributed cartoons that assume that everyone lives in the same section of the United States as the cartoonist.

    Comment by Charlene — June 20, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

  8. “John’s Outhouse”

    A bit redundant, eh?

    Comment by William Matheny — June 20, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

  9. Apparently Ruth’s Chris is in fact a national chain. So it’s not as weirdly local as all the local yacht club and school jokes have been in the strip:
    from their web site

    “Whether it’s in your own hometown or in another hemisphere, you can count on Ruth’s Chris Steak House. With over one hundred restaurants across the country and around the world, each sizzles in its own distinctive way. But it’s good to know that in many different places around the world, you can have the world’s best steak.”

    Apparently there are five locations in Hawaii.

    I think Ms. larsen is making a subtle comment on the homogenizing of American food culture. She’s been reading Alton Brown.

    Comment by Dave Geary — June 21, 2007 @ 9:20 am

  10. IIRC, the name comes from when Ruth bought the “Chris Steak House”. She just prepended her own name onto it.

    I don’t think Joe mis-read the comic; I think that’s the joke – that the steaks are made out of Chris.

    Possibly “Outback” is meant to refer to “Back Ribs” or something? I admit that’s stretching it.

    (Yes, I know that Outback is a real restaurant.)

    Comment by Michele — June 21, 2007 @ 10:27 am

  11. In Soylent Green meat was scarce. VERY Scarce. Entire renegade vigilante groups went around searching out food. It was so bad that the government had to step in with soylent products, culminating in Soylent Green. Actual food was so scarce that Soylent Green was made of people! So it is somewhat ironic that here, the people are all chatting casually about steak, they are in beef eating clubs, and that a steakhouse (however questionable) is even sponsoring Soylent Green.

    Comment by ecrofefil — June 21, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

  12. well, 2 out of 11. I must be old. Glad I wasn’t the only one knew the TV screen had something to do with the joke

    Comment by criminyjicket — June 21, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

  13. Yeah, we got the soylent green joke, such as it was. Ms. Larsen always makes with the “funny” marginalia.

    Comment by Dave Geary — June 22, 2007 @ 10:32 am

  14. Soylent Green is people – but John’s Outhouse Steakhouse? I hear the food there is really crappy.

    Comment by Charles — June 22, 2007 @ 11:44 am

  15. totally unrelated . . . but about “Ruth Chris'” being a stupid name . . . I live in the area of the king of stupid names– Fifth Third Bank–which was obviously Fifth Bank, that merged with Third Bank, but those of us who still believe in fractions obviously have a really difficult time with it all . . . I personally refer to it as “One and two-thirds Bank”.

    Comment by laterain — June 22, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  16. we have 1 and 2/3rds bank here as well…we all call it that

    Comment by criminyjicket — June 22, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

  17. Am I the only one who thinks “Fifth Bank” is a ridiculous name to begin with? And “Third Bank” not far behind.

    I don’t live in the 1-2/3 Bank area (where is that?), and never knew it was a real bank until today, but I occasionally get spam “from” Fifth Third Bank. I always thought, who would be stupid enough to believe that an e-mail from an institution with such an absurd name could be legit? Apparently truth really is stranger than fiction.

    I wonder who decided to interpret it as “One-and-Two-Thirds Bank” and not “Fifteenth Bank”. Technically, the fifth third would be One-and-One-Third-to-One-and-Two-Thirds Bank”, right?

    Okay, that’s enough nerdiness for one day…. Back to the cartoons.

    Comment by Wendy — June 24, 2007 @ 11:55 am

  18. the midwest wendy. We aren’t strong on math in these heah parts.

    Comment by criminyjicket — June 24, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

  19. My stepdad just became an assistant manager at an Outback Steakhouse, so… ouch. 🙂

    but I occasionally get spam “from” Fifth Third Bank. I always thought, who would be stupid enough to believe that an e-mail from an institution with such an absurd name could be legit? Apparently truth really is stranger than fiction.

    I got the same spam and thought the same thing. I, too, was surprised to find out that it was a real bank.

    – Kef

    Comment by furrykef — June 28, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

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