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  1. She couldn’t tell whether it was baloney or bologna (upper or lower case) so she read the label, which made her to insist on a different lunch the next day.

  2. The one my coworker’s son attends. I overheard him discussing it with another, whose kids go to a “no peanuts in the building at all” schoo.

  3. Any child can tell whether their sandwich is bologna or peanut butter as soon as they open the bag – maybe even before – unless the sandwich is hermetically sealed up in some manner.

  4. It’s Frazz so the CIDU tag can be assumed. Without the context of the prior strip provided by Kilby, I wasn’t understanding it. That said, now I’m not getting Bill’s comment. There is no indication that the girl doesn’t know what is in her sandwich?

  5. Yesterday she could not figure out the spelling. So when she went home she looked at the package to figure out the spelling, and also ended up seeing what the ingredients are. Disgusted, she decided to bring peanut butter today instead.

  6. The only thing better than honey and ketchup is bologna and whipped cream, and we haven’t got any.

  7. I keep seeing powdered, dehydrated peanut butter for sale, and my evil side keeps expecting someone to dump a jar into the air intake at an elementary school. Might be cheaper to raze the school than try to clean it up…

  8. I like arseetoo’s very concise description of the action. One detail that I actually missed when I first read the second strip was that it was the girl who (intentionally) selected the second (different) sandwich. At first, I thought the joke was that she got all prepared with the correct orthography, but could not apply it to the “unexpected” new sandwich.

  9. P.S. @ dinkg, Chak, & Brian in StL – Come for the comics, stay for the incongruous gastronomic combinations, even if they turn out to be very emetically effective.

  10. I was told a long time ago that the main rule of American gastronomy is that if you like ketchup and mustard, anything is edible. They’re the equivalent of cheese in “3 men in a boat”:
    “Cheese […] makes too much of itself. It […] gives a cheesy flavour to everything else there. You can’t tell whether you are eating apple-pie or German sausage, or strawberries and cream. It all seems cheese.”

    I’ve discovered (through experience) that you can effectively replace them with Nutella.

  11. Phil Smith III – followed by the malicious manslaughter trial, for the kid with a serious peanut allergy who wasn’t caught in time. No peanuts at all may be overkill – but that “prank” could literally kill.

  12. @ Olivier – Q: What do Ardmann’s “Wallace” (of “Wallace & Gromit”) and Niven’s “Louis Wu” (of “Ringworld”) have in common?
    A: Cheese, of course!

  13. That was my point, eh? Seems like something some teenage idiot would think was funny, when it’s clearly not.

  14. Oops, silly WordPress says “Reply to jjmcgaffey” but then doesn’t tag the reply. So don’t say it’s a reply if you’re not gonna tag it, WP!

  15. Phil Smith III, I had the same problem a couple of days ago. I ‘replied’ to Andréa and it came out a dozen or so comments later. Oy.

  16. Last night I cooked up a package of “bulk salsiccia”, meaning Italian-style sausage not in casings, even though I didn’t have anything in particular to do with it at the time. The cooked keeps better in the refrigerator than raw. So then I had to eat some of it. I filled a hotdog bun with the crumbled meat and put a little mustard and ketchup on. It was pretty good.

  17. Brian: I subscribed to the thread and got email with a Reply link. Same for your post, so I’m doing the same thing now: clicked that link and above the text box it says “Leave a reply to Brian in STL”.

    Software…tricky stuff. Will probably never catch on.

  18. Well, Bill had it so that replies were grouped and there were links on the posts for replying. He changed it back. I don’t remember which discussion had that.

  19. If peanut allergy is such a concern, why not test all the kids and make the susceptible ones carry an epipen ?

  20. @ Olivier – Besides the cost of blanket testing, most schools have extremely restrictive policies about medication: they don’t want to accept liability if something goes wrong. Our school (and kindergarten) will administer medicines only in exceptional cases, and they require a doctor’s prescription. In most normal cases, if kids are sick enough to require medicine, they should stay home.
    In the case of peanuts, it is simply easier to eliminate the allergen, then the school doesn’t have to worry about it. This is also the policy that airlines take: as soon as one passenger reports a peanut allergy, they switch the entire flight to pretzels. I thought this was rediculously excessive, until I witnessed an airline passenger ripping open a little bag of peanuts: he managed to distribute them across several rows of seats.

  21. I went through 12 years of school on peanut butter -no jelly – sandwiches. Until I was in high school I had 1/2 sandwich. no “bones” (crusts). When I begged my parents into letting me go to day camp (they knew better me than me that I should not go) the counselors would bring me a pb & j sandwich every day and I would send it back for no jelly.

    Still is my favorite – full sandwich, with bones now. Easy to eat in the car while driving to or from a client.

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