Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I'm on a boat-wrestling scholarship

The Comics Curmudgeon has some hilarious shirts utilizing slogans snarked from comic strips.

This page explains them all. Of course FBOFW has a couple (Roadside! Boxcar!), but my favorite is from Judge Parker, which I don't even really read, in which a guy brags about a full boat-wrestling scholarship.

I've read the strip that started it all (scroll past the pathetic Family Circus to read it), and the only way I can even force it to make sense is if it was a typo for "full-bore wrestling scholarship," maybe? But what kid says "full-bore," and how can the strip go through inking and editing and "bore" turn into "boat"? Oh, I don't know. Maybe wrestling boats is really good for you, like running the stadium steps at crew practice.

6 comments:

Mac said...

According to Urban Dictionary, "Full boat" is a term for a full house in poker. So maybe he won the scholarship in a bet.

Ms Molly said...

Well, maybe he was thinking, "Man, this wrestling scholarship gives me a boatload of money!" And somehow that translated in his head to "full boat", which is a phrase unknown to man.

Ok, after googling I take it back. "Full boat" is apparently occasionally used to refer to a full house in poker. Which still doesn't make it make sense in this context.

Eephus said...

"Full boat" is an old term for a scholarship that's four-years with tuition fully paid. I'm not sure if it also implies that room and board are also fully paid, but it seems like it should, right?

Shelby Gelato said...

I read "Full boat" to mean full ride. Then again, my main objective in reading Judge Parker each day is to find single panels that could considered scandalous when taken out of context.

Sylko said...

My parents always referred to a full four year scholarship as a "Full Boat"

The_Overdog said...

i understand the full boat idea, but shouldn't there be some hyphens in there somewhere to differentiate the scholarship from King Kong wrestling the Staten Island Ferry at quittin' time?