1030: Keyed

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I was sure he was just getting revenge, but then he did the same thing to Carrie Underwood. Then he mailed me a scone. I think I'm giving up dating.
Title text: I was sure he was just getting revenge, but then he did the same thing to Carrie Underwood. Then he mailed me a scone. I think I'm giving up dating.


This comic is a take on one of the typical revenge tactics in dating and in life, which is one person "keying" the car of another. To "key" a car is to drag a key across the side of the car, sometimes multiple times, ruining the paint job. Instead, our friend Beret Guy painted a really detailed key on the side of the car in his version of "keying" a car.

The image text is a reference to the song "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood, which is a revenge song which details Carrie Underwood imagining her boyfriend hanging out and flirting with a "bleach-blonde" girl, shooting pool, buying her a drink, dancing, and hoping to "get lucky" with her. In retaliation, she commits several law-breaking actions including vandalizing his customized four-wheel drive vehicle by scratching its side with a key, carving her name into its leather seats, smashing the headlights with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat and slashing all four tires. She hopes that this will make him "think before he cheats" again.

The scone is a reference to 452: Mission and 677: Asshole.


[Ponytail and Cueball are walking along]
Ponytail: I broke up with him yesterday
Cueball: That weird guy with the beret? Did he take it okay?
Ponytail: He seemed upset. He went out to my car-
Cueball: uh oh
Ponytail: -and spent the whole night painting a really detailed key on the side
Cueball: ..wait what?
[Image of Beret Guy painting a giant key on the side of a car]
Ponytail: Then he woke me up to ask what I thought of it. He looked really proud.
Cueball: I ... is he playing revenge mind games?
Ponytail: I genuinely can't tell if he remembers that we broke up.

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Is is just me, or does that explanation make Carrie Underwood sound like one crazy b*tch? 01:21, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

All man-basher songs make women seem like crazy bitches. -- 03:19, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
All women who sing man-basher songs are crazy bitches. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Could this comic explain why Ponytail was at Beret Guy's place of "Business"? 17:05, 18 March 2015 (UT

Maybe it's her key, and someone can copy it and open her house! 21:41, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

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