For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 6 months ago

    Question: Why do they need a straw to drink from a can of pop?
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    Answer: It’s the only way to get the punch line to work.
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    Trivia: This punch line of this comic strip ended up as the title to the collection book that reprinted it.

  2. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, 6 months ago

    Most little kids need a straw to drink from a can or bottle … else most of the contents end up on them instead of in them. Don’t know about Michael though …

  3. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 6 months ago

    @dukedoug

    Most little kids need a straw to drink from a can or bottle … else most of the contents end up on them instead of in them. Don’t know about Michael though …
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    My son is the older and loves straws. I suspect he likes them because he loves to make the slurping noise at the bottom of the glass, which drives my spouse crazy. My daughter is the younger and got away from using straws at the first opportunity when she was growing up. She never took to them, even when she was very young. That being said, neither of my kids ever used straws for cans of pop.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    Lynn’s Notes:

    My brother and I fought over trivia; my kids fought over stupid things, too. Whether it’s caused by boredom or the need to establish territory, fighting between siblings seems to be unavoidable. My mother would say, “You two are LOOKING for an excuse to fight!” And we were.

    I always liked to make a figure of speech into a punch line. This one worked so well, I used it as the title to a collection book.

  5. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @dukedoug

    Right, exactly!

  6. NightShade09

    NightShade09 said, 6 months ago

    @howtheduck

    Why do they need a straw?
    Who cares!
    They’re kids. Kids like straws. So do some adults. It’s a funny joke.
    What more do you need?

  7. Jean

    Jean said, 6 months ago

    my kids keep a collection of those “crazy straws” in the house, they can be washed and reused, that way there is no fight between my grandkids over a straw.

  8. westny77

    westny77 said, 6 months ago

    Ellie just separate the two on 2 different ends of the house.

  9. Rebel Strike

    Rebel Strike said, 6 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Lynn Johnston must have come from an extremely violent household if she is basing the comic strip on her childhood. I never fought with my siblings to the extent Michael and Elizabeth fight. If I so much as ruffled a hair on a girl’s head, my father would use his belt on me. Violence against the fairer sex was a big no-no in my family.

  10. js305

    js305 said, 6 months ago

    The definition of violence is not exact. The statement about being brought up in a violent household rang my bell just a little. My mother always said they were “discussing” things aggressively when she and my dad would argue about things. Their marriage lasted 52 years before my dad passed away. I liked to think it was like two dogs fighting—just leave them alone, if you try and stop it you get dog bit.

    Too much of this business of trying to always be polite and correct goes on as it is. The human machine is just an elevated animal with all the instincts passed from thousands of years of experience.

  11. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, 6 months ago

    The use of a straw killed my mother, so be careful out there.

  12. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, 6 months ago

    I rather use a straw when it comes to me getting my soda out of a can…I’m very cautious about how I drink things

  13. summerdog

    summerdog said, 6 months ago

    @JanCinLV

    OK Jan, now I need to know how a straw caused the death of your mother?

  14. Poollady

    Poollady said, 6 months ago

    Time to buy more straws, Ellie

  15. JennyJenkins

    JennyJenkins said, 6 months ago

    @Rebel Strike

    You contradict yourself, especially when you say that your father would have taken a belt to you, if you only tried to touch a girl. To me it says that violence and fear of violence was big during your time of growing up… Nothing against you, but it just made me wonder how our memories get out of focus, and a comic like that comes along and brings it all back.

    I used to “fight” with my brother when we were kids, and now we are good friends. It all depends how one defines the fight during those formative years.

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