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Reader Comments (33)

What if spanking was the plan B? As opposed to, for example, charismatic oral reprimand?

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariusz

The time for Plan B was fifteen years ago.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjon

I feel let down by the lack of reference to British sexual preference towards spanking.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara A.

Hahahaha panel #3 is the best!

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAri

What was Scott doing in a bookstore? Checking to see if "The Curse of the Masking Tape Mummy" was properly displayed?

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheKFV

Haha, yikes. Another fantastic Basic Instructions.

The time for Plan B was fifteen years ago.


January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJai

Hey, there are lots of reasons Scott might be in a bookstore. Maybe Missy has a birthday coming up. Or, umm, hmm, maybe Missy has a different birthday coming up? I dunno, but there must be more than one possible reason.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven desJardins

This might be the few sites where the comments are as funny as the comic. Commenter Sara A. for the win!

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNH

I'm just now reading COTMM, page 126-7, and cracking up about your Discovery/History channel jokes. Why aren't you nationally syndicated already! BI is funny beyond belief! Thanks!

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRiley

Panel 3 was excellent.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRB

Here in Britain, corporal punishment is illegal in schools, but not in the home. In a bookshop? I'm not so sure...

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

What was a family of British tourists doing in an American bookstore? At least it goes someway towards explaining the son's behaviour.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterancient.brit

Rick's assumption that Scot were at the Wallmart, tells a lot about the way Rick sees Scot...

It takes one to know one!

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGPA

I'm just idly wondering whether, in the 3rd panel, Scott is wearing pants the same color as his skin, or not wearing pants at all.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRudi

"The time for Plan B was fifteen years ago."

Took me a minute, but that was F'ing funny.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

Corporal punishment on a teen? That doesn't work. Now making them stand in the corner - THAT works great! Get's 'em right where they're most sensitive - in their desire to be cool. Plus it doesn't leave a mark.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

Book stores are so rare in the UK that the kid was probably just freaking out.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

Being Britishmy vote goes to 'Walmart can sell you anything but class', though I assume they keep the whips, chains and handcuffs under the counter?.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave


That will be the next BI: "How to Deal With a Guy Who's Not Wearing Pants"

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBAH!

I learned on QI that the vote to make corporal punishment illegal in Britain passed, in part, due to traffic delays caused by Fergie's unrelated visit on the day of the vote.

Thank you, Stephen Fry. :)

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen

In the states, not spanking is a bigger bad-parenting problem than spanking.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

As if the British needed to provide us Americans with another example of their foreign-ness.

"The time for plan B was 15 years ago."

Has the joke you're paraphrasing ever been funny?

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKG

Oy, no picking on us poor Brits....

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick Brett

Panel three...Spit take!

Jon - corporal punishment fifteen years ago - in the womb? If he's fourteen...
Or were you referring to the parents-to-be?(Gets MY vote)

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee


I thought he meant "Spanking" as a shortened euphemism. As in, the father should never have procreated in the first place.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

Dee and KG, Plan B is a brand of emergency contraception pill. If the parents had used Plan B (the emergency contraception pill) 15 years ago they wouldn't need their new Plan B (more spanking) now. Jon made an amusing pun.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaptain Obvious

Have you not got over thast whole Boston Tea Party thing?

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick in the UK

Working with Brits cured me of the notion that they all have class.

Nice folks generally, but just as capable being crude, foul-mouthed scumbags as any Yank.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersublight


sublight - That's 'crude, foul-mouthed scumbags with style' if you please...

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterancient.brit

Ancient Brit: as a Brit myself, I can assure you that style is in no way a special part of our national make up. In fact I would say that it's the exception rather more than the rule.
Crude and foul-mouthed is fairly close to the mark for the majority though.
As for scumbags, well, you get a few good, a few bad, and most somewhere in the middle everywhere as far as I can tell. Certainly you do here in this, our sceptred Isle.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStevie Hair

Of course Brits have class- they get their degrees from somewhere, no?

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDekord

@Stevie Hair

I was of course referring to the subset of Brits that have discovered the BI...

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAncient.Brit

@Steven Desjardins Scott is a published novelist. Maybe he was at a bookstore to scope out the competition.

September 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

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