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September 20, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, diners, food, humor, toothpaste, Ziggy — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



  1. You got me.
    I saw this one, but I didn’t send it in because I don’t like Ziggy enough to care if I “get” the gag.
    Anyway, it must be some riff on brushing after every meal. But EATING toothpaste isn’t particularly healthy, so the gag doesn’t work. There were so many other things he could have said instead of toothpaste that would have been funny. I know artists are on tight deadlines, but I wonder sometimes how long they think about the gag before they write it.

    Comment by Jim — September 20, 2007 @ 6:43 am

  2. Um, eating the toothpaste makes you throw up, so you don’t get fat from eating the sandwich? That’s gotta be it, because what’s healthier than bulimia, right?

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — September 20, 2007 @ 8:51 am

  3. Ziggy is from a time when “Health Food” was distinguished by its horrible taste. It follows (in illogical minds) that anything that tastes bad is “Health Food”. I think the “joke” is that putting toothpaste on a sandwich would make it taste horrible, therefore it becomes “Health Food”.

    Comment by brien — September 20, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  4. When did health food STOP tasting like drywall (or worse)?

    Comment by Robert Warden — September 20, 2007 @ 10:45 am

  5. I’ve never seen ANYTHING literally labeled “Heath Sandwich,” but I suppose toothpaste is the lowest form of pharmaceutical you can get. At one point, it was alleged “four out of five dentists” suggested chewing sugarless gum to distribute saliva after meals to break down food particles when flossing/toothpicks/toothbrushes are unavailable. So I suppose adding toothpaste instead of mayo could akwardly help inject some good ol flouride…

    Comment by Rasheed — September 20, 2007 @ 11:34 am

  6. Brushing your teeth is healthy for you, so adding toothpaste to a sandwich would automatically make it healthy?

    Comment by Charlene — September 21, 2007 @ 1:17 am

  7. I think the joke here is that the chef and the restaurant are offering a so-called “health sandwhich,” but they’re doing an incredibly shoddy job of it. Adding toothpaste, of course, will not make the sandwich any healthier. You have to imagine the laziest chef in the world in a kitchen full of unhealthy, fattening foods — artery-clogging meats and cheeses which up to now have been the staples of his customers’ diets. But he sees that “healthy” is becoming trendy. Looking around his filthy kitchen, which he probably also lives in (violating all sorts of codes), the only thing even CLOSE to medicinal he has on hand is toothpaste, so he just puts some on a sandwich and calls it health food. Like, “You want a healthier sandwich? THERE! There’s some toothpaste on it! Satisfied?”

    Comment by Joe Blevins — September 21, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  8. Having recently received some food with hand soap in it, I can relate here! I’m pretty sure this is a logic joke. Toothpaste is good for you and makes you healthy if you use it. The sandwiches in the shop are not healthy. If you add something healthy to an unhealthy sandwich, you get a healthy sandwich. We see the huge flaw in the logic, but the joke is that this makes sense to the chef.

    As a side note, never eat toothpaste. It contains a mild dose of bleach, which is what kills your taste buds and makes most food taste bitter afterward.

    Comment by bAT L. — September 22, 2007 @ 3:53 am

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