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August 27, 2007

Nothing to see here…

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, tourism, Wizard of Id — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

I’m guessing he means one of them is the King because he’s short — which isn’t much of a joke — but I’m otherwise quite stumped.


  1. I’m thinking the other would be a way out of there.

    Comment by Steve — August 27, 2007 @ 8:55 am

  2. I think you’re thinking too much.
    How can you charge for information?
    Ask the RIAA – no, sorry, don’t go there… It’s supply and demand. If the demands high enough, or the supply is limited enough, you can charge. Now, if you’re a tourist in a town with lots of interesting things, sufficiently many of which are easy to find, then you won’t pay for information, you’ll just wander around and have a great time (even if you miss the very most interesting things). If however you’re in a town with very few interesting things, all of which are hard to find, then you’ll probably have a lousy time – if you don’t pay up.

    I think that’s all you need to know to get the comic. Trying to double -guess what the two things are and/or why they’re hard to find is a losing proposition. If it wasn’t, the guy in the information booth would be outa work, wouldn’t he? 😉

    Comment by Ron Obvious — August 27, 2007 @ 9:05 am

  3. I don’t think there were any particular sights in mind when the gag was written. Just your basic, “Man, this place is a boring dump!” joke.

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — August 27, 2007 @ 9:28 am

  4. Also, these tourist information booths are free here in the real world, since they exist to encourage people to spend money in the area, and generally in a place where you find information booths, there is no shortage of things to do.

    I don’t think this comic has anything to do with Id, specifically. Here’s a town where tourists are presumably so desperate to find something to do that they will pay to be told what to do. Also, the things to do are apparently hidden away so as to keep people from finding them and spending money there. Therefore, the info booth can charge for this data. It’s a seller’s market in tourist information here in this horrible town.

    Seems like a bad business decision for the tourist industry in Id.

    Comment by Chaz Larson — August 27, 2007 @ 10:06 am

  5. Actually it is probably yet another of the King’s little scams.

    Comment by John DiFool — August 27, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

  6. I can see that as a scam. The answer to the riddle being that the two places are the castle and the information booth.

    Or maybe some sort of metaphysical thing like “the king’s conscience”.

    Comment by bAT L. — August 31, 2007 @ 3:53 am

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