is a weekly Web Comic
in the vein of The Far Side
, created by Thomas K. Dye
. With the exception of Guest Strips
(by Tim Tylor
, among others) when Dye has needed to take hiatus, there is almost no continuity between individual strips, allowing for maximum absurdity potential.
At the beginning of 2010
, Dye took an extended hiatus from Something Happens
to focus on a personal project
. He returned on August 4th of that year, but then ended the comic for good on January 1st, 2012.
This Web Comic provides examples of:
- A God Am I: Subverted, when a fish tries to convince a newcomer to the Afterlife that "God" was a typo.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Three robot "children" who grow up delinquent.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Luckily, the Zednoughts are still putting Humanity on Trial, so maybe we have some time.
- Another set of aliens lighten up after seeing two people wreck their cars.
- Dada Comics
- Delivery Stork: Causes trouble for a woman booking an airline flight.
- Drinking the Kool-Aid: Kool-Aid Man himself gives a blogger a massive Reason You Suck Speech for using this trope. His kid believes he may have an ulterior motive.
- Everybody Knew Already: Bev knows all about it.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Somethings happen, sho 'nuff!
- Executive Meddling: Some executives think it sounds racist to call them "white blood cells"...
- Humanity on Trial: Return in seven centuries, thirty-six years, five months, two weeks, and four days to see the final verdict over-turned on a technicality!!!
- Humans Are Bastards: Several. Check out the Humanity on Trial link above for one.
- Intelligent Gerbil: All over the place. What, an absurdist comic is going to stick to plain old animals?
- Ironic Echo: Is that an ant farm, or an Etch-A-Sketch?
- Jumped the Shark: Referred to by name in-universe when the gods watch television.
- Left Hanging: The focus of a strip with a message.
- Mad Scientist: One builds robot children that grow up delinquent. Another puts a rival into a whole other virtual world — although he was in the rival's virtual world.
- Master of Illusion: Steve in Tyler's virtual world — which Tyler built in Steve's virtual world.
- Meaningful Echo: One person's parents tried this, to subverted effect.
- Meaningful Name: One strip is interrupted by a character who points out how co-workers Chris and Judy are heavy-handed religious metaphors.
- Operator From India: ...or maybe a little farther than that.
- Send in the Clones: Two parents feel their son Kyle is so successful they clone him into Kyle II — Kyle III, and Kyle IV: A New Beginning.
- Shout-Out: Besides the one above, this strip about deciding America's new Bill of Rights has a subtle one to Bone as one of the "common sense rules": "Never play an ace when a two will do."
- Side Effects Include...: Eternazec.
- Skewed Priorities: The source of many a punchline, whether it be finding civilization or discovering paradise.
- The Problem with Pen Island: "Guantanamo Terrorist Training Camp."
- Title Drop: In the first (proper) and last panel.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Eternazac, an immortality drug, has more dreadful side-effects than you can shake a stick at, mostly pertaining to being immortal.