431: Delivery

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Delivery
Ma'am, I admit that wasn't in the best taste, but you have to admire my delivery! Ha, ha get it? Oh god, don't throw those syringes! Your baby's fine!
Title text: Ma'am, I admit that wasn't in the best taste, but you have to admire my delivery! Ha, ha get it? Oh god, don't throw those syringes! Your baby's fine!

Explanation

An old superstition is that you can tell at the end of winter if spring will be early or late by whether a groundhog (a type of rodent akin to a large squirrel), after sticking his head out, sees his shadow and retreats back in, or - thanks to cloudy weather - doesn't and boldly steps out. This, in turn, is the basis for a funny movie Groundhog Day that has been referred also in this comic: 1076: Groundhog Day.

The joke here is that, instead of a groundhog predicting when spring will come, it's a baby predicting when he'll be born. Evidently he decided to wait six more weeks.

The title text indicates that the doctor was joking about the baby retreating back inside. He then makes a pun which results in an assault by the mother. The word delivery can mean the act of giving birth or the presentation of a joke. He then indicates that the baby is fine.

Transcript

[In a delivery room.]
Doctor: There's the head... he's looking at me... Wait, he's crawling back into the womb.
Megan: What?!
Doctor: Yeah, it's the darnedest thing.
Megan: Um, what does it mean?
Megan: My guess? Six more weeks of winter.


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Discussion

Yeah, I got the image to show this time!!! Now to get rid of that "Jump to:"...--7OO Tnega Terces (talk) 08:22, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

I added a reference to Punxsutawney Phil in the explanation.NikoNarf (talk) 15:07, 14 November 2013 (UTC)