Cheap, yummy, and already here

Thanks to Boise Ed for this tightly-matching-motto synchronous pair!

I am still in the market for a quick-and-easy lesson on how to turn auto-rotate off on my iPad momentarily, so I can turn it to more easily read sideways or ʇxǝʇ uʍop ǝpısdn, especially in images. For those not ready to risk neck strain trying to read the motto in the last panel of the Ginger Meggs, Editor Phsiiicidu has kindly provided a clipped and de-rotated image; and Ed provides a transcription as he discusses the synchronicity.

Boise Ed says ‘Ginger Meggs always has a little saying added on. Today, it is “If we are what we eat, then I’m cheap, fast, and easy.”  So then Herb and Jamal used almost the exact same line.’


  1. Swipe down and left from the upper right to open the control center. There’s generally a lock with a circle-arrow around it that can be turned on and off. If it’s not in the control center, then you’ll have to go to settings and add it.

  2. On my iPad the “anti-rotate” control is only available in the control center when I set the right hand toggle switch to the “mute” function.

  3. P.S. I was really confused about what was supposed to be “synchronous” between the two strips, until I figured out that it was really just between the bonus panel and the other strip. However, now I’m trying to figure out what the relationship between the first strip and the bonus panel is supposed to be. Maybe I’m blind, but I can’t see a link between the two.

  4. You’re right, is a puzzlement. When I can get to my real computer I’ll restore a CIDU category marker.

  5. Now marked CIDU.

    HOWEVER, we should inquire with Boise Ed or others more familiar with Ginger Meggs, whether the added bonus text normally does or does not seem to have substantial relation with the content of that day’s cartoon.

  6. Thanks, CloonBounty, that official Apple Support mini-article was a good complement to Patrick’s note here — in particular by showing “the Rotation Lock button” it corrected my mistaken attempts to use the Vitruvian Man button. (Of course, for some reason the Apple article is addressing the opposite of my case, and advising the people who need to turn ON autorotate when I’m looking to turn it OFF. But the relevant controls are the same.)

  7. “fast, cheap, and easy” is the decades old order of this description, and was, when I first heard it, what one wanted in a recipe.

  8. Ginger Meggs almost always includes a bonus joke, aka graffiti (sic, not graffito) or side comment, that seldom, if ever, relates to the main strip. Afficionados miss the graffiti when it’s absent. Ginger is the best Australian export since the secret ballot election system, IMNSHO. Yes, I know that Ginger’s current cartoonist/guardian resides in the USA. The strip is still quintessentally Aussie. It never fails to mark Anzac Day.

  9. The “fast, cheap, and easy” line has been around since at least the 90s; I can accept it as a little “throwaway” on Ginger Meggs, but not as the punchline for an “original” comic strip joke. Also, I like the late Victor Buono’s version of the saying: “‘You are what you eat,’ said a wise old man, and Lord, if that’s true, I’m a garbage can.” (From “The Fat Man’s Prayer,” 1971)

  10. Lay your iPad flat on the table and turn it in the direction required to read the inverted text.
    No charge.

  11. Lacking Ooten Aboot’s familiarity, I decided to do a little research. I discovered that “Ginger Meggs” is a fourth generation zombie strip, originally created (back in 1921) in Australia. The original author (Bancks) died in 1952. The black mark on the back of Ginger’s head is not a Jewish “kippa”, it’s just the way that his head is shaded. Both that detail and the little text comments were not invented by Chatfield (the fifth author), they are also present in the strips drawn by the previous (fourth) artist (Kemsley). A brief review confirmed that Chatfield’s text gags are only rarely related to the material in the strip. In contrast to that, all of the text gags that I read in Kemsley’s work had at least a tangential relationship to the main strip.

  12. P.S. Just like Ginger Meggs’ creator (Bancks), all of Chatfield’s predecessors (Kemsley, Piper, and Vivian) were Australians, but I have to say that I didn’t notice anything “quintessentally Aussie” in any of the strips that I have seen so far.

  13. Related to “you are what you eat”:

    “You’ve heard of ‘sweets to the sweet’? Have some [nuts | turkey].”

  14. @ Boise Ed – After reading a few more weeks of strips, I think “never” is too strong, but Chatfield’s graffiti is so rarely related (and even then only tangentially) that it’s probably only coincidental. My earlier comment about Hemsley’s work was based on an unusual week, but even if his graffiti isn’t often related, the probability of an indirect connection is much higher than with Chatfield.

    The only “Australian” elements that I could find in any of the strips by these two authors were a few isolated words (like “mate” in the strip above). They were so infrequent as to be nearly unnoticeable.

    The GoComics archive for Ginger Meggs only goes back to 2004 (just three years before the end of Hemsley’s work); I was not able to find any representative strips by the creator or the other two zombie artists.

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