Rug Riders Last Flight by Carl Barks
in other news today i died because i got to the nutmeg story in my barks readthrough and i’d never heard of straight-up nutmeg tea so i googled it.
half of the results are a reasonable “make x other tea and spice it up w nutmeg!” but the other half are all “how to get high off of nutmeg tea” “u can get hallucinations if u consume too much nutmeg” “take a trip on nutmeg this holiday season!”
apparently it takes like 30g ish of nutmeg to get a 3 hr to a day trip, which is A Lot and unlikely to be consumed unless you were really trying. but that’s with an adult human’s body and for a big effect.
is… is scrooge getting a small high off his tea? should we be worried? I’m–
I had to pause my hiatus just for this post, because I’ll never get tired of Scrooge McDuck and his goddamn nutmeg tea.
(Sidenote for RL: Actual nutmeg overdoses causes intense gastro problems, hallucinations, and other worse effects)
Here is some detailed information about Carl Barks and this story, which basically boils down to people asking him if he intended Scrooge to be a not!addict and him going “I needed a gimmick to send him to the tropics and I picked nutmeg. That’s it.”
Buuuut personally I love this whole thing XD Unintentional or not, it’s a damn funny running gag and something to think about. (And don’t forget it came back in a sequel of sorts, by Don Rosa of course) Plus I mean, with panels like this?
What are we supposed to think, Scrooge? Come on now.
(Personally my headcanon is Scrooge is WELL aware of what nutmegs can do thanks to an accidental overdose once when he was younger, has since learned his limits, and Scrooge being Scrooge is about the only person in the world who can drink straight nutmeg anything and not, you know, die)
Barks Scrooge being a manipulative bastard.
This is actually the best Scrooge-family dynamic, and I want all the writers to stop using the: I’ll kick you out of your home if you don’t come with me, and instead start using the: I guess I’ll go alone then because my family is all cowards, instead.
Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
i feel i’ve said this before but it’s just better in so many ways. it displays actual cunning on scrooge’s part, he’s not just forcing them to do something because he has them at his mercy, he’s playing on their personalities. less bully, more con man.
it works as genuine motivation, too. both methods promise a positive consequence for going as well as a negative consequence for not going, but if the positive consequence is just “i’ll totally pay you this time” then whether they actually get that is still in scrooge’s hands and nine times out of ten they don’t. if it’s “you’ll prove how brave you are” then that is actually up to them, totally achievable and inherently rewarding.
it might be more classically manipulative than material extortion but it is way less nasty. look at them. look at that little butt nudge. they know they’re being played and there’s no hard feelings there. look at the second one. scrooge threatens them with missing out on a good time, not losing an uncle. either he trusts that donald cares enough to follow him to protect him without even being asked to or he didn’t even anticipate that the implication of “uncle in danger” would move him more than being called a coward. both are great?!?!?!?!
The Lemonade Fling by Carl Barks (1963, though these are from a 2007 reprint). Definitely one of my favorite “You did it to your own damn self, Scrooge” stories.
Uncle Scrooge and his Handy Andy by Carl Barks (1959)