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September 30, 2007

The Funnies


So… Is Tom Batiuk responding to criticism of his comic strip’s storyline showing a major character slowly wasting away from a terrible disease (in which case it’s clumsy and really, really isn’t working), is this intended as irony (and the Catch-22 of irony is that it’s very difficult to say it’s not working), or is he just completely clueless?

By the way, in case there’s anybody who hasn’t seen Funky Cancercancer

Sermon on the Tube

Filed under: Bill Bickel, church, comic strips, comics, Curtis, humor, sermons, YouTube — Cidu Bill @ 7:10 pm

Note to Mr. Billingsly: Always check to see whether reality has already surpassed what you think is a crazy idea.

September 29, 2007

Not Craw…

Filed under: Bill Bickel, cats, CIDU, clawfoot bathtub, Close to Home, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 1:18 am

Seven people sent me Friday’s Close to Home strip:



It’s a clawfoot bathtub


and therefore presumably acts like an animal with claws.

Of course, since this is a cat-like punchline, I recognize the possibility that I could be wrong.

It’s Good to Be the King

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Strange Brew — Cidu Bill @ 1:10 am


I lost track of how many people sent me copies of this one, which of course is not a CIDU but rather an unintentional shout-out to the CIDU Page.

Comics That Made Me Laugh Out Loud: September




Peter Byrnes and I shared this selection:


Consider this a runner-up: didn’t make me LOL, but a definite 🙂thatslife-moms.jpg

Autumn Harvest sent this one:


Nicole: As someone who who works in a cubicle and somewhat into animal rights this TOTALLY made me laugh out loud:

Also from Nicole:

And finally… this isn’t a CIDU or a Comic That Made Me Laugh, but I wanted to give special mention to a clever political cartoon:horsey.gif

September 28, 2007

Can You Feel It?

Filed under: Bill Bickel, Braille, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, libraries, library, Unshelved — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


There was a time I could actually read that: The summer I was 12, I learned to sight-read Braille, the Russian alphabet, and IBM punchcards (and if you’re under 40, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about).

In any case I haven’t a clue what this says, but I hope I shouldn’t have put this on the Arlo Page.

(This is from the comic strip Unshelved)

September 27, 2007

Life Can Be a Dream

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Days of Thunder, dreams, humor, Robert Lovely — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


This can only get worse as the week progresses…

Filed under: Adam, Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, humor, morning sex, music — Cidu Bill @ 12:01 am


September 26, 2007


Filed under: 300, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, computers, humor, Jump Start, Sparta — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


September 25, 2007

The Other Jena 6 (OT)

The Other Jena 6: In Jena, Louisiana, a town divided by bitter racial tension, six white students brutally attack a black teenager.

The beating was prosecuted as a racially-motivated crime, and black leaders including Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton quickly arrived on the scene to make sure the attackers were appropriately dealt with, denouncing the racial attack. In their speeches they evoked Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham, calling justice for the beaten teenager part of the same civil rights struggle that began with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King…

Know Your Audience

And for feminine hygiene products it’s the other way around. His point?

September 24, 2007

My Arlo Page Has a First Name…

Well, I decided on a way to do a simple, password-free Arlo section (thanks for everybody’s suggestions), and all I needed was an appropriate (or inappropriate) comic to test it out with. Moments later, Monday’s Monty came online. (more…)

Story Problems

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Frazz, humor, math, school — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

What exactly is Frazz’s point here? And for the record, Caulfield’s math is correct. (more…)

September 22, 2007

Arlo’s Shoe

Filed under: Arlo Page, Bill Bickel, cars, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Heathcliff, humor, in heat, Shoe comic strip — Cidu Bill @ 11:42 pm

Today, Shoe got into the act — and let’s not discuss here what act I’m referring to. Or the artist was referring to. Or whatever.

And yesterday Heathcliff got into the act as well.

Saturday Night Chili

Filed under: Bill Bickel, chili, CIDU, comic strips, comics, diner, food, humor, Ziggy — Cidu Bill @ 11:33 pm

A follow-up to Thursday’s strip. I have no idea what this means, but I doubt it’s anything pleasant.

September 21, 2007

Pining Away

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Non Sequitur, Pinocchio, Rhymes With Orange — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


Okay, I’m just not seeing the logic here.

And  making this a Pinocchio double feature…


What does any of this have to do with Pinocchio?

September 20, 2007

Just the Fax… (OT)

Filed under: Bill Bickel, fax, telephones — Cidu Bill @ 1:41 am

This has nothing to do with anything else, but as long as I have the attention of so many outrageously knowledgeable people…

I’m trying to get rid of my land line telephone completely, but I still need to be able to send and receive faxes. Is there a simple, computer-based method of doing so?



Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, diners, food, humor, toothpaste, Ziggy — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


September 19, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, Boondocks, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, racial stereotypes, winter — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


Is there a racial stereotype I somehow missed, claiming that white kids are warmer than black kids?

September 18, 2007

Nicole: ”Well… it’s not a poop joke”

Filed under: bathroom, Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, Ewww, toilets — Cidu Bill @ 7:34 pm


One for the Ewww Files, I guess.


Filed under: alien invasion, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Mr Boffo — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


Why Fred Goldman Must Be Smiling Now

All that sports memorabilia O.J. Simpson allegedly tried to steal at gunpoint last week, claiming it was legally his… whether or not Simpson is found guilty, any of the memorabilia that turns out to have been legally owned by Simpson… will get handed over to the Goldmans.

And the publicity generated by the robbery couldn’t not have increased sales of the book (as of Tuesday morning, it’s the #2 best seller at

  • If Who Did It (September 17): Okay, what’s the weirdest thing about last week’s release of O.J. Simpson’s hypothetical double-murder confession (as if this whole affair needed any more weirdness)? No mention of Simpson’s name on the cover. It’s a confession without a confessor.Or even worse than no confessor: is marketing the book as “If I Did It by the Goldman Family”.
  • September 6
    Barnes and Noble decides to carry O.J.’s book after all, and Lisa Nowak will try an insanity defense (article)
  • August 14
    O.J. Simpson’s hypothetical double murder confession, the rights to which are now owned by the family of murder victim Ron Goldman, has been contracted to a publisher [updated article].
  • July 30
    So… Now that the rights are owned by Ron Goldman’s father, who plans to rename it Confessions of a Double Murderer, is anybody more inclined to read the thing? And will it become the best-seller HarperCollins originally expected it to be? [article]

September 17, 2007

The Patriots Act (Update)

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, an ad-hoc panel of 12 tax law professors “mostly agreed” that Coach Bill Belichick will be able to deduct his fine from his income taxes. The primarily rationale: Technically, the NFL found that he was guilty of breaking a rule, not cheating.

This distinction might also explain why there was no talk of a forfeit: A forfeit might be an appropriate punishment for cheating, but not for breaking a rule. (more…)


B.C. joins the Arlo Page. Johnny Hart must be turning over in his grave. As always, the password is the first name of Bill Clinton’s most well-known little bit on the side (don’t forget to capitalize the M).

Outrageously Sexist Comic of the Week


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