1. To some kids (?), a cow is just the packaging for milk, so the color of the cow tells about the flavor of its milk/contents.
    Something along those lines in Yotsubato! vol.7 chapter 44: coffee milk is from black cows, regular milk from white cows. I wonder what the original says about strawberry milk because the English translation mentions red cows while the French one tells about cow blood (which works better with the father’s reaction of horror).

  2. Frazz thinks it’s absurd that 1 out of 6 people would believe that. So he’s relieved when he finds out it’s just some made-up statistic someone posted on the Internet. Then we see someone who does believe it (because he read it on the Internet, natch).

  3. When Olivier mentioned strawberry milk, my first reaction was “no such thing!”. But I was thinking of pre-made bottles in the refrigerator case at grocery stores, where you do see chocolate milk but I thought not strawberry.

    But then I remembered mixing powders in odd packaging, which definitely featured strawberry as option below chocolate. Oh, and does anybody remember that absurd product, Flav-I-Straws? I think those had strawberry too.

  4. @ Mitch4 – What do you mean, “remember them”? We have some of those flavor straws in our kitchen cabinet right now. The brand name is of course different (it’s a German product), but my kids have had chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry versions, and have generally liked them all.

  5. @ Olivier – The last time I had a strawberry milkshake was at a drugstore counter in downtown Washington (so you can imagine how make decades ago that was). Halfway through it I experienced a visual sensation that equated the icy concoction with liquid Pepto-Bismol. It didn’t matter what my nose and tongue were telling me about the actual flavor, the similarity became so revolting that I could not finish it. I’ve never had a strawberry shake since then.

  6. @Kilby: I’m sorry to hear that; but flavored milk is different from milkshake. You can go to any French bistro and ask for the traditional “lait-fraise” (=strawberry), “lait-menthe” (=mint) or “lait-grenadine” (=pomegranate) and you’ll be served cold milk mixed with the syrup of your choice, no ice-cream involved.

  7. kid 1: Spews a fact that seems implausible. Frazz learns the origin of it and figures he can dismiss it because of the source. So by “ah”, he meant, “You really shouldn’t believe stuff you read on the internet.” Kid 2: Spews an obviously wrong fact learned from the internet, but it confirms statement from kid1.
    The joke: Frazz all but dismisses the original “fact” because of the source. Kid2 demonstrates that the fact from kid1 might actually be true, which both refutes and confirms Frazz’s “ah” comment.

  8. One thing Frazz’s “Ah” communicates is that “far too many people believe ridiculous facts derived from the internet” is more likely than “1 out of 6 believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows”

  9. I think it’s about how inflated information gets on the Internet. A study, legitimate or not, states 1 in 6 people believe that chocolate milk comes from Brown cows. The other kid takes a headline that the question was even considered and anyone no matter how small a minority believe it as confimation and interprets as a given fact.

  10. … we have pre-made strawberry milk around here in Boston. Both made by the major dairies like Garelick and Hood, and also by the small local dairies. The organic dairies usually don’t make strawberry milk, because it’s really hard to make a strawberry flavor intense enough to mix into milk from actual strawberries; it CAN be done, but it takes a LOT of strawberries, so it can only be done locally at some times of year, and the cost is prohibitive. The small-but-not-organic dairies all make it, though. Go into any convenience store, including ones in gas stations, and you can always buy milk and chocolate milk, usually buy strawberry milk, and sometimes buy coffee milk.

    I didn’t know that pre-packaged strawberry milk was rare anywhere else.

  11. Back in my day we had to use Quick powder to make our own strawberry (or chocolate) milk.

  12. That was Nestle Quik back in the day. The internet says that it’s now called Nesquik.

  13. Goat’s milk is not pink. I know because I have milked a goat. I have heard that yak’ milk is pink. And I have read, I think in a book by H. Allen Smith, about a newspaper that used the same item repeatedly as a “filler” (an item to fill a small amount of unused space at the bottom of a column). The text of the item was always “Yaks’ milk is pink.” but the headline was different every time. “Because It’s There.” “Tibetan Dairy News.” “We Were Surprised.”

  14. Okay, yes, and Quik was the prime example of what I was referring to earlier as powered flavorings in rather peculiar packaging – mostly cardboard, wrapped as a rounded rectangle, with metal fittings to hold the edges together and provide a base for the removable round cap.

  15. It doesn’t seem like an entirely wrong supposition when you’re working with limited data based on limited observation and experience. Brown babies come from brown parents, which these kids would have seen.

  16. Nesquick strawberry apparently comes in premixed bottles also – anything to make a child drink his/her milk. With me and plain milk they had to stop me from drinking it as child as I drank too much of it.

    Holsteins are the most common red cow (though not all Holsteins are and there are other red cows).

  17. I grew up saying something close to melk but just about nobody from the same place did (Miami). Later I’ve seen a few others say they do too, but can find no geographic or ethnic commonality.

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