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Mario and Luigi sat at a bar, nursing beers after a long day in the pipes. Luigi was ruminating on their lives and work.

"I dunno, brother. I just don't see a point to this anymore."

"What do you mean?" asked Mario.

"It's like...we clean pipes all day, we unclog drains, and then we kill a few turtles. And then sometimes we get high on mushrooms."

"What's wrong with that?" queried Mario.

"Well, on the face of it, nothing. But what? It's not like there's something else waiting for us. We clean, we kill, we eat mushrooms. Over and over. It's like life is a great big, I dunno..."

"Video game?" said Mario.

Luigi shook his head. "Nah. It's not that."

Date Written: December 03, 2004
Author: The Rid
Average Vote: 2.6

12/14/2004 hagit mizrachy (4): Four stars for the nostalgia and gotcha ending.
12/14/2004 hagit mizrachy: Broken-down that's three stars for nostalgia and one for gotcha.
12/14/2004 Dylan Danko (2):
12/14/2004 Will Disney: This is like the Matrix !!!
12/14/2004 Dick Vomit: I can't be sure, but that gotcha ending set up thing is identical to something I read in Bloom County once. Yeah. That's right: Bloom County, assholes.
12/14/2004 hagit mizrachy: Thank you Vomit. If this is true I am a razor-burned asshole and mommy I want my stars back.
12/14/2004 anonymous: Vomit, which Bloom County is that?
12/14/2004 Ewan Snow: There are tons of comic strips, including several Bloom County strips, that use this format of joke. Describe A, describe A, try to find word for A. "Is it 'A'?" "Nah, that's not it."
12/14/2004 Ewan Snow: Writing a short about Mario and Luigi isn't a bad idea, but this is too jokey for my taste and the joke itself is outworn.
12/14/2004 anonymous: Yeah...I never really read Bloom County, but this is an old joke that I'd heard, never seen written, so I decided to update it. Shit.
12/14/2004 qualcomm: i think the bloom county dick vomit's referring to wasn't about the format of rejecting the correct name for something being described, but one in which one or more of the characters get the sneaking suspicion they're inside a comic strip. no, dick vomit? no?
12/14/2004 Ewan Snow: Hmmm... don't remember that one. Was Steve Dallas in it? Lola Granola?
12/14/2004 anonymous: I'm trying to find it online. No luck.
12/14/2004 Dick Vomit: QC: Bingo! Can't remember who was featured, by the final exchange was Character B saying, "A comic strip?" and Character A saying, "Nah, that's not it." Let's say [censored] and Binkley.
12/14/2004 Dick Vomit: ...let's say MY LOW and Binkley, that is.
12/14/2004 Dick Vomit: by ? BUT!
12/14/2004 anonymous: I've got some people I know - bona fide Bloom County fans - on the case.
12/14/2004 The Rid: Hrm.
12/14/2004 Dick Vomit: Hey, by the way, Bloom County was so rad.
12/14/2004 Mr. Pony (2): This short is obviously is obviously set in or around 1982. Luigi and Mario do all sorts of other stuff now, like play tennis. Just barely not a three.
12/14/2004 anonymous: Pony, you wound me.
12/14/2004 Mr. Pony: I'm sorry. I agree with a great deal of what was said below, although I was never a big Bloom County fan.
12/14/2004 anonymous: Humpf. Well. Yeah. Okay.
12/14/2004 TheBuyer (3): nice and even and a bit unremarkable. 2 and change for balance
12/14/2004 The Rid (4): Three plus one for why not?
12/15/2004 scoop (2): I'm tempted to one star this because your such a fucking retard.
12/15/2004 The Rid: A retard?
12/15/2004 The Fonch: The Rid,

A "retard" is someone who is retarded, or has a retardation, usually of the brain.

The Fonch
12/15/2004 The Rid: Thanks, The Fonch.