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Reader Comments (46)

Clarke wise man. No talk bad Clarke.

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

THIS!
You have no idea how much this made me laugh.
I can't breathe... blast you Rocket Hat for you have killed me!

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdzy Wells

I didn't even get past the first panel before I started laughing. It's just so perfect.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

Even facebooks character limit annoys me.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul_Bags

That was so funny I almost need a change of pants.

Dude, you really made my day!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOedlan

LOL
hmmm, by God, Missy's right again!

I have this same problem with automatic devices. I've walked into automatic doors that weren't when I wasn't paying attention. Also people look at you real funny when they activate a device with their presence that they just saw you not able to activate with yours.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLazlo

HAHAHA!! Still awesome

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheo

Not first

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergreymase

Adding "LOL" or "lol" to anything makes it more internet-authentic.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

You know "friggin" is a bad word in the UK? I don't mind but I know you might.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

For your next book why not include some 'adult' themed strips that are too rude for your web site?
You must have ideas for loads of adult basic instructions. For example.....
How to pee with a boner.
How to react when your finger breaks thru toilet paper.
How to talk your wife into 'experimential sex.
Rocket Hat sex 101.
Etc, etc

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

Not sure which part of the UK you're from Mike, but I don't think it's a particularly bad word. I'd probably get away with saying it in church...


PS, just noticed your middle name, so I might know which part of the UK you're from now :)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Frigging is sort of bad (slightly above "bloody [hell]"), but it's more sociable than the word it's replacing!

And yes, I love the first panel.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

@MGB: "friggin" is a bad word anywhere in the English-speaking world, if you're a friggin prude.

When the machines take over, you will be the mud-covered Arnold to the Predator that is (in a movie twist of fate) much like the Terminator.

Or, you sold your soul, like Bart Simpson.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

Great one! Thnx!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Friggin' magician jazz hands for the win! I always love your comics, but this one was an authentic LMAO.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoojen

I love this one! Somehow I am do not have enough of the systems of ADD to follow tweets. I distract myself enough, I don't need the help.

"You know "friggin" is a bad word in the UK? I don't mind but I know you might."

I hear "piddlin' around" does NOT mean "to move around aimlessly" as well. Yet, the two actions may occur to some to happen at the same time.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

I always feel the exact same way about those towel dispensers and the air hand dryers. Some kind of friggin' science mage.

Awesome strip Scott!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWally

Excellent stuff. Reminds me of a bathroom I went in where the only automated fixture was the soap dispenser. Literally, the ONE thing in the room you'd wash your hands immediately after touching...

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBird

It's kind of funny. A lot of the time the sensors for automatic doors don't detect me, yet I'll trigger the automatic towel dispenser if I get within 2 feet of it.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHari

Panels one, three, four, and the title of your autobiography all made me laugh much harder than other people's full comic strips do. Keep up the awesome work, man.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan

The size limit forces creativity - see today's punchline. If you can't say it in 140 characters, it's not Twitter material. Try blogging it.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott P.

I also was unable to get past the first panel.
good work

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersneak

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/frigging

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

1st panel is so awesome! Glad to know I'm not the only one looking like that in public restrooms. Thanks for what you do, Scott and Missy!!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

I have to find something else to gauge this against, like YouTube comments, since I am violently allergic to Twitter.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

"Friggin'" is a bad word in the UK?! Since when?! It's a joke word!

Great comic as always! :D

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanny

Got to point out it does look like hes actually doing something sexual with the hand dryer, whether or not its "friggin"

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoatie

I think I might be the only poster who has accurately identified a completely new pose - everyone always says "Is this character new?" or "Love the new pose!", not realizing that no, if you have read from beginning to now, you will KNOOOW that it is not new! That aside, damn funny, although "How to Resist a Psych-Out" is my favorite. Thank you for being creative persons' person.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpooker

The dyson airblade hand dryer is the only hand dryer I've come across that actually works. I usually just wipe my hand on my pants/shirt, but I saw this one time and thought I'd give it a go. Damn thing practically pulls the water off your hands.

http://fun2me.net/electronics-gadgets/dyson-airblade-hand-dryer/

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Bags

Gee, I feel a real prude for my "friggin is a bad word" post now :-)

I am right though. Check out Dictionary dot com.

verb, frigged, frig·ging. Slang: Vulgar .
–verb (used with object)
1. to copulate with.
2. to take advantage of; victimize.
3. to masturbate.

In my neck of the woods the 3rd meaning is most common and is used only with reference to ladies.

Of course the slang meanings are also well known, but Shouldn't be used in the presence of clergy or children, like "Will you stopping frigging around on that computer and get on with your work!"

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

Automatic hand towel dispensers fit Clarke's 3rd law because you have to wave your hands like a magician to make them work.

123 characters. :P

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

At the risk of being branded a deplorable pedant... the idea does not need to be expressed in less than one hundred and forty characters, but in one hundred and forty characters or fewer.
I'll get back in my box now.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBazil

I think it is probably is impolite. After some Googling: the term ‘frig’ comes from the Old French work ‘friquer’ meaning ‘to rub’. It’s not a word I use often but my understanding is that it means to masturbate a woman. For example : a conversation between two teenage boys – Boy 1: “Did you frig her off?”. Boy 2: “Aw aye. Too right I did”. Boy 1: “Do you even know what that means?” Boy 2: “Errrm no, not really”. Boy 1: “Knob”.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

No Missy, adding "lol" never does help, FWIW, IMHO.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMP

Just this month, one of my aviation magazines used this exact same Arthur C. Clarke quote in an article. And now it "mysteriously" appears in B.I. Hey Scott, are you a pilot?

Note from Scott: No, the FAA knows better than to let me anywhere near the controls of a plane.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob The Pilot

NEW ARTWORK! YAY!

So what are you going to reuse the "magician Scott" for in the future?

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergreeble

I saw the gag in the bottom of the frame and my first thought was how I must have missed seeing the extra gag in all of them. (In the same way that I read XKCD for several years before learning about the mouseover gag.)

But a spot check shows this "bottom of the frame" lagniappe gag to be an anomaly. Unique, maybe. Priceless!

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTommy

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