Hot Diggity

Cidu Bill on Dec 4th 2012

They had just enough money for two hots dogs. So they bought two hot dogs (freakishly large ones, apparently). So?

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Mutt and Jeff, comic strips, comics, humor | 12 responses so far

12 Responses to “Hot Diggity”

  1. bAT L. Dec 4th 2012 at 12:21 am 1

    I can see some humor in that last word balloon, since they’re really just complimenting the cart-owner’s steamer. It’s an awfully long, needless setup if that’s the intended punchline. I’m just glad the punchline wasn’t some sort of euphemism I was trying to avoid seeing in the third panel!

  2. Mark M Dec 4th 2012 at 12:23 am 2

    The phrase in panel 4 is normally said at a fancy restaurant, not a low end hot dog stand.

  3. furrykef Dec 4th 2012 at 12:55 am 3

    I think part of the “joke” is that Mutt and Jeff had something fancier in mind, but Jeff’s tight budget meant they had to eat at a hot dog stand. Mutt decides it’s all the same to him regardless.

  4. Kamino Neko Dec 4th 2012 at 03:06 am 4

    What was amusing to me: Who calls a hot dog ‘a loaf of bread and a pound of meat’? (And whoo boy, who makes hot dogs that big?!)

  5. minorannoyance Dec 4th 2012 at 04:53 am 5

    Also, Jeff with his eyeshade seems to be Mutt’s subordinate, so the idea that lunch for both is paid for by the hard-up clerk says something about their business.

  6. Pete Dec 4th 2012 at 05:24 am 6

    Kamino Neko, just Google the phrase, you’ll find several instances of it. It may have been a common slogan back then.

  7. Kilby Dec 4th 2012 at 05:43 am 7

    @ Pete (6) - In this case “back then” is not quite as old as one might otherwise think. The signature in the last panel shows that this strip could not have been drawn earlier than the late 50’s, but my impression (from the flat, motionless figures) is that it is probably later than that (late 60’s or early 70’s). In any case, the lack of humor clearly shows that Mutt and Jeff should have been shelved long before its final demise in 1982.

  8. The Vicar Dec 4th 2012 at 06:01 am 8

    The “a loaf of bread and a pound of meat” thing is apparently a traditional hot dog sales cry, akin to “extra! extra! read all about it!” for newspapers. Daniel Pinkwater mentions it in one of his descriptions of 1970s-ish Hoboken.

  9. Ooten Aboot Dec 4th 2012 at 07:43 am 9

    Tradition, shmadrition. If you advertise “a loaf of bread and a pound of meat” and deliver a standard hot dog, you’re guilty of misleading advertising. Granted “a loaf of bread” can cover an indefinite range of sizes and weights, but a pound is a pound is a pound (avoirdupois). While one pound hot dogs exist now (O, the obesity!), standard ones are six or eight to the pound.

  10. The Bad Seed Dec 4th 2012 at 08:18 am 10

    Wawa store sell quarter-pound hot dogs, and they’re a solid meal. I can’t imagine anyone eating four of those!

  11. Morris Keesan Dec 4th 2012 at 11:00 am 11

    We can see the size of the hot dogs they’re eating, so if each one really is a “pound of meat”, then they’re not freakishly large, they’re just impossibly dense.

  12. John in Tronna Dec 4th 2012 at 12:38 pm 12

    Maybe “pound” refers to where the meat is from.

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