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Non Sequitur

By Wiley Miller
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Jun 9, 2012
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Joe: Something wrong with your sandwich, Danae: Danae: No... I was just wondering... why is it called a tuna fish sandwich? I mean, we don't say grilled chicken bird or roast beef mammal, so why do we call tuna, tuna fish? Bob: See, that's why I decided not to have kids, Joe. Joe: You're not helping, Bob.
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    Basqueian  over 5 years ago

    Cause it might be a tuna cactus sandwich. Duh

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    kittenpah  over 5 years ago

    After being oiled up and cooked in a can, they needed to clarify what it was you were smearing on your bread.

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    pouncingtiger  over 5 years ago

    I’m with Bob on this one.

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    BRI-NO-MITE!! GC Insider over 5 years ago

    I wondered that myself. I also wonder why people say eyesight, but they don’t say ear hearing.

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    Arianne  over 5 years ago

    Because if we couldn’t rhyme tuna fish with favorite dish, where would that leave beginning piano students? With only crunchy flakes and ice cream? I don’t think so.

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    simpsonfan2  over 5 years ago

    And even though they’re made of beef, they’re called ‘hamburgers’. Or ‘steamed hams’ if you’re from Albany.

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    John Davis  over 5 years ago

    As a kid growing up on the Southern California coast “Tunas” were the guys who made a living fishing tuna in the Pacific.

    And they always drove bitchin Buick Rivieras.

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    keenanthelibrarian  over 5 years ago

    “Daddy, what colour is the air?”

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    rockngolfer  over 5 years ago

    Toona is the only thing better than cheezburgers.

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    rayannina  over 5 years ago

    Actually, I think I might know this one. Before about WW2, tuna was considered a “trash fish,” unsuitable for human consumption. (It was only when it was marketed in canned form — using the euphemism “chicken of the sea” — that it became socially acceptable to eat.) A lot of people, not used at the time to eating tuna, didn’t immediately know what it was, so it would often be marketed as “tuna fish.” And the usage stuck.

    We’ll be back with more “Taking the Comics Too Literally,” right after this …

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    x_Tech GC Insider over 5 years ago

    Daddy, what’s in Hot Dogs?

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    revisages  over 5 years ago

    wasn’t it turn on, tuna in, and drop out?

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    hildigunnurr GC Insider over 5 years ago

    what’s wrong with the true answer Joe. Repeat after me: I Don’t Know. ;)

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    OldPossum  over 5 years ago

    I’ve always wondered why Americans call them “tuna fish” sandwiches. Here in Oz it’s just a “tuna sandwich”.

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    stripseeker  over 5 years ago

    @revisagesTimothy Leary really had something there. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Lots of good input this A.M.,but the question still remains one of life’s great mysteries.

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    Sandfan  over 5 years ago

    I’ve seen references in Brit novels to “fish paste” sandwiches, and I’ve always wondered if that referred to tuna fish.

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    gmu328  over 5 years ago

    I would love to have a kid like that doing play on words … and the color of air is as fathomable as the sound of a tree falling in a forest when no one is around

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    CoBass  over 5 years ago

    “Because you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish.”

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    JohnHerbison  over 5 years ago

    I suppose JFK was grateful that he wasn’t visiting Frankfurt.

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    AMarsh1  over 5 years ago

    THAT’S why you didn’t have kids? So the umbrella in your pink drink had nothing to do with it, huh?

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    jackdohany  over 5 years ago

    And why does Bob look so much like Richard?

    Nixon, that is.

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    tnazar  over 5 years ago

    Danae is a significant percentage of bright young girls. I taught in the 5th and 6th grade and had several Danae’s. Her name is that of a minor goddess – appropriate.

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    daphilli  over 5 years ago

    Daddy, why do we eat chickens but not puppies?

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    PShaw0423  over 5 years ago

    “Thank goodness Danae is a comic strip character and not indicative of a normal child. Nobody would want kids.” Danae is arguably a genius, that’s all…she’s no more of a psychopath than most children, only more creative at it. :) She’d be a parenting chore at tiems, but never boring..And “normal”? To paraphrase Deepak Chopra, what we call normal may only be the mediocrity of the average. Pfui on that.

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    dabugger  over 5 years ago

    that is just what kids are created for: to ask the hard questions; and when they do not receive an answer we are really in trouble………so what is it like in your family?

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    rockngolfer  over 5 years ago

    Wikipedia mentions the cactus, too.Funny what you can learn here at Gocomics.

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    js305  over 5 years ago

    Add this question to the long list that includes:

    “Why are the Braille instructions on the drive up ATM machines?”

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    Linguist  over 5 years ago

    Children! The reason God invented the cocktail lounge and neighborhood tavern.

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    cdharding  over 5 years ago

    The Wikipedia Tuna (disambiguation) page provides some hints – there actually is a kind of cactus called a tuna (genus opuntia) as well as the name in Māori of the New Zealand Longfin eel and shortfin eel. So qualifying the name of the fish of the family Scombridae with Fish has a rationale for it’s use.

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    bbadenov  over 5 years ago

    I’ve always said that you can tune-a-piano but you can’t tuna fish.

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    prrdh  over 5 years ago

    Could be Danae came across this: s3.amazonaws.com/giles/tuna_mammal_sandwich.pdf

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    prrdh  over 5 years ago

    If it were a dolphin sandwich, you would have to specify which kind you were talking about.

