How far ahead do these guys work??

Cidu Bill on Jan 22nd 2013


Filed in Baldo, Bill Bickel, Twinkies, comic strips, comics, humor | 20 responses so far

20 Responses to “How far ahead do these guys work??”

  1. Cidu Bill Jan 22nd 2013 at 12:35 pm 1

    Of course, Baldo could also be oblivious to the Hostess situation, being a teenager and all…

  2. Blinky the Wonder Wombat Jan 22nd 2013 at 12:55 pm 2

    “Twinkies” has been shorthand for “junk food pastries” for a long time. Since Twinkies will eventually be resurrected by some other company, I think we will be still using this brand name for many years to come.

  3. Some Old Guy Jan 22nd 2013 at 01:10 pm 3

    Hostess was recently bought (or, at least, agreed to offer from) Tastykakes. Twinkies will be reborn.

  4. Blinky the Wonder Wombat Jan 22nd 2013 at 01:51 pm 4

    Tastykakes and Hostess are just about polar opposites in the snack cake world. It will be interesting to see if any changes are made to the manufacture or marketing of either brand.

  5. Dyfsunctional Jan 22nd 2013 at 01:53 pm 5

    Twinkies will survive a nuclear holocaust. At least we’ll have something to feed the cockroaches.

  6. J-L Jan 22nd 2013 at 02:45 pm 6

    Maybe that’s why they ran out of Twinkies.

    As in, “For some reason, our Twinkies supply isn’t replenishing itself these days.”

  7. Folly Jan 22nd 2013 at 04:38 pm 7

    Uh-oh. I had goldfish crackers with my sandwich for lunch today.

  8. James Pollock Jan 22nd 2013 at 05:15 pm 8

    I’m with J-L. He ran out of Twinkies… just like EVERYONE ELSE ran out of Twinkies, because people rushed out and swept the store shelves clean, when normally they’d have a multiple-month supply in the supply chain.

  9. Mark in Boston Jan 22nd 2013 at 06:00 pm 9

    Already Market Basket in the Boston area has come out with their generic version, “Golden Creme Cakes”. Every tissue is a Kleenex, every cola is a Coke, every tablet of acetylsalicilic acid is an Aspirin, every photocopy is a Xerox, so I suppose the generics will always be called Twinkies even if there are no more official Twinkies ever again.

  10. James Pollock Jan 22nd 2013 at 08:55 pm 10

    Every tablet of acetylsalicilic acid IS aspirin. Bayer lost that fight quite a while ago. Kleenex, Coca-Cola, and Xerox continue to fight genericide of their trademarks. (cellophane used to be a trademark, though.)

  11. Withering Heights Jan 22nd 2013 at 10:33 pm 11

    It’s been a while since I checked, but the Aspirin trademark survived in Europe even after it became generic in the US.

  12. Jeff Jan 22nd 2013 at 11:23 pm 12

    @WH (#11)
    As part of war reparations specified in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles following Germany’s surrender after World War I, Aspirin (along with heroin) lost its status as a registered trademark in France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, where it became a generic name. Today, aspirin is a generic word in Australia, France, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Jamaica, Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Aspirin, with a capital “A”, remains a registered trademark of Bayer in Germany, Canada, Mexico, and in over 80 other countries, where the trademark is owned by Bayer, using acetylsalicylic acid in all markets, but using different packaging and physical aspects for each.

  13. Larry Lunts Jan 23rd 2013 at 01:12 am 13

    Given the shortage, it’s understandable that he ran out of Twinkies, even though you can still buy them on the internet (at inflated prices). And “Hostess Twinkies,” manufactured under license by a Canadian company, will become available in February in Canada; in case you’ve murdered a San Francisco city official and need a defense strategy, or something.

  14. Larry Lunts Jan 23rd 2013 at 01:27 am 14

    The Caterpillar Company aggressively fights against the word “caterpillar” being used generically for construction equipment being manufactured by other companies.

    “Mickey D’s” was registered as a trademark by McDonald’s, in 1981, when the company learned that black hipsters were calling McDonald’s by that name; and McDonald’s aggressively defends the “Mickey D’s” trademark against restaurants with similar names.

  15. jajizi Jan 23rd 2013 at 10:19 am 15

    @Jeff (#12)
    So that’s what that war was about.

  16. Dr. Shrinker Jan 23rd 2013 at 11:53 am 16

    This discussion of generic and trademarked names is fascinating, but can anyone explain the comic itself? I’ve read it a dozen times and I have no idea what the joke is supposed to be.

  17. James Pollock Jan 23rd 2013 at 01:41 pm 17

    He’s made his own lunch, and it’s full of junk food… NOT what should be in a lunch. When called on it, he defends his choice… there weren’t any Twinkies.

  18. Larry Lunts Jan 23rd 2013 at 01:52 pm 18

    He’s avoiding getting food from Tia Carmen in the lunch line because she treats him like a kid, but the food he brought for himself in the brown bag is exactly the kind of junk food a kid would pick.

  19. James Pollock Jan 24th 2013 at 01:19 am 19

    Yeah, that explanation’s MUCH better than mine… he doesn’t like being treated like a kid, but he’s acting like one. That’s totally what I meant to say.

  20. jerrythemacguy Jan 26th 2013 at 11:42 am 20

    The L.A. Times doesn’t carry “Baldo” so the only time I see it is when I’m traveling and I find it in out of town newspapers. Being a native of Southern California, growing up in majority Latino areas, and having many, many Latino friends, I have never heard them speak the way they do in “Baldo”. The Spanglish, such as “Tia Carmen” doesn’t ring true with my experiences. Maybe it is a Puerto Rican immigrant thing?

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