#722 – Upgrade

I was told many lies as a child. “Don’t worry, this one tastes like cherry.” was one of the more common ones. At least the resulting horror was mild compared to “This may sting a little.”


53 thoughts on “#722 – Upgrade”

  1. Speakerblast says:

    I need one of those, I can’t swalow anything bigger than my allergy pills 😛

  2. Temperus says:

    Actually, my grandfather has a feeding tube now, and the best part is we don’t have to talk him into taking all his medicines now, or sneak them into his pudding! He’s much healthier (mentally, especially) now that he is taking his medications regularly. Does miss eating and drinking, sadly, but if he could still do that he wouldn’t have a tube.

  3. Colin says:

    Mdicine makes me wretch… XP

  4. Craig says:

    Um, Now and was do not go together. Funny tho! Drop the now, or change was to is. Or maybe I’m wrong.

  5. DracoZereul says:

    The cherry stuff seldom tasted like the uber-sweet cherry-flavored popsicles every kid tried to equate them to. More like a sour cherry a day or two past it’s ripest point, but not quite old enough to make you sick.

    Now Grape-flavored medicine was cruel. Sure, it tasted like grapes, but as a kid I ended up equating that same grape taste with medicine. I despised any and every form of grape-flavored sugary treat, simply because it tasted exactly like the medicine and made me feel like I was sick or something and eating it to feel better, or something like that.

  6. Wolfgang says:

    Heh, I hate the taste of artificial cherry. It’s terrible because that seems to be the most popular flavor for… anything. It was rather frustrating.

  7. Mad Mule says:

    andit has a secondary use as back up storage space make sure all items are wraped in waterpoof material that is tightly sealed

  8. greenimp says:

    yup, looks like mechanical week for sure…. and i was so sure it was water week too.. 🙁

  9. Trorbes says:

    Who are they kidding when they call it “cherry” flavored? I can only imagine the person who came up with it had no sense of taste and only a passing familiarity with cherries.

  10. LazerWulf says:

    When I was younger, whenever I had an upset stomach, my Mom would always give me Pepto-Bismol, and this was back when Pepto only came in one flavor, Wintergreen. Now I get an upset stomach whenever I smell Wintergreen, just because of the negative association made when I was a kid.

    Ironically, I do enjoy the taste of Cherry Pepto.

    (P.S. I did discover that Wintergreen Pepto goes down a bit smoother if it’s been refrigerated.)

  11. LazerWulf says:

    P.P.S. Judging by the names of the comics, I would venture to call this “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Week” in honor of the Daft Punk song.

  12. I still haven’t tagged a dirty car in Biff’s honor. I should try to get around to that soon. Does anyone know where to post pictures?

  13. Chuck says:

    Have you ever tasted prescription cough syrup? Trust me, as gross as the over-the-counter stuff is, the flavor actually HELPS.

  14. Araxiel says:

    @Craig- no, I think it works as it is.

  15. Chris says:

    I had some banana flavored medicine when I was a kid and to this day I can’t stomach artificial banana flavor.

  16. Linzleh says:

    Wow…a surrealist moment for Biff. Can’t imagine what tmrw will bring?!

  17. MaskedMan says:

    I coulda used that more than a few times. Good for eating spinach, too!

    I don’t lie to my kids about the taste of medicine – “Take this, it’ll make you feel better. Better drink it quick, the flavor won’t suck as badly that way.”

  18. Kurast says:

    This is why I refuse artificially manufactured medication.

  19. dagbrown says:

    “Little pinch…”

    Talk about your big lies.

  20. Lisa says:

    I love the taste of medicine. I would drink a whole bottle of cough syrup if I didn’t think it would be bad for me, and I have been known to suck on Panadol like lollies. (Panadol is a mild pain killer, like for headaches – I don’t think they have it anywhere but Australia.)

    Then again I have also been known to drink vinegar and eat whole chunks of that pickled ginger they give you with sushi, so I’m probably just a freak.

  21. Kit-Kun says:

    They could say ‘Just think of cherries.’ And for shots ‘This might hurt, but only for a bit and only for a little bit.’

  22. Chris says:

    @Craig – This is why I have an editor go through the comics as they are printed in the books.

  23. Mughi says:

    I also cannot stand artificial banana flavor, because my dentist used to use a pre-novacaine anesthetic with that flavor.. ick..

  24. starseedjenny says:

    The worst medicine I’ve ever had to take was this prescription stuff…I had strep throat and they told me to gargle two tablespoons before trying to eat to numb my throat a little.

    I couldn’t. The smell alone nearly made me throw up

  25. TigerGulp says:

    I hate grape flavored medicine. I refused to take it as a child, and I refuse to even consider giving it to mine. I still can’t stand the smell or to drink anything even remotely purple colored. Bleh. Still love to eat the real fruit though. Thank God for Bubblegum flavor! Wildberry isn’t too bad either!

  26. Ziggy Stardust says:

    When I went to the doctor, they’d give me a choice of medicine flavorings- bubble gum or grape. In my head, I went ‘Depends. Do they both taste like hate?’
    But I never had trouble swallowing it. I just didn’t like it.

  27. Mophtran says:

    When I was young and had a fight with a brick wall (which my face sorely lost), chipping my front teeth in the process, the dentist had me take some sort of medicine (I can’t remember what, but I’m pretty sure it was an antibiotic to make sure my teeth didn’t get infected or something). I couldn’t swallow pills, and they were little capsules.

    So I mixed them with banana pudding. Still could taste it, but it wasn’t so bad.

