Thursday, March 17, 2011

November 20, 1953: "Aus Der Tiefe"

Read this strip at

There are certain personality characteristics that Peanuts characters exhibit.  Here is exhibited one that we might call "mischevious."  Snoopy has it definitely, and Lucy might have some of it.  Charlie Brown used to have to, as we see here, but kind of grows out of it.

Yet another reason to love Peanuts: you have just read a strip about the pronunciation of a German particle.  That's not something you'll typically find in Dennis the Menace.

In panel 2, Charlie Brown is sitting on the far end of Schroeder's toy piano.  That thing must be really heavy to avoid being upended.


  1. XKCD had a comic a few years ago called "Nerd Sniping".

    I guess musicians can be readily sniped, as well.

  2. That's a good expression CB has on his face in panel 2.

  3. Fun fact - it's not actually about the pronunciation of the article, it's about which article to use. In Spanish and French, nouns are feminine or masculine, but in German they can be masculine, feminine, or neuter. The correct choice here is masculine, but Charlie Brown suggests neuter and feminine, respectively. He's using an actual working knowledge of the German language to be especially annoying.

    I guess I should probably call that just a fact, rather than a fun fact.

  4. So what you're saying is, Charlie Brown knows enough German to annoy Schroeder with it by pretending to be ignorant?

    Charlie Brown is a lot smarter than he gives himself credit for!

  5. It's interesting how Mr. Schultz seemed to make serious research for his strips when it came to languages, classical Music and the like.