September 22nd, 2009


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Discussion (46)¬

  1. ottertee says:

    Gotta love those marsupials!

  2. Scott Malcomson says:

    Best laugh I’ve had in a while! -:D

  3. Zamael says:

    Please tell me this isn’t based on some real religion too.

  4. Sleepy says:

    I believe it’s what TvTropes would call a Take That against Born Again Christians, Zamael.

  5. AlpineBob says:

    Yes, we certainly are…

  6. hailfire says:

    oh boy… that is certainly interesting… wonder what would happen if you went down the stairs…

  7. BarGamer says:

    Certainly brings a new meaning to “bowels of the earth”…

  8. I’m so glad I’m surrounded by marsupials and monotremes.

  9. lemonysundrops says:

    haha, i love digger’s look of disgust πŸ™‚

  10. zellion says:

    As a placental mammal that has given birth I have to agree. There really has to be a better way to go about it, people.

  11. TΓ‘ssia says:

    This take took my badmood away, far far away hehehehe

  12. Treesong says:

    I doubt there’s any Take That to born-agains here, not that there’s anything wrong with that; this sounds pretty New Agey to me. Possibly therapy rather than cult. Funny in any case. Red clay, yuk.

  13. How long I’ve waited to hear a comic book character say that!

  14. Hawk says:

    Indeed that is very funny!! I’ve heard that some ancient cultures – or maybe “primitive tribes” or whatever the PC term is now – have “rebirth” ceremonies that sort of function as rites of passage – used for adopting new members into the tribe and that sort of thing.

  15. TekServer says:

    I have used that “preaching to the choir” line so often that I made a sign that says:

    Please Limit Preaching”

    And mounted it on the wall above my desk, so that whenever one of my coworkers starts to get rolling on a rant, I can just point to the sign.


  16. Amethyst42 says:

    My toddler keeps asking me “What, what?” because I’m laughing so hard!

  17. Mark Antony says:

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who was worried about who built those tunnels. At least it wasn’t Dwarves.

    Also, @BarGamer: ewwwwwwwwww… πŸ˜›

  18. JewelWolf says:

    I think I know what I’m gonna do durring my free time on the weekends from now on. XD

  19. Chip Uni says:

    Hrmph! Am I the only one who thinks mud baths are great?

  20. Hactar says:

    Marsupial pride!

    Of course, their religions can involve climbing along cliff faces from one place to another and then spending a couple of months in a very small cave while being fed by priests.

  21. Rowanmdm says:

    I am sooo glad I had already learned my lesson about not drinking or eating while reading this comic. I would have spewed stuff out of my mouth at the comic and my nose at BarGamer’s comment. As much as I love Digger, I have to admit part of the reason I’m so religious about reading it is all the great comments.

  22. TekServer says:

    Woohoo! Just finished Pass 2 through the archives!

    I have now read every single comment on every page, at least as of the day I arrived on that page …

    (Yeah, I know. Blame it on the OCD.)


  23. Jon says:

    Actually, I’ve heard this used as an actual psychology exercise; even know someone who observed one. Pretty nutty stuff, all told.

  24. Phyrbyrd says:

    Surely that should be ‘Preachin’ to the choir, granddaughter…’
    I’ll get my coat.

  25. Quakey says:

    As a placental mammal who’s currently pregnant, I have to agree with Digger. There has *got* to be a better way. I think I have marsupial envy.

  26. KNO3 says:

    Placenta. Mmmmm.

  27. Brenna says:

    Better red clay than something else!

  28. Draco Dei says:

    I would tend to concur with Jon, it seems much closer to the psychological treatment (?) then to anything to do with Christianity.

  29. Kerrick says:

    Ursula, how long have you been saving up this joke??

  30. Jessica says:

    I dunno, man. Little wiggly worms coming out and then crawling into a pouch is pretty weird too!

  31. bookwyrm says:

    ROFLMAO!!! Lady, you are the best…teheeheeheeheehee!!!!
    (It just makes it funnier that I’ve studied some of those early religions that did similar things!!!)

