How to Accept an Unwanted Gift


I can tell you, for a fact, that at least one visitor to Ric's home has pointed at his stupid "Birds of the world" clock and exclaimed "That's the clock!"


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Reader Comments (29)

very helpful for these holidays.

I'm crazy enough to put some of your instructions into action.

cheers, and happy holidays!

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFabio

I was actually given one of those clocks, They have a light sensor so they don't go off when it's dark. Still a pretty crappy gift.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKoosbing

My mom owns that clock. She actually bought it for herself. Luckily, it has a light sensor which means it only goes off when it is pitch black. When I lived with her, I very quickly learned that the sun sometimes comes up prior six in the morning when the duck started honking.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua Skurtu

My grandmother used to have one of those "Birds of the World" clock. I ended up being the designated tech support person every time the birdcalls would get out of sync with the actual hour of the day, which could happen surprisingly easily.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterme

My mother has one of those clocks!

Ah, the sweet, sweet gift of telling my mother she's been made fun of online :)

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrbp

Although a repost, I like it a lot and wish you best Holidays and a happy new year!

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Ha! That guy who works in the loading dock behind Goodwill is everyone's friend!

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I just wanted to let you know, it might be convenient for some people(like myself, had I not already embarked upon the task of re-bookmarking) if you could add redirect pages to your comics for the links from the old site. I have a folder of my favorite comics in my bookmarks that all need to be edited to the new locations, but if you had access to the old location URL's that you could redirect to the new ones, people would still be able to enjoy their comics with little additional effort. Just a thought.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Um, I would assume the one visitor who says "That's the clock" at Rick's house would be you...?

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthestashattacked

I beat all of you. My grandmother owns several parrots who she taught how to nag. Sleep at her house and hear this all night

"Clean up after yourself"
"work harder"
"give me a hand with that"

When the phone rings they all chorus "Answer the phone it is important, answer the phone, answer the phone"

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Hilarious! My abdominal muscles are quivering in pain from the laughing...

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMateo

One of my favorites. Loading dock behind goodwill made my day. And the bird clocks were hot for one horrible six week period between when everyone's aunt saw them at costco and when people realized how annoying they were.

December 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJorgen

I can't believe Goodwill would accept something like that. In fact, I can't believe anyone would accept it unless they intended to completely destroy it. What a dumb idea.

Now, a Star Wars chess set... there's a good idea.

December 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUncollated

Not only do I own a bird clock, so does my dad. Sometimes when we're talking on the phone, they go off simultaneously!!! Very cool!!

December 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToni

Ric's let his hair grow again?? Or is that the leader of the moonmen in disguise???

Nice comic, btw! And happy holidays!

December 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdi

I know your "friend" at goodwill. I usually see him a few weeks after Christmas.

December 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

Hey, it looks like somebody else also got one of these clocks for Christmas...

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRalph

I know your "friend" at goodwill. I usually meet him a week or so after Christmas.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

Hey Adi, this is a re-run of a very old, but VERY good, one.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShru1kan

I love the body posture/mannerism/expression of the guy holding the clock in panel 3.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDarla Dixon

I wanted to complement you on your writer's craft for coming up with the "Birds of the World" clock. It is both completely awesome and completely terrible at the same time (as, I believe, foretold by Nicaea). Alas, I notice you admit to not inventing it, but still, at least you recognized it when you saw it and told the rest of us.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQuack

"They bought the gift because they like you, not because they wanted to murder your spirit with soul-choking clutter."
I laughed out loud! And continue to laugh....! Terrific.

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSmitty

Hey, I got a Clones Vs. Droids checker set. I'll have to check to see if it actually says Droips.

January 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLyly

Speaking my language. My family likes to give me so many weird articles of clothing-- we're talking dozens of plaid shirts, under/oversized graphic tees, and "filler" wardrobe stuff because, you know, I can't figure out how to put clothes on my own butt. I have to sneak pieces off to the Salvation Army every few months so no one gets offended, but when I tell them they always say, "Oh, okay, never again." -_- Good grief.

Then there's my brother's girlfriend, who gave my mother NASCAR themed cokes (unopened) from '96 and a random enlarged photo of a squirrel. Needless to say,my mom's house is starting to look like a redneck museum.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter'Nuff Said

I own a bird clock, so does my dad. Sometimes when we're talking on the phone, they go off simultaneously!!! its well funny

Plumber in rochdale - Mr plumber

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMr Plumber

My aunt has had that same clock for as long as I can remember.

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaqueely

Huh. First time I saw this, I would have sworn Rick was a girl..

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBuntCake

I love my family's bird clock! We have one, my grandparents have one, and even my aunt has one! When I get married and get a house, I plan on getting one of my own!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

my grandmother has that clock. she's had it for years and years.

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn
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