Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/dinosaur/?comic=546
Strip by: David Morgan-Mar
T-Rex: This is a stick-up!
T-Rex: Your money or your life*!
T-Rex: * Your life also includes your money, since I'll loot your body after I kill you.
Utahraptor: That's not much of a choice then?
T-Rex: Well your money also includes your life, since I'll kill you after you hand over your money.
Utahraptor: I see.
T-Rex: Hey, it's the illusion of choice that keeps everyone happy!
T-Rex: I sure feel better about it.
The author writes:
I wanted Utahraptor to use a technical term in panel 4, like:
Utahraptor: That's a Hobson's choice!
Utahraptor: That's a Morton's fork!
but neither of those is accurate, and if there's one thing I know about the Internet, it's that you don't put inaccurate stuff on it! It's not even merely a dilemma, since one choice is actually better than the other. (As it turns out, after T-Rex explains the additional stuff in panel 5, it does become much closer to a Morton's Fork or a true dilemma, but it's too late by then.)