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Reader Comments (37)

I spent longer than I'd like to admit trying to figure out what a portable goose is and why you would want to make it blind.

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCalicoZack

Whenever the brothers are in there I crack up. I also wondered (momentarily) about making a portable... goose... blind. Then I cracked myself up. Ahhh, simple pleasures.

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim O'Keefe

Tragically, someone has beaten Rick to the Corn Dog Nugget. idea.
mall corn dogs, known as "corn puppies," "mini corn dogs," or "corn dog nuggets," are a variation served in some restaurants, generally on the children's menu or at fast food establishments. A serving includes multiple pieces, usually 10.[16] In contrast to their larger counterparts, corn puppies are normally served stickless as finger food.

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony

@Tony: Rick said *they* invented, not him.
Still, they have been around for a while, and I love 'em.

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFriendly Floyd

I too pictured a man carrying a goose and accidentally carrying it eye-first into some brambles or something.

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRavenBlack

I believe Nathans already has Corn Dog Nuggets.

They are magical.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK7

Jenkins makes a very good point. Thank you cupholders, you allow me to drive recklessly.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacheMan

Perhaps it's my Britishness, or perhaps it's just me, but I sadly the most sense I can make of the phrase "portable goose blind" would be a piece of fabric decorated with geese, designed for covering windows, and attachable with little suction cups. And the most sense I can make of "corn dog" is an animal that runs around herding corn plants from one field to the next. Quite a beautiful image, if I say so myself.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBenjamin

Glad it wasn't just me who was confused about the blinding portable geese thing.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

Aren't all geese portable?

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

@CalicoZack: glad I wasn't the only one.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerry Weis

Excellance as usual! I too must join the ranks of needing a few moments of "thought" on the blinding of a portable goose.... :/

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

wow - not a hunter in the bunch, nor anyone who has ever watched a hunting show (or a hunting scene in another show or movie)... a "blind" is a place for the hunter to hide whilst hunting ducks or geese - it is usually camouflaged into the surrounding area, thus making the prey "blind" to it. Portability allows the hunter to hunt in a variety of places.

and for the Brit - if a "hot dog" is a tube of meat, shaped like a Dachshund ("wiener dog"), then a "corn dog" is that same tube of meat wrapped in corn bread and held with a stick.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Obviously, none of you have seen my 18' center consoled Jonboat w/ the old 2 cycle style 100 hp Merc. Fabricated aluminum duck/goose blind on top of it, carefully painted with matt camo green and brown and covered with various types of native vegetation. Perfect for cruising the backwaters of the Missouri River in Nebraska/South Dakota searching for the elusive blind geese.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

I'd buy a mustard dauber. But it needs to work with thicker, grainier mustards and not just French's Classic Yellow.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

Your ideas repulse me, and I wish to invest.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

Had to look up "bingo dauber". Either I don't get out enough, or given that Bingo is a way of getting out without actually getting out... uh...

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

I must be sufficiently American, as I could read about goose blinds and corn dogs without any trouble. I did have to look up bingo dauber...

"Bingo daubers that are "traditional" are typically your major dauber brands, which include Sunsational, Dabtastic, Dabbin Fever, Dab King and Dab-O-Ink. Dab King, Dabbin Fever and Dab-O-Ink bingo Daubers contain a standard bingo ink which is the bingo players most popular ink choice. Sunsational and Dabtastic bingo daubers contain fluorescent bingo ink which gives your dab a sharper, brighter color than standard bingo ink."

...but I can't say I was edified.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter1Mac

"Keep talking." had me giggling for far longer than two simple words usually would.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Nelson

The comic was funny but the comments are hilarious. I thought the first one was just one confused person but there seems to be a pattern.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwqr

Sadly, it appears that no one posting here knows anything about hunting geese (or ducks). A "blind" is a place where the hunters stay, unseen by the geese (hence the term "blind") where they can watch the field or pond or whatever until the birds land, then, BLAMMO! duck soup.
It's a hiding place, basically, camouflaging the hunters.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

Apparently there are a lot of people here who are unfamiliar with hunting vernacular.

I think you are on to something with the condimint dauber

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I also misinterpreted "portable goose blind" at first, and thought, "well, that's cruel that he would blind a goose," but then realized that it was actually a tool for making killing geese easier. Which seems less cruel, somehow.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

A "goose blind" is a shelter used by hunters to prevent the geese from seeing them. Deer hunters also use "blinds".

A "corn dog" is a hot dog (sausage), on a stick, dipped in corn bread batter and deep fried.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheherazahde

It is 2013. There is an internet now. Do we really need to explain to the world what a "corn dog" is?

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Note for British readers, from an American copyeditor: As nearly as I can tell, what Americans call a duck blind (or goose blind or bird blind or any kind of blind) is what Brits call a bird hide.

Of course, now I'm imagining a structure made entirely of bird skins ...

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I was fine with "portable goose blind" but, as I read the comments, I was alarmed by the phrase "hunting geese" as I don't like for geese to hunt.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

loved every panel. superb

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfortescue

bingo dauber - oh yeah
i had never seen one til last week
yard sale!!
i thought it was a ..
well i didn;t know
i certainly didn;t know it had an official name..

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwle

The Meyer brothers have such a great array of moustaches! I'd like to see Papa Meyer featured in a future comic for comparison :)

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternaked upper lip

For the love of pony, man, hyphenate goose-blind! XD

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZee

I used to make them out of Vienna Sausage and a little onion powder in the corn flour!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShimagaijin

You know, it's really unfair that the brother who wets himself in public is the one who still has hair. Or ... hmm ... maybe that's nature's way of balancing things out.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDreamLibrarian

As another Britishite, I've seen Elmer Fudd hunting in cartoons, but he usually didn't have top billing.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Corndog nuggets make your hands greasy? Try Lastangelman's Portable wooden spears - now in multi-hued plastic facsimiles! Spear those tasty morsels right into your cake-hole!

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin A Kunreuther

"Two nations divided by a common language." Too true.

"Cup-holder". I'm OK with that bit of that panel. And then came "Air-conditioning". Hey ho.

Anyway, Scott, your brothers are scary.

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

First, thank you for the recipe, Shimagaijin.
B) I feel weird because I had no trouble understanding this comic.
And 4: I will admit that I mostly know bingo daubers because my paintball crew liked to use them as knives. Dab-O-Ink was our preferred brand.

September 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimpler Simon
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