How to Apply New Insights to an Existing Problem

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Reader Comments (33)

Even worse, if the police force consisted of bees flying around arresting people.

Oh lord.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBubbles

Have you considered writing a book?
If you use Kickstarter, I am sure you would raise some 20K in a heartbeat.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbruno

I always said Butterflies were natures weapons because they spread cheer and pain.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I let out a hearty belly laugh at, "That joke was so bad it actually made me angry." A+ writing on this one.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam S.

I think that's the funniest BI I've ever read.

On payday, I'm going to become a subscriber. All because of this particular comic. I actually think it's worth paying for.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane

@ Bubbles, if that were the case, they'd never catch anyone, at least not physically arrest them. I mean, if you were chased by a bee, or worse, bees, would you stop running? For ANYTHING?

Also, this comic consists of nothing but awesomeness.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

This reminds me of a Downfall Parody I once watched:
Downright hilarious! Every panel is a job well done!
And by the way, I'd like to donate, but I'm unfortunately only a teenager with no credit card or any way to provide financial assistance. But I'll provide warm thoughts. That helps, right?

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I loved this one. And Rick scored more than one point here, which is kind of awesome. This must be some of that better defeat he was talking about.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

As soon as I read the first bubble, I thought the same thing that Rick said. This amuses and saddens me.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRich

Hey, that's "tout de suite". Or you mean something else I don't understand.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter_nb

Yep...I just subscribed...what a great comic.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRod

4 panels of absolute gold. I don't think Rick has ever been so funny or that I've agreed with him so much.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cheat

Actually if a cop shouts faux French at me I will stop, curl in fetal position and soil myself.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjh

I checked out the sponsor site. It's nifty. I hope this endevor is fruitful to you both and you continue to find me new sites to pique my interest.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeelabrown

I am so glad I am not the only person who occasionally says "tout suite".

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersford

Sweet death comes at last.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBirren

Bah, bees don't scare me.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

Re the sponsor: It's good to know that survivalists have a sense of humor.

Also, thank you, kind sponsor. BI is worth it.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

Burns: I suggest you leave immediately.

Homer: Or what? You’ll release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you? Well, go ahead—do your worst!

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

Totally off-topic, but apparently you're a millionaire:

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Look out for that cop, he's COVERED IN BEEEEEEEEEEEEES!

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereddie

Hello from France, I love BasicInstructions, you rock :D.
And, it's "Tout de suite" not "tout suite", just sayin' :).

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlyingHat

Panel 4: He's not done runnin' if he's soiled himself.

Panel 1: That's exactly the kind of joke I make, and I think they're hilarious.

Panel 4 Redux: Is that a Toot Sweet like in Mary Poppins?

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

This is great! Very funny today.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

awesome strip about an awesome idea :-D

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMidnight


April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Burns: Worse. Smithers, release the robotic Richard Simmons.

Very funny strip, thanks!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric Phillips

LOL@ "That joke was so bad it actually made me angry"

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjonathan

First time commenter also about to make a donation and subscribe because of Jane's comment. That's exactly how I feel -- if Scott never produces anything else amusing, this one comic is worth at least $10. So funny. I've been reading through the entire archive for the past couple months and I've saved a little folder of favorites to my hard drive. Now I'm going to go count them and donate $1-$10 for each one depending on how much I enjoyed it and how many people I've shared it with!

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ


If you meant "right now" in french it is actually "tout de suite"

A french Reader.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpapy_russe

I think the mental image of cops with bees was the best part of this joke. I heard "Stop or I'll release the bees" on a megaphone in my head, and I laughed. Oh, how I laugh.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterapl0discord

That'll be 'foetal'.

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian McInnis

Stop, or I'll release the Japanese giant hornets

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoistRobot
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