Is there a *particular* “traditional Christmas sweet, cherished for generations” that he fears will be mishandled by American adaptation?  And he doesn’t name it?  Are we supposed to be able to figure it out; or is it just generalized and hypothetical?  

Originally picked up from GoComics, but phsiiicidu was able to locate it at SMBC’s own site. So we can report on the rollover text, as there are those who think an SMBC is incomplete without it. But here it seems to offer nothing to solve those doubts. “One day, molecular printers will allow starbucks to serve every conceivable food as a whipped topping.”

The Pillsburys on the TWSS trope

Okay, I get the general plot of how they’re both mutually surviving (or evading) some sort of sincerity tests. But no, what is the role of the TWSS trope? Is it a save? But in panel 2 it seems, on the contrary, to deepen the trouble, since Lucretia seems not to know the trope … or does she? But in panel 5 she provides a perfect set-up line for the trope as comeback, so she must know it. (And BTW what in fact is the bit about Fiddler getting at? What / how much is the supposed quote?)

I was going to attribute the original TWSS pattern to somebody, but didn’t know who. The entry at includes a surprisingly discursive article illustrating the usage and tracing the origins, after providing the basic compact definition: “That’s what she said is a form of innuendo that takes innocent statements out of context and makes them sound lewd or sexual.” They first find it in a 1973 book, which however calls it an ancient one-liner.

Cracking up, or crackering up?

It doesn’t quite fit into the “moon is made of green cheese” idea, because of the reference to personal experience.

The moon being made of green cheese probably deserves a geezer alert >50 years past the US moon landings, but a day later here it is again, in a non-CIDU.

Where did the green cheese idea even come from? The old theory that birds migrated to the moon made some sense centuries ago, but green cheese?