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Oh, for —

Herb & Jamaal, 9/29/04

It’s move bodies! A real friend helps you move bodies!

I mean, that’s the joke. “A friend is someone who will help you move; a real friend will help you move bodies.”

Seriously, dude. Get it right.

9 responses to “Oh, for —”

  1. mike e
    April 12th, 2005 at 3:16 am [Reply]

    so how much do you want to bet that is what he had originally, before his editor made him change it. not like i really care about that stupid strip anyway…

  2. Mary Brandt
    July 13th, 2005 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    Hey, you should see some of the stuff they try to slip by.

  3. Stephen
    March 4th, 2006 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    That reminds me of the time when I was a kid and someone in my class was re-enacting the scene in Animal House where John Belushi said “Guess What I am Now” where he stuffs food in his mouth and punches his cheeks to spew food all around. and says “Zit! get it?” My class mate did this only the punchline in his world was “Pimple! Get it?”

  4. Star
    February 1st, 2008 at 3:59 pm [Reply]

    But if you have to move your real friend’s body, you’re on your own.

  5. dodoman1
    May 25th, 2010 at 8:47 pm [Reply]

    It seems like Herb is hinting at something here. What sort of “incriminating evidence” does Herb need Jamaal to help him hide? Maybe he finally got revenge on his mother-in-law for dumping a pot of chili on his crotch.

  6. ms docweasel
    May 25th, 2010 at 10:02 pm [Reply]

    actually, I think it’s “help you move a _dead_ body”, as in “help you move the body of the dead hooker you accidentally strangled while experimenting with erotic asphyxiation”. Just moving bodies isn’t that sinister, you could work in a mortuary or something.

  7. Kadzar
    May 26th, 2010 at 1:43 am [Reply]

    If you work in a mortuary, the bodies are still dead.

  8. parcheesi
    November 21st, 2011 at 5:51 am [Reply]

    Sorry, ms docweasel, but “move a body” is an idiom, meaning to discreetly get rid of a corpse. Although I have to wonder; it seems somewhat evident that an editor is responsible for the rewording, and since the meaning is more or less equivalent, it’s possible that the editor somehow interpreted the original idiom as sexual, or anticipated such an interpretation. Of course, it’s also possible that the author just misremembered the punchline.

  9. Lair of Rockwhales
    January 31st, 2013 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    As of January 31, 2013 this strip has been published again TWICE.

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