How to Recuperate from a Minor Surgical Procedure

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So what was the no-drool-swallowing record?

Note from Scott: I was too drugged up to time it.

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Hoping to see more of the "Scott drooling" stock photo in future strips.

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterForrest

I like Dr. Pepper.

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

Forget House; I think this doc needs his own show.

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBWM

I never thought I'd be the one to do this, but there's no period in Dr Pepper. Sweet, sweet Dr Pepper.

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNosey

How dare you hate on Dr. Pepper. It's God's gift to soda pop.

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason

The last panel reminds me of my brothers.

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Dr Pepper should have his medical license revoked. :-)

Note from Scott: actually, Diet Dr Pepper is my favorite kind of Pop (YES ... "POP") I've taken irrational amounts of grief for it my entire life.

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterben

Dr Pepper? You ought to be drinking Moxie during your recovery. That stuff's so gnarly it'll probably grow you a whole new set of tonsils.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

@ Nosey - 'there's no period in Dr Pepper'

WTF sort of soft drink would have period in it? Or is a period something different in the US?

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

@Nosey: Wow, that's some hard-core pedantry. Well played. I doff my hat to you.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBazil

I think you'll find it is DR Pepper (like DR Congo).

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrondom

whoa whoa whoa
dr pepper is awesome. you have gone too far scott

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermrcool

@goosemonster - it is a full stop - the one after Dr

Note from Scott: Actually, it is correct that there is no "." after the Dr in Dr Pepper. I had it correct in the original version, but Missy added the "." when she proofread it. It's totally unprecedented for her to insert an error into a comic, so I can only chock it up to more of the anti Dr Pepper harassment those of us who drink Dr Pepper are all too familiar with.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwendybird

I tried the new Dr Pepper 10 yesterday. It's surprisingly good, and a LOT better (IMHO) than Diet Dr Pepper. Those 10 calories (20 if you drink the WHOLE bottle) make a surprising amount of difference. :)

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaa

Oh, and while I'm on the subject: Dr Pepper Solidarity! *fist in the air*

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaa

Ha, this reminds me of when I had my tonsils out at the end of college. My voice got all weird and I sounded like a little kid. People would call for me and then ask to speak to my mom. Heh.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelydia

Seriously. The stuff already tastes like battery acid mixed with rotten fruit, and then they have the gall to not include the full stop after abbreviating "Dr"? I knew I held extra loathing in my heart for the stuff for a good reason.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissy Meyer

You mean "...with which those of us who drink Dr Pepper are all too familar." Never end with a preposition..... unless you're Yoda....

Just getting into the spirit of this thread, it seems like open season on grammar attacks, and I get so few chances to do it. Thank you for your understanding.

The comic is, as usual, pure genius. One of the things that amazes me most is the sheer longevity of your ability to consistently entertain. Thank you from the heart of my bottom!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

I got my tonsils out when I was 14. The inside of my mouth tasted like BURNT scabs. It was so entirely disgusting I don't think I'll ever forget it.
Dr (no period required) Pepper tastes like ambrosia in comparison

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaribethann

I am enough of a Dr Pepper snob to have it shipped from Dublin, TX to the East Coast to get "the real stuff" (made with cane sugar).

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdan

No, no, Missy's right. Dr Pepper is just plain weird tasting.
Plus I would never want anything that Gene Simmons has had in his mouth.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Now, now, don't go hating on Dr Pepper. Some people live in regions too ucky to have Cheerwine, and Dr Pepper is their consolation prize (albeit not a very good one).

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

Ugh. The missus pushes out a comment just for some bonus dissing? Lalalalalalala... whatever, Missy, loathe it all you like-- more for me. But then I'm EXTRA gross supposedly and I loved Pepsi Blue (why can't it come back?). And then all of the Mountain Dew rainbow variations of colors.

MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

A friend once complained that Dr Pepper tasted like carbonated prune juice. I held up the can and proclaimed it "a warrior's drink." He shut up.

