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July 27, 2007

Blow, Cat, Blow

Filed under: Bill Bickel, cats, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Kit 'n' Carlyle, vacuum cleaners — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


Jeff McAndrew: Is the joke supposed to be that the kid doesn’t know how to use the vacuum? Or are those feathers on the ground? Did he just run over a bird and the cat wants it? I really have no idea.


  1. The cat is on the power cord; apparently it is electricity the boy doesn’t understand. Other than that, I’m stumped.

    Comment by Steve — July 27, 2007 @ 11:02 am

  2. The kid and the cat seem to be combining their limited understanding of household appliances to clean up a mess on which they may or may not have collaborated. They are also communicating telepathically, evidently. When did Kit ‘n’ Carlyle turn into Marvin? And why, when it sucked enough to begin with?

    Comment by Mollie — July 27, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

  3. Children can concoct some strange notions of how common things work – especially if something really abstract (like electricity) is involved. He made a mess, he needs to clean it up, vacuum cleaner cleans it up, vacuum cleaner works by blowing air around, cat can blow air, stick hose into cat and tell it to blow – makes sense if you’re 4.

    Comment by ctdonath — July 27, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

  4. Where this breaks down is the kid thinking that blowing into the cord will make the vacuum cleaner suck stuff up. Would have made slightly more sense if it had been an electric fan…maybe.
    ON the other hand, if he’s seen his mother use it, he must have seen her plug it into the wall outlet…

    Comment by Jim Moore — July 27, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

  5. Wouldn’t it have made more sense if the boy thought, “Maybe you’re not sucking enough” to the pussycat? A friend of mine had a young son who thought that vacuum cleaners worked because an outlet provided suction through the electrical cord.

    Now that I think about it, if the boy told a pussy to suck, this comic would find its way to the Arlo page.

    Comment by — July 28, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

  6. Asking my 10 year old nephew, he mentioned something new for this discussion.

    (to rephrase) You and I know that a vacuum “sucks”, but visually what happens is that the bag gets puffed up and the floor gets clean. For a balloon to get puffed, you blow into it. Here the vacuum bag is not getting puffed, so the cat must not be blowing enough.

    Makes sense to me.

    Comment by Rammy M — July 29, 2007 @ 10:27 am

  7. There is no one, anywhere on earth who has ever, even once, gotten a cat to come that close to doing what a human wants it to do.

    Comment by Molly — July 29, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

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