The joke in the last panel, if you would call it that, is a play on the removal of the internal organs during mummification in Ancient Egypt. Viewed from that perspective, it’s hilarious, isn’t it ?
mildly amusing ?
pretty please ?
warning ! contains spoilers – at least if you are having breakfast, and a nervous stomach.
Actually, Egyptian mummification methods evolved over time. In the beginning, the organs were left in the abdominal cavity (including gonads, if they had happened to get there (cf. strip 008)). Later, after the Egyptians realized that fluids and bacteria from the gastric tract considerably supported decomposition, they started to remove the inner organs and dry them, put them in special vessels ( socalled canopic jars) and place them beside the mummy into the tomb. Even later, it became habitual to remove and dry the organs during mummification, but put them back into the corpse before wrapping and burial, while still burying empty canopic jars with the mummy.
Still enjoying your breakfast ?
The heart, by the way, was never put into a canopic jar, it was always replaced into the body after being dried, so the mummy shouldn’t need one in the last panel, actually. But with the mummy needing a heart, Biff needing a brain and the Lion needing courage, I thought I could….naw, has been done.