Yet another strip that spawned from a conversation with my wife. We’re both dieting, we each shared our current progress, I threw the tasteless line out, she pointed out the obvious mathematical concerns with said line, and I remembered this piece of art that I’ve been trying to write a script around for months.

Neither the actual weights nor their actual ratio were preserved for this script because I’ve been married for nearly twelve years and I’m not an idiot. Numbers were fudged based on an “average weights” site I found combined with the fact that I needed her to be slightly bigger than him. If these numbers seem inaccurate, I would point out that he’s standing, she’s seated, her hand’s over her midsection, and he ceases to exist somewhere below his lower abdominal area.

Potential weight-guessing failures aside, I’m worried this one’s a bit too clunky, what with me trying to fit the the whole weight loss angle into a joke based on a math class. But my first line of defense approved, so here you go.

**MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP: **I think it works!

See you guys on Friday!

*-=ShoEboX=-*

The only line that doesn’t work for me is the Pythagorean Hypothesis line because it doesn’t seem to be relevant to the rest of the conversation (and it’s Pythagorean THEOREM). But I like the whole “juvenile pickup line” thing.

I’ve always been a fan of math jokes, but never have I seen one used in that way. This was freakin’ brilliant!

Yeah, I’m aware that it’s the Pythagorean Theorem. At the risk of overexplaining, I was going for a “holy crap that was so long ago that…” joke. Ah well, guess I failed at that one. Glad you enjoyed the punchline, though!

-=’Box=-

I don’t get it… Pythagorean… 150 into 160… 1.07… what? Where’s the joke? He divided his weight by her weight…. what?

I laughed out loud, seriously.

If it makes you feel better I got the hypothesis joke and thought it was funny. The final punchline made me laugh too.

In my own defense, I’m been married to a high school math teacher for 24 years.

Totes worked, I even got the ‘hypothesis’ bit.

It did throw me off a bit that he weighed less than her, though it reminds me of the author of Nero Wolfe, who wanted his character to be ‘monstrously overweight’ and so he just doubled his own weight.. but being a 5-foot 125-point elf, he didn’t quite take into account that a 250 pound dude “well over six feet” isn’t even fat.

I didn’t get the ‘hypothesis’ thing. Not even now, after it’s been further explained. Is it funny because she forgot that it’s theorem and not hypothesis? (I learned it in Swedish, where it can be used for sex jokes because instead of “theorem” we use “sats” which can also mean the equivalent of “load”. I suppose the wording is so ingrained in me that I would never forget it, so perhaps I

shouldfind it funny that someone would forget it, even after a really long time.)I liked the pick-up line and the punchline though!

Since you seemed to torn over this one I thought I’d comment. I liked it and thought it worked very well. Nice job.

I give this strip 3 thumbs up. The normal two for both ‘Pythagorean Hypothesis’ and the intended punchline. A bonus thumb was awarded for the use of ‘pleased as punch’ which sparks a particularly fun mental image.

Could someone please explain this to me? It’s driving me nuts.

This got a lol from me and my boyfriend.

Is there some innuendo in the 2nd panel or am i imagining it…

Pythagorean Hypothesis *snort, giggle*

And that is probably the worst pickup line in the history of pickup lines.

I love it!

IN WHICH YOUR OBEDIENT SERPENT EXPLAINS THE JOKE

“How long ago was it?”

“I remember learning about the Pythagorean HYPOTHESIS …”

i.e., it was so long ago that Pythagoras hadn’t PROVEN his theorem.

For the record, Mr. Shoebox, that one took a second to sink in — and then made ME spit coffee.

Well played, sir, well played.

The punch line was good but then I thought about it. Either she’s talking about number of times in occurrence, or inches. Inches is sad, number of times is one and an explanation that this has never happened before, however, both of those answers are incorrect as it’s converting the original units. In fact the correct answer would be 1.07 pounds. Now I don’t know about you, but I think that one should be pretty damn proud of his 1 pound dick.

So after thinking about what I wrote I realized that the pounds would cancel each other out in division really making it 1.07 times. A coworker mentioned that this might translate in to individual thrusts though in which case it would be pathetic.

I feel I have over analyzed this comic.