How to Face Your Ancestor's Misdeeds

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Reader Comments (31)

After reading that last panel I think Scott should be more worried about his future misdeeds (and, with a little modification, I think he's discovered the world worst pick-up line).

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames E

At least one of my ancestors was a pirate. I am ok with this.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoto13

Oh, dear... I really laughed out loud at that last panel! I thought "inhalable condiment" was pretty good, but panel 4 cracked me up.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBern

One of the few Scott / Rick comics where Rick gets in all the licks! GO, RICK!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNick

The only reason I live in America is because my ancestors were caught stealing sheep, and their punishment options were jail or the New World.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaleb

I don't know which I love more--the fact that this is a running joke or that Rick delivered all the best stingers.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I cannot really relate. My ancestors came from two idiosyncratic communities that each have there own way of doing things and making moral judgments that don't really interact with the outside world, Armenians and Will Feral Fans.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

Just to set the record straight, Victor Meyer died 17 years before WWI even stared. He described the substance known as "S-Lost" ("S" for sulfur and "Lost" for the names Lommel and Steinkopf) 28 years before the breakout of the war. Despite being german, he did so out of scientific interest, and not in search of a deadly weapon. S-Lost is nowadays used for the treatment of psoriasis.

Note from Scott: Thanks for the clarification. I actually threw in the line about how he did a ton of impressive things in an effort to be more fair, but as Jerry Seinfeld once said, "This is comedy. Somebody's gotta get hurt." Usually my work hurts me or Ric, but in this case I did target a dead chemist who's work had some sinister applications.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjpj

It is sooooooo funny !

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterme

Just too good! Panel 4 rules on this one.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

(Insert hilarity + unrelated cat picture)

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColonel Hathi

Fantastic...inhalable condiment cracks me up.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheTick

Wow, Rick is in the driver seat?!? WTF? What did you do that allowed Rick to get the goods on you?

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

my first thought from panel 4 was that it was going to reference oscar meyer somehow... but inhalable condiments was awesome... maybe he should try to invent some laughing mayo gas to go with the mustard :-D

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermexicalidude

Poor Missy...

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

@Gregory Bogosian : That's one of the funniest (un?)intentional typos I've ever seen: "Will Feral"

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKozz

As far as I know, the worst member In my family tree was one of my great-grandfathers who was a literal back-stabber (his daughters ran away from home since their boyfriends would keep showing up at the river with knives in their backs) and a chronic wife beater. Seriously, he didn't even have to be angry to just punch my great-grandmother in the face on his arrival, just to keep her on her toes. Aside from that douche/assasin, nothing more than a bunch of poligamous uncles and a homophobic-gay brother of my grandpa, who would spend all his time at the gym spying in the showers, but punching any moderately "effeminate" kids he encountered.
Yeah, bad. No robbers, con-men or dirty politicians that I know of, though.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexalcan

Yeah I have Senators and a mutinous first mate of a large sailing ship in my ancestry. I am SO ashamed of the senators... Oh and also very closely related to the most famous outcast criminals in history, I am 25% Australian! Wooooot! We like to claim that the Waltzing Matilda is a sexual technique, too. Good on ya', mate!

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterclumber

WTB more comics where Rick is the hero.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFool

Go Rick!!!

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

no joke, this is my new favorite comic. best one. and there have been a lot of good ones. just barely better than how to resist a psych-out.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpooker

fell down. off the chair. laughing. again. you will kill me, yet.

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevinKunreuther

@Kate: You never know; she might like mustard.

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRich

Hahaha! This was absolutely a riot! My favorite line was the "inhalable condiment" line.... but the whole thing is great. Scott... the comic genius that you are... I bet you could probably make something wonderfully funny combining the running gag about Viktor along with something about "Oscar Meyer" (as suggested by mexicalidude).

Your comics are the ones I look forward to more than any other.... I wish they were seven days a week instead of three, but I consider myself lucky to get to look forward to them every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I am going to have to order a couple of your books.

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

Meyer with its dozens of variations is one of the most common German surnames, some random Meyer is related to the next with no more likelihood than one Jones or Smith to the other. Besides, Scott's family could be of Austrian, Swiss, Lichtensteiner, Luxembourger, Belgian, or Alsacian (Monsieur Meyer, pronounced while holding your nôse) descent, or even belong to the millions of Germans having emigrated to Russia and Eastern Europe from AD 1200 on. Just saying... no party pooping meant, but that mustard stink is just a faint whiff. Methinks, however, that our host loves the smell of mustard in the morning--if only for dramatic effect. Milking mice, as we Teutons dare to say--fair enough though, the show must go on, gonna click on the ad now, to ensure that it does. Take me away, Mr risk-free mortgage broker...

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

I really love how Scott suddenly insists it is NOT a sexual technique. The last panel really had me laughing out loud. I don't do this normally...

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLerkistan

Pictured in panel 4: Rick goes into Creeper Mode

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJS

Ok, I must agree with the majority: that was awesome to see Rick take charge! (Lemme guess, is this an early birthday gift for the REAL Rick?) Oh, and it says a lot about your audience's connection to the characters, that so many of us reacted to this shift, positively.

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldskool

My ancestors' misdeeds were all hilarious. No regrets. We are a family of golddiggers and manwhores and we are goddamn proud of it.

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCRH

Pepper spray is just a food product!

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertrigonman3

I'm related to jesse james (the outlaw, not the motorcycle builder)

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.Nigma

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