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Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

Now the acetone could be from an industrial source, it's used sometimes as a solvent.  Of course, Tip may have recognized the bottle, in which case I'll defer to his expertise. ^_^

The nylon fuse, though, makes me suspect that it wasn't meant to work...

But how does Sweetheart expect CSI to get clean prints or DNA samples off the device when she picks it up with her bare mouth?  Shouldn't she be wearing a glove?

Long White Cloud (aotearoa) says:

Now, now, that's conventional thinking.

I'm pretty sure Sweetheart fully memorized the scent on the bomb, if she ever were to pick it up... ;)

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Most of the acetone I've seen is in massive bottles. And holding it near your nose, unless it's at an absurdly low concentration is a really *bad* idea, even with a merely human sense of smell. It's also not that good if you want it to blow up...unless you've got some good old ethyne or something similar dissolved in it under pressure, which you'd never be able to have in that container with a burning fuse....unless you-


....maybe I should stop talking before I get a knock on my door. Yes. That sounds good....

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Nail polish remover is rather dilute acetone. You can get the pure stuff in smallish metal cans wherever house paint is sold, though, as a brush-cleaner.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: ...Why do I immediately suspect the bird?
Bruce Bergman (brucebergman) says:

Acetone is a main component of Dip.  Fourth Wall attack?

Euel Ball (euel) says:

Well, my bombs would be old tee shirts and an oil-gasoline mix, unless I had access to either polystyrene or old fashioned soap flakes--

DHS?  Yes, I'll come quietly...

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Sh-Boom", The Chords)

   A bomb, a bomb!
   Hissing and fizzing and smoking, we choke!
   A bomb, a bomb!
   Hissing and fizzing and smoking, we choke!

We were almost fried!
And now we're dealing with mysterious intrigue!
Someone has tried to kill the whole Transgenic League!
We were almost fried, they tried!

See the IED!
It's made from acetone, with nylon for a fuse!
But Tip says single malt and cotton he would use ...
Make an IED with me!
(Or blue jeans and Franzia --
Enough!  Quit giving them hints!)

   (repeat CHORUS)

Wayne (wayne) says:

Acetone has an interesting property: it will melt gunpowder.  Many, MANY decades ago as a wee sprout when we were reloading shotgun shells, I experimented with it.  Because the gunpowder was not contained, it sort of burned like a candle or a chaffing dish heat source thingie (hey, I've had less than 5 hours of sleep, gimmie a break if I'm dain bread)

Eric Burns (ericburns) says:

@wayne -- you remind me of my own halcyon days pouring black powder into an old, broken Micronauts Battlecruiser (assembled) and setting it off with an electrical trigger.

It occurs to me the fandom of Skin Horse/Narbonic/et al may constitute a 'type.'

Mason Kramer (masonk) says:

That would be the 'budding young mad scientist' type?

Rob (rrreed) says: Franzia‽ As in "5 liter box" Franzia wine‽ Did Sweetheart hang out with Dr. Helen ("Heh, heh, heh") Narbon at some point‽
Rob (rrreed) says: Personally, I'd go with a few liters of aqueous ammonia in a glass bottle, a kilogram of ground iodine crystals, and a filtered pinhole drip in the bottle as a very rough timer.
Forrest Flanagan (f7) says:

Tip is probably referring to TATP, Triacetone triperoxide. It's easily made with acetone and hydrogen peroxide. TATP is a high explosive that is sensitive to shock, heat, and synthesis impurities.

If that's the case, it shouldn't be anywhere near Sweetheart.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

Tip probably knows the differences between undiluted acetone and nail polish remover, many of which can be spotted by the smell.  Anyone who has worked with acetone and also (separately, not at the same time) done their nails should know this.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

...Perhaps she needs a mask made from a paper plate.

Ah well, at least they respect her authority now.

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Sometimes, when faced with having to rely on people you don't just need to grin and bear it.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

To quote Eric Cartman: "Respect my authoritah!"  Now all she needs are mirrored aviators.

llearch n'n'daCorna (llearch) says:

That sort of approach is unbearable. And bearly legal...

