How to Explain a Fictional Technology or Superpower


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Reader Comments (82)



That's disturbing


- genius dialogue. And quite, quite horrible. *chuckles at the horror*

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I need that TMBG shirt.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAQuickAlias

So Funny! Scott, you have been on a brilliant roll here lately :) And to all the wannabe editors and English teachers.. PLEASE * JUST * STOP

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

Grammar Nazis, begone!

Great comic, Scott.

"I'm in your codpiece right now."


April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy

I keep thinking that codpiece-man isn't wearing any trousers, just the codpiece. That mental image evokes in me a particular sort of squick. I see in the extra joke that he *does* have wrinkly white pants on, but I wish you would maybe just shade in the pants a little bit. Please?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfolderol

Nice dis of yourself. Enough room in that codpiece for your radioactive junk AND omnipresent man. Since radiation isn't technically matter, isn't omnipresent man going to die of radiation poisoning soon?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWrench

That was a long long way to go for a codpiece joke. I salute you, sir!!!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTygerblade

Wait, I can't wrap my head around this. Omnipresent Man is inside the codpiece "right now," but so is the radioactive junk. But OM previously states "two things can't be in the same place." So is it some Schrödinger wavefunction where he is both in the codpiece and not in the codpiece, and only removing the codpiece (the horror!) would collapse the reality into one physical state?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpoikiloblastic

"Correct, I'm everywhere else". One of your best lines.

I usually don't read these right away, so by the time I get to them, typos have been corrected. That makes the squabbling among the "grammar Nazis" and the "get a life" crowd seem particularly pointless.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMP

I am of the firm conviction that while "explanations" is a legitimate plural form of "explanation", "explanation" is also an uncountable noun which therefore does not have a plural (like "music").

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Kay

It's actually really ironic that the self-serious people who jump on typos reliably prove themselves illiterate by failing to perform even a cursory reading to see if their complaint was already voiced!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter7321551

@Andrew Kay: Thank you. I just couldn't get my brain to sort out the instruction in panel 4 until I had read it 3 or 4 times. I was just hoping for a simpler explanation of the instruction. Oh well. You can't always get what you want.

And to those who think Grammar Nazis are only English majors and editors - PBTH! I am neither; I was raised by parents who encouraged creativity but also nurtured "saying what you mean".

To the webmaster (or webmistress, if Missy still holds that title): It's because of the delay in moderation of posts that so many of us comment on grammar (and then others post on all the grammar comments)... it used to be much quicker to get comments through moderation. Any chance of a return to our heyday of posting speeds?

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

I am surprised that there are more people out there disturbed by minor grammar errors than the idea of radioactive junk.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharles

Awesome, I laughed out loud a couple of times. Good comic!

And.. that's a They Might Be Giants shirt, isn't it? Sweet.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

What is the symbol on the dude's black shirt in panels one and four? It looks like my union symbol and is driving me insane.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTasha

I was laughing so hard that I didn't even notice any grammer errors. I came back tonight just to read this again.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternewday

Hey, there was a typo in one of the posts correcting the comic's typo... i forgot which one it is, but if you wrote one, you should check yours and everyone else's too just to appreciate the irony.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternobody special

Would it be possible to ban people from pointing out the grammatical and spelling errors of a comic? I mean, I'm a pedant too but 13 out of the first 25 comments is a bit much.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

alll you (purposely ommitted "of") grammar nazis need to settle down!

I'm everywhere else...HILARIOUS!

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaribethann65

I advise you skip over the useless comments left behind by the grammar tards. Anyone who would read this webcomic and enjoy it has the mental capacity to understand any minor errors in grammar that you make and get the joke. As usual, awesome work man!

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Hey Scott, thanks for fixing the grammar before I got around to reading this one!

Also loved the reference to They Might Be Giants.
How would Omnipresent Man fair against Particle Man?

