October 17, 2005
I'm sure Disney is already working on this, so I went ahead and made the DVD cover art for them:
So, you want to know what those jokes in today's comic were all about? I don't know what possessed me to go out of my way to make jokes that were as obscure as I could make them, but hey, I'm kind of weird.
Joke 1: Antoine Laviosier was a physicist in Paris during the time of the French Revolution. His experiments proved that matter was never created nor destroyed by chemical interactions. Most of his scientific experiments were measuring the mass of all the ingredients to a chemical reaction before and after the reaction and confirming that they were the same. While physics was his one true love, he was also the man in charge of all the taxes for Paris. So, he was executed along with the rest of the aristocracy of France. Hence Andy's joke.
Joke 2: Casey is referring to the end of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick". Ishmael survives the sinking of the Pequod by using Queequeg's coffin as a life-raft. Casey is implying that during the several days Ishmael was asea before being rescued, he ate Queequeg's body. (Queequeg was from the South Pacific)
Joke 3: According to Greek mythology, Zeus was overcome with a terrible headache one day that was so bad he instructed Haphestus to crack his head open to see what was wrong. When Haphestus did, the goddess Athena sprung out in full battle garb. So to Zeus, one of his children was literally a headache.
Joke 4: The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution moved the date that the president takes office from March 4th to January 20th. This was to shorten the period that a president spend being a "lame duck".