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second panel typo "constantly be getting hit by cars"

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterg

wow - I can't possibly be the first grammar nazi to point out that in frame 2, Ric would probably not have said "be" in his question, unless he had asked "wouldn't" rather than "aren't" (have Missy read all options aloud to you, Scott) - and no apostrophe in OM's plural "things". Also, the instruction in frame 4 is worded muddily - "Some explanation(s)" or "Some (form of) explanation" might be clearer. Hmm... anyway, when I began reading this strip, I thought it was a repeat. But you wouldn't repeat grammar errors, so this must be a new one. Which strip am I thinking of, then?

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan


April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthing's

He's right behind me ohmygoodness.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

I wish my brain could filter out Omnipresent Man, it's like living in a sardine can full of spandex wearing clones with very smooth baby soft shaves.

I love Omnipresent Man.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYossarian

Not to be "that guy", but "aren't you constantly be getting hit by cars" seems to have an extra "be". Also there's a stray apostrophe in "two thing's".

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean

"Correct. I'm everywhere else."

Best line ever.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertired of blogs

Grammatical error, second panel.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarasvati

Second frame, "aren't you constantly be getting hit by cars?"...I've never caught you in a typo before...there's a first time for everything I guess.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

That was quite impressive the juggling of such demented concepts. The only minor problem was the jumbled first sentence in panel 2, "aren't you constantly be getting hit by cars?". I take it a word got missed?

Otherwise, quite fun, and for the continuity-whores like myself, even moreso! (I love the internal logic, even when absurdist as with Omnipresent Man, of fictional settings.)

Thanks for always delivering!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternewbiehere

Frame 2. Be getting. Isn't that Bible-speak for ...?

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave Haslett

I love how you bright back the extra joke.

I had actually just found that in the Basic Instructions android app while I was testing it.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam B.

"I'm inside your codpiece right now" is one of the most disturbing phrases I've ever encored in my short 21 years of living and it will be the phrase that will get me through all the bad times I will from now till the day I die.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterR.C.

Sir, you have outdone yourself once again.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

"Two thing's?" Oh, Scott...

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM

That is so funny. I love the Google Maps symbol on Omnipresent man. Ahahahahaha! Oh no, is he really everywhere? Even... Oh, I don't want to know.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShaquita

I love omnipresent man. I want someone to write a book about him just for the mind-numbing insanity of it.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermorolin

Scott, there are a few grammatical errors.
2nd panel:
"be getting hit by cars" - remove the "be"
"Two thing's" should be "two things"

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

Doesn't frame 2 argue that nobody is ever hit by a car?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterP

"Aren't you constantly be getting hit by cars?"
Hmm. I don't know if this new "ghetto" thing is working out for Rick. Maybe it would work better if he wore a giant clock around his neck? Just throwing that out there!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMantar

Great work! LOL!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReader

"I'm inside your codpiece right now."


April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

love you and your hilarious comics...thought you should know about the grammar mistake in the 2nd panel (the "be" shouldn't be there). no need to have this comment actually post/appear--just thought maybe you'd like to fix the mistake

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterj


Panel 2 first bit of dialog has some wrong word thing:
"aren't you constantly be getting hit by cars?"

Perhaps it should be:
"wouldn't you constantly be getting hit by cars?"

or else:
"aren't you constantly getting hit by cars?"


April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

"be getting" 2nd panel This is like a new parlour game. Could you ask Omnipresent Man to pass my cup of tea and stinking bishop and crackers. They are just out of my reach...

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike B

Grammar Police here. Incorrect use of the apostrophe in second frame (thing's)

I'm so lonely...

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaerbannog


April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTelanis

Frame two - "thing's" should say "things".

Apostrophe Nazi away!!!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Apostrophe Nazi

Panel two: "Aren't you constantly be getting hit by cars?"


Also, panel 3 is my favourite.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArthur

Grocer's apostrophe in panel 2: "thing's".

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

ohmygosh, i just realised omnipresent man's symbol is the google maps marker thing.
my life suddenly has new meaning.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertim

So disturbing! So horrid! So hilarious! Yet again, you've made me think of numerous friends who just HAVE to see Basic Instructions.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

ok, to me the most disturbing thing about this strip is two Scotts at once. *shiver*

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe fish

If OM is inside the codpiece, does that mean he also has the passive power to shrink? And does he have any protection against the radiation?

When I first saw OM, I was less concerned about what he saw other people doing and more concerned about what other people saw him doing. He has to get naked sometimes, right? And does he urinate everywhere at once?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

There is a "be" missing from the second panel now. (Sorry, felt left out.) The pressure is on to keep topping these, one day you'll explode.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrrp

I must admit, your comics bring the fire from more English majors than anything that I've ever experienced.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWatcherJohn

Note to all of you guy who think your'e so clever in pointing out the various and sundry grammatical errors that appear in this strip: When you feel that urge, JUST STOP! Someone will already have done it. We don't need your input. I know, I know, you THINK you're the only one who "caught" it, and you're going to show the world how "smart' you are. Well don't. Let it go, just let it go. IT'S A COMIC STRIP.

Note to Scott: This is perhaps the funniest, most-disturbing strip yet. And for me, that's saying something!

"Correct. I'm everywhere else." MUAHAHAHAHAHA. Best line ever.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYes, I am Tubby

Was the radiation shield codpiece a reference to "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdvd001

I wish someone would point out if there are any grammatical errors~

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeekoid
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