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Hilary Bruce (cameoflage) says: Tip wearing a spider-themed outfit? I'm guessing they're actually flowers, but it would be awesome if he decided to wear a dress covered in spiders with matching spider earrings.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

The gentleman's being accidentaly covered in spiders WOULD be a bit put-offing for a girls libedo....

D. Connolly (theogrin) says:

wcfan: Intentionally covered in spiders, on the other hand... well, you'd just need to find the right girl.  Oh, and I think those are just those poofy balls of string, not flowers.

Also, is that a ball gown?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I Need To Know", Marc Anthony)

We had to fix our poor old death machine,
And so they sent this psycho disco queen!
That strange effect I always have on chicks?
This time, it's hit me like a ton of bricks!

Something has occurred that I can't explain!
Even though we know that she's quite insane!
Normally my clothes make the women stare!
First one didn't work, so I got my spare!

But she didn't care!  She didn't care!
Talked to Tigerlily, she didn't care!
I changed my hair!  My underwear!
Talked to Tigerlily, she did not care!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Seriously, Tip needs to wear manly clothes for once if he wants to get inside Tigerlily's pants.

Drew (pseudowolf) says:

I think he needs a "zoot suit"

Corgi (corgi) says:

Nah, try a nik-nik shirt and flares.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

Maybe a nehru jacket?

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Once again Unity the 'Zombie' sees things clearly, while Tip the trained 'Psychologist' is lost in his own little world. 

Remember when she had to explain to Tip why Sweetheart was mad at him, and thusly wouldn't let Tip help Nick?  The girl sees much more than she lets on! 

Course she also wants to 'kill' everybody all the time, so I suppose that might impede a closer understanding of her perceptiveness...?

Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says:

Its easy for Sweetheart to keep a straight face, being a dog.  She's secretly laughing at the whole world.

Rob (rrreed) says: And once again, the answer to the last question poised is, "Yes".
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

You know, I think that like Dave for the majority of Narbonic, Tip doesn't know how his powers work. I think he's instictively good at finding people's levers, and giving them what they think they want, getting what he wants in the process. As seen in Alaska, this doesn't just extend to sex.

The problem with Tigerlilly is that she's mad, so it's harder for Tip to get a handle on what she might think she wants.

PS, I wonder if Tigerlilly has any Native American ancestry?

Ronnie Simonds (ronrab) says:

You're close, Pete.  The problem is, Tigerlily is so inherently awesome she doesn't want anything. SHE HAS IT ALL.

James Kehl (shykta) says:


You mean, apart from knocking over all the Buffalo Exchanges with a giant robot, and sticking it to The Man?

Being completely self-actualized doesn't leave enough time (or motivation) to be a proper mad scientist...

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Nobody Does It Better" (theme to "The Spy Who Loved Me"), Carly Simon)

No one wears polyester
Double-knit jeans or a vest ...
Nobody wears it ... no one else but you!
Love the way you're dressed!

Though I barely knew you,
I cannot lie to you ...
I'll think of something nice to say!
Hear that girl say, "Gee,
Am I extra crazy,
Or has he changed his outfit twice today?"

And no one wears polyester,
But girlfriend, you know how to shop!
Nobody wears it ... no one else but you!
Where'd you get that halter top?

Erin Palette (palette) says:

I would like to thank Shaenon and Jeffrey, because this weekend while on a date I was able to recite the "Alien lightning from planet Lovetron" to great and successful effect.

To add to the awesome, I even cued up the theme to Shaft and had it playing while I said it.

If you two can bottle Tigerlily Jones as a perfume, you'll make a mint.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Erin, you don't know how happy that makes me.

I have to get back to work on that perfume idea.
Anders Carlson (seekerx) says:

I did a quick search of the last couple weeks in the archives, and was staggered by the absence of a couple of quips I expected to see from the Comment gallery.  It seems I must step up!  Imagine, please, the following exchange:

Sweetheart: "Ms. Jones, I'm not comfortable being addressed as The Man.  That's inaccurate in more than one respect!  At worst, I suppose I may be The Man's best friend."

Tigerlily: "Ha!  You work for a shadowy government organization and you haven't realized yet?  You're The Man now, Dog!"

