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My comic on 5/24/08 raised some questions. In the third panel, Dilbert makes a reference to "churning my own butter." Readers wondered if that was intended to be a naughty double entendre. Read it again if you care to refresh your memory.


http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2008-05-24/



This comic was written in my usual way. I started with a premise and drew the first frame hoping I would eventually figure out how it ended. I had a notion that it would end with a reference to something old-fashioned, and I expected to cycle through lots of options before landing on something funny. As it turned out, "churning my own butter" was both the first thing I thought (it's the most obvious) and also the funniest, precisely because it does suggest a darker joke. The boss's line, "You make it sound creepy" was the frosting, so to speak.


Wait, I think I just did it again.

 
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Jun 1, 2008
Hilarious!
 
 
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May 28, 2008
This rating thing has totally changed the comments on this blog. I am not sure yet if it's a change for the better. I thought so at first, but I'm not sure anymore. It reminds me of a popularity contest now.

 
 
May 28, 2008
Remember the Schick Hot Lather Machine?
 
 
May 28, 2008
Isn't there a Vas-deferens between churning butter and churning your own butter?
 
 
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May 27, 2008
LOL at KurtRoedeger. Fancy getting an image of................Damn. Now I've got it too. Except with her free hand she's polishing the pump handle.

Scott, you should know better than to make anything remotely suggestive in a blog populated by geeks. See what happens?
 
 
May 27, 2008
@ rita mae

There's a difference between BEING old, sick and tired and having to TALK about it all the time. You've taken yet another opportunity to complain in yet another post and mention how old, sick and tired you are. Just drop it and never mention it and it's done. Self-pity is a sad thing.

Now with the double-entendre that Scott was talking about and thanks to your post about REALLY churning butter, I have an image of an old bitty frantically playing with herself running around my head. :::shudders::: I think I'm gonna have to drink this one away.

--KurtRoedeger
 
 
May 27, 2008
I have REALLY churned butter. No kidding. That's what you do on the farm. I gathered eggs, too. And milked the cows. Didn't like gathering eggs. Chickens are stupid. Ask anyone on a farm.

I can't talk about how long ago that was. Someone posted that I talk about being old. I can't help it. I am.
They said I talk about being sick and tired, also. I can't help it. I am.

From now on I will NEVER refer to my age, health, or energy level.

Gotta go wipe the dew off the pump handle. Later...........

Rita Mae
 
 
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May 27, 2008
Just what did you do again? How many times have you churned butter today already?

Party on.
 
 
May 27, 2008
Wait a minute. You can do "that" WITHOUT a computer? I guess I'm too young to understand.
 
 
May 27, 2008
Are you referring to your use of "tools" in the comic? I'll admit, I read that and did a double-take; I put "tool" into the same category as "blow," as in, "that blows." Which is to say: not overtly filthy, but not a word I'd use with a client or print in a newspaper either. Funny that it got published without comment, though. :-)
 
 
May 27, 2008
Or whip your own cream...if you're Alice. Now excuse me but I have cupcakes that need filling. :P
 
 
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May 27, 2008
So. . . you mean to tell us that you are unintentionaly funny? It just happens by accident? Well, I guess with no freewill, nothing is intentional.
 
 
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May 27, 2008
Yep, again, just without frosting.
 
 
May 27, 2008
"churning butter" is my wife's and my preferred euphemism for . . well, you know. Pointy haired boss is right, it is creepy because Dilbert would be doing it by himself.

--KurtRoedeger
 
 
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May 27, 2008
I've noticed people using the line in some of the mashups as well... are there any other higher-tech entendres you might have been able to use, I wonder? The only thing I found a little disorienting was that "churning butter" isn't a universal hint at naughtiness, so I (being from the UK) tended to think of the line literally before I thought there might be something behind it.

Trouble is, in the UK I don't think we have anything subtle enough... arf arf
 
 
 
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