How to Engage in Hyperbole

 Hey Android users, there’s a free Basic Instructions Android app! Please go check it out. Just scan the code below, or search the marketplace for “Basic Instructions.”

The free app gives you access to the ten most recent strips. The paid app (which is coming soon) will give you access to every strip, along with some other features about which I am rather excited.

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Reader Comments (30)


March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob Farley

Hilarious! :D

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLenny

Dumber than the argument over who would win in a fight between Anne Frank and Lizzy Borden? Oh, wait, that was two other idiots.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZach

This is the greatest comic in the history of comics!!!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames Poteet

Extremism in the defense of stupidity is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of stupidity is no virtue.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlawrence

Wait! Was it ever conclusively decided which superhero would win the slap fight?

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

Utilizing hyperbolity to make the jump to hyperspace in cyberspace humor. Pure genius.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Scott

Awesome as usual. I was laughing the whole way through. :D

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHyperbolic.

This comic is brilliant. More brilliant than any before it or any that can come after it. I challenge you to try and claim this comic to be more brilliant than I can. I claim that even after the stars have lost their light, the brilliance of this comic will shine on. BIRILLIANT I SAY. BRILLIANT.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHassan Tahir

It seems that you're quite the hyperbollista!

Oh, and Juggernaught would win the slap fight...

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvilZakkie

Slap war between all the superheroes. A sort of superhanded Slappageddon. This has possibilities.
I'm not rolling on the floor laughing because I'm too old and dignified for that, and anyway, the floor is dirty. But in a purely hyperbolic sense, I am rolling all over the floor laughing and caroming off the walls.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMP

You nailed the issue on the head Scott

Nailed it good with a board, and ummm a nail!

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

"Spell the crap out of it"? LOL.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Too funny- that's all I'm gonna say. Too friggin' funny. Okay, THAT's all I'm gonna say. Oh, how I laughed.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYes, I am Tubby

I was JUST YESTERDAY explaining hyperbole to my 9-year old. If I only had this then! Another great one - you're on a roll, Scott.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris H.

Now we must see a slap fight among the members of your mighty team of superheroes! I'm betting Rocket Hat wins by a scorched palm, and Omnipresent Man ends up slapping himself. A lot.

Although slapping the Human Joke--er, Knifeketeer--looks kind of dangerous, too ...

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I am laughing like a hyena. I sound like a seagull.
I had to google the meaning of hyperbole to get it. I am actually learning from this silly comic. I feel like the Greek apprentice getting it from his master. ...ouch...

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

Hellboy would win the slap fight with his Right Hand of DOOM!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

*clears throat* Sorry . . . Hellboy fangirl-ism . . . .

@Zach - Anne Frank and Lizzy Bordon? Lizzy - she chopped her parents to bits. WITH AN AX. I think we let her win this one.


March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy

And so goes the Hyperbolic Chronicle, to be preserved and passed down through the ages.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Vaughan

This is funny! I like all the forms of hyperbole. And the sllap fight with superheros.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKris L

About the Android app: Making the free version limited to only 10 strips is silly. Someone else could easily write one that shows them all, or people could just come to this web page. The only way you'll get people to pay for the "full version" is if the extra features are really, really good. They won't pay to see the strips when they can easily see them for free.

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTelanis

I'm rolling-- the fourth panel is AWESOME!

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterscgvlmike

I want to have your babies. I hear there's an operation for that these days.

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersimon

This came just in time for my AP class.


March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCLAM

Great punch-line.

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Hyperbole is a billion times better than exaggeration!

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo


Isn't convenient access to the entire Basic Instructions catalog in addition to new updates a really good feature that makes the app worth buying? The app store version only gives you 10 comics, doesn't update and costs a buck. Aren't 300+ comics and automatic updates worth 2 or 3?

I'm working on a "favorites" feature in addition to offline storage and blog comments. What else would you like to see?

I'm really interested in everyone's ideas and suggestions. I want this to be the greatest basic instructions app that ever was, is, or will be! (and well worth the small cost)

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam B.

I forgot, the full version will also have search!

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam B.

"*which* superhero would win" in panel 4? Great comic by the way, it's hard to suppress my laughter when I'm at work hehe.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClip

Unfortunately, hyperbole is being misused, here. Hyperbole is not simply "exaggeration to be silly," it is "exaggeration for the sake of making a point."

If I say, "Agh, this is taking forever!" It is specifically NOT meant to be taken literally, but to make a point that whatever you are referring to is taking surprisingly long time.

November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAtari

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