    Actually, “tuna sandwich” (without the ‘fish’) makes someone (ike me who has a really dirty mind think of something that maybe Danae isn’t ready for an explanation of.

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    VirginiaCityLady GC Insider over 5 years ago

    Five grandkids later and the questions haven’t changed. The only difference is now the Q’s are tweets, emails or texts.

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    Dtroutma GC Insider over 5 years ago

    We just call it “tuna”, ‘cause “tuna dioxin”, or “Petro-tuna” is pretty friggin’ depressing.

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    Varnes  over 5 years ago

    E_tech, “What’s in hot dogs?” Isn’t it snakes and snails and puppy dog tails?

    Dogsniff, it IS Smokey Bear…….the the isn’t supposed to be their……It was a real bear, that was found in a fire. It was nicknamed “Smokey”

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    Varnes  over 5 years ago

    My take: It should be “canned tuna.” and it should be “The Keeping Hot Water Hot Thingy…”

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    Hunter7  over 5 years ago

    Avocado oil is from avocados. Olive oil from olives. Walnut oil from walnuts. Aaaannnd…… Baby oil is from……….?

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    bmonk  over 5 years ago

    I’m thinking we say tuna fish, so we don’t get tuna guitar?

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    Nicole  GC Insider over 5 years ago

    That is actually one of my biggest pet peeves. I have when people say, “tuna fish”. I’ve always just referred to it as “tuna”. We don’t say “salmon fish” or “talapia fish”.

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    underwriter  over 5 years ago

    But it isn’t always “tuna fish” – there’s the Fisherman’s Quartet, comprising 1st tuna, 2nd tuna, barracuda and bass, who used to get together on Friday nights and sing scales (just for the halibut).

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    vwdualnomand  over 5 years ago

    sorry that you have girl problems son…i got 99 problems, but the b**** ain’t one.

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    zehnkatzen  over 5 years ago

    It’s like Mitch Hedberg said: You know how they call corn on the cob “corn on the cob”, right? But that’s how it comes out of the ground, man. They should call that “corn”. They should call every other version “corn off the cob”. It’s not like if you cut off my arm, you would call my arm “Mitch”; but then reattach it and call it “Mitch all together”.

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    Tomcom45  over 5 years ago

    And then there’s balsa wood.

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    amalehuman  over 5 years ago

    Good point, though.

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    Grumpy-DC  over 5 years ago

    … to distinguish from tuna piano.

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    seablood  over 5 years ago

    FINAL ANSWER; "Tuna’ COMES FROM THE ‘tunnel shaped net used to catch them. So Tuna and Tunnel are related——isn’t that fascinating!!

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    finnygirl GC Insider over 5 years ago

    …looking at a can of “Chicken of the Sea” tuna, and actually asking; “Is this Chicken, or Fish?” Seriously, it’s on you-tube somewhere-——————————————————————————-As I recall, that was Jessica Simpson. :-)

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    AshburnStadium  over 5 years ago

    Also, in Philadelphia, they have a news anchor on the ABC affiliate named Rick Williams, who is an incorrigible punster. One of my favorites is when he showed a video of a flying fish out of water for 45 seconds. Rick asked if it was an “o-fish-ial” record!

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    BRI-NO-MITE!! GC Insider over 5 years ago

    We call ATMs “Jones Tellers”, because you can withdraw money late at night, when you’re “jonesing”.

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    luvcmx GC Insider over 5 years ago

    I love this comic strip comic.

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    hippogriff  over 5 years ago

    John Herbison: Or Vienna.

    ffaphilli: Puppies? Now you just hush.

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    Varnes  over 5 years ago

    For some reason I’ve been known to say Ready Teller….No, nobody knows what I mean, and I have no idea where I got it from……

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    Dr_Fogg  over 5 years ago

    You can tune a piano, but you can’t tune a fish… or is that tuna fish.

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    Dr_Fogg  over 5 years ago

    Say good night Gracie…

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    rockngolfer  over 5 years ago

    Thou hast eyes to see but seeist not.And I am an atheisthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpG_mk_9uuI

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    neatslob GC Insider over 5 years ago

    Why does a speaker ask “Can everyone hear me?” Those who can’t aren’t going to know he asked.

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    Joseph Krois GC Insider over 5 years ago

    Prob’ly goes back to when the “fish” in a tuna fish sandwich wasn’t all tuna… Dig? “What’s in the net?” “Who gives a f@#k?”

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    hippogriff  over 5 years ago

    neatslob: Yet that question often gets a comment from the back of, “I can’t hear you”, indicating the question works. There is a difference in volume (among other things) between hearing a voice, and in comprehending what is said.

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    rcdrake  over 5 years ago

    You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish

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    Janice Rey  over 5 years ago

    Kids totally ask questions like this in real life. My son asked if three kids in one birth are triplets, 4 are quadruplets, etc., then why aren’t two kids in one birth doublets? After I got done laughing, I totally agreed. I keep pointing out to him that the English language has a lot of goofy things in it. I expect I’ll have to keep repeating tha.

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    warriorwaynorth  over 5 years ago

    great reference Simpsonfan2, you sound like Skinner

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    fcbill  over 5 years ago

    I have a friend that uses the term “hamburger meat”. Different? Probably not.

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