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July 16, 2007

Tommy and the Monkey

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, F-Minus, humor, monkeys, smoking — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


You can get in trouble for telling your teacher there’s a monkey smoking cigarettes in the hallway? Or am I missing something?



  1. Hmmm…I don’t thinking he’s smoking cigarettes, I think he’s playing with matches. More likely to be fatal more quickly, I guess.

    Tommy has probably gotten his name on the board for disrupting the class. If he were to interupt yet again…

    Comment by Molly — July 16, 2007 @ 12:52 am

  2. Tommy should keep this to himelf so he alone can watch the events unfold. Maybe the monkey will burn himself and go apeshit (get it?), flinging monkey poo all over the hallways.

    I envy Tommy.

    Comment by Krusher — July 16, 2007 @ 1:31 am

  3. Actually, I don’t see what’s hard to understand here – the point isn’t that he COULD get in trouble, the point is that he THINKS he could get in trouble (and certainly isn’t prepared to take any risks anymore).

    But in the spirit of CIDU, I’ll offer a theory: Tommy’s attending a private, faith-based, church-sponsored school, and he knows he’ll get in all sorts of trouble if he points out a real example of a non-human primate discovering both how to use tools and how to create fire. Where’s the Intelligent Design? Best to keep your mouth shut.

    Comment by Ron Obvious — July 16, 2007 @ 6:57 am

  4. Well, if *you* were the teacher, what would you say if Tommy raised his hand and said there was a monkey playing with matches in the hallway?

    Comment by HM — July 16, 2007 @ 9:36 am

  5. To counter Ron, I’ll offer this: Tommy’s attending a government indoctrination, church of Gaia, school and he knows he’ll get in trouble it he points out animals could also be a source of global warming.

    Comment by DSkinner — July 16, 2007 @ 10:53 am

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  7. How about this:

    Tommy got his name on the board in the first place by saying “Teacher! There’s a monkey in the hallway!”

    The teacher assumed he was making up stories to disrupt class, and put him on notice (and on the board).

    Now, Tommy wants in the worst way to say “Teacher!! Now the monkey is playing with matches!!!”

    But he’s afraid he will again be doubted, and get into more trouble.

    Comment by Brian Leahy — July 16, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

  8. brian’s explanation would have made this comic funny–IF the cartoonist had made it clear.

    Comment by laterain — July 16, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

  9. CIDU? C’mon…a staple of comedy is the “observer hesitates to comment on the absurd/impossible” gag. Monty Python’s “penguin on the telly” skit comes to mind…

    Comment by ctdonath — July 16, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

  10. Hee, just found your comics blog and really enjoy it. I guess detention is much worse than having your school burnt down by a pyro-lovin’ monkey.

    Comment by Paul — July 17, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

  11. I know a child who fell into trouble with a teacher for picking up a ruler that the child in front of her dropped. Apparently it was because she “wasn’t paying attention”. . .

    Messed up teachers these days~so authoritarian!

    Comment by Jinxie — April 5, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  12. watching monkey-playing-with-matches is better than math
    *stomps on thick MATH book*

    there should be a cult against it

    poor tommy
    *shakes head*

    he should bring a camera next time…LOL

    Comment by sacrilcio — June 21, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

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