How to Deal with the Little Things That Really Bother You

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"Did you know Adobe's spell checker reads 'Mellencamp' as 'Melanomas'?"

No, but I will never, ever forget it, now. :)

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaa

You know it was his manager who promoted him as "Johnny Cougar" without asking first, right?

I'm assuming this is just the comic-strip Scott alter ego who's hating on John Mellencamp. Rocket Hat wouldn't talk this kind of trash.

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSt. Chris

I read the fourth panel as being an extremely specific Instruction: "How to Deal with the Little Things That Don't Really Bother You, John Mellencamp."

My browser suggests 'Encampment' and 'Mellicent' in place of Mellencamp.

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim

:o Its like we're twins, only I have hair: I also loathe John Melanomas, and "pet peeve" and "meta" - also add to that list "pro-active", "future-proof" and "paradigm".

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJawfin

Panel 4 has so many real-world applications. I... I'm paralyzed with options! ;)

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

True, as Rocket Hat wouldn't talk at all.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMadCrow

lemme tell you a few things about man of the people millyunair Broooossss Springsteen

Is that "Rage-Face" (pic.3) new? Can'T remeber seeing this kind of raw hatr.... loathing before.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJens Murer

I spent half my life in southern Indiana. One time, getting ice cream with a friend, some old guy we didn't know came over and sat near us and told us that John Cougar Mellencamp had just gotten ice cream here. That was his big-ass black SUV that had just driven off outside. He seemed to think that (A) we didn't know who John Cougar Mellencamp was, and (B) that we should be giddy with delight that our paths had crossed with his.

I told the old guy that we knew who he was and just didn't like his music much. He left us, determined to spread the gospel of John Cougar Mellencamp's descent upon us little common folk at the Jiffy Treat to other nonbelievers.

I'm just saying: if you ever do want to fix this whole "John Mellencamp doesn't know I exist" thing? I know where he gets his ice cream.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSocks

What St. Chris said is true. He actually told them NOT to change his name, but they wanted something flashy and catchy and knew better than he did what he wanted. They also had a lot of control over what he would record. He was not happy. As long as the powers that be had the rights, he was building an identity with his fans. That's why as soon as he got rights to himself again he began the process of going to his real name with John Cougar Mellencamp.

Sorry Scott. You've been hating all this time for nothing. Sorry, I mean loathing.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

uh oh, you are in trouble now Scott.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

@ St. Chris

He didn't seem to object to taking all that pop music money.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNalano

It's true Rocket Hat wouldn't speak that way. But Rocket Hat has yet to speak in any strip.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTBA

I've always hated the word 'pet peeves' also so, hey, moment of solidarity there.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGryndyl

Love the last panel. The alternate conversation could also be, "I really dislike John Mellencamp" -- reply being, "That's odd, he's always said nice things about you."

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKozz

Hah, I also dislike the term "pet peeves"! Pet peeves are stupid and the term is stupid too!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShan

Well ain't that America.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternorbizness

The song "Small Town" ranks second after Madonna's "you're An Angel" for most gratuitous repetition of a lame-ass phrase. By the time you've heard either one once through (such as if it's your boss's radio) you've heard it thirty times as many times as you could have ignored, and your last nerve is bleeding.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

That's funny about the spellcheck. I have a similar story - My son's name is Devon, and my mother's email spellcheck kept trying to change it to 'demon'.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorejello

You know it was his manager who promoted him as "Johnny Cougar" without asking first, right?

He released six albums under the name "John Cougar." I'm guessing he had figured out what was going on by the fourth album, at least. ;)

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

Rocket Hat doesn't talk any kind of trash, actually.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter23

Rocket Hat wouldn't talk any kind of trash.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter23

My pet peeve is that lately your characters seem to be singing their dialog, e.g., Panel 1.

Much like John Cougar.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStenz

There's nothing more satisfying in life than talking smack about people you don't like. That is unless it's talking smack to your friends. It's uber fun.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

I bet you really like Johnny Cougar Mellencamp, you just weren't born a small town and didn't get to live in a little pink house and don't know about blood on the scarecrow or blood on the plow., but life goes on, long after the thrill of livin is gone.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

It's the little things that piss me off.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

I have a similar kind of loathing towards George Thorogood.

I listen to "Bad to the Bone," and hear him say "I broke a thousand hearts, before I met you. I'll break a thousand more, baby, before I am through." Yet, in the very next line, he says "I wanna be yours, pretty baby, yours and yours alone."

So which is it, George? Are you gonna be a bad-to-the-bone heartbreaker, wooing thousands upon thousands of women? Or are you gonna be faithful to your proverbial 'baby'? Make up your goddamn mind!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngelKing4t7

the phrase "pet peeves" really bothers me as well!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

I hate "that phrase" too. Specifically, I hate the word "p##v#." And why is it always modified by "pet"?

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatBallou

I don't care that much for most of John Mellancamp's songs, but Human Wheels was amazingly good.

I hate overly repetitive songs. Bon Jovi ranks in my "no, no, not that band!" list for some of their crimes in repetition.

I always think "pet peeve" is kinda funny. But that's just me.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrisL

@ AngelKing4t7:
I suspect that rather than being indecisive, that George Thoroughgood might be being (*gasp*) dishonest when he sings that line...

he is, after all, Bad to the Bone...

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterarc

See, this is why I read Basic Instructions: to learn stuff. I mean, I'm okay at the "don't pet the sweaty stuff/don't sweat the petty stuff" part, but I had no idea about the history of John Mellencamp's stage and given names! I just know that I waited eagerly at every birthday skating party from 3rd-5th grade (at my own small town's roller rink) for "Jack and Diane" to come on so that I could simultaneously fantasize about and eye-roll at the notion of having one's "hand between her knees."

Also, I wonder if being unable to stand the phrase "pet peeve" is more "meta" or should be considered "recursive."

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThomasT

I've seen oddly ranting postings by many a fanboi in my life...apple fanbois, ms fanbois, google fanbois, the list goes on and on...but I think this is the first time I've seen such fanboi-ism over John Mellencamp. Today is a strange day indeed.

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

My patents used to call him John Cougar Mellonhead.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

Greg - it is clearly a sign of the coming apocalypse.


The only problem I could see with burying John Cougarmellenballs in that collapsed mine in Brazil would be that he wasn't simultaneously set on fire.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClumber

How can I love both this comic and John Mellencamp? TELL ME HOWWW!!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConflicted

HAhah! Awesome :) "Pet peeve" is a horrible phrase!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMay

*Chile


(At least I got the right continent.... )

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclumber

Little known fact: in those early days of primitive personal computers, spelcheckers read John Mellencamp as Johnny Cougar... It was all Bill Gates' fault!

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZ-man

What would you get if you summed the fake 'man of the people' pretentiousness of John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen?

Bono.

Excuse me, gotta' go: the dramamine's wearing off.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbill

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