1. I read it as a contradiction. “The good news is that I found something to cut the cake with. The bad news is you are about to die.” There is no indication death is waiting to take Larry, but that is how I see.

  2. I love the last bit of “Das Himmlische Leben” where he says:

    Die englischen Stimmen
    Ermuntern die Sinnen,
    Daß Alles für Freuden erwacht!

    .. but always wondered why he was celebrating English voices!

  3. @ Mitch4 – I didn’t know what Mahler might have to do with this comic, but when I looked it up, I discovered an even more puzzling line in the first verse: “Wir führen ein englisches Leben“, which would appear to mean “we lead an English life”. The answer to the riddle bears some similarity to the “angle” pun: the adjective “englisch” is simply a poetic contraction for “engelisch“, meaning “related to angels”.

  4. Yes, it has to be “angelic” . I thought the angel/English collision could follow up the angel/angle one.

    Here btw is Blazek today with another joke on the reaper’s scythe being treated like just another blade.

  5. This was a LOL for me.

    If it’s a CIDU well,…. Well, death is going to reap Larry by lending him his scythe to use as a cake knife. Larry’s wife is too oblivious to see what is going on. It appeals to Death’s sense of humor to interact in mundane life knowing full-well death is the inevitable end.

  6. Here btw is Blazek today with another joke on the reaper’s scythe being treated like just another blade.

    That seems like a really small scythe.

  7. @ Brian – “That seems like a really small scythe.
    Death has been around long enough to have learned that size doesn’t matter, all that counts is how it is used.

  8. “That seems like a really small scythe.”
    Since it’s a picnic, maybe Death is also temporarily filling in today for his friend, Death of Ants?

  9. This may never be seen by any CWDUers, but I’m puttin’ in here anyway, just so I can say I continued the DEATH theme . . .

    (I wonder, tho, will DEATH drink the wine? You KNOW how food and drink go right through him!)

  10. @ Andréa – I think you may be underestimating the drawing power of your name when it shows up in the “Recent Comments” list.

  11. Huh, I didn’t realize that’d show up; I thought only those who ‘follow’ and get alerts in their emails would see additions to ‘old’ posts.

  12. @ Andréa – Thus rendering my attempt (this morning) to submit it for a separate thread moot, or at least superfluous, except that I had an ulterior motive for this one: It’s been exactly one month since CIDU Bill passed away. The comic isn’t exactly germane, but I figured that it was less in remembrance of his death than a celebration of one of his favorite extended comic campaigns.

  13. @ Andréa – No worries: I’m perfectly happy to wait and see what our resident Editors decide to do. Since I’ve already delivered the one comment I wanted to make, it’s OK for it to remain here in this collective repository.

  14. Well, if you prefer, you may chose BBQ sauce, cream cheese, Swiss cheese, ham&cheese, spicy chicken, peanut, pizza or paprika.
    Or go for the bland ‘salted’.
    (Fries are doused in ketchup, so why not incorporate the flavor into crisps? Saves time.)

  15. Well, I will often have chips (crisps) with some ketchup (or chili-sauce or fresh-salsa) sort of on-the-side for dipping though it’s fine if it covers some of them. (I’m trying to distinguish this from “doused”.) Just as I would with fries.

    And having the flavor incorporated in the chips would not serve the purpose as well. That purpose being only half to add flavor, but also to provide some liquid along with the salty solid. (And don’t try to tell me ketchup is non-newtonian! That’s probably why it is so well suited for this.)

  16. They’re not really that solid, actually. They’re more like puffed rice: more air than potato. If you get them wet, they turn soggy like the sludge at the bottom of your cereal bowl.
    I’m surprised not to find a mayonnaise flavor.

  17. I never put ketchup on my French Fries (=crisps), but I do slosh on “Fish and Chips” style vinegar when available. Which makes me wonder why, with all of the other flavors Olivier listed as available, they didn’t do a “salt and vinegar” version, since that’s a fairly common one for potato chips in the U.S.

  18. Well, salt&vinegar is more of a British thing, I believe, and the British have a different brand (company ?) making a similar product, not available on the continent, under the same name and they do offer that flavor.
    US French fries = Brit chips = ‘les frites’
    US chips = Brit crisps= ‘les chips’

  19. Oh, I see the British Monster Munch crisps are corn-based.
    It’s hard to see who owns whom but the potato-based ones are available in France and Belgium, where I’ve seen them in supermarkets, and probably in Germany.

  20. In Germany, purchasing chips (US) or crisps (Brit.) is an exercise in intolerable flavor combinations and amounts. While it is possible to find potato chips in plain (“salted”) form, most of the corn (tortilla) chips (and absolutely all of the “specialty” or “puffed” creations, as shown above) are flavored with some obnoxious combination of (mostly artificial) spices (cheese, hot pepper, onion, paprika, vinegar, even wasabi — icky). It wouldn’t be so bad if the flavors were applied in tolerable amounts, but no, the manufacturers appear to have decided that the German consumer has no sense of taste, so they apply it in boatloads, making it impossible to taste the chip, or any accompanying dip.

  21. @Kilby: I hate that; it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy that no amount of protest, lobbying, boycotts ever seems to be able to fix. Germans like their chips over-spicy — proof? That’s all they buy! (That all they can buy, I protest, to no avail…) Americans only buy overly souped up cars with over-powered engines; no one will buy the economy car, so we won’t sell it. (Every. Single. Time. I have to buy a car I run into this fallacy, well on 30 years going now. I have to insist on the econo model that isn’t even in the show room, have it ordered, wait six weeks, endure the upsell efforts, and the endless circular logic as you have to basically order the salesguy to sell you what you want, and often have to walk out of the dealership and go to another in a different town because they just won’t sell you what you want. The best part, the last car but one that we bought, a Honda Fit in 2007, nobody wanted to sell us, Americans don’t buy this kind of car!, at least not without paying $2000 more for the “sport” trim, ie: extra bits of plastic for $2000 more, and possibly a less efficient more over-powered engine; we had to order it, wait, have the order canceled because the color we wanted was suddenly no longer available, all the usual rigamarole, and then I noticed a couple years after we bought it, that it was the single most common car on the streets! I noticed because I wanted to flag down my wife from the bus stop, and so I waved at the dark haired woman driving the grey Honda Fit, only it wasn’t my wife! Nor was the other grey Fit (none of them the “sports” trim, either), or the other grey Fit… Wow! There sure are a LOT of Honda Fits that no American would buy on the roads of America!
    And sure enough, when we bought our last car (another Honda Fit), we had to go to three dealership because they just would not sell us the Honda (a FIt!) we wanted, because nobody buys those… The first gave some story about the factory in Mexico burning down or being flooded (really!) when we were in the preliminary shopping phase, to explain why there were none of the newest model Fits to test drive; the second dealership the salesguy just refused to sell us what we wanted it became clear after about two or three days with us ready to sign, but him just not answering the few last questions we had because he refused to look the information up, so we had to go online, find the car, and match it to the nearest dealership that would sell it to us…

  22. Which is why I buy mostly second hand (and not just cars).
    Concerning food, I’ve gone back to basics.

  23. I would have liked four horsemen with different colors of horse. I realize that would have made things crowded.

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