Sam Schmern (the_occupant) says:

Well, to be frank, I think I like ensemble best so far Today, though I haven’t had a good look at the lower half.  It seems practical, yet stylish.  I like it. And black is great colour for you Tip, in my opinion.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Cosmetics are needed! Now Tip can come to the rescue and impress her (or at least that is my bet on how he will try to play it)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I know Nate used this one a few days ago, but it jumped right into my mind when I read the first panel ...

(TUNE: "The Joker", Steve Miller Band)

Some people call him Moustachio ...
Some people call him Thinkonium ...
We'd better call him a repairman,
'Cause a giant paperweight he's become!
Some fool fixed him in the '80s ...
All his tubes have come unglued, come unglued!
Well, don't you worry, zombie, don't worry!
I'll fix him right way, right here, right now, right on dude!

He's been neglected ... and rejected!
He's been dis-re-spec-ted!
His copper swapped with PVC!
I need utensils ... and a stencil ...
And a white eye pencil!
(That last one might just be for me ...)

Rob (rrreed) says: Well, if I were repairing a certain once and future steam-powered automaton of destruction (and comparatively sane), I might want to make certain — substitutions — to prevent it from going on any prolonged rampage again.
Dominic Corbin (lnick) says:

But Rob!  That's hardly Mad at all!

Rob (rrreed) says: Obviously — hence someone sane must have done the last set of repairs!
Kaitlyn Bahn (caspianseamonster) says:

What would be an amazing role reversal is Tip getting a makeover from Dr. Jones.

Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

No, no no Sweatheart! You're supposed to say "you really thought we'd let Tip buy eyeshadow? Ha! April Fools!"

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:


Where's the nearest storm cellar?  I feel the need to fort up. :)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Moonshadow", Cat Stevens)

    Tip's off to buy metallic eyeshadow ...
    Eyeshadow, eyeshadow!
    He's just the guy to find the right shadow ...
    Eyeshadow, eyeshadow!

And if it's got to match her nails,
You know Tip ... never fails!
And if it's got to match her nails,
This might take a little while!

And with the proper lip gloss too,
Not magenta, green or blue,
And with the proper lip gloss too,
Then she'll have a killer smile!

    'Cause Tip's off to buy metallic eyeshadow ...
    Eyeshadow, eyeshadow!
    Sweetheart is following like my shadow ...
    My shadow, my shadow!

And that white pencil for her eyes,
It should come as no surprise,
And that white pencil for her eyes,
Will give her a piercing gaze!

And with the proper shade of blush ...
Take our time, mustn't rush ...
And with the proper shade of blush ...
My heart's set ablaze ...

Skin that is smooth and silken!
Nails that are bright and hard!
Looks like a job for Wilken!
Break out the debit card!

    Tip's off to buy metallic eyeshadow ...
    Eyeshadow, eyeshadow!
    He's just the guy to find the right shadow ...
    Eyeshadow, eyeshadow!

Buy shadow, buy shadow ...
Eyeshadow, eyeshadow!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

This week on This Old Robot, what to do when your robot's plumbing needs a by-pass! 

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Hey, Freefall has Skin Horse cameos today.

(I think this link should work after the weekend.)

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

All right! I like the Freefall cameos!
Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

Hey, Unity lasted two whole panels before her attention span went poof.  That's gotta be a new record.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

OK, admit it ... you wrote that last line JUST so I'd have to come up with a rhyme for "orange", didn't you?

(TUNE: "Love And Marriage", Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen)

Jones repairing, Jones repairing;
We can see her now replace a bearing,
Working without stopping!
While Tip and Sweetheart go out ... shopping!

Jones is working, Jones is working ...
Unity is in the background, lurking!
Keeping watch and sitting ...
But now the snack machine she's ... hitting!

Try, try, try to pay attention,
Unity, silly!
Why, why, why'd she have to mention
Snacks ... to Tigerlily?

Jones, she sings now, Jones, she sings now;
Welding piping and adjusting springs now,
While she oils the door hinge!
The work is hot ...
She sweats a lot ...
She hopes they've got
A Nesbitt's ... O-o-o-range!

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

/me wikipedias for "Nesbitt's Orange".

"Nesbitt's own brand of orange beverage was surpassed in popularity by Fanta in the 1960s and faded in popularity. In 1972, the company was sold to The Clorox Company, and in April 1975, the bottling operation was sold to..."


Wait wait wait back that up a bit. The Clorox Company? Who make, like, bleach? Is that what gives Nesbitts its distinctive tang?


