782: Desecration

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It gets worse! You know that wizened old monk with the gypsy wife whose voodoo shop we smash up every day after school?
Title text: It gets worse! You know that wizened old monk with the gypsy wife whose voodoo shop we smash up every day after school?


Megan and Rob are horrified to discover that the bones they had dug up and turned into puppets were actually buried over an ancient Indian or presumably Native American burial ground. The joke is that they weren't concerned about repercussions from the Indian bones themselves, but since they were OVER an Indian burial ground that they're just as haunted or cursed, as houses built on such grounds usually are in Hollywood tropes and other fiction. They didn't consider it desecrating something holy, as per the title, until they discovered this fact. The humor comes from the fact that "digging up Indian bones" obviously makes it already an Indian Burial Ground itself, but apparently it didn't occur to Megan until after she and Rob knowingly desecrated a site at which Indians had been buried that they discovered that it was over another Indian Burial Ground, which is a common site of mystery and negative supernatural occurrences in horror films, etc. Such stories usually involve a building built on top of (over) the burial ground becoming haunted, which is why Megan uses the phrase above.

A common trope in horror fiction is that anyone defiling an ancient Indian burial ground will have a horrible curse cast upon them. Another common trope is having a curse cast upon oneself by a gypsy or voodoo woman, or a wizened wizard or monk as mentioned in the title text.

The puppets mentioned might be a reference to voodoo dolls (which a true voodoo shop wouldn't dabble in, despite the name), or kachina (of certain native american traditions). The pair seem to have been equally ignorant about all such things, however, so could have been avoided or invoked almost any puppet-related practices.

Megan and Rob seem to be unknowingly, and stupidly, angering every supernatural being and force in their entire town, thus setting themselves up for at least a dozen potential horror plots at the same time.

A common complaint about many horror stories is that the protagonists are flat out stupid in order to make the plot and horror work. This comic deliberately targets and makes fun of this, mocking the obliviousness that many stock horror characters show as to getting themselves into trouble with supernatural forces.


[Megan is running towards Rob.]
Megan: Rob! Rob!
Rob: You look terrified! What's wrong?
Megan: We've made a huge mistake!
[In a frame-less panel Megan holds her hands up in an explaining gesture in front of Rob.]
Megan: Remember last week when we dug up all those Indian bones and made puppets out of them?
Rob: Sure...
[Megan is throwing her arms out to the sides while Rob holds both hands to his mouth.]
Megan: It turns out they were buried over an ancient Indian burial ground!
Rob: Oh my God!

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Oh god, I thought the tombstones were just there for decoration! I didn't think there'd actually be people buried under them! Davidy²²[talk] 02:33, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

(Personally I think the real explanation is something of a "Hot Apple Pie may be hot!" nature. While they apparently have no problem with unburrying indian bones from the ground, the realisation that they were in an indian burial ground (surprise, surprise!) causes them concern. Just like the (semi-mythical?) people who don't realise hot things are... hot. 00:20, 4 May 2013 (UTC) )

Is it too unsafe to assume that because the standard, typically drawn stick figure is referred to as Rob, that the character in most of these strips is named Rob and not Cueball? As I understand it, Cueball was made up on this site and not by Randall. -- 22:12, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Rob Cueball?
And 11 years after the first mention of "Rob", we finally have our answer 1783: Emails -- Yosho27 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 17:15, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

I think this is a truth in fiction so to speak. In many story lines there's moments where, "You remember that time we broke all those spiritual laws? Well it appears that [G]od(s) is angry." A secular example, anyone thinking to themselves, "Seriously officer, I only had three or four drinks, and I had to get home." "Well, now you are DUI." *gasp* "Really?!??! Oh no!" Cflare (talk) 17:58, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Another interesting thing here is that Cueball instantly understands the association between curses and desecrating Indian burial grounds despite being stupid enough not to know A. you shouldn't mess with burial places and whatnot in the first place, and B. that the site of buried Indians is, by definition, and Indian burial ground. 03:21, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

I actually heard Rob's voice as the narmy "Oh my God!!!!" quote from Trolls 18:30, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

I feel like it's not clearly enough explained here that the joke is that a place where Indian bones are buried is by definition an Indian burial ground (as is mentioned above in the discussion) 15:01, 30 March 2017 (UTC)