Shane Wegner (shanewegner) says:

Another innocent plate glass window, decimated for comedic effect! And isn't getting broken glass everywhere a form of....littering? DUN DUN DUNNNN...

Jay Blanc (jayblanc) says:

3rd panel needs to be a t-shirt.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Like A Rock", Bob Seger)

Look out people!  Sweetheart found a bomb!
There stands Maya, unperturbed and calm ...
Watch her now, with coolness and aplomb,
Toss a cop!

Did the right thing, calling 9-1-1 ...
See policeman, brandishing his gun ...
Seconds later, what has Maya done?
Toss a cop!

Toss a cop!
Through the glass front door!
Toss a cop!
Didn't growl or roar!
Toss a cop!
Man, will they be sore ...
Toss a cop!

Maya tells them, "Start impressing me" ...
Tip and Sweetheart, frightened feces-free ...
You can bet that ... they don't want to be
Tossed like cops!

Toss a cop!
Like a forward pass!
Toss a cop!
Toss him through the glass!
Toss a cop!
Lacerate his a$$!
Toss a cop!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

jayblanc: 3rd panel needs to be a t-shirt.

2nd-and-a-half Amendment: the right to be supported by bear arms.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Hmm.., kind of makes spilling a cup of coffee pretty tame, doesn't it?

Can anyone say: "Rampage!"

joe dreyfuss (jdreyfuss) says:

Sure it's a rampage, but she's in an altered mental state. She's really, really annoyed right now.

Mason Kramer (masonk) says:

And how is this different from the norm, Joe?

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

See, this is where the trenchcoat and hat come in handy. They're not bulletproof per se, but wearing them makes people think she's (a) intelligent  or trained or at least capable of interacting non-violently with humans and (b) cute. Sure, it's a concession to the dominant human paradigm, but at least humans' instinctive first reaction is "Hey! A bear in a trenchcoat and hat!" rather than "Augh! A bear! Shoot it!"

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: That's clearly not a rampage. Why? Because she's acting in self-defense, and not even having fun. Look at that bored face.
Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says:

Sweatheart's comment has several different interpretations, all of them wrong.

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

What a tosser!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "It's Too Late", Carole King)

Members keep forgetting how disliked we are ...
Walking in broad daylight, now you're going too far!
And making reservations at some trendy human bar ...

For our date, yeah Sweetheart, our double date,
You remember, that's what it was now!
Some haters' plot was shot,
At least you're not catapulting the fuzz now ...
Oh, no ...

Kirt Dankmyer (xiombarg) says:

@Grant: Ow, now I can't get some of the worse interpretations out of my head.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Billion Year Red perhaps?

woozy (woozy) says:

Who didn't see the joke coming?

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Tip you ass.....atone for your gaffe!

Louis Richards (lummer5000) says:

It IS a ridiculous suggestion.l

Everybody knows that acetone ruins the finish of Dinosaurian scales, thus they only use non-acetone nail polish remover.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Jailhouse Rock", Elvis Presley)

Lookin' for a dinosaur who does her nails!
My investigative skill, it sometimes fails!
Sweetheart, now, be serious!  She says, "I am!"
Well, goodness gracious, how Cretaceous, sorry ma'am!

What nails!
What incredible nails!
All the prehistoric scaled females
Got big 'n' strong 'n' yard-long nails!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

That would explain why the last Mary Kay party I went to was hosted by Godzilla.

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

@the_shrike:  Well played, sir, well played.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

To ampersand888: You mean you got to meet Ms. Kay in person? :3

Gotta say, I like Tip's outfit; he has the height to carry off horizontal stripes.

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

@Ed:  "goodness gracious, how Cretaceous"  -- brilliant....

Now I've got to figure out how I can use that in a real conversation.

Rob (rrreed) says: Yes, those fools in the League laughed at my plan for domination of the world chimera community. LAUGHED! But I'll show them, I'll show them all! Laugh-a while you can, monkey-boys! BWAH-HA-HA-HA!
Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

Well, if Artie was the bomber, I think we can assume that smoke was all it was supposed to do.

