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Reader Comments (124)

....what was the unpleasantness! It is even kept off the wikipedia page!

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeth Fogarty

Aaaaaand the visits to the sunnyside wiki page go up 500% :) Well played!

Hmmmm, "Sunnyside's population increase at this time was stimulated by the immigration of the Drunkards from South Dakota who were moving to the town." Hic!
sorry, couldn't resist :)

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAri

The chicken didn't say no, and that is the legal definition of consent...

Lol I'm only guessing. I'm from Olympia, and it seems like every *other* town in Warshington has some "unpleasantness" involving farm animals.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercally

Wikipedia devotes a paragraph and an illustration (not of the FILP but of a random farm implement: do some people not know what these are?) to the FILP, but sadly does not mention the unpleasantness. Maybe your mom is an editor?

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Hmmm. I really would have expected the Internet to discuss the unpleasantness. But so far, Google is failing me with unproductive searches for "sunnyside washington unpleasantness".

Of course, I do find the Mad Cow Disease outbreak (is *that* the unpleasantness? we just blamed it on Canada). The Wikipedia entry highlights the Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which is also mentioned.

Which begs the next questions: Is Scott *really* from Sunnyside? Or did he simply call up the Wikipedia entry for a town he had heard of to throw suspicion off of himself?

The world may never know... but I'll bet Scott does!

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGoogle Fail

OK, I'll bite. What was the "Unpleasantness" that happened in Sunnyside, WA?

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCurious

Okay, I think you're pretty much obligated to tell us what the "unpleasantness" is now.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

Now I have to come up with a way to combine Scott Meyer and Mad Cow disease into a catchy and semi-insulting one liner. You're welcome.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacheMan

I don't know what the unpleasantness was, but it can't be worse than what Enumclaw is known for.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermccyc

....hey, at least Sunnyside's not Enumclaw...

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRev. Syung Myung Me

Excellent comic.

I have to wonder what this unpleasantness is, though.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDekord

Now I really want to know what it is that Sunnyside never discusses.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCuthalion

I am now filled with curiousity about THE UNPLEASANTNESS.

And I double-dare you to put on a farm implement parade. I think it would go over well.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterandipandi

Surely, the unpleasantness cannot compare to Enumclaw.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGustopher

"The relentless grit-wind" is a phrase that will be with me for a long, long time.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeta

How are you not listed as a 'notable citizen' of Sunnyside in the same Wikipedia article that describes, as though any further description were even necessary, the Lighted Farm Implement Parade?

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Did anybody else just go to google "Sunnyside Washington unpleasantness"?

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZack, fan

Holy balls, the Lighted Farm Implement Parade is a real thing!


May 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterglittalogik

I had no idea we were from the same town.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

I find that you're not kidding about the Christmas Lighted Farm Implement parade. But Google is unforthcoming about the Sunnyside Unpleasantness. Alas.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris Henrich

Hey, Rob Thomas is from Sunnyside! You guys are ok in my book.

And people, face it, we're never gonna know about the unpleasantness, let it go.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerodast

I've lived in Washington state my whole life, and we never discussed the Unpleasantness. I feel left out.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeoduck

I'm curious... is the "unpleasantness" anything like Brent Spiner's "incident"? As in, "Hey, Hitler was a real bastard, but he was no Brent Spiner."
(for the confused, go look up "Fresh Hell" series on Youtube, a great series...)

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKozz

As a fellow former resident of the biggest of the small towns between Yakima and the Tri-Cities, I couldn't help but laugh to be reminded of the place I left behind not-soon-enough. At least you didn't bring up the 'Image of the Virgin Marry in the Highway Road sign" indecent. ^_^

<B>Note from Scott: Yeah, that was a good one!

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkandlin

Ok, I'm going to take a stab at it and guess that "the unpleasantness" is either the scarlet letter on the lawn or the crackdown on cockfights. My money is on the first.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNickM

Some day I think Scott likes to troll his own readers.

Other days I know it.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLazlo

<chirpy sarasm on> Did you know there's more on the internet than just wikepedia!? Wow! <chirpy sarcasm off>
No idea if this is related (I suspect it's a comical allusion to a non-existent but probably bizarrely paralleled event), but this site has 2 unpleasant features: 1) crime statistics, including a year with 5 murders per 100000 citizens (I wonder if they delegated the job to just one guy, or if each person put a knife in, like in Murder on the Orient Express? Serial killers count as unpleasant!) and 2) a somewhat disturbing list of "natural" disasters. (Another site I looked at suggested some flooding occurs because some daft twit(s) made a series of irrigation canals that raised the water table too high.) I figure streets filled with stagnant water mixed with manure would count as unpleasantness. So many options...

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAA

I for one would not put it past Scott to troll the town of Sunnyside and his fans with a fictional "unpleasantness."

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Y.
The Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade. Look at those happy smiling faces. Nothing like as grim as Scott has been telling us... :)

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter9squirrels

Gah! Now I Googled Enumclaw! Must. Wash. Brain. If your unpleasantness is anything like that please, please, never tell us.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimone

This search result makes me sad.
I was hoping for a nice XKCD style spike. :(

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter9squirrels

The Unpleasantness was when the mayor turned into a demon and tried to snack on a high school senior class.

Wait, that was Sunnydale. Carry on.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJL

I looked u Enumclaw, and now feel that my eyeballs have been soiled.

I also looked at the wikipage for the "Tracotr Festival of Lights" as I like to think of it, and was disappointed to find that although there is a picture of a single farm implement (presumably in case we sophisticates in the city had no idea what they were), it did not have lights on. It's like having a newspaper report about the Tomatina festival in Spain, an illustrating it with a picture of a tomato.

I think "the unpleasantness" is a family thing, what with Mad Uncle Beauregard's fear of guinea pigs, and Li"l Billy's passion for them . . .

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

For shame! Isnt "a pair of cows swinging on a flying trapeze" unpleasant enough for you all? It certainly worried me.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert King

When you said "Lighted Farm Implement Parade" my thoughts immediately went to a mob with burning torches and pitchforks. You have to admit, the name is almost eerily perfect.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

I suspect it may be related to the noodle incident

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShuggy

All this talk about "the unpleasantness" reminds me of the movie IT.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Sunnyside wa scandal throws up a few good Unpleasantnesses . One was even featured in South Park.

<B>Note from Scott:WHAT?! Which one was on South Park?

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGoosemonster

Wikipedia has "View History". But I think you're exaggerating about the Unpleasantness.

Are we talking about repeated removal of notable persons who aren't actually notable?

Or, the Unpleasantness is what they were notable for, and it doesn't say?

Or possibly "Populated places in the United States with Hispanic majority populations"? Or matters arising? Just a thought. An unpleasant thought. An Unpleasant thought...

I also found,
Church of Christ, Sunnyside
If you are in Eastern Washington and want to worship with a small group of people -
(Then you may be doing it wrong. But, we meet in the telephone booth on Main Street.)

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

It's fun to read the comments that came from various states of duress of the lack of information received that was in the last panel. Scott, I think some of this comes from your deviousness of occassionaly weaving truth in a fictional conversation.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAC
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