9 Chickweed Rage

006: A Trampoline Comes Convulsively to Mind

September 19th, 2022

A few listeners had questions and comments, which led us to a week's worth of very confusing strips, even by this ridiculous comic's standard. Our goal was to answer their questions about what in the specific fuck was going on. There was a question about swings, and why the characters were on swings, and how old were they exactly, and also, seriously, what the fuck is up with this goddamned strip. Seriously. How do you go from a standstill in one panel to nearly flying off the swings in the next? But let's backtrack to the beginning of this story, a couple days earlier, where World's Most Romantic Couple are drawn as Hobbit-sized children, and they speak only of how they will have babies later. This leads us to our introduction to Edda's mother Juliette, who is infuriated (?) to hear that her daughter and her daughter's friend are discussing having babies at whatever age or ages they're currently portrayed at. Five? Eleven? Fifteen? Your guess is as good as ours. Is a conversation between two children about possibly having children when they get older awkward and gross? What? Are you new here? Of course it is!

The Chickweed strips we discuss this episode:

The first three are here.
The last three are here.

This episode's time-traveling journey includes:

  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Writing letters
  • Long-distance phone calls
  • Kansas City local commercials
  • Amos & Edda
  • Swingsets
  • Farting (but blaming the chair)
  • Message boards
  • Tuberculosis
  • Brooke's (Dillman) birthday
  • Fisher Price Little People
  • The McEldowney Ellipsis
  • Peanuts
  • Dorf on Golf
  • Edda's mother Juliette
  • Fulbright scholar
  • Orangutan / Orangutang
  • KU / MU
  • Hotline
  • Rotary phones
  • The Gas Giants of our Solar System
  • The DOUBLE McEldowney Ellipsis
  • Balloon animals
  • Siri
  • Accidental conception
  • Crotchless ballet outfits

Show Notes

"All I Ask of You"
Dorf on Golf
The correct pronunciation of "orangutan."
Rotary phones for sale.
Telephone dialer
How does RADAR work?
The poetry of Robert Krut.

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