The Scientific Method

Chrissy prepares the ingredients for her magic elixer.

"What cha doin'?"

"I don't want to go to school today, so I'm mixing up this concoction to make me barf. Then Mom will think I'm sick!"

"Interesting! The acid in the orange juice denatures the protein in the milk causing it to curdle almost instantly. Only the strongest stomach could drink it. Very clever!"

"Um, yeah. Actually, I just mixed it up one day and noticed it smelled like puke. I've been saving it for a rainy day."

The most disgusting drink in the world.


Chrissy turns green

Chrissy immediately pukes

"Wait, why would anybody want to miss school?"

Seriously, don’t drink a chocolate milk and orange juice cocktail.





70 responses to “The Scientific Method”

  1. missemmalou Avatar

    Ha! Ha! I actually have an exam on the scientific method today, so I consider reading your post as a good luck charm! :)

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Good luck! If you need to get out of it… you know what to drink!

  2. Balsillie & Associates Avatar

    Great work! Love this stuff!!

  3. audreygjohnson Avatar

    Awesome post! I tried this once when I was little… No bueno!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      It is the worst drink I have ever tasted.

      1. Tyler Texan Avatar
        Tyler Texan

        I tried this too! along with putting the thermometer up to the light bulb so my mom would think I had a fever… that one didn’t work as well…

  4. Rae Avatar

    Moaning under the covers didn’t work?

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Mom knew all the secrets, having been an expert class-skipper herself. If you wanted to skip in our house, you had better be committed.

  5. Connie B. Dowell Avatar
    Connie B. Dowell

    That’s some dedication to school-skipping. I would have just poured the stuff on the floor and pretended it was puke. She had real follow-through.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      My mom is a very clever lady. She would not have fallen for that :)

  6.  Avatar

    Chrissy is the funniest person in the whole world, and I don’t think she realizes it.

  7. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife Avatar

    hahaha! sounds like a terrible concoction.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I drank it once. Never, never, never again.

  8. Russ Nickel Avatar

    I agree with that last frame. School is the best!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Seriously. I love school.

  9. EE Avatar

    I used to do this too! Fever or puking were the only two ways to get out of school in our house.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      You guys who say you used to do it, too, are making my day.

  10. Angie Z. Avatar

    This is even more brilliant than when Elliott put his thermometer against a
    Iightbulb on the movie E.T. Or maybe not because this way the person actually gets sick.

    The other day I almost mixed up for my daughter a purple cow, which I thought to be grape juice and milk…perhaps I need to revisit that recipe first.

    May I reblog this? I’ve been wanting to promote your blog on my site for some time now but wasn’t sure how — aside from requesting you to do a guest post, which, with your time-intensive work, would be like asking you to build my kids a treehouse.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! You can re-blog at will :) I’ve never heard of a purple cow. Sounds dangerous.

    2. Emily Avatar

      A purple cow is grape pop with vanilla ice cream in it, like a float.

  11. Michael Cargill Avatar

    Booo, I was hoping for a nice and gentle comic strip that would enable me to understand E=mc2.

    Good detail on the rucksack here when the perspective changes.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Sorry to disappoint! Maybe next project I’ll team up with my scientist husband to develop a comic that explains scientific principles… and it will be the least popular comic of all time :D

  12. Tin Roof Press Avatar

    I did do this once, by accident, at breakfast – then I had to sit in the boot of a car while we went sightseeing with my folks in cornwall. That was unpleasant.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Ugh, my stomach turns at the mere thought…

  13. pegoleg Avatar

    Hello again! I wandered over from Angie’s blog to see what all the ruckus was about. Now I see this place is eminently ruckus-worthy.

    I was kind of expecting vomit executed in confetti at the end. Thanks for not taking us there.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yay! Thank you! If you don’t like vomit, I’d suggest skipping over the one entitled “…And a Happy New Year!”

  14. kianys Avatar

    There was a girl in my kindergarden class that could make herself puke at will (without sticking her finger down her throut). Not sure if she had an undiagnosed medical condition or something like that, but let me tell you she was the center of admiration and secret envy ;)

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Wow. I hope she stopped eventually. I’m concerned for her teeth.

  15. Geek 20/20 Avatar
    Geek 20/20

    Reblogged this on A Geek of 20/20 vision.

  16. whatimeant2say Avatar

    She was almost as resourceful as Ferris Bueller! Much more dedicated, though.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I wish I knew what Chrissy did on her day off. One day I’ll have to pick her brain.

      1. whatimeant2say Avatar

        I was going to ask you that! Danke Schoen for thinking of it first ;)

  17. drewpan Avatar

    Hahaha I dunno if you remember that classic 80’s movie Heathers, but Winona Ryder specifically cites “milk and orange juice” as a barf-worthy concoction. Of course, Christian Slater switches that concoction with liquid drain-o instead… which just kills their victim instead. But I digress…

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Hahaha, I didn’t remember that!

  18. Eda Avatar

    This is the best blog ever. Thank you for taking the time to continue creating it. Each new entry totally makes my day.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you, you are too kind :)

  19. sweetpea0944 Avatar

    I love the creativity of your blog. The stories always make me laugh.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you, I’m glad I can make people laugh!

