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So It Begins (soitbegins) says: (snickers)
Rob (rrreed) says: I hope there's a therapist on hand for the day Sweetheart ever goes on a real rampage.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: .... wow.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: Sweetheart, rampaging (done well) means never having to say you're sorry!
Alycia Shedd (leeshajoy) says: Come now, ma'am, that is clearly a klinging noise.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Not so! There's no vowel in the onomatopoeia there, so it's up to the reader what the missing vowel should sound like. Personally, I get more of a 'kleng' noise out of it- which I might still call a clang; it's merely a clang with a funny accent
Alycia Shedd (leeshajoy) says: No, there is clearly a 'kling' in the second panel.
Rob (rrreed) says: Hmm… The dryer can't be running, because this is a dynamic kling, not a… static… one.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

rrreed, that was a terrible pun.  Good Show! 

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: And I still want to know if they actually know what the rampage consisted of?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Maybe it's Klis Klingle! :D
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

There is no vowel. It's a syllabic l. Using the CXS notiation, it's pronounced [kl=N].

(Actually, I've just spotted a KLING in the secong panel, before anybody else claims pedant points).

Bo Lindbergh (blgl) says: Kl˙ng?
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: "Captain, it appears we are surrounded by KLNGONS!"
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

And no one else has yet noted the obvious:

Jailbreak at 10 o'clock!!

The answer to all questions arrives in convinient hoodied form! 

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: I'd chide you all for paying too much attention to silly and trivial things, but if you weren't the type of people to pay attention to silly and trivial things you wouldn't be reading this comic strip.
Robert Hughes (doctor100) says: it's a 'clink' "Kling" isn't even a proper onomatopoeia word
Real Unimportant (realunimportant) says: It is a good day to rampage...
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: Welll, I'm still holding out for hamsters.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

 ... and we find Unity outside, standing atop a pile of unfortunate animal control officers ... because this is a remake of "The Klng Fields".

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: Tiff Hudson says: "Captain, it appears we are surrounded by KLNGONS!" "Then you'd better get some Kling-free, Mr. Spock!" *runs and transports self out of harm's way* 
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: It's not jail-break at ten o'clock. That would defeat the purpose of having seven klings.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: Having done extensive FX writing in my capacity as a manga editor, I can assure you that "KLNG" is the universal sound of a jailbreak, and "KLING" is the universal sound of a jailbreak when you have extra space in the panel to fill.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Aha! The secret revealed!

...revealed if you didn't read yesterday's commentary, anyway. 

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: The numerous cats in Unity's way might add to the "slightly regrettable body count" but it's okay. They're cats.
Rob (rrreed) says:

Aha! I knew it couldn't be the dryer!

For those of us keeping score at home, does a jailbreak-in count as a rampage or not? And is each wall scored separately?

Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Nice pickaxe!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Gee, who knew?
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: I am painfully aware that I unconsciously copied the third panel from an illustration in a "Muppet Show" book I read over and over as a kid. Specifically, Gonzo breaking through the theater wall with a spoon after the pigs have taken over and imprisoned the entire non-pig cast.
Terry Smith (tjlsmith) says: ACH! It rules!
Joe Charneskie (mutant-sentry) says:

It's Time to Put on Make Up

It's Time to Dress Up Right

It's time to help some Monsters

Working for Skin Horse tonight!


Okay so I'm not the best filker in the land...I still think that works well for a morning motivational tune for Tip...

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Why do we always come here?

I guess that we all know.

It's really kind of awesome

To get to read this show! 

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

It's time to laugh at Sweetheart

It's time to dress up Tip!

It's time to get things started

At the totally monster-filled

looks like some cats got killes

It;s time to Work for Skin Horse noooooowww!!


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(EXTERIOR: Aerial tracking shot, over forest, stopping over swamp and zooming in on a young man sitting on a log, wearing a blue-and-white checked cotton frock with a sweetheart neckline, white ankle socks and black Mary Janes, playing a banjo ...)

TIP: (singing)
Why are there so many
Non-human sentients,
Yearning to live so free?
How did they all get
In our office basement?
And what do they want from me?

Silverfish, zombie heads, cobra kids, mushrooms,
Robots and rats who teach Zen ...
Someday they'll all make
The Skin Horse Connection ...
It's Doom for the race of Men!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

OK, sorry this is so late in the day ... but I was running late this morning and didn't check my comics list during breakfast like I usually do.

Remember the killbots with the defective vocabulators?  Who offered to destroy tasty beverages, and had trouble destroying any verb except "destroy"?  Check out today's (07/30/08) "Girl Genius".

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Sweetheart is glad to see such improvement.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Hey, any improvement in attention span from zero is an infinite-percent improvement....
Rob (rrreed) says: Hmm… Unity has more smarts than she normally lets on. Wonder who she got those brains from?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Dun-dun!
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: Unity has the heart of a caring child. I'm sure she keeps it in her pocket for emergancies.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

That is a surprisingly tidy hole which Unity just made in the wall.  Also, I now have the theme song from "The Great Escape" running thru my head.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

short attention span - i duz - oooh, a panda bear!

 So which was the goal, rescuing CFV Sweetheart, or making lots of holes in walls?

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Making holes is never the plan, it's just a happy side effect.
Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says:

How many kids with ADD does it take to change a lightbulb?

Let's go ride bikes!

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

What's the difference between ADD and ADHD?

ooh look! A train! What was I saying?

