#405 – Pica

Sometimes paint can look delicious. There were many times back in art school during an oil painting class where I would look down at my palette and have the urge to put the brush in my mouth. We recently painted our bedroom and the paint coming out of the bucket was like a very tempting raspberry shake. We wound up going out to get some shakes that afternoon. Now our dining room is painted a very appetizing eggnog.


28 thoughts on “#405 – Pica”

  1. MoosePhysh says:

    I dunno. I’ve always found the smell of paint greatly overpowered and quelched any urge to eat paint.

  2. SEA says:

    Most of the paint i came across have such a stong smell that i REALLY do not wish to be even near it…
    Hopes biff likes painted cookies =D

  3. Mithras says:

    I guess if Biff is only concerned with the decorating of the cookie…

    That doesn’t look like the most effective tool though.

  4. Imaginary says:

    >>;; I must be one of those few people who likes both the look and smell of paint.. I recently helped my parents paint their room a rather delicious looking color (mint, like the color mint icecream comes in). If I didn’t know from accidental experience (I paint on canvas, once I forgot which side of the brush I was holding and stuck the end with paint into my mouth by mistake) what paint tastes like, I might have been tempted enough to taste a bit.. Maybe..

  5. MaskedMan says:

    Great title! Very obscure…

    And I’m going to ruin that! Heeheheheheh!

    Pica: An abnormal condition characterized by the eating of strange and non-nutritious things. Like paint. Or cardboard. Or carboard cookies frosted with paint.

    Pica is also a small rabbit-like rodent.

    Pica is also a unit of scale, used in Postscript, originally from the ink-n-paper printing world. Not much used anymore.

    Pica is also the Latin genus name of the Magpie family of birds.

  6. Seraphine says:

    I don’t much like frosted cookies anyway.

  7. R-3 says:

    This reminds me of the fake food enterprises in Japan, here in the U.S., and otherwise abroad.

    If I saw a cookie made that had paint icing, and it was an appetizing paint job, then I would definetly think about buying a non paint cookie.

    (first post here by me; love the comic, have since I found it on an ad on SMBC-Comics. Keep up the good work man.)

  8. stonehydra says:

    I have a Pepto-Bismol room in my house. I swear it’s the exact same shade of pink.

  9. richard says:

    thats disturbing, but, none the less, i gotta say though, thats just as bad a huffing paint i think. this could possibly explain somethings thoough…

  10. Plankster says:

    My parents hate the color that I picked out for my bedroom. It’s a plutonium green, and when my bedroom light is the only light on in the house, green shines through the hall.

  11. the Scarf says:

    Ah, yes, small typo there, Chris! I believe the word you were looking for was “our” not “out”

    I hate fake fruit and fake food for that reason. I want to eat it and then it’s plastic…I always tried to give my beanie babies real food as a kid…I would put something (like an apple) in front of them, then leave and come back later to see if they had eaten it…

    I really liked the movie “toy story”

  12. BlazeDrgn says:

    in my water color class i had this color… cant remember the name at the moment ^_^;; but it smelled like fruit loops o_O thankfully i didnt eat the yummy smelling paint

  13. Micah says:

    Actually, the mouse is Pika, but there is a bird who is Pica, MaskedMan.

    Anyway, remind me never to eat one of Biff’s cookies.

  14. Vickster says:

    It really IS tempting to eat the acrylic paint we use in art… Though I did do it by accident once. I have a huge load of brushes, and i dipped the end of the one i was using in paint so I’d remember which one it was. And I have a habit of chewing the pen or pencil or paintbrush I’m working with, and I started chewing on it before it dried. It actually didn’t taste too bad….

  15. Vickster says:

    It was an accident by the way… I’m not THAT weird.

  16. Harry says:

    When I was in school I always had the complete opposite reaction to paint…it was one of the most repulsive things I knew! Especially the black paint which smelled like someone died in it and would mold in our pots within a week… With the teacher we had, I wouldn’t be too surprised to find out that somebody had died in the black paint vat!

  17. MaskedMan says:

    Actually, Micah, both spellings are current for the rodent.

  18. STALKER says:

    hmm… always found the smell of paint strangely enjoyable

  19. Pica is a normal function. Similar to a cry for help, it is usually when people (like pregnant women and those on extreme diets) eat things that are classified as inedible.

    I never had it, but I knew of people who did. I know of a guy who eats parts of a Cessna plane!

  20. Elkian says:

    NO………he’s really going to-?

  21. Brie says:

    Man, I thought I was the only art school student who got the urge to do that! Recently, I was painting a portrait with a violin for a project, and I had been up all night, and the violin-color on my palette looked like really good chocolate… I decided that was probably the sign that I needed to stop and go get breakfast.

  22. Marmaduke says:

    When I saw this, all I could think of was this little cupcake store we have in Vancouver, BC. (I don’t know if it exists anywhere else) It’s called Cupcakes, but they all look so beautiful and FAKE. Actually. They look like they came from my five-year-old cousins plastic tea set. But they’re SO good. Even if the aesthetic is a bit off-putting.

  23. Rach says:

    i thought i was the only one who felt like that O.O

  24. KZero says:

    o.0 I’ve never felt like eating paint at all. It envokes emotion perhaps and thouhts of locations that match the color… but never cravings or what have you.

  25. Momo says:

    I think that’s what the Wal-mart in our town does. The icing on the cakes is the consistency (and close to the flavor of) old nasty bacon grease that’s been left in the pan for days too long and someone decided to just add some sugar to it. Really nasty…

  26. Pyro says:

    when it came time to repaint my bedroom I chose the colour which was named “waffle”. Wake up hungry and ready for breakfast every morning.

  27. Pix says:

    He eats some weird stuff

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