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November 6, 2007

The Punchline Not Gotten


The very last line, of course…


  1. I think this is pretty straight-forward. The little punk that Frazz has been enabling all these years wrote his quote on the bathroom wall, knowing full well that his “friend” will have to clean it off. Perhaps your confusion is caused by the word “imagine” in the last sentence. It might have been clearer written as “Maybe reciting a few Frost poems will comfort you during the drudgery of cleaning my handiwork off the boy’s room wall, janitor-man.” Oh my, how very droll!

    (Actually, I have to admit that that quote might be rather amusing, written above a urinal. Rather like my two favorite bits of condom dispenser graffiti – “This gum tastes like rubber”, and “My dad says that these don’t work.”)

    Comment by solarrhino — November 6, 2007 @ 12:24 am

  2. I don’t get the first panel. Wouldn’t the triathlon be a better way for Frazz to burn off those calories than the game?

    Comment by Kiki — November 6, 2007 @ 2:21 am

  3. Speaking of things above urinals…
    At my old campus, there were ads in the bathroom stalls and above the urinals. A friend of mine says he saw one for insurance that said: “The future is in your hands” and he started laughing hysterically. I’m guessing that’s probably not a socially acceptable thing to do as you’re standing at a urinal.

    Comment by Liz — November 6, 2007 @ 2:29 am

  4. I read it slightly differently – that the tall guy should think of a few others that might be able to quote that as he scrubs it off the restroom wall, so that the blame doesn’t fall on shorty.

    (Sorry, don’t read the comic, no clue who those guys are)

    Comment by Shah — November 6, 2007 @ 2:49 am

  5. Shah is correct.

    Comment by Powers — November 6, 2007 @ 7:54 am

  6. Kiki, from the queasy look on his face, I think the idea of a triathlon on top of all that junk food might be a bad idea.

    Comment by misspandora — November 6, 2007 @ 8:09 am

  7. Kiki — the back story to this strip is that Frazz had to choose between participating in the triathlon or going to the championships for the team that he coaches. He chose the championship and decided that since he was not doing the triathlon, he could eat gobs of junk food.

    As to the meaning of the last panel — I don’t have a clue

    Comment by Nicole — November 6, 2007 @ 9:57 am

  8. And to further the back story, Frazz took the coaching stance that baseball should be fun for the participants and the long time losing team ended up winning. The students all apologized for making it to the championships.

    I’m glad this strip made it here so late. I was never convinced I got it.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 6, 2007 @ 10:06 am

  9. I think it’s pretty clear that the boy has written this quote on the bathroom wall, and Frazz will have to clean it up (he’s a school janitor).

    Secondly, one of Frost’s best know poems starts out ‘Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.’

    Comment by Peter — November 6, 2007 @ 11:31 am

  10. I thought that he was speaking to the more bawdy nature of the others he’d seen where he’d gotten the Frost one that he’d quoted. We don’t get Frazz here, so I’m not really familiar with the strip, but in the context of this single strip I didn’t get that he’d written the quotes, but had merely read them.

    Comment by Lola — November 6, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

  11. In other words, this is where he is getting his literary education…on the bathroom wall, not in class. I thought it was funny.

    Comment by Lola — November 6, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

  12. Lola (and others) Frazz is on the web:

    I love it, and found it through this site – it’s the best thing since “Calvin And Hobbes” in my opinion (and I subscribe to the theory that Frazz is in fact a grown-up Calvin)…


    Comment by Mark Hood — November 6, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

  13. I think the quote really is on the bathroom wall, since he says “Try to imagine a few others when you’re scrubbing it off the boys’ room wall”. He says “it”, which means he’s referring to something he already said.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 7, 2007 @ 12:34 am

  14. Isn’t this being implied as a male genitalia joke? Someone would write it on the wall to imply the writer has a very small penis (i.e. god’s “great big joke” on him).

    Comment by Jester — November 7, 2007 @ 8:05 am

  15. I’m pretty sure Shah’s interpretation of the punchline is correct. There’s no other way that the last panel makes sense, particularly considering Caulfield’s expression.

    Comment by furrykef — November 7, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

  16. Mark — Frazz might be the grown up Calvin, but I am convinced that Jeremy from ZITS is the adolescent Calvin

    Comment by Nicole — November 8, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

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