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: And that's a waste of perfectly good, reusable skin....
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: I like Unity in the t-shirt. I guess I have never been a hoodie fan.
Rob (rrreed) says: *RAMPAGE GURU! is non-refundable. Offer void in the Principality of Sealand. Statements not validated by the FDA and are not necessarily endorsed by any certified medical authority. Do not remove tag under penalty of law. Shake before using. Refridgerate after opening. Do not taunt with Happy Fun Ball or a violently unstable transuranic element will result. May cause lividity, rigor mortis, or xerostomia. Not for use in atmospheric pressure of more than 200 GPa. Your results may vary.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: How many pieces is Unity's right arm composed of?  Did she really need to replace just an elbow?  (Oh, you know how it is, you find this great new joint ...)
Pete (westrider) says: It's always the joints that go first. Frikkin' moving parts...
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: Oh, totally. Do you know hoe much stress is put on the joints? Hell, I'm a young'n and I wouldn't turn down replacin' a few of 'em. (Particularly this one Ankle gives out on me- yeoutch!)
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: And remember, the long part of the arm is where all the strong muscle is. So, you gotta pick the flexible joints, with the bodybuilder strength... Oh, and doctor's or musician's hands.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Oh, and to answer Aaron's question from late yesterday:

Specifically, the third paragraph on the page.

As an individual with many of the mental symptoms, but having few of the "hyperactive" physical symptoms, I prefer the distinction between ADD and ADHD. I really should get tested one of these days, see if I really...

Oh, chocolate! 

Joe Charneskie (mutant-sentry) says: This Unity discussion is making me think of Terror Inc from Marvel...
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: This Unity discussion is making me think of Terror Inc from Marvel...

That would make my friend Rob so happy. He's the world's biggest Terror Inc. fan.
Terry Smith (tjlsmith) says: and I'm the world's biggest Tyrannosaurus Reich fan - he's featured on Digg right now! TR is misunderstood - he really only wanted Donna Barr's autograph!
Indigo C (indigo) says:

Ah, Unity.


Your simple thoughts.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ...... (whimper)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Ok, who's with me here?  Two things in this strip remind me of Pratchett's "The Wee Free Men":  First, the attitude similar to the Nac Mac Feegle, that anything not nailed down can be borrowed (i.e. stolen) ... if it is nailed down, then the nails can be stolen as well.

Second, the "onomatonoia" in panel 3 ... that is, a sound effect given to something that doesn't actually make a sound, but should.  For maximum effect, the light glinting off of the pickaxe should have had an anime-like lens flare as well.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: When you have a pickaxe, eveything looks like a prison break.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: If a couple of self-righteous bears are not careful with their attitudes, they're so gonna get whomped!
Rob (rrreed) says: Um, can someone tell me the last time they actually saw a place that had pickaxes? Seems to me it'd be easier to find and "borrow" a jackhammer these days.
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

i see plenty of places with pickaxes. mostly my anit-zombie stash sheds. a pick axe is one of the great zombie-threshing items to keep at hand. only problem is sometimes it will lodge in the sternum of a human cadaver. so when useing a pick-axe to cut a swath through zombies, one should always have a spare weapon on hand.

but not a machete. while better than a kitchen knife, if only for range, most machetes are less usefull than your average stick when used to fight off re-animated corpses. Friday the 13th lied. unless your a musclebound mogoloid i guess. on the plus side, a sharped stick is doubly usefull, if said horde of zombies are being led by a vampire.

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I've got a couple in the cellar. At least I did last I looked... I should check and make sure Unity hasn't taken them.

And, yeah, if Ms. Thundercloud doesn't watch it, Unity's going to use her for spare parts. And it'll all be perfectly legal. After all, this is America... Unity has the right to bear arms. 

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: Oh, I prefer the ever-handy crowbar- more impact. A baseball bat or cricket bat can be good as well, most zombies not getting far without a head. Chainsaws are a myth- you ever tyed to swing one of those, let *alone* start it?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Nice pickaxe! Unity has good taste, she doesn't steal junk.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Pickaxes are lousy anti-zombie weapons. They're stupid-heavy, way too heavy for sustained melee use, and have you ever tried decapitating an animated corpse with one? They're really not suited for it.

I have a real sword (a Viking-style broadsword, not a katana, though... I'm generally very much not the katana fanboy, but the powerful two-handed slashes they're designed for really are ideally suited for dismembering zombies), so I don't need ersatz substitutes, but in a pinch, I'd take a machete over a pickaxe any day. Ideal would be a glaive or hewing spear, though... you need a little more room to use it properly, but it lets you deal with the undead at a comfortable distance, especially nice if they're infectious, and two-handed leverage on the long shaft produces the cutting power to dismember the rotting flesh of the undead without the massive weight that makes pickaxes too unwieldy to practically fight with.

No offense intended towards everyone's favorite piecemeal revenant. Especially not when she's carrying a pickaxe and my sword is across the room.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: Unity doesn't need zombie-fighting weapons. She needs zombie fighting weapons.
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

The solution to this entire mess is clear to me now:

Unity must use her awesome powers as a Guru to convince the two bears to rampage, making them look bad and forcing the League to send someone else, who Unity once again works her zombie mojo on, and so forth and so forth, until every member of the league has an embarassing recent rampage on their record and they can't hold it against poor Sweetheart.

Granted, I'm not sure the world can withstand so many coffee cups being knocked over, but we can't have Sweetheart out of the league, can we? 

Zarathustra's Id (zarathustrasid) says: Digger better check her inventory.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: I have a pickaxe in my tool shed.  I live in hope that it will be borrowed and appear on the Evening News as the primary instrument in a good, old-fashioned wild-glint-in-the-eye Rampage.  So far, no luck, but I have noticed the squirrels in the area seem to holding more frequent meetings.  All one can do is hope.
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