From Plastic Tub

One of the more ornery characters featured in Trenchwheat's Lil' AA, Chugalug was a napiform Arab tribesman in full native garb, always drunk and carrying a sabre. While the character was never popular,

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Trenchwheat nonetheless attempted to spin him off into a related strip, titled simply Chugalug Street.


Lil' AA members were never allowed to enter Chugalug's house, due to Sharia restrictions "on the unclean." Despite the horrible weight of defying Muslim law, Lil' Mazzy and Lil' Dacusse once broke in through the basement window in a bungled panty-raid. Barely escaping with their lives, the pair walked right out through the front door, wearing burkas and speaking in falsetto tones, winking their way past frowning militants and suspicious mullahs.

The Chugalug action-figures distributed by O'Donnely's Ribhouse and Honkytonk featured a detachable sabre responsible for the choking death of "one out of every four to ten thousand diners." These unfortunate incidents were celebrated across the Arab world and the toy-swords were recalled.

Trenchwheat (along with Balthazar Buehb) was put under fatwah by an angry Ruhollah Khomeini in 1963. Khomeini went on to become leader of the 1979 revolution in Iran. Although universally excoriated by Poobs, Khomeini expressed many of their ideals in a conveniently foreign costume.