How to Talk a Friend Through a Problem

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The comic is showing up now, Scott. :-)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim McCormack

EXCELLENT advice! I love how you've shown us an overlapping conversation, as well. Genius.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

If the strong harm the weak, the strong become evil, and the weak remain weak. If the strong protect the weak, the strong become good, and the weak become strong.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAntipaganda

Ok, antipaganda, but what about the cheesemakers?

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercsrster

such a genius! this is one of my favourites

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermartin

You remind me of a friend of mine. We had to come up with a new disease name to describe what he had, but he was eventually diagnosed with FIMD. Foot in Mouth Disease.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Oh, Susan, Dr. Rob has already patented* that disease name and has diagnosed many with it.

(*Not actually patented)

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

Co-ed high school wrestling. The girls would always win, either because the boys let them (in order to be caught between their legs) or because the boys would be so distracted they couldn't focus.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRev Matt

I am thouroughly disgusted by your comment, Rev Matt. The girls would win because A: girls are better wrestlers that guys, B: we girls have a higher tolerance of pain. If you guys stub you toe on a chair, you're whining aboot it for the rest of the day. We can break linbs and crack heads open, and we still retain our senses enough to make sure that other people are okay as well. HELLO! Don't come back to this website until you get those sexist comments out of your frickin' head, or so help me, I WILL TRACK YOU DONW WITH MY ARMY OF HOMELESS PEOPLE AND EAT YOUR SOUL!!!!!!!!! MWA HA HA HA HA HA!

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

i agree with izzy, i've cracked my head open atleast five times, (yeah, i'm reckless, blame the stairs and my moped) broken my arm three times, broke my hand once, dislocated my shoulder, broke my jaw, split my chin open, fractured my shin, and displaced my toes many times . . . not once did i cry or even complain. (I think i'm forgetting something) But neverthe less, i can tolerate pain very much.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKira

"If you guys stub you toe on a chair, you’re whining aboot it for the rest of the day."

How's that not a sexist comment? Learn to take a joke.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaminar

@Laminar, I think that was hyperbole, or irony or something. Army of homeless people eating souls smacks of taking a joke.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscyllacat

@ Rev Matt:

There is a third option: The girls are bigger and stronger, and much meaner. This is high school, after all... well, for the first year or two that's an option, at least :)

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@ 13, I expect it is not yet high school; however, I expect weight classes would obtain, and at what point would a young lady become quite disinterested in being identified by weight? on the other hand, she's got her rollicking hormones too, and might enjoy a rassle as much as any male opponent...

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

Knowing that this comic is partly true makes it even more funny :D

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLenny

The Matts have it right, the boys don't stand a chance, the teenage girls are either bigger and meaner or too attractive to be beaten. Actually the only difference between adults and teenagers is that the women are a bit more subtle in their application of their bigger/meaner/too attractive superiority and the men have already worked out that they are beaten.

And can telling it how it is really be a sexist comment?

PS ; Izzy, if you are looking for my soul, you will actually need to track down my ex-wife, she got it in the divorce settlement with everything else.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermikef

From my experience? It depends on the weight class. The bigger and heavier the girl is, the less chance she has of winning for whatever reason. And I don't mean it as, like, fatter chicks are ugly and look more like guys or anything like that. I wrestle 189 pounds, and I haven't lost against any of the girls I've wrestled.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

I'm a girl and I lift more than the school quarterback (190 lbs.). I'm linemen on the Powderpuff team. I've been asked to be on the football team and I'm a shot putter on the track team........AND I tried out for cheerleading and threw the girl so high she got scared...
I'd agree girls are tough...

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChels

I've known plenty of very tough girls, and while it is true that females do have a higher pain threshold than males, I see nothing wrong with the Rev's take on why the girls won at his school - if the boys at that school "let" the girls win by being sure to be pinned between their legs OR if they were so distracted they forgot what they were doing, then that was the male reaction to the situation. It matters not if the girls would have won anyway because of their skill, toughness, or meanness. The boys were being boys. Not a sexist comment. I am female, btw, and not particularly tough or mean, but I do have a pretty high pain threshold. Just sayin'.
Please don't send your homeless army to eat my soul, izzy. *cowering in fear*

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

A lot of comments on the likes of "I am a female, I declare myself strong, I declare that I can take the pain very well, I see boys winning, therefore females are stronger and more pain tolerant without doubt" ... Indeed, and that would continue to be fo ever because: "I am male, I declare that it is useless to try to change the mind of my wife (or any other female I have met on some level) with irrelevant trivia like medical studies and other scientific facts". Ok, I count on my wife not knowing that I had said this, also, that it is unlikely that a stronger female reading this would have a chance to find me and kick my man-butt.

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

I guess I must be getting old. Way back when I was in high school (the mid 80's) the male vs female wrestling was not an official sport and usually occurred in the back seat of a car.

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHari

I'm so touched that you guys would react to my comic. but i'm still going to eat your souls. Too bad, so sad, get used to it.

why do you think i'm on the run?

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

comment, comic, whatever

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

Replace wrestling with Judo, which has always been co-ed. And hey, it can be fun to have your arse whooped by a girl. Just remember to tap-out (yield) before you pass out or have your arm broke.

