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December 17, 2007

The Frazz Clause


What exactly was Frazz (the guy on the left) getting at here?


  1. Seems pretty straight-forward to me.

    Frazz’s response is sarcastic, the equivalent of:

    “Why are you so surprised that Santa’s peripheral stuff is fake, when Santa himself is…”

    Unspoken is the last word of his sentence:


    Of course this implication goes right over Caulfield’s head. He assumes that if Rudolf (and his nose) are fake (while SC is real) then Santa must be using another type of navigation system.

    Comment by Pinny — December 17, 2007 @ 1:27 am

  2. That might be the obvious answer in some strips, but there’s no way Frazz would be so mean-spirited as to tell a kid who believed in Santa Claus that Santa didn’t exist.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 17, 2007 @ 1:31 am

  3. Also, that’s not Caulfield, that’s one of the generic kids in the strip. I think Caufield is the kind of kid that figured out that SC is more BS than Real. 🙂

    Comment by kedamono — December 17, 2007 @ 1:40 am

  4. I believe he’s also implying that Santa is a marketing gimmick himself. It is a widespread rumor that Coca Cola invented Santa Claus for an ad campaign and everyone took to it so well that it became a household name. Snopes says that the Santa Coke one is false, but he may have been created through various other mixes of historical people and ad campaigns and such. The Rudolph one (again, according to Snopes) is all true.

    Comment by bAT L. — December 17, 2007 @ 3:13 am

  5. I agree with bAT. While Father Christmas has been around for a long time, the modern incarnation of Santa Claus (fat man in a red suit) was part of a Coca-Cola advertising campaign.

    Coke didn’t invent him, but it sure influenced how we see him today.

    Comment by Shah — December 17, 2007 @ 7:41 am

  6. While Coke didn’t invent “Santa Claus”, they did pretty much invent the fat jolly guy in the red suit image for him. Throw the old Coke ads together with “A Visit From St. Nicolaus” and you have the modern Santa.

    If we were still going with the original St. Nick, we’d have Krampus to deal with too.

    Comment by James — December 17, 2007 @ 8:59 am

  7. I don’t think Frazz is being mean spirited. Unlike most of the other adults in the stip he doesn’t condescend to the children, and so he assumes that the student (Caufield or not) knows there is no Santa Claus and is being rhetorical by drawing a distinction between myths created through folklore (i.e. real) and those created by marketers (i.e. artificial). His hesitation at the end is because he’s doesn’t want to spoil it in case the child really does believe.

    Comment by Robverb — December 17, 2007 @ 9:33 am

  8. I just think it’s neat that Rudolph outlasted Monkey Wards.

    Comment by taleswapper — December 17, 2007 @ 10:03 am

  9. I just glanced at the strip while doing something else and I think I got it now and would like to change my answer. As I read the last panel my otherwise distracted mind automatically filled in the missing term after the ellipse:

    “…NOT a marketing gimmick!?!”

    This seems to fit in much more perfectly than my 1st answer.

    [I see now that #4, #5, & #6) already wrote this so I am going to just agree with them.]

    Comment by Pinny — December 17, 2007 @ 11:45 am

  10. Certainly Frazz is dumping on Santa. Frazz is always critical of people who enjoy things that he doesn’t approve of (team sports, TV, computer games). The materialistic side of Christmas is right in that wheelhouse.

    Comment by Tom T. — December 18, 2007 @ 12:05 am

  11. Oh, come on… i thought everyone knew that Santa is a Time Lord…

    Think about it…

    Comment by Dave W — December 18, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

  12. #1: Oh! “Instrument rated” as in pilot. I get it now.

    Comment by Andreas — December 18, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

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