Comic: “There’s an old saying…”

September 3, 2009
Comic:  “There’s an old saying…”

About this comic

Having younger kids, I have these conversations time to time where an adult will cough up some old saying, and they always ask me about it. And this was one of em. I explained it, but I could not get the visual out of my head. So I do what I always do…draw stuff.

After completing the comic, I think there might be a few out there that are not sure how to interpret the comic. Is Jeff seeing or witnessing an actual baby chucking from a window? Are we to assume that Jake was being literal over the phone?

No. None of that. It is simply Jeff not understanding the old saying. You know your jokes suck when you have to explain them. 😉

34 Responses to Comic: “There’s an old saying…”

  1. Dave says:

    so in other words we are to assume you condone tossing babies from windows? lol jk good stuff

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  2. Zorbane says:

    I’ve never heard this saying before, I might have the same reaction as Jeff

  3. Jordy says:

    That reminds me of an old Tex Avery cartoon about a guy arriving at the pearly gates to tell his life story and using all kinds of these sayings with everyone else just imagining it all happening as told 😀

  4. Biff says:

    That looks like quite a large baby.

  5. Rezlow says:

    People all used to bath in the same bathwater/basin. The babies would be bathed last and the water was so filthy you couldn’t see into it: you could potentially lose the baby in the water. It was adopted as an analogy much later; it started as a legitimate concern. 😉

    The rule of thumb saying originated as you were allowed (in some European countries) to beat your wife with a stick as long as it was no thicker than your thumb.

  6. sgtbignose says:

    Actually rule of thumb does come from your ability to beat your wife, that is a myth. please see

  7. joebudy says:

    I got it

  8. Joshua S. Hill says:

    If you know the expression already, then the look on Jeff’s face is priceless! Great comic as always!

    But let’s get us another series going.

  9. Molly says:

    That is one fat baby! 😀 He looks like a tiny fat marine! Awesome comic!

  10. TheGodfather says:

    i know alot of people who tell jokes and then feel they have to explain them right after, even after getting people to laugh. awesome comic my good man

  11. gsmorrison says:

    In defence of Janice, lets face it…That’s one HOMELY-ASS kid. She did the right thing.

  12. Morely Dotes says:

    That is one fat, ugly baby! Is Jeff the father?

    Q: Why are the English the greatest audience in he world for a comic?
    A. Because they laugh at every joke three times; they laugh when you tell it, because they’re so polite. They laugh when you explain it, because they’re so polite. And they laugh when they understand it, an hour later.


  13. Renee says:

    I actually understood the joke without having to be told. The closeup on Jeff’s face helps. Like he’s thinking that’s what he’s talking about. Nice one.

  14. dethmunky says:

    There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

  15. joebudy says:

    Who is this janice? Can there be moar?

  16. Jessika says:

    Jeff’s horrified expression at the end there is priceless! 🙂

  17. Dramble says:

    The baby looks like its about the same height as the window. Curse you perspective!

  18. virgowall says:

    lol jeff

    • Marius says:

      I had the great honor and pleasure of mnetieg Jeff last year, where he spoke on The Last Lecture . Beyond that great speech, I was lucky enough to get to meet and speak to him, and was amazed by his humility and warmth and genuine caring about every person he took the time to speak to. He took the time to sign his book, as well as have his picture taken with me (and many others), which was a great honor. Every woman should be lucky enough to have a husband, and every daughter to have a father like him, not to mention his great talent as an author. Those of us involved with the organization he spoke for that day were heartbroken to hear of his loss. While I only met him once, several people I know spent time with him, and we are all heartbroken for his wife and daughters.Jamie C. in Indianapolis

  19. Luke Stevens says:

    Hahaha, that there is my new favorite comic. It’s been awhile since I’ve laugh aloud at a webcomic!

  20. Darrell says:

    Hehe reminds me of my old drawing days. Loved drawing puns and popular sayings like this. 🙂

    Another big huge thumbs up!

  21. tapanga says:

    what’s is the saying? i’s doesn’t get it.

  22. Dave says:

    The saying actually comes from a time when people didnt bathe much. When they did it would start with the father, than the mom, and so on and so forth down the line. When it came to the baby the water was normally dark and nasty, so much where you couldnt see through it. Hence the phrase “don’t through the baby out with the bath”

  23. Dave says:

    gah, bad refresh, sorry about the repeat on the comment Rezlow

  24. Geckomayhem says:

    Well, that’s the nail in the camel’s back, innit. I guess the last laugh really is served cold. If you want to make an omelette, you’ve gotta get your hands dirty, right?

    Ah, idiom blending, I love thee as much as congruent conflations confuse the crowd.

  25. Markus says:

    I had forgoten what the old saying ment. Or at least I thought I did. So I went to look it up, and for this page It had a ton of those old sayings and there meaning was. Its a fun read and I learned a bit.

  26. Precious Roy says:

    I remember hearing about someone being given the finger when I was a kid. I thought, “Oh no! Who did they get the finger from!?!?”

  27. Rezlow says:

    Rezlow also prefers his wife-beating story (curse you Boon Dock Saints!!!), but the reply does make more sense…

  28. Quoits says:

    Jordy, I to remembered seeing that old Tex Avery casrtoon about slang. I found it:

    It’s still fun to watch

  29. Joe says:

    I JUST had one of these moments with my mum about 25 seconds before reading the comic. She said something like “He would give the eye of this teeth (the pointy part of our front teeth) for blah blah blah”. And i had no idea what she meant.

    So when i read this comic i laughed extra hard. Very good Mr. Scott!

  30. GeorgSk4te says:

    lol sorry but i dont understand

  31. Manza says:

    Thats a fat baby.

  32. Anon says:

    I don’t know that I like Extra Life having recurring characters, it takes away it’s charms. Now it feels like I am reading another serializes trip about antics of nerds. Before.. it was random, fun, zany, unrestrained. Now it has to fit in a box like everyone else and instead of adding to it, the under developed unlikable character choices make it… a lot less likable.

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