But how did the cafe get the quiche recipe from Vega?

Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says:

Real men don't eat . . . .


Oh, yeah . . . .

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

It was encoded in the polarization of the signal. After the Hitler speech.

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

The plot thickens.  Or is that congeals?

William Hostman (aramis) says:

1) The comment system needs a spam-flag...

2) Why am I expecting Tip to suddenly start singing "Good Ship Lollipop" so as to match his getup...

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

What would a vegan quiche even be made of?  Packing foam?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Who Let The Dogs Out", Baja Men)

Who moved the meeting?
(Art!  Ar-tie, that's who!)
     (repeat 4 times)

Well, the meeting was moved, to next door location!
(Vegan café)
But then the room was filling with smoke!
(Let's run away)
We nearly had a big conflagration!
(Members flambé)
Threatening the transgenic folk!
 And Dr. Wilkin's asking ...
   (repeat CHORUS)

Was it a real threat, or just a scare?
Do dissent they want to foment?
Tip is late now, for his date now!
With a hot trans-gen-ic ro-dent!

Now the members we're in-ter-ro-ga-ting!
(Ma'am, just the facts)
But perhaps, wrong answers we seek!
(On the wrong tracks)
Gonna ask this guy Tip is now dating!
('Bout the attacks)
Gonna make him squeal, or at least squeak!
 And Dr. Wilkin's asking ...
   (repeat CHORUS over 'n' over 'n' over ...)

Daibhid Ceannaideach (daibhidc) says:

@Dieter M: Tofu apparently.

So speaking as a vegetarian, yes.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Dieter M: Daibhid's correct. My mom has a spinach/tofu quiche recipe that she absolutely swears by and I tend to swear at. (To me tofu and spinach are bad enough separately. Why would anyone want to put them together???)

woozy (woozy) says:

But, Tip,  Artie is a VEGAN!  (I mean, that is what Tip meant by a crimp in the date, yesterday, wasn't it.  It's what *I'd* mean by a crimp in a date...)

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

@woozy:  Artie is male (which matters since Tip is a straight man, and sometimes a straight-man), and a were-gerbil (gerbil-were?)  That he is also from another star system should not really matter all that much.

Funny, all this time I thought Helen had used a terran gerbil...

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: You say veegan, I say vaygan You say veegan, I say vaygan Veegan! Vaygan! Veegan! Vaygan! Let's call the whole thing off....
Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "I gotta feeling," The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta & Frédéric Riesterer (The E.N.D., 2009)

I gotta feeling
That tonight's gonna be a take-down
That tonight's gonna be a take-down
Yes tonight's I'm gonna take Artie down

I gotta feeling (woohooo)
That a terrorist's met his match now
There's a plot that we must unhatch now
And tonight's gonna be a wild wild night

The date is on!
My hair goes up!
If he's the bomber
The jig is up
I'm gonna look for
I'll put the squeeze on
 And then I'll do it again
And do it
And do it
And do it again
And do it
And do it
And do it again

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@Kay: that was so great, I'm imagining it with too much AutoTune right now.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Stepping Out With My Baby", Irving Berlin)

I'm going out, out with Artie,
I'll stay up, up 'til dawn!
With that tall, handsome, smarty ...
Tellin' you now, it is ON!

Come with me now, and you'll see how we condemn ...
'Cause we do best when there's two questioning them!

I'm meeting him, with my game face,
Staying cool, using tact ...
You'll be there, at the same place,
And the scene we'll re-enact!

Earlier, I had a smile,
I was all dressed up in style ...
Now I've got to be a Fed,
Trust my gut and use my head
I'm keeping my footing,
I'm solving a crime!
And now I'll be putting
My hair up this time!
I'm ...

Going out, out with Artie!
Got to ask, got to dig!
Picking his mind apart, he
Might uncover something big!

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

omg, does this mean tip is going to need another costume change?  *lol* :)

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Of course!  Now he'll have to go for the 'severe yet sexy investigator' look.  :)

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Of course, given Artie can predict what you're going to say before you say it, trying to question him might be tricky.

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