It’s fun playing with stereotypes like these, in this case how certain cheeses smell really rank, but then crossing that over with the animal world, where a vulture generally eats decaying flesh and therefore counts it as a positive attribute. It takes what could be a flat worn-out joke and makes it new. :)
We all have different definitions of bad, don’t we. :)
And Dee going over to hug Ted because she sees that he’ll have to float in the cold dark water breaks my heart every time even thought I’m the person who wrote it. <3
I was never sure if this joke was completely clear, that it was Ted’s buoyancy created from pastries (among other things) which caused them to float.
Either way, it’s the tense moment along with Vachel’s nonchalant comment int he first panel which makes this strip for m.e