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Howe

my proposal, after many years of being beaten at wrestling by my wife, is that she smells amazing up close, is waaaay too soft and wonderful, has a mean scissors-lock, can absolutely kick my ass, and......she is the world's most unforgivable unrepentant tickler ever! i think that last little bit is what puts her over the top everytime...except the fact that my checkered past is finally catching up to my ailing health. any way you slice it, girls rock!

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

oh yeah, and have any of you ever SEEN live childbirth up close?!? I have and there is no way what regularly comes popping out of women in delivery rooms the world over is EVER coming out of me as anything but one half of the fertilizing process...girls rock!

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

Funniest one yet, Scott.

And I'm going to steal the 'Smarter than a monkey, cheaper than a robot' line.

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCeri

I do love B.I. strips where the very first panel makes me laugh out loud. Sometimes Scott goes for the punch line early. Moving on. Don't tell me girls would win because the boys like being pinned by them. Most of the boy wrestlers I've seen on YouTube seem to enjoy wrestling with other, you know, boys. But for the (w)rest of us...wrestling with a girl? For me it would be hard.

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYet Another Rob

My stepdaughter is 12 and has joined the middle school wrestling team. She is not only the only girl in the school (all grades, all weight classes), but she is also the only girl among the schools that her school competes with. Yes, it makes me a teeny bit queasy, although I suspect it makes the boy wrestlers a bit more queasy. BTW, she has yet to win a single bout, although it doesn't seem to bother her.

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersford

Wrestling has always been co-ed, even in the 80's (I graduated in 1989, Hari). Most states have laws stating if there is not an equivalent team/sport for girls, they can participate on the boys' team. I faced girls on the mat in HS. On the mat, they're another opponent, that's all. At lower weight classes, the match ups are pretty equal. Middle and higher weights, guys start really outclassing most girls in upper body strength, but girls tend to have faster reflexes and, if they're serious and have learned good technique, can still win. In my experience, the insecure guys who bragged up getting the chance for a grope were usually too intimidated by the potential of losing to a girl, so developed a convenient malady or injury, forfeiting to the girl rather than losing.

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGryffin

Re: High Tolerance for Pain... YES. But that's not because of being female. You know the girls in marching bands, with flags and such and different uniforms? I'm one of those. Trust me, learning to twirl a flag is very difficult and results in much pain and occasionally blood. For a while after you start, it hurts like a bitch. Now, I have literally hit myself in the face and not registered it.

I am band geek hear me rawr!

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLily

I wanted to join wrestling in my school...However the coach said I couldn't just because I'm a girl (even though the other coaches protested right there.) I don't think that's a legacy I need to leave...

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChels

Caption 4 - " if your friend chose to share their problem with you, they must think you can help, and you owe it to them to try" -- thats very funny: classic GUY ADVICE. Guys want to tell you how to solve your problems. Us gals are different: if we tell you a problem, we just want you to hear and sympathise, not for you to get all practical on us (we can do that ourselves already).

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMinervette

Having once been a naive 13 year old...tell your friend that an adult female needs to tell his daughter that not everyone thinks like her, that is to say: innocently. Teenage boys are full of hormones and she should prepare to be grabbed inappropriately. If such is her desire, there are less violent ways to go about it.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

Petra! A voice of old-age wisdom and intelligence here to set things straight!

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNot-So-Sexy Sadie

don't worry . . . I won't. We're cool like that.

February 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

Something to remember, there are virtually no women competing with the elite DIVISION I male wrestlers at any university or college. The men are to powerful and explosive. There is a difference when boys and girls compete in grappling during the early teenage years - the male's body has not fully matured. All things being equal (time invested in training), males prevail in most grappling matches over females. In addition, men and women don't compete against each other at the professional level in combat sports (MMA, Boxing, etc.) - there is too much of a power difference in favor of the males. I will submit this, some of the men who have submitted comments in this forum are non-athletic WIMPS and they don't train - they are the types that lose to girls.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

"If the strong harm the weak, the strong become evil, and the weak remain weak. If the strong protect the weak, the strong become good, and the weak become strong."

what the?

no! If the strong protect the weak the strong are /called/ good, and the weak /remain weak/. If the strong harm the weak, the strong are /called/ evil, and the weak learn they must become strong.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKorbl

I had female partners in martial arts and that was fine. I wouldn't be comfortable wrestling with a girl, though. Then again, I'm not comfortable wrestling with anyone...

Also, in fighting females, I've noticed they typically don't hold back in a fight, whereas most guys do; especially when fighting a female. As for girls being tougher, sex doesn't matter. everyone has different pain tolerance, and you can also learn pain tolerance. Some girls in martial arts couldn't handle punches at quarter speed. Some could handle full punches (blocking practice). We are all different.

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNef

"There is a third option: The girls are bigger and stronger, and much meaner. This is high school, after all... well, for the first year or two that's an option, at least :)"
- HAHA! Are you retarded? Boys(especially in high school) are bigger, stronger and WAY meaner then girls in high school(even in the first years) you idiot. Sexual dimorphism, go look it up.

"The Matts have it right, the boys don't stand a chance, the teenage girls are either bigger and meaner or too attractive to be beaten."
- Again, WRONG! Teenage boys are way bigger, way stronger, and way meaner then girls, especially in high school, and even more on wrestling teams. Plus I'm talking about average here, in general, obese girls and boys don't count, moron. Sexual dimorphism, go look it up.

March 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGokhan

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