  32. JewelWolf says:

    Dude, KNO3’s comment made me spew my root beer all over my laptop!

  33. TekServer says:

    You should learn (as we all must, eventually) to avoid eating or drinking while reading Digger. And NEVER eat or drink while reading the comments!


  34. Kayru says:

    Well replayed, because as we all know, infants in the womb drink mead.

  35. JewelWolf says:

    I’ll try that, TekServer. I guess I’m gonna miss my special secret recipe omlettes while reading Digger, though. Oh well, I guess it’s better than having to clean my moniter all the time. I haven’t laughed since the ending of chapter 10, so I forgot.

  36. DoubleJ says:

    There is a tunnel in Japan, I think in Kyoto at Kiyomizudera, where you follow a rope down a set of stairs, around a few corners, and gaze upon a rock (I think with a little Buddha on it? Can’t remember), and then follow the rope up another set of stairs in order to be “reborn”.

  37. veneyeth says:

    @Kayru Yeah you know to get that surreal anti-awareness feeling when you emerge ;P

  38. ziz says:

    Truly is a fabulous comic, I read 22 web comics and digger is easily my favourite.

  39. Keenath says:

    This one just cracked me up. I had forgotten that wombats are marsupials and thus have pouches…

  40. Rags says:

    So now i wonder what kind of religion marsupials would come up with.
    It probably involves mead too.

  41. Zamael: actually yes, there are some ceremonies like that in some religions

  42. BunnyRock says:

    If my knowledge from early British adventurers in the east is accurate, never a safe assumption given their chronic lying, i recall one story of a now defunct south-east Asian nation, one of the component parts of “indo-china” as recorded by the British East India company in about 1815, which believed that any member of the kings court that left the nation would be corrupted by foreigners and so before an ambassador or emissary to a foreign power such as the British or the Dutch could return to the kings presence he had to be ritually reborn. To that end the poor soul who was conducting negotiations between the East India companies of the two powers on behalf of his king had to spend the night naked in a barrel of fat and water and then at dawn crawl out and though a giant gold-foil coated wooden vagina before he was allowed back in the kings presence to report what the British or Dutch East India company had said. After each and every round of negotiations. I cant recall exactly what the British chronicler said happened next or i would be able to remember the name of the country in question, but i think the British East India Company got board of the slow negotiations, discovered the dutch east India company was having much better luck with this particular nation’s southern neighbors and so sent Sepoys to invade the neighboring nations before the dutch could “cheat” the British out of all the good trade agreements in the region. There is probably a moral in there somewhere on the lines of “if you force your own negotiators to do something quite squicky involving a fake barrel-womb and giant golden genitalia maybe the imperialists will get board and invade your neighbors because they think its easier than waiting on you to sign a trade agreement, but don’t count on it to work twice because they’ll carve up the entire region between then eventually, those untrustworthy Europeans. ” On the other hand that’s possibly the worst moral of any story ever, although to be fair i can’t shake the feeling i saw it once before on the Animaniacs Warner-brothers (and the Warner sister Dot’s) “wheel of morals”.

    I also not with considerable disappointment no-one has yet noted what the temple tunnel would be like if it was built by The People. i.e, the hyenas. More or less the same, but with a lot longer and a lot NARROWER final segment…. and if you are the first person though you are breathing though a tube far, far shorter than the length of passageway in question, making your chances of getting out unharmed quite slim.

  43. ReySquared says:

    Well come on, how could you not see this coming after all the jabs about marsupials being gross in the comments on previous strips? πŸ˜›

  44. Naler says:

    Aww… Don’t we get a wombat version of “preaching to the choir?” No? Oh well. πŸ˜€

    Awesome comic, as always.

  45. jaynee says:

    Chalk up another tea-snort-back-up-thru-the-nose for me on KNO3’s comment, too. I thought I was pretty hardened, but demonstrably not.

    An unrelated question, but do we take it that you’re a Salt Peter, KNO3?

  46. Matanui3 says:

    @hailfire: You’d get eaten by a grue.