  20. muddledmom Avatar

    Well now I know that milk and oj is NOT the recipe for an orange and cream-flavored anything. Sounds horrible.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yeah, I think there’s a little more to the goodness that is orange-and-cream.

  21. Katie Avatar

    I’m one of four sisters, and this reminds me of several times when we played games and the loser had to drink a mystery concoction, created by the winner. Definitely milk and OJ as the base, and possibly some hot sauce for good measure. Cruel!

  22. Angie Z. Avatar

    Reblogged this on Childhood Relived and commented:
    I read in WordPress’ news update that reblogging is back. And since I don’t eat pork, I thought this was way more exciting than hearing news that McRib is back. Though slightly less exciting than when I heard that disco is back. (Turns out the last one was a false alarm. Fortunately, I can still do the Hustle alone at home to my Bee Gees albums. Unfortunately, I can’t return the frosted teal eye shadow.)

    I’ve been wanting to promote The Middlest Sister on my blog for some time now. Amazing, talent up the ying-yang and laugh-out-loud-funny. Plus, if you don’t have the time to read blogs, this one practically reads itself (if that even means anything). Although, don’t hustle through it too quickly (for one, the Hustle is not back). Because the tiny details in her work are the best part. And you need to linger a bit to catch those.

    I thought about asking Nicki to do a guest post on my blog. But if you knew how long she spends on just a single frame of a single post, you would know that this would be like me asking her to give me a kidney or something.

    I urge you to not only check out this newest post but subscribe to her blog. It’s like getting a little dose of happy in your inbox every week. Sometimes twice a week. The frequency really all depends on whether Nicki’s scissor elbow is acting up.

    Important to note, Nicki (the blog creator) is not the middlest sister. She’s the oldest sister. Chrissy, the blonde, is the middlest and apparently the one whose antics made her most worthy of being the featured attraction. You can see for yourself why. She reminds me so much of a certain bratass kid I knew once. Yes, that’s right. Me.


    1. Angie Z. Avatar

      Holy cow, Nicki — I didn’t realize this whoooooole thing would appear on your blog. Sorry for cluttering up your comment page.

      1. themiddlestsister Avatar

        Are you kidding? I love it.

  23. She's a Maineiac Avatar

    This had me in tears. Reminded me of what my brothers pulled once. They told me they were making me a “special” chocolate shake and I believed them. I slurped it down and at the bottom was a lovely concoction of tabasco sauce, pepper and ketchup.

  24. bestbathroombooks Avatar

    I am a dude. Yet I am here because Angie sent me. Very cool blog concept!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      It’s okay. 40% of my readers are dudes. Probably.

  25. speaker7 Avatar

    Thank you for an idea the next time I need to avoid work.

    1. speaker7 Avatar

      At the same time I apologize for writing the clunkiest sentence in the history of written language.

      1. themiddlestsister Avatar

        It’s so horrible, it should be used in only the most dire situations. I still gag just thinking about it.

  26. xlalalalisax Avatar

    I love this!!
    I’ve always liked having a good piece of chocolate with a drink of orange juice though…the orange brings out the sweetness of the chocolate, and the chocolate brings out the sharpness of the orange juice.
    does this make me weird?

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Oh, not at all. I LOVE orange and chocolate together.

  27. becomingcliche Avatar

    That sounds like a game my sister and I would play. We’d mix what we found in the fridge and pantry, and the other had to drink it. The only rule – no poison. Fun times.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      haha, luckily, we never played that game. I have a very weak stomach.

  28. Ashley Avatar

    Scientific Question: did you mix this cocktail before the writeup to see what the color of the mixture was?

    Thank you for Chrissy’s puke noise. I discovered this week that Aunt Charlotte does the same one.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Hah, no, that was based on memory. It makes me very happy to know that that puke noise runs in the family.

  29. Curly Carly Avatar
    Curly Carly

    I love your blog! Very creative. This one reminds me of something I’ve always found puzzling…why did anybody ever go to Orange Julius? Orange juice + dairy products = bad news.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I LOVE orange juliuses… julii?… I’ve only ever had homemade ones, though. Ohh, I want one now.

  30. Amy D. Avatar
    Amy D.

    This is hilarious! My middlest sister could practically puke on command as a kid, and I’m afraid my daughter might have inherited the same puking gene. So glad to have found your blog!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! I can practically puke on command, since I get nauseous if I shake my head “no” too quickly :P

  31. jishifruit Avatar

    LOL, If I only I thought of that tactic as a kid :) But, I loved school when I was a kid and by the time I wanted to play hooky, I was in college and living in a dorm so I’d have self-declared holidays instead ; )

    Love, love your blog and I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award :)

  32. katiefoutz Avatar

    LOL! So THAT’S how you spell the sound you make when you puke.

  33. Bindu Avatar

    Have heard such stories from my father’s childhood, though I never dared to try any of them. This was really interesting. Great work!

  34. lorajbanks Avatar

    This should be tagged as a public service announcement. I was seriously sitting down at the computer with a tall glass of chocolate milk and orange juice when I read this.

  35. yoongz Avatar

    hahhahaa… love it… just hopped over from Childhood Relived… wonderful work!
    That last frame is me – i love school ;)

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