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Rob (rrreed) says: You'd think a representative of the Chimeric Anti-Defamation League would know that it's "Smokey Bear", not "Smokey the Bear".
Andrew Farago (andrew) says:

Yeah, but everyone calls him "Smokey the Bear."  Like in that joke about what Smokey the Bear's middle name is.

And the name's in quotes in the strip, too, so I'm sure that Maya was speaking colloquially. 

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

What has Bob the Builder got in common with Vlad the Impaler?

Same middle name.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Why a "little" fire hat?  Maya appears to wear standard-size human clothing.  Then again, the just the words "little fire hat" are incredibly cute.  I feel cuter just for typing them.  No lie, if you could look through the computer screen at me typing right now, you'd be going "aaawwwwwwwww..."

Trust me.

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:


Ed:  It's more likely we'd be going eeewwwwwwwwwww...

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: Whatever, I changed it.

A regular fire hat would look small on Maya's large head. And it would be adorable.
Incog Neato (ghede) says:

Smokey the bear is an offensive name! You don't calling people "Bob the Human" do you?

I'm sure if he were alive today, Mr. Smokey "The Bear" Potts would be very offended.

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: Actiually, I have a DnD character named 'Ratteron The Pirate'.  He got thrown in jail, and they asked for his name, and he got confused. He's- well, let's just say that Int. was his dump stat.
Daniel Barkalow (iabervon) says: Bob "The Human" Jones would be a great name for a gangster. If only because it would leave people wondering what the rest of the gangsters are.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: One person rolls a 20 on the Notice check, giving everyone else a +10 bonus to their rolls.
Rob (rrreed) says: "Chuck, now is not the time to be doing your Airstream impression!"
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: OK, either the firefighter in the last panel has a very light blonde moustache, or he's been drinking a vanilla milkshake.
Matt Wagner (bzarcher) says: OH MY GOD IT'S A BEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!
Indigo C (indigo) says: It is a bear. Not a lion.  Geez, get the internet quote right.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: (groan)
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Frankly I think I would have been struck dumb by the fact that anyone could be cool enough to earn the last name, "Thundercloud"
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

"Try not to look like a camper or a hippie!"

That may be one of the best punch lines ever.

On the other hand, although I often read about attacks on campers, since I live very close to Great Smokey Mountain National Park, I don't remember a single reported attack on hippies....

Still, some of the campers may have been hippies, so it's all good.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

"Try not to look like a camper or a hippie!"


You don't have to worry about that, pal; but you'd better hope that Maya doesn't have an appetite for morons...


(At a couple of points in my life, I was both Hippie *AND* Camper simultaneously...)

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: I figure most campers taste better than hippies. Oh, wait, do bears do like raccoons and wash their food?
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says: he is lucky these firemen are pretty cool. most people i know, if they saw a bear that is obviously trying to pass for human, talking to them, and having access to fire axes... well lets just say, it would be worse.
Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: I am reminded of - do transgenic bears get kitty powers?
Rob (rrreed) says: "She's smarter than the average bear! Quick, Smith! Hide the pic-a-nic baskets!"
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ay-yi-yi-yi.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: In The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, Douglas Adams pointed out the tendency of human beings to verbalize the obvious, for example, "It's a nice day," or, "You're very tall," or, "So this is it, we're going to die."
Incog Neato (ghede) says: Judging from today's narbonic, you massively improved your drawing of ingonito hats.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: I love that they're competing to find as many odd things about this situation as they can.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: .... soooooo .... pants?
Michael Taub (otakuloki) says: How much longer will Maya be able to hold her temper and keep from making snide comments about how Timothy Treadwell had it coming, I wonder. 
Rob (rrreed) says:
"Probably she means no harm."
"She's really very short on charm."
"You have a great gift for rhyme."
"Yes, yes, some of the time."
"Enough of that."
"Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?"
"If there are, we all be dead."
"No more rhyming now, I mean it."
"Anybody want a peanut?"
Rachel (admiralshazbot) says: Skritchy Skritch!
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says: Oh yes, there will be a Rampage, Maya, just keep talking to them...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Thomas, you underestimate Maya.  She will be driven to the breaking point, pulse pounding vision getting red ... then she will take a deep breath, get control of herself, and say, "No, I am an intelligent being, I am above such primitive urges."

Then she will turn to Sweetheart and say, "In return for your reinstatement, could you ask your patchwork friend to do me one little favor?"

Oh, the semi-humanity ...

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Well, that is sorta what it means to be human.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: "That word, you keep using it... I do not think you know what it means."
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Less "ask, ask", more "SHUT UP" - Go Sweetheart!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Next, she'll tell them to sit.  Then she'll say, "beg", and they'll be all, "Oooo, talk some more!  Tell us a story!  I want a cookie!"

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

For when violence is not the solution, there's Sweetheart.

For everything else, see last week. ^-^ 

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Herding instinct.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Yes'm.
Rob (rrreed) says: It's good to shut up sometimes. ~Marcel Marceau
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: I wouldn't want to be where the buck STARTS on that one.
Rob (rrreed) says: Isn't Sweetheart a deer, taking responsibility like that!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: A rampage of.... leadership?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: OK, if a rampage is creating chaos, what is the opposite, where there is a wild outburst of orderliness?  An "egapmar"??  (Hmmmm ... "gap, mar" ... gotta be a Palindrama in there somewhere ...)
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: "Don't let the zombie get hold of a fire axe" - another great line for a T-shirt.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: Methinks Sweetheeart has been watching "Men in Black", and taking careful notes.
Austin Buelt (mearn4d10) says: That'd be a "Virtipude", named after the Martha Stweart-esque particle that sweeps up after the Quarks, vacuums under the couch (Electrons present or not), and makes the Neutriono's beds.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: You know the difference between me and you? I make this look good.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: You know the difference between me and you? I make this look good.

I can imagine Tip saying this in any number of situations, all of which, for better or worse, involve a backless evening dress.
Rockphed (rockphed) says: I am going to assume that Tip either avoids strapless gowns or holds them up through sheer force of will.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Rob Reed says: "Isn't Sweetheart a deer, taking responsibility like that!"


Actually, Rob, she's a dog.


*puts spelling-nazi armband on*

The "deer" you wanted is "de*a*r"...

*removes spelling-nazi armband*

John Campbell (jcampbel) says: I suspect that was a deliberate pun on "buck".
Rob (rrreed) says: No, Ed, John is correct; the "deer" I wanted was definitely a male cervine. Sweetheart's a magnet for shaggy dog stories of all persuasions!
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