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  1. I think it’s more of Jason being purposefully silly with Marcus being a straight man to the routine cause it amuses him. Possibly due to the girl beside Jason and him wanting to be funny?

  2. FBS is close. That’s Eileen Jacobson next to Jason and he’s most likely trying to get her to move away from him. Seems to be working,

  3. @Powers, yes Jason is even rather brilliant at times, underlying his pedantry. But there is something lacking in his “emotional intelligence” , manifested in his inability to hold back from getting pedantic. And in that sense he is still “stupid” in that way. (I expect he will mature into it — though comics chronology means we won’t get to see it.)

  4. Would the “TBL” kicker have worked better had he not abbreviated it, or is the problem that it only really works when you read it aloud? I had no idea what he was referring to, even though I knew the joke would be a BLT out of order, and had to consciously think about it. Only when I read it “aloud” in my head did it click — tbl was just a jumble of letters to my visual reading system. So, would “my mom once made me a tomato, bacon, lettuce” have worked better? Or is it just stuck having to be read aloud, “My mom once made me a ‘tee-bee-el'”?

  5. And, wouldn’t it have been better if instead of pulling a Suzy Derkins, Eileen had instead said, “TLB? Pff! My mom once made me a BPJ.”

  6. Well, except Calvin was trying to gross Suzy out: you don’t get the same result by pretending to be an idiot.

    Also, while the Peanuts examples have validity — what kind of lunatic puts the hamburger patty between the lettuce and tomato? — a PB&J is literally identical to a J&PB, and on any given day there’s a 50% chance this is what Jason will get.

  7. @ Bill – “…what kind of lunatic puts the hamburger patty between the lettuce and tomato?
    I’m sure I’ve done that on occasion; I don’t always segregate the vegetables onto the same bun.

  8. There wouldn’t have been a problem if the ingredients had come from the grocery store in the wrong order. Blame the grocer.

    Actually CIDU-B, I think yer overthinking the comic. It’s absurdist. Of course the sandwiches would be the same as you say, that’s why it’s funny.

  9. And to build on Grawlix’ point, Jason knows it’s absurdist, and he knows at least Marcus can appreciate the humor. This kind of humor is almost exactly the kind my friends and I engaged in in high school, and I think Amend would have fit right into our circle…

  10. I remember a very early Peanuts comic strip: Lucy asks Charlie Brown to make her a peanut butter sandwich. He makes it and when he goes to cut it in half with the knife she goes “No! Don’t cut it!” Last panel: “If you cut it, it loses all the flavor.”

  11. I’m not that big of fan of lettuce on most sandwiches. I make bacon and tomato sandwiches.I should make one this week. I still have lots of nice homegrown tomatoes.

  12. I have no trouble with absurdist humor. I have no trouble with Jason doing something to drive Elaine away. It’s combining the two that just doesn’t compute.

  13. “It’s combining the two that just doesn’t compute.”

    Yeah. Jason making private jokes with Marcus is so out-of-character for him. He’s never done anything like that before. And he’s always been so welcoming to Eileen in the past…

    He’s literally done the same thing (acting absurd, making private jokes with Marcus, in order to confuse Eileen because she’s not in on the joke) multiple times before. In the school cafeteria, even.

  14. Bill: “It’s combining the two that just doesn’t compute.”

    Why not?

    That said, I don’t know that Jason is trying to drive Eileen away, a la Calvin-and-Susie. He’s not performing for her benefit the way Calvin did. He’s mostly just being himself; he does the same thing at home or when it’s just him and Marcus. Eileen is in the strip to provide a reaction.

    It’s funny because it’s funny to see the extent to which Jason and Marcus will go to maintain strict pedantry.

  15. What Powers said. Yeah he’s not trying to drive the girl away. Kind of like in Pearls Before Swine, Pastis isn’t trying to draw the ire of his characters when he makes a bad pun. But their reaction adds to the humor.

  16. First – PB, never J for me.

    Second – Sometimes we are going someplace and bringing lunch, but there is a problem with a sandwich, such as sandwiches are not appropriate for reenactments, but deli turkey sandwich keeps well (even if insulated lunch bag with ice sticks, hidden in something is needed) and is easy on the stomach. We will cut the sandwiches into quarters as they hide better in the hand – the question always has been – triangles or squares? We have determined that squares are easier to deal with. Most of our unit’s events involve a cooking demo (no longer by me – one of the fellows took over – yay) so lunch is not needed, but there are some events where no cooking demo or we go without the unit.

  17. @Mitch4 I don’t see it so much as an inability to hold back from being pedantic as him being convinced that being pedantic is a desirable quality. He’s not annoying because he can’t stop himself, he’s annoying because he wants to be. Speaking from personal experience, there is a reasonable chance he will outgrow this opinion.

    And what kind of school allows peanut butter in this day and age? If anyone in the school has a serious allergy, they ban the allergen immediately. I refuse to believe that there is a school full of kids without any peanut allergies. (Peanut allergies apparently are always classified as serious, because even if you don’t have bad reactions, the odds of it turning into a serious allergy are high.) But, if you could bring peanut butter in, peanut butter and sri racha is the way to go.

  18. Meryl A: We know that the Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich in 1762, but do we know for certain that nobody did that before? People in India have been using bread to pick up food since forever, almost. If you’re bringing your lunch out to the field, you have to put it in SOMETHING to keep from making a mess in your pocket, like make a Cornish pasty if you have the time, or something edible and non-messy, like a cabbage leaf or a flatbread.

  19. @ MiB – I think Meryl’s logic is that the Earl invented them for card tables, not battlefields.
    P.S. I’m pretty sure that the Revolutionary War equivalent to the modern MRE was just as unpalatable.

  20. But sandwiches back then would be on large pieces of nice bread – not small white bread presliced.

    Our unit is a civilian unit and we normally are in 1775,except our mid July and our end of August events when we are in 1776. (This leads to a problem as we age, but the year stays the same – at our Christmas event I kept saying I was girlhood friend of the wife of the house – then realized she is in her mid 30s and I am in my 60s – though Anne, my alternative is only in her 50s and so I became a friend of her mother’s.) The men of the unit form the local militia which consisted of all men from 16 to 60 in the community and existed to protect the community from attack as there was no standing British army in the colonies. So the guys who want it get “the bang and the boom” and the rest of are townsfolk.

    The men have come together for their monthly practice and the townspeople have gathered as a social event – some there to sell their wares, women to meet with friends and so on. No cooking for the unit should actually be done as the men would bring their rations with them from home. But we want to have a cooking demo so the excuse that it is being done to entice the men to show up for the drills. When I did the cooking I used the excuse that my husband, the commander of the unit, had asked me to cook – or if others were helping me – to organize the ladies to cook for same. Now one of the men has taken over and he mostly just cooks as he is learning the history yet. (unit website in my signature this time)

    I did know what the rations were for the field for soldiers – don’t remember it, but will look it up in my notes.

  21. I followed some clickbait on ’23 things you didn’t know about Calvin and Hobbes’, and one of ’em was that Susie Denkins was the only character to have a first and last name.

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