How to Boost a Friend's Confidence

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Reader Comments (14)

scott, you look like ummmm....something particularly creepy in frame 3. my brother-in-law i think

February 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

Well this comic came up at the perfect time. Thanks for the boost of confidence.

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFred


June 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMister Atlas

"Ramming Speed" is a silly phrase...
you can ram something at any speed which is positive relative to your target.

see for full explanation here:

PS: aw man, 95% of my education is derived from comic strips...

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheng

frame three = you pulling a pouty face!

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy

Wouldn't the odds be low? Or are you trying to say that he wont ask her out?

May 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe bottle

@heng: not true. 'Ramming speed' actually makes sense.

It means a high enough speed to make it nearly impossible to be avoided yet slow enough not to pulverize everything.
Of course my notion of 'slow enough' could be perfectly wrong.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZackDark

geez, these tools in the comments complaining about ramming speeds and odds being low are really starting to ruin this comic... I read the comic, laugh until i almost poop, scroll down to view a couple of comments (gives me enough time to get that poop thing under control before i go to the next one), and then get pissed that these people ANALyse the comic to death...just let it be funny you damned parade poopers...

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternk

I agree with the first commenter, frame 3 looks like you should be asking Ric if the tranquilizer you slipped him is working yet lol.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRhys

@nk: You know, you DON'T have to read the comments. They only ruin the humor if you read them.

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterADSF

We're all forgetting the real reason to boost his confidence: To get him to look stupid in front of you! Nobody actually wants to see their friends succeed!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterciderspace

"Ramming Speed" when I use it always is a reference to the movie classic Ben Hur.

December 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreg


Pendant alert!

Ramming speed was for ships that would ram other ships as an offensive weapon. It was the fastest the ship could go so that the prow would penetrate the other ship rather than bounce off. You think of Ben Hur because this was done by rowed boats, not sailing ships. With a sailing ship you order sails up or down, not the speed. Those ships had a ram, a pointy part, below the water line with the hope of putting a hole below the water line of the target ship.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Silberstein

Oh, and Heng, if you are subscribed: the comic is wrong on every point. "Ramming speed" means "as fast as you can go". It is an instruction to rowers who don't care about velocity in units and to the guy beating the pace. And "brace for impact" means "we are about to hit, let go of the oars and duck". When you hit the oars are going to stop moving but the boat won't. If you are holding them you might break your arms.

So it is stupid in space ships, it is entirely correct in rowed ships.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Silberstein
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