"In the 1970s and 1980s, Clorox pursued an aggressive expansion program in which it attempted to establish itself as a major diversified consumer products conglomerate, like P&G. During that period, Clorox experimented with many different types of products, including detergent (Clorox Super Detergent), bottled water (Deer Park), paint (Lucite), wood stains (Olympia), cereal (Cream of Rice), canned mushrooms (Country Kitchen Foods), frozen food (Moore's and Domani's), bar soap (Satine), and restaurant equipment (Prince Castle). For a while it even owned a small restaurant chain (Emil Villa's). However, all these enterprises did not pan out and were eventually sold or spun off. The brands which did prove profitable and were retained in Clorox's portfolio are listed below. In 1998, Clorox acquired First Brands, the former consumer products division of Union Carbide....."


Eurrrrgh. There's evil science, there's *mad* evil science, and then there's *food science*.



Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

At least it seems that Unity's over her "fizzy" feelings...

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Nate Cull says:


'Nesbitt's own brand of orange beverage was surpassed in popularity byFanta in the 1960s and faded in popularity. In 1972, the company was sold to The Clorox Company, and in April 1975, the bottling operation was sold to...'


Wait wait wait back that up a bit. The Clorox Company? Who make, like, bleach? Is that what gives Nesbitts its distinctive tang?"

Well; if nothing else, regular use will keep your insides white and bright...

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

Sweetheart really should have known better.

Paul Gadzikowski (pgadzikowski) says:

I wonder of Shaenon is thinking of <a href="">the same tv commercial I'm thinking of</a>.

Paul Gadzikowski (pgadzikowski) says:

I wonder what memo I missed for coding links in comments at Webcomics Nation.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

I love Unity's expression while she's on 'guard duty', at least as long as it lasted!  Talk about being 'totally focused'!  Ha! 

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Paul: Jeff wrote the Nesbitt's Orange strip. Weirdly, he sent it to me just minutes after I had watched the Nesbitt's ad on YouTube. I plotzed.
Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says:

Are you... are you from the pop-corn company?

Shaenon, what are you on and may I have some please? :-)

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: @Paul: IIRC, HTML doesn't "take" in these comment boxes unless you're using the plain-text version of the editor (the one you get if you view the page on a script-blocked browser, for example.) I've never had any luck with links on the rich-text version, which means that, in my experience, if you can see the little formatting buttons above your comment, abandon all hope of proper linkage.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Yeah, there used to actually be a 'link' button, but it was so flaky they apparently took it out.  There was also a Javascript hack we were using for a while, but really, it's easier to turn off scripting for the moment.  (Especially if you're using Firefox with NoScript, as I am).

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

My first choices were "Popcorn" by Hot Butter (which was an instrumental), or anything by Frank Zappa (who is incredibly hard to write lyrics for, given his complex rhythms).  Anyway ...

(TUNE: "Wichita Lineman", Glen Campbell

I am the Mother of Invention!
See my wrench and my drill!
And though I may not be from the pop-corn company, still ...
Still, I will get your gears on track now,
And you'll work like you should!
So just sit yourself back now ...
I'll make you feel good!

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I've been able to make links in the rich-text box by dragging them from the little bookmark icon in Mozilla's address bar and dropping them here.


Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Ever see the Popcorn Factory catalog, and those big copper kettles they make the popcorn in?  It's like his personal Playboy, I tell you...

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Mark: It's Jeff! It's Jeff! He wrote most of the strips this week and they are all on substances!
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Hmm...did he stalk Topsy's in another time period?

Andrew Willett (awillett) says:

Tigerlily is going to get in so much trouble with the Machine Union when this gets out of hand. Well, I mean, they all are. But especially Tigerlily.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: My goodness.
Paul Gadzikowski (pgadzikowski) says:

Duhhh. Sorry, Shaenon, sorry, Jeff, I know Jeff's the scripter and I brainplotzed. Since the whole concept of Nesbit's Orange is a blast from the past for me, I must have flashed back to days when a daily webcomic drawn by Shaenon was written by Shaenon. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Kaitlyn Bahn (caspianseamonster) says:

Geez, Paul.  When you put it that way, you make it sound like you're trying to make Shaenon feel bad for not writing her own stuff.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Hey, I write some of the strips. But I ain't taking the blame for this one.
Jonathan Wells (strangething) says: Nick already mentioned M's thing for popcorn tins on his Live Journal.
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