Congrats on coming through surgery alive! Hope you feel better soon.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Oh Scott, how I love your third panels.
They get me every time.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWilla

Great. Do you have an idea how long I havent' been swallowing now? I'll stop before I need to drool, though.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLerkistan

When Coke made a D/P knockoff, they called it "Mr. PiBB". Correcting the lack of a period, but capitalizing the B's just to mess with people. Ralphs supermarkets (no apostrophe!) make a knockoff called "Dr. K" in which they use one period after Dr, but just to mess with people don't put one after "K". Go figure.... ... .

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

As an ex-coworker always said, "I need a dose."

Dr Pepper(r)

I'll have to pick up some Cheerwine the next time I'm in Lansing. That's one of the few places you can find it in Michigan.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

jaklumen, I'm an avid Pepsi fan, and while I loved Pepsi Blue I found it was the one soda that could reliably keep me awake. I was hyperactive as a kid and have never had a normal reaction to caffeine, which doesn't keep me up. One glass of Pepsi Blue taken any time after noon pretty much guaranteed I wouldn't sleep. For a brief time I got to experience what normal people go through on caffeine. There must have been some kind of ingredient in it--which I believe was the coloring, at least in that much quantity--that triggered my metabolism to behave differently.

Now that Pepsi Blue is off the market, I do kinda miss it, but caffeine and I are friends again. Now if only they'd come up with a diet Dew that didn't contain aspartame, and a diet Pepsi variety that not only had no aspartame but didn't taste like toxic sludge (as Pepsi One does), I'd be a very happy man.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Panel two had me rolling.

@goosemonster
your post made me laugh as much as panel two

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Technically, if there's no period in Dr Pepper, we're all pronouncing it wrong by calling it Doctor Pepper. Dr. is the abbreviation for Doctor, but Dr is a two-letter word which is pronounced, by my estimation, as Derr. And I agree, Derr Pepper never tastes quite right. The best thing you can say about it is that it's not poisonous in ordinary doses.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeecat

YOU ARE NOW COUNTING THE TIME YOU CAN GO WITHOUT SWALLOWING.

>_>

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeadlyTreeStump

@Veecat: I've often enjoyed pronouncing it "Derr Pepper".
Likewise with "Mtn Dew", as some of the newer labels say; pronounce more like "mutton dew".

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

Never mind derr pepper or mutton dew - Jolt cola ftw!

@missy - the "toxic sludge" is cola, and the "rotten fruit" is cherry flavor (in some soda pop chemist's nightmare, prolly). Derr Pepper is just cherry cola with spin. Which makes me wonder - what kind of wrong turn happens in the life of a chemistry grad when they end up devising pop flavors for a living?!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

actually, prunes were one of the original flavors in dr pepper... and I STILL love the stuff. one of the only sodas I can tolerate!

Note from Scott: I, with great effort, withhold comment on this for now.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterduck

Judging by the taste I always thought Dr Pepper was a proctologist.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

I like Dr Pepper too, and I hate all the other cola drinks (Coke, Pepsi, various knock-offs). and I too have noticed the anti Dr Pepper sentiments.
It's not easy to find over here in Oz, but they opened up a little convenience store next door to my office a couple of months ago, and it stocks Dr Pepper. This is hurting my "No Caffeine" thing.
Dammit, now I'm going to need to get another can of it at lunchtime...

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter9Squirrels

@Solak: actually you can end with prepositions in English, it's a myth perpetrated by old fossils that you can't.

Also I'm for Dr Pepper, you nay-sayers clearly can't appreciate the awesome taste of vaguely-cherry-flavoured soda!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookie

There's no full stop on the end of Dr, because the letters have been taken out of the middle of the word, not the end (it's a contraction according to some dictionaries). Therefore there's no need to use the full stop to stop the remaining letters in word from fraying like a jumper (Australian for Sweater) with a loose thread.
I'm sure we'd all get used to using an apostrophe in time like other contractions, thus: D'r

@goosemonster - thanks, I'll never be able to use "period" for "full stop" ever again.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertonelawc

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