Pod People

Poison control centers received 37,000 calls over two years about kids getting into detergent pods, which resulted in two deaths and two dozen life-threatening injuries. Doctors are urging parents not to buy them. No one really needs clown-colored chemical hackysacks to clean their underwear. Keurig’s plastic packaging poses an environmental problem, to the extent that the inventor of the ubiquitous “K-cup” now has regrets. More on that here.

I was going to use disposable toothbrushes pre-loaded with toothpaste as a gag in the last panel, but it turns out they already exist.


  • skeptonomist

    Here’s an idea for the next gag – water pods. Imagine the waste if water were pre-packaged in small plastic containers.

  • charliecheerio

    Those pods come in damn handy when you have to schlep to the laundromat. I keep mine behind a child safety locked cabinet to protect a freaking cat. If parents can’t do the same, they shouldn’t use them, but don’t say they have no purpose.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen.