Some of you (maybe just one or two of you) may have noticed that I haven't blog-posted in two weeks. Well that's because I've been in Sochi, Russia, enjoying the Olympic Games. (Virtually, at least, if not in any corporeal sense).
After reading fellow "Laugh Tracks" writer Jaymie's post from a few days ago which compiled Olympics-themed strips, I thought I'd reach back into the archives and share this great winter-games-related Brevity panel that conveniently doubles as an urgent public-service message. Behold...
In order to properly discuss this complex comic panel, a brief Q&A:
Q: Where is the fourth bobsledder?
A: He either didn't heed the warning in this comic, or — if you prefer the happier version — he took the above picture with his cell phone.
Q: Bobsleds don't contain fuel tanks or anything combustible. How is it that this one caught on fire?
A: Because it's funnier that way.
Q: Is the proper term "bobsled" or "bobsleigh"?
A: I have no idea.
Q: Who is Udo Gurgel?
A: The East German sports engineer who designed all of the modern bobsled tracks, including the one in Sochi. Udo has strongly come out against texting while bobsledding, at least according to my own admittedly spotty translations of his past interview transcripts.
Q: Is it true that the Grateful Dead song, "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" was written after keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan was found by bandmates drunkenly napping on a luge course during a 1972 tour stop in Oberhof?
A: No. The Grateful Dead were nowhere near the Schmalkalden-Meiningen region on their famed Europe '72 tour. Also, this Q&A has gone on long enough.
Q: Fine. One last question: Who takes the Gold Medal in delivering amazingly hilarious, insightful and visually stunning comics, by the hundreds, every single day?