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July 29, 2007

HRH and the ATM

Filed under: atm, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, king, Strange Brew — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



  1. Well, I busted right out laughing at this one. Then I had to disect the why, which wasn’t that easy. OK, it’s a king, in all his silly regalia, having to get cash out of an ATM. It’s humiliating on soooo many levels.

    1. Right off the bat,the get up is enough to make anybody want to abdicate and this is what made me guffaw.

    other possibilities:

    2. Has he lost his servants? Assuming he needed cash for something, wouldn’t they get it for him. Now he has to soil his royal fingertips on commoner keypads. Oh, the horrors.

    3. My daughter told me about this observation she says is nearly universal. When she was in school and for a while afterwards, she was pretty much broke all the time and nobody ever offered her anything for free. Then she became moderately wealthy and a celebrity (no way in hell will I tell you who) and suddenly her money was no good anywhere. Everyone wanted to treat her to meals, clothes, rides, jewelry, you name it. So with that in mind, what reduced circumstances has lead to this king needing cash? He must be recently deposed and has fled with just his silly clothes and head gear?

    4. If it’s none of those others, then what could he possibly ever need cash for? The only thing that comes to mind (and this took some thinking) is a hooker..and I guess that would explain the absence of his servants. 🙂

    Comment by Lola — August 3, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

  2. The first thing the comic made me think of was actually a 1990s BBC radio program called “The Mark Steel Solution”, in which Mr. Steel would propose bizarre solutions to social problems. Two episodes, #101 (Oct. 9, 1992) and #204 (Aug. 5, 1994) dealt with the Royal Family; the proposed solution was that the British Royal Family should be selected by lottery every week.

    Steel made the point that the Royal Family was completely out of touch with the people, and that if they went on a quiz show, they’d flunk, e.g–

    “What are pavements made of? Uh, Queen.”

    – Red carpets.

    “Uh, no, uh … concrete. Now, next question. What is the color sequence of traffic lights? Uh, the Queen again?”

    – Um, green, green, green, uh, green, green.

    “No, no, that’s just if you’re the Queen with a police escort.” ….

    And so on.

    Anyway, that’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw that cartoon. Good eye on it, though. And thanks.

    Comment by B. D. — August 11, 2007 @ 2:55 am

  3. At first I also thought along the lines of Lola’s #2 – that the king was humiliated at having to use an ATM himself.

    Then it occurred to me, he is humiliated by the same thing that would humiliate anyone using an ATM – either his card has been rejected or there’s no money in his account. (And quite possibly there’s a line of people behind him observing his shame.)

    *Then* I laughed out loud. The beauty (poetry, even) of this cartoon is the absurdity of a king using his own ATM, and *not* being humiliated by that, until the further absurdity emerges that he’s broke.

    Comment by Wendy — August 13, 2007 @ 8:55 am

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