|Though I detest the practice of explaining punchlines, it does occur to me that Barbara's insistence on repelling Casey with salt (here's another instance) may be a tad too arcane for 99% of the population. I still refuse to explain the punchline and accept that the obscurity is my own fault; however, I'm fine with nudging confused readers a bit by pointing out that Barbara's mind works in a very particular way, then mentioning the existence of at least one common salt-based superstition and suggesting that its origins can be googled.|
|Wednesday, April 9, 2008|
|Panel 1: In the Davies College basement, Barbara approaches Casey and Marie.|
Barbara [to Casey]: I hear you passed your field exam.
Casey: That's right.
Barbara: Therefore, you have left behind the misery of hoop-jumping and embraced the unbearable hell that is the writing of the Ph.D. thesis.
Casey: I look forward to it.
Barbara: You look forward to it.
Casey: Didn't you?
Panel 4: Barbara seizes Casey by the tie.
Barbara: Salt! I need salt! And a crucifix!
Marie [walks away]: On it.
Alt-Text: And some holy water! And a stake! Now, people, now!
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