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January 4, 2008

Sal Eats Cars

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Gil Thorpe, humor — Cidu Bill @ 3:22 pm

Kaitlyn: I’m not talking about the story, that’s insane and I don’t expect anyone to get it or remember who or what those things are in the panels.

However, I do not understand what the the car wash marquee originally said.

I know “Sal eats cars” is funny, funny enough to be on some blog, not the town’s paper! That’s not it, of course.

It’s the 3rd panel explaining how the phrase ended up on the marquee — “a ‘T’ blow[n] off a sign”

Did it blow off the car wash marquee? If so, where was it before? If not, did it blow off another sign onto the car wash’s, and the marquee used to say “Sal ea-s cars”?


  1. Salt eats cars.

    Comment by Eric — January 4, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  2. It was probably “Salt eats cars,” a handy catchphrase reminding people that salt–often used in winter to melt snow–can damage car frames.

    Comment by GodIsMyCoDependent — January 4, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  3. Thirded. When I lived in NJ, I had a crappy Datsun station wagon eaten by salt.

    Comment by scott — January 4, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

  4. I concur with the “salt” notion. The town of Milford apparently doesn’t have much news to print other than high school sports scores, so they’re desperate for even soft news. And, as is the case for our local Milford, they’re tired of people vandalizing town signs removing the O, the R, and the D. I guess it’s only funny once, and only if the coach’s wife happens to be standing in the foreground of such a sign (true story).

    Comment by Rasheed — January 4, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

  5. I fifth that. Or I take the fifth! But I wasn’t drinking alcohol! High five! Ouch!

    (Sorry, it’s the Friday after all the holidays and I’m delirious from watching the clock. I need to get the heck out of the office)

    Comment by Funky Winker-overload — January 4, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  6. Ah. That makes a lot of sense.

    D’oh! I’ve seen salt on the roads before.

    In my defense, I haven’t seen any or heard about any on the area roads in over a year.

    I thought Sal was the owner, so I never thought of that being the changed word.

    I was like, Sal Teats Cars? Sal eats carts?

    But no, that makes sense.

    Why is it in Gil Thorp?

    Comment by Kaitlyn — January 4, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  7. I understand, Kaitlyn; The two teenage women basketball players in this sports strip look older to me than most of the women, alive, dying or dead, in Funky Winkerbean so who would think they had just been in the school bus.

    Lisa, mentioned in the first panel, is later driving the car in the second, with her photo-bug team-mate.

    I never knew Gil Thorp was about teenagers until today. I couldn’t figure out the school bus. I now realize that all that gray hair on the “men” is just sun reflection highlights. Perhaps if the only time I read it wasn’t when I was standing in our local 7-ll I’d have figured it out.

    “Sal Eats Cars” reminds me of an old,old Blondie song where it goes into rap about a sort of planetary invasion by “men from mars” and eating cars. Natch’, I can neither remember the lyrics nor get it out of my head.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — January 4, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

  8. The song in question is “Rapture.”

    Comment by Oz — January 4, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

  9. There was a McDonald’s marquee a friend told me she passed once that had (presumably) at one time said “now hiring closers.” Unfortunately, the “C” had fallen off.

    Comment by Molly — January 4, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

  10. The McDonald’s marquee problem isn’t as bad (or funny) as having the “g” get busted out on a “Stuart Anderson’s Black Angus” sign…

    Comment by Curmudgeon — January 5, 2008 @ 11:06 am

  11. Just a few hours ago, by chance, I got on a bus that was going to Hampton. One of the letter slots had all of its lights burn out or a faulty connection or something to make it prominently display “HAM TON” wherever the bus went. I have to remember to share that with my friend who has that same last name. I would have taken a picture if I could have somehow gotten ahead of the bus.

    Comment by bAT L. — January 6, 2008 @ 2:19 am

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