Bear: Aww... it appears that mister I'm-Above-The-Natural-World has just knocked himself off the top of the food chain... The Schadenfreude of Unnatural Selection.
“It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine” is how the song goes I believe.
I’m picturing Slim Pickens right now for some reason
Good one, Nelly55.
I’m a huge fan of Dr. Strangelove.
Wow, talking bears.
Still, if I were those bears, I’d be getting away from there as fast as possible. They’re so close that they’re about to look like the above-mentioned vultures.
And the elements will melt with fervent heat!
I’ve got marshmallows. Anybody got the rest of the ingredients for Smores.
This gives a whole new meaning, to nuking your food!
Good one Thirdguy!
I have the chocolate, we can skip the graham crackers!
Well put sir Wiley.
somebody exploded an H-bomb today…but it wasnt anybody i knew
just so the OUCH is over there and leaves the Bears the berrries.
So arlic is a Moody Blues fan, I see.
Great one, Wiley.
How is Yogi going to steal anymore picnic baskets now?
The problem is that we have the capacity to wipe out the entire food chain.
Please share with me this profound message.
It’s rare that I need to look up the meaning of a word in a comic strip.
Just so long as we can watch the end in stunning high definition on our flat screens.
You do realize, Wiley, that Glen Larsen did something similar..?
“You do realize, Wiley, that Glen Larsen did something similar..?”
Who is Glen Larsen?
Schadenfreude …. [shahd-n-froi-duh] …. ” Satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. ”
OK, … a misfortune of a Mushroom cloud & no more Pizza for the bears ?
thanks. love it!
I’m pretty sure this is natural selection. Nice one Wiley!
Didn’t he produce the original “Battlestar Galactica”? and a bunch of other TV shows, including “McCloud,” “Alias Smith and Jones,” and other shows you’ve forgotten?
ahh….back to glow in the dark……everything.
I believe you are referring to Gary Larson, who did “The Far Side”
I agree. Saw that one.
Personally, I believe in neighborhood nuclear superiority.
I wonder what being a vaporized gas, hotter than the hottest blast furnace would be like. On the other hand, I don’t really want to know.
Gary Larsen, I betcha!
You know, I never heard schadenfreude used until I heard Joel McHale on The Soup use it about 2 years ago, and now i’m hearing and seeing it frequently.
Yeah, that’s the name BC13..sorry. Got the names mixed up.
“I’ll be back when it’s over
an hour and a half from now”
dunno ‘bout the pizza, but they got one heck of a mushroom there…
If you get the chance, read this short story:
“August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” (1950). Ray Bradbury.
“…just knocked himself off the top of the food chain…”
Moody Blues fan here too FWIW. On vinyl no less.
For a misanthrope like me, nuclear annihilation would be a schaudenfreude. Especially if I’m at ground zero so I’m vaporized from the get go. That smile might last less than a second, but it would be the biggest of my life.
At least those bears will find out whether or not Twinkies really can survive a nuclear holocaust.
Incredible artwork; interesting that super bowl weekend was chosen to share this with us. Bears are astute, accurate and droll; sad that this is the least of our worries…………………
Hey, people of Lamebrainia….
It’s not Glen Larsen. It’s not Gary Larsen.
It’s G-A-R-Y L-A-R-S-O_N.
How can you say someone else did this cartoon when you don’t even know how to say the person’s name OR spell it????
A true Wiley classic! Rather somber, but a classic. Thanks, Wiley!
(I never heard that word before Dennis Miller started using it years ago.)
“The humans are at it again! Let’s go to Tunguska - hardly any humans there.”
Gas fired power plant went up today- we don’t need nukes, we’re doing just fine wiping things out with fossil fuels. The bears can’t even get any sleep in Yellowstone because the snowmobilers want to take it over in winter.
The natural world counts for squat with our ego-fed culture.
“The Lord sent Noah the Rainbow Sign…
No more water, the Fire next time…”
Wow, those bears have a real sharp wit in times of distress. Why don’t they share some of their wisdom on a daily basis? I’m all in favor of some really cool bear ideas.
Chez Schadenfreude: “It serves you right!”
Spot-on as usual, Wiley.
The one with the polar bear on the ice floe with the pollster standing next to him. The pollster says: “The polls show that extinction is a near certainty.” Next panel. The bear is fatter, the clipboard the pollster was holding is resting on bloodstained ice and the bear is thinking: “Wow..Right again.” I like that NON better since the bears win and don’t have to face radiation burns.
+I still don’t trust propane tanks on grills either, Joe.
Great minds think in similar ways (Wiley and Gary Larson), and that German word has been around in literature for ages (though I seldom can remember the spelling, I feel it often, because I like to see evil people suffer the results of their actions).
This is fantastic!
With unfortunate references to the Holocaust, whether in Europe or Japan, smug self-importance doesn’t further our hope for special survival…Not that we deserve it….Go Colts!!!
I think it says a lot about Wiley’s respect for his audience that he didn’t feel it necessary to explain “Schadenfreude” to us (c.f. the reference to Sisyphus in the Sunday’s “Frank and Ernest”).
You asked for my opinion regarding Michael Ramirez’s February 04, 2010 cartoon.
I finally got around to posting it now - please see the comments there.
They’re rioting in Africa, they’re starving in Spain.
There’s hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls.
The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch.
And I don’t like anybody very much!
But we can be tranquil, and thankful, and proud,
For mans’ been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day
Someone will set the spark off, and we will all be blown away.
They’re rioting in Africa, there’s strife in Iran.
What nature doesn’t do to us, will be done by our fellow man.
(The Merry Minuet, performed by The Kingston Trio)
Fahrenheit all over again. Nicely done. :)
February 16, 2022