42: Geico

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Geico
David did this
Title text: David did this

Explanation

This comic references an mid-2000s ad campaign for Geico insurance in which a character (different in each commercial) lists a series of horrible events or news, but then caps it off with "but I've got good news: I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico" – news which may be good, but is usually either trivial compared to the magnitude of the preceding bad news, or else is said to the person whom all of the preceding bad news applied to, giving them false hope that the good news was for them. It became a recognizable pop culture phrase.

In this one-panel comic, Cueball parodies the punchline by saving money on his car insurance by intimidation, instead of choosing the best provider.

It is unclear to me who David is that is referred to in the title text, but he's referred to again in the image text for comic 51: Malaria. It is similarly unclear what "this" is that he did, whether it is the comic, or whether Randall is suggesting that David saved money on his car insurance by threatening his insurance agent.

Transcript

I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by threatening my agent with a golf club.

Trivia

  • Original quote from Randall: "Current mood: :( sick"
  • Original comment from Randall: "No laughing, 'less you want some of this too! *hefts golf club menacingly*"
  • This is the thirty-eighth comic posted to livejournal. The previous was 35: Sheep. The next was 38: Apple Jacks


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Discussion

Is David a reference to David and Goliath? 108.162.254.169 09:14, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Yes, and maybe there is an other pun: The US Volkswagen Rabbit is named Golf in Europe and many other countries. A small car owner (Rabbit/Golf/David) fights against the big company (Geico/Goliath).--Dgbrt (talk) 20:48, 5 November 2013 (UTC)
No. 108.162.219.58 01:28, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
No. 108.162.219.58 01:28, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
I would not be surprised to find that the David in this (and other) comics is in fact David Throne. 173.245.54.194 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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