  28. Mophtran says:

    Oh and by that I meant broke the capsules open and mixed them in, not the capsules themselves.

  29. Sir Lancelot says:


    They did that on purpose tho…remember Pediazole? That stuff was like swallowing 1,000 years of human suffering and woe.

    If only as a kid I had the “drawer-stomach” that Biff does, here…that would’ve made things much easier!

  30. MaskedMan says:

    All medicine tastes nasty, from whatever source.

  31. dartigen says:

    When I was a kid, my Mum started getting onto that whole ‘natural remedies’ bandwagon. So my cough syrup tasted like lemon and orange juice mixed with honey, because that’s basically what it was. It used to pretend to have a cough just to have a spoonful of it, it was so nice.

  32. Gadora says:

    How many doses is he taking?

  33. Tasha says:

    Oh yeah, when I was a kid I had infections all the time so they kept on giving me stronger and stronger antibiotics until the only one i could handle was called…. Augmentin! *dun dun dunnn*. It was emotional scarring. The first time i took it it tasted so bad that I did actually throw up.

  34. uhh? says:

    it’s having special properties for your body parts week guarranteed

  35. JSW says:

    I hated being a little kid since I got jabbed with needles all over for… I don’t even remember all the vaccines but I was jabbed in the shoulder, the leg, the buttocks….. I don’t want to have kids if I have to do that to my own…

  36. Elkian says:

    O.O I SO want one…good bye, horible grape cough syrup!

  37. Fafnir13 says:

    This is why I don’t drink alcohol laced beverages. They all smell and taste like medicine to me.

  38. FWTrump says:

    I feared getting a cough due to the medicine used to “cure” it…. And it never seemed to work. Now I just work quickly and find something to drink to prevent coughs from coming out. Saves me from the taste and oddly enough, the coughs don’t seem to last as long. One wonders if either soda or green tea has a soothing effect on the throat.

  39. Ray Frederick says:

    About a year and a half ago, I started taking a new medication. I had never tasted it before. But when I tasted it for the first time, I nearly vomited, it was that bad. So now, I mix it right undiluted orange squash.

  40. starseedjenny says:

    @fafnir – I don’t understand drinking srsly

  41. Micah says:

    I’m going to take a wild guess and say that Thursday and Friday’s comic names will begin with an I and an O considering you have the rest of the vowels covered. Monday was A, Tuesday was E, today’s is U.

  42. dragonbrad1 says:

    i love that stuff ( in a non abusive way ) it taste like sour lolipops in liquid form, i shure like it more that swalowing pills or eating chalky medicine chews. But it would be wierd to see him take his medicine in public.

  43. Brownie Boy says:

    I loved the taste of banana flavoured medicine (which was amoxicillin) and calpol even though I now doubt it does anything at all.

  44. Izual Shima says:


    Hope you catch my post this time. Where did you get your nickname from? Is it from Diablo 2, the Blizzard video game? I’m pretty sure they named a place “Kurast” there.

    If not, I’m really interested in knowing where you got it from, if you don’t mind? I do some personal fiction stuff and I liked that name, so I researched it but didn’t find any true origins beyond the game.

  45. Gato says:

    That’s the greatest idea ever.

    I too, was a victim of the “Don’t worry, it tastes like candy/grape” lie. THE LIES BURRRN

  46. Meganight says:

    Alcohol in small amounts is good for your body, hence the 1 glass of wine or beer a day..

    Drinking more calms you’re body, and numbs you’re nerves and sences..
    Now this at the same time will proberly enhance you’re social skills and give you a diffrent look on the world..

    Take for a instance, Denmark where i live, we are a closed people hardly talk to strangers in the every day life..
    But when we drink we get alive, we simply wake up have fun, and some goes of doing studpid things, but in the end Alcohol is just another Human envetion to make life easier and numb the everyday pain.

  47. George says:

    Oh, no, see, as my father believes, “it’s not a lie if you tell it to a child.”

  48. Reg says:

    Oh geez, its because of all those artifical grape-flavored medication stuff that I hate anything that’s grape/ purple-flavored.
    But when I was really young, I had some kind of medicine that tasted like root beer (seriously)! I didn’t know what it was for (I think allergies), but I always wanted some because of the taste. An early addiction to medication perhaps? o_0;

  49. Chuck says:


    Alcohol is not a social-skill enhancer. All it does is take the inside you and put it on the outside. If you come alive and have fun when you drink, guess what? You’ve got it in you. You just need to be a little braver, then you can be yourself without depending on alcohol. As for me, I like the inside me to stay on the inside where she belongs. She’s not a very fun person at all.

  50. Darkpheonix005 says:

    I think the “this tastes like cherries” thing never worked for me partially because 1. I didn’t know what cherries tasted like, and 2. I didn’t like the taste of cherries after I tried one.

  51. Jak says:

    When I was little there was a new flavor of medicine called bubblegum.
    I wanted it. I took it and almost gagged! It did not taste like bubblegum at all! I wanted to sue the company for false advertiesment. (I was above average back then)

  52. YukiSnowflake says:

    …pfft, school injections…
    “you’ll just feel a little scratch…”
    I always got stuck with orange.
    I now even hate the COLOUR of oranges.

  53. SurveySays says:

    Grape. nothing EVER TASTES like grape. except grapes. but only fresh ones. grape candy, grape soda, (Shudder)grape medicine. those little bottle cap candys used to be my favorite when i was a kid. i used the grape imitation candy of grape soda as flying air missles aimed at my brothers head.

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