Okay, I get all the individual elements of this comic, but I have no idea how they’re supposed to coalesce into single coherent gag

Cidu Bill on Jan 24th 2013


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16 Responses to “Okay, I get all the individual elements of this comic, but I have no idea how they’re supposed to coalesce into single coherent gag”

  1. Ron Jan 24th 2013 at 12:13 am 1

    Okay, the “guy” has just walked through the magnetometer without
    setting it off (the light on top is dark). His suitcase on the
    X-ray belt, however, apparently has a cork puller in it. My guess
    at what’s supposed to be funny is that what’s in his suitcase, that
    they can’t identify, is just what they’d need to remove the guys
    cork, as they indicate they want to do.

  2. Tezza Jan 24th 2013 at 12:18 am 2

    Assuming that a cork screw is a deadly weapon to a bottle of wine, but then are the guards only going to figuratively pull his cork.
    “Pull this guy’s cork” in inverted commas but that starts to sound (and look) a little ARLO then.
    Ok TSA at the start of the wine’s name … mildly funny.

  3. Fuzzmaster Jan 24th 2013 at 12:33 am 3

    Cavity search. Maybe something to do with carrying fluids on board?

  4. John Small Berries Jan 24th 2013 at 12:33 am 4

    I suspect that pulling an anthropomorphic wine bottle’s cork leads to their equivalent of a body cavity search.

  5. James Pollock Jan 24th 2013 at 12:40 am 5

    “pulling his cork” = “make him spill his guts” ?

  6. Arthur Jan 24th 2013 at 01:26 am 6

    Lots of guesswork here:

    What would be a weapon against wine bottles? A cork puller. So, he’s
    going to get special attention. Pulling his cork and looking inside
    is the equivalent of a strip search.

    Except that, if they’re going to pull his cork, the cork puller isn’t
    actually a weapon.

    And none of this explains why any of it should be funny.

  7. mitch4 Jan 24th 2013 at 07:37 am 7

    The city Shiraz is in Iran (though the grapes of that name are grown in many wine regions of the world). So the TSA agents are treating Shiraz with suspicion. And perhaps they are right to, as Tezza #2 points out, he is carrying something fatal to wine-bottle physical integrity.

  8. The Bad Seed Jan 24th 2013 at 07:43 am 8

    Seems like the equivalent of “This guy’s got a gun in his luggage so let’s shoot him.” The writer of this strip obviously didn’t think it through.

  9. The Ploughman Jan 24th 2013 at 11:37 am 9

    This is an example of trying to use two jokes and having them cancel each other out:

    1) A corkscrew as weapon against anthropomorphized wine bottles
    2) The equivalent of a cavity search for said anthropomorphized wine bottles is to have their “cork pulled.”

    The first one could have worked on its own, but what self-respecting cartoonist passes up a chance to put in a cavity search joke at an airport. Because that’s what happens at airports! In comics. And stories told by stand-up comedians. And maybe once in an article from a CJA post.

    The paradox this creates is explained by Arthur (6).

  10. The Ploughman Jan 24th 2013 at 11:39 am 10

    Ha - wonder what set off the awaiting moderation notice? “Cavity search”? “Cork pulled”?

  11. The Ploughman Jan 24th 2013 at 11:39 am 11

    Must be corkscrew.

  12. David Jan 24th 2013 at 12:42 pm 12

    This would have been humorous if all the bottles had tight corks and the suspect had a half pulled out cork and showed half empty on the scanner. As it is- simply not funny.

  13. Judge Mental Jan 24th 2013 at 01:12 pm 13

    When I read this when it actually ran, I thought it was a case of Hilburn not thinking it all the way through. It makes sense that a corkscrew is a deadly weapon in the universe of anthropomorphic bottles, but what derails that joke is that “pulling a guy’s cork” is meant to mean “cavity search”, but unfortunately “pulling a guy’s cork” is the exact purpose of the found weapon. The real world equivalent would be that the TSA uses any discovered weapons to create the whole to do the cavity search (I hope they don’t actually do this)

    In retrospect, perhaps the corkscrew isn’t a weapon, just evidence that they know the guy is smuggling something. :shrug

  14. Judge Mental Jan 24th 2013 at 03:48 pm 14

    I was going to just ignore my typo at 11, but it just bugged me too much.

    “whole” should be “hole”

  15. Pinny Jan 24th 2013 at 06:45 pm 15

    The only reason for a wine bottle to travel with a corkscrew is to allow him to access things in his body. Otherwise, wine bottle stay closed all the time. Discovering the corkscrew causes them to suspect that he is smuggling stuff in his body that he plans to extract later.

  16. dd Jan 24th 2013 at 10:01 pm 16

    Ooh that works Pinny! Good one.

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