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October 20, 2007

Do I Even Want To Know?

Filed under: avocado, Bill Bickel, Bliss, CIDU, comic strips, F-Minus, humor, sushi — Cidu Bill @ 12:01 am



  1. He ate the wasabi

    Comment by Judy — October 22, 2007 @ 12:19 am

  2. A common sushi-newbie mistake is smearing the wasabi on like peanut butter.

    Comment by Alan Hamilton — October 22, 2007 @ 1:12 am

  3. The artist should have used the old Warner Brothers visual gag of having flames shoot out of his mouth.
    You can’t expect everybody to know enough about sushi, wasabi, and avocado to get the gag. Fine. In fact, without comments 1 and 2, I wouldn’t have been able to fill in the blanks.
    Here I go overanalyzing a gag again, but the reader would have to know three things: 1) that wasabi can resemble avocado, 2) that wasabi can be hot hot hot, and 3) that both wasabi and avocado are served with sushi.

    Comment by Jim — October 22, 2007 @ 5:04 am

  4. I thought it was pretty ovbvious. But then I eat a lot of Japanese food and I’ve seen someone actually make this mistake.

    Comment by Tim — October 22, 2007 @ 6:02 am

  5. What crazy sushi comes with avocado?

    Comment by dagbrown in Tokyo — October 22, 2007 @ 7:31 am

  6. I know someone who thought the wasabi was some kind of minty stuff and popped it in his mouth.

    Comment by Hunt — October 22, 2007 @ 8:29 am

  7. Dagbrown — a common vegetarian sushi if made with avocado

    Comment by Nicole — October 22, 2007 @ 9:30 am

  8. Dagbrown, sushi must be pretty different in Japan. It’s very common to have avocado in sushi in America. The California roll has avocado in it, and is probably the most common roll in America—it’s a nice “safe” introduction to sushi for Westerners who find sushi scary.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — October 22, 2007 @ 9:36 am

  9. Yes, sushi rolls often are made with avocado, but I’ve never seen it on the side like wasabi. Is this just an indication that I don’t spend enough time in sushi bars?

    Comment by John — October 22, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  10. I know someone who combined all the wasabi on the table into a large ball and then had a friend eat it after telling him it was green tea ice cream. I’ve never seen avocado on the side either.

    Comment by Judy — October 22, 2007 @ 10:23 am

  11. Jim, the reader would also have to know what wasabi was, and that it’s pungent.

    Not all readers live in large cities with Japanese restaurants and/or sushi bars.

    Comment by Charlene — October 22, 2007 @ 11:23 am

  12. At one time, I went to my favourite Vietnamese restaurant (Pagolac, in Edmonton), and had to share a table with some teenagers. The one got his bowl of soup, and immediately added a very large spoonful of the hot chili sauce to it. His friend said, “Whoa dude- that stuff’s hot!”

    Another spoonful goes in.

    “Yeah- I know. I like hot stuff.”

    Another spoonful goes in.

    “No- it’s -really- hot.”

    “Yeah, I -like- hot stuff.”

    A fourth spoonful goes in (this is about half the jar), and he stirs up his soup before tasting it.

    You can imagine the results.

    Comment by Madalch — October 22, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

  13. It doesn’t matter if avocado is typically served with sushi or not. If you are not familiar with wasabi, you are by definition a sushi-newbie in any case, and wouldn’t have any idea if avocado is or isn’t common together with sushi. Judging only from the look of it, avocado (guacamole) is a very sensible guess.

    Comment by Johan W — October 23, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

  14. I actually did this myself once! I did already know what wasabi is, and the avocado wasn’t served on the side – but sometimes some of the avocado squishes out of a maki roll onto the plate, and that’s what I thought a medium-sized glob of wasabi was. Tears were literally streaming down my face…
    Of course I found this cartoon hysterical.

    Comment by Naomi Diesendruck — October 25, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

    • Hi, i’m diesendruck…from California. I haven’t heard of a Naomi Diesendruck. Email me at moglobal [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to chat and figure out our family history 🙂

      Comment by mauricediesendruck — August 24, 2010 @ 6:50 am

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