Comic 179

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Democracy at work

Link: Comic 179

Translations: Finnish, French, Polish, Danish, Italian

Title: 20,000 leeks under the sea - part 2

Date: April 17, 2006

Summary: Of poor voter turn-out, cannibalism and whales.

Cast: Beaver, Steve, Timmy the Turnip, Potato Whale

Onomatopoeias used: "KICK!", "LOOM!", "SWOOOSH!", "FORESHADOW!"

Number of panels: 6


Panel 1

Beaver, Steve and Timmy are still afloat on the open sea.
Steve: "After carefully counting and re-counting the votes, the results are now in..."
The text "CROSSED TURNIP FINGERS" points at Timmy's hand.
Timmy: "Come on, come oooon..."

Panel 2

Steve: "It was a disappointing 33% turn-out at the polls, but the result is unanimous: We have to kill and eat Beaver."
Timmy KICK!ing
Timmy: "What?? I bet HE doesn't contain 135 mg of Potassium!"

Panel 3

Steve approaches Beaver with knife and fork ready.
Beaver: "Oh well, I guess you can't argue with Democracy!..."

Panel 4

[Meanwhile in the depths below, a huge shadow stirs...]
A great whale-like shadow LOOM!ing.

Panel 5

[It is nature's most majestic creation: Tuberosum Macrocephalus]
(the shadow's tail SWOOOSH!ing)
[Also known as...]

Panel 6

[The Potato Whale!]
The whale's potato-like appearance is revealed as it moves FORESHADOW!-ingly.

Fun Facts

  • Steve not only carries ballot papers and pens, but also a knife and fork.
  • Turnips have 135 mg of Potassium ("per 100g serving of course." - James Turner)
  • Even at sea, voter turnout is horrible.
  • In Latin, "Tuberosum" means potato and "Macrocephalus" means whale, so the name is actually quite correct.
  • The other ballots are in the water, as shown in the second panel, behind Steve.
  • 33% voter turnout means that Steve only counted his own vote! (Alternately, since the Turnip can be seen voting in Comic 178, it means that Beaver and Steve didn't vote and the Turnip voted to eat Beaver)



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