How to Endure the Company of an Idiot

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If you go to the location Lat = 38° 59' 43.01" N, Long = 77° 1' 43.17" W (which is the location of the building that's the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, MD ) in Google Earth, you'll find that the image of the building is Shark-Week aware.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMattF

That's a scary smile he has at the end. I'm in the "don't like sharks, adore sea lion" group of people.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKris L

Thanks for this helpful instruction. I added your mimics in panel #2 to my repertoire. Wonderful!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

"Nome sain?"

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDylan C

This comic is too funny.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSurge

Panel 2 : Remove all text and it will still be hilarious.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterasdf

hilarious, reminds me of that bit from Stepbrothers. "No TV for a week!" "But, Dad! It's shark week!" I wonder if John C. Reilly hates sea lions...

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertooslyforyou

+1 point for "derp derp derp".

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWes

Old strip is old.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternate

I work w/ this guy!

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhorace

Cover the mirror I would have thought.

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaulBags

Awesome.

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

@ nate

Obvious troll is obvious:

http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/8/1/how-to-subtly-tell-someone-that-they-are-out-of-line.html

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfringehead

@Nate - I guess you get what you pay for...

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlimFlam

Seeing as how this is based on your real-life friend Ric, that's an interesting title for today's comic.

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

I LOVE sharks, but I hate Shark Week. Sharks are the most misunderstood animals ever. I hate that people kill them out of fear and ignorance. We've lost 150 species to extinction already and out of the current 130 species left 70 are in danger of going extinct. They fill a very important role in our ecosystem and it would be a disaster if they did get wiped out. Sorry for the rant, but I feel very strongly about this :)

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValis

(stolen joke) I'm a vegetarian. Not because I love animals. Because I hate plants.

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdougall

Scott, I have blogged about your strip's quality in the past, and even link to it. But I must deliver you some personal props for doing what almost no-one else can - making me actually LOL while sitting alone in my office and viewing your work. I already had a stupid grin on through panel 3, but the kicker and the denouement made me erupt. Brilliant. The only other thing, besides BI, that has EVER made me laugh out loud, is this: http://www.tomscott.com/us-visit/

One other thing: the first speech bubble, with that exact "grammar," are the perfect opening for a rap song.

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

I love how often you finish panels with "SHUT UP!!"

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

maybe you could post a blank cominc one week (ie, no dialogue) and we can all fill in the blanks and then you can post the original...?

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterphatBoy

It would be AWESOME if Scott released the PSD versions of every (future) strip and let people insert snapshots of themselves imitating the characters, using Photoshop.

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjeric

Funny, I have used the exact phrase "I am painfully aware of what you are saying" and the people I said it to have never seen the humor in it. One of the biggest problems with idiots is that they are the only ones that do not realize they are idiots.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSillyus

your mama been watchin shark week.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

By following this logic I can finally understand how someone could watch Whale Wars. They are really just waiting to see those clueless buffoons get sunk in the arctic.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJP

I HAVE READ EVERY SET OF INSTRUCTIONS, AND I THINK THIS COMIC IS HILARIOUS.

That is all.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

I appreciate the comment of Valis but I wonder if they surf - in South Australia.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJon

JP, I took a course a few months ago where an episode of Whale Wars was shown.

As an example of how NOT to launch a fast rescue boat. Swear to God, those morons did everything wrong and are lucky none of them died. There are some areas of the world where stupidity really can be fatal - the Antarctic is definitely one.

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

I love Rick's face in the last panel, he looks like a pedophile troll

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMahnae

The pound of sugar is too sugary is fantastic! Delighted yet again.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuli Carvi

These comics are kinda funny, but it's kind of mean. Do people actually take this as actual advice or is it purely comedic?

To those who take this as legit advice: Good luck making friends if you have this snarky dickbag attitude when people are just trying to be friendly...

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDC

@DC: Some people have this thing called a "sense of humor". Look into it.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrigonman3

*applause* because I never thought that sea lions could go "derp derp derp".

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy_Wolfe_13

So true, though often they follow up with an even dumber response destroying all off of intellect. Thats why I rely on Miami movers to have conversations with, they are a smart bunch of people.

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTyGipson

Panel 2, Scott. Add a few wrinkles and turn the goatee white, and it's you as an old man. Enjoy the preview.

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

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