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDocDweeb

Why does everyone feel the need to point out grammar errors? Good grief, enough already, who cares if you happened to catch a mistake. What do you want, Scott to mail you some kind of award or certificate? Let's all give one big pat on the back. woohooo !

I think Omnipresent Man is the one who is stealing my socks from the dryer.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

Panel 3 shows you at the top of your game. It is buoyed by your faith in the reader, to say so little and imply so much. Top-notch work.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

Obviously there are going to be duplicate posts pointing out any error. There's a moderation delay, so people don't know that somebody else has already pointed out the same thing. Personally I'll just assume that someone else will find any mistakes, and ignore them if I happen to notice them.

All of which is irrelevant to the fact that this particular B-I is absolutely hilarious.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMP

I'm an idiot. Second time back on this strip after a couple days and I just barely noticed the guy with the black t-shirt sporting the "Flood" logo from the album of the same name by "There Must Be Giants". Additional future kudos to Scott for future hidden references to John and John. Or maybe there have been and I just missed them. I did claim to be an idiot already after all.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

TO: the billion or so of you who have noticed the grammatical error in panel 2:



Thank you.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRock Ripsnort

@Tasha: It's a symbol of a alternative rock band called They MIght Be Giants. They've been around since the '80s, actually. The group first used the symbol on their album "Flood." Scott's a fan, and often depicts his "younger self" wearing a TMBG t-shirt. Oh. Yeah. That's the other thing. The unexplained inside joke of this strip is the reappearance of Scott's younger self, whom he often visits through the magic of time travel. These are the little things that make B-I so damned hilarious.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYes, I am Tubby

Ha! I am so glad I found this site, thanks for the cackles, guffaws and chuckles. It's now bookmarked :)

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYeebok

I like this animation...
how you draw it?
manual or using software?

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKifni

Wow - don't you guys read any of the previous posts? I think he figured out there was an error by the third time it was mentioned! Not that anyone but Omnipresent Man will see, but he's *fixed it*!

Great comic, BTW! Someone pointed out that greatness is achieved not by being incredibly awesome once, but by being consistently good over and over and over - using Steve Martin as an example. That's you, Scott - consistently funny, edging into absolute hilarity fairly often, and never dull!

ex animo-

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

I am so tired of the grammer natzis. Get a life! Enjoy the comic's intention!

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwingnut

Ha ha, oh Omnipresent Man. I don't know why you haven't commited suicide yet, considering the places you('ve) been (are?).

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSir

Scott, you are freaking awesome! I love this strip!

I want to know how Omnipresent Man got his powers, and how he avoids frying his brain seeing/hearing everything at once. Does he only see/hear what he pays attention to? Can you only see/hear him if he is paying attention to what you are saying to him? Does he effectively disappear if you bore him? What does his wife think about that?

BTW: If the grammar Nazis bother you, maybe you could set up a team of "Basic Instructions Irregulars" of grammar Nazi fans who get to see each strip a day (or a few hours) early in exchange for proofreading services. Given the convoluted nature of the previous sentence, I am disqualifying myself as a member...

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteryou know, THAT guy

Omnipresent man is the funniest fucking thing ever.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrock

@Missy(or whoever) Would it be possible to tie a moderation approval to poster's emails? A few that violate the rules might squeak by, but then we'd avoid the 20 posts pointing out errors, followed by 15 pointing out the repeated posts, followed by 10 pointing out that it's the moderation delay, not the poster's fault.

And @Wingnut et al: Scott has admitted he has a major issue with errors, so pointing them out is helpful.

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterViktor

panel two is two people talking, thus you don't need strict grammar. if you had a transcript of what you say to people in conversation every day, you would notice you also don't adhere to strict grammar rules in everyday speech all the time.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

lol at 'i'm everywhere else', great line =D
and grammar nazis, you're called nazis for a reason, nobody liked the nazis, not even the nazis, quit your naziing!

June 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
July 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchao

"have I explained about my codpiece?"

love it.

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarahJean

"I'm inside your codpiece right now."

Milk can be hazardous to your respiratory system.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
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