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  1. Maybe she found out the dogs ate the clarinet when she got back home, and she has a security cam which recorded it?

  2. Good save, Olivier.

    Also, maybe “ate” is meant loosely, meaning they attacked and bit and broke it, but swallowed very little.

  3. “. . . but swallowed very little.”

    One would HOPE so, as she wouldn’t be standing there calmly showing the video, but taking the dog to ER for a VERY $$$ treatment. And not be able to afford a new clarinet.

  4. Yes, and I doubt there are many who would naturally choose “ate” as the verb to capture this event. But of course it was necessary here to bring in the familiar “dog ate my homework” trope.

  5. Andrea’s comic makes no sense. It appears those kids have already completed the assignment and are now feeding it to the dog.

  6. Hey, don’t blame ME; I just post ’em! ‘-)

    But you’re right, and I hadn’t noticed it myself, or I’d’ve sent it to CIDUBill as a CIDU.

  7. They wrote something, but if they know it’s no good, they’ll have the dog chew it up. Otherwise, they’ll turn it in.

  8. I played clarinet way back in school and there are just too many implausible things happening here for me to even begin commenting on.

  9. She might have recorded the aftermath of dog versus clarinet. “Dog shaming” videos are fairly common.

  10. I don’t think this is that ridiculous.

    Dogs tend to not like reed instruments. For example, when I was a kid, we had a miniature poodle who hated my sister’s clarinet. He would bark at it and try to bite the end of it whenever she played it. Today, I could totally see someone taking a video of such behavior on their phone, potentially posting it on youtube. As a matter of fact, if you go to youtube and search for “dog hates clarinet,” you’ll get a long list of dogs howling, whining, or barking at clarinets. And it’s not that the clarinetist would be doing the recording– it would likely be a sibling or friend. Of course, the dog wouldn’t really “eat” the clarinet, but it isn’t outside the realm of possibility that the dog would unexpectedly escalate and grab and maul the clarinet to the extent it was damaged. And if that happened, what student would resist the opportunity to say “my dog ate my clarinet” or post a video of the event?

    As a final note, while our dog hated my sister’s clarinet, he utterly DESPISED her oboe.

  11. Back to the comic: somebody (either Batuik or the starving artist serving as his colorist) has gone to an excessive amount of trouble to carefully shade the faces in this strip, rendering them all to the point that they look hideous.
    P.S. Perhaps this is supposed to distract everyone from the fact that they are both going to catch cancer next week.

  12. @ ja – The hatred you describe is perfectly understandable. All musical instruments are designed with regard to their primary (first order) frequency range, but many (especially those with a lot of metal parts) are likely to produce second order effects that humans cannot hear, but dogs can.
    P.S. The same is true for vacuum cleaners.

  13. I picture a dog going nuts and chewing on the cork that invariably is used to keep the sections of a clarinet together.

  14. “And she just stood there and recorded it for YouTube like a little sociopath?”

    People seem to video all sorts of horrible things without lifting a finger to help. In this day and age, I could easily believe a teenager would let her dog eat up her clarinet just for the ‘likes’ and ‘views’ she’s bound to get.

  15. In Germany, the police now can (and do) arrest onlookers who get in the way at accident scenes. A number of cases have been reported in which the idiots were filming or even taking “selfies” of themselves in front of the victims.
    P.S. There is also a law that when traffic is backed up (on the Autobahn or highways), drivers are required to arrange their cars to leave a path for emergency vehicles. Anyone who doesn‘t do this (or misuses the path for themselves) faces a hefty fine and/or license suspension. This has been highlighted by a recent public awareness campaign.

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