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November 8, 2007


why.pngI see a lot of you clicked the Arlo and Janis site yesterday to check out Jimmy Johnson’s trivia challenge. I have no idea how many of you knew the answer, though I suspect it was the majority of you. You probably got the Drowning Pool question right as well.

Here’s another “can you place the reference” challenge, which I suspect won’t be much of a challenge at all — which is why I didn’t want to devote too much space to it (click the thumbnail).

Mostly it’s an excuse to mention that Questionable Content is very much worth visiting every day.


  1. “Can’t…stop…lovin’ dat man uh mine…”


    Comment by Molly — November 8, 2007 @ 12:33 am

  2. Ah, that’s the rest of it. I only remembered the birds and fish part.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 8, 2007 @ 1:25 am

  3. I immediately thought of Show Boat as well but realized it didn’t fit. I don’t know what does.

    I got the first A&J question (Lois Bailey) but not the second.

    Comment by Powers — November 8, 2007 @ 8:06 am

  4. Probably not the right answer, but the first thing I thought of was the lines from Tom Lehrer’s song Polution: “Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly, but they don’t get far if they try”. Maybe Tom Lehrer was referencing the same thing Questionable Content is?

    Comment by Dan Sachs — November 8, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  5. No, Tom Lehrer was referencing the Show Boat song that the rest of us old fogies are remembering:

    Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly,
    I gotta love one man ’til I die.
    Can’t stop loving that man of mine.

    (and are goth chicks really allowed to wear red? I thought it all had to be black, for better contrast with the white makeup)

    Comment by Morris Keesan — November 8, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  6. She’s a “recovering Goth”

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 8, 2007 @ 9:58 am

  7. When I click on the thumbnail, the comic is bigger, but the letters are still undeciferable.

    Comment by Janice — November 8, 2007 @ 11:32 am

  8. Oh, Janice… one more click for your browser to let the image be bigger than your window.

    So Tom Lehrer’s “My Girl” is also out?
    Sharks gotta swim,
    and bats gotta fly,
    I gotta love one woman till I die.
    To Ed or Dick or Bob,
    She may be just a slob,
    But to me, well,
    She’s my girl.

    Wait a minute… That does fit. Whaddayaknow about that? (I truly didn’t know when I started. I was out late for my birthday last night.)

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 8, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

  9. Oh, wait, I see now. From now on, I’ll know to start my thinking with an existing CIDU theme. Bill, you are the eternal optimist with respect to the retention level of the American literate.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 8, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

  10. That’s Bokonon from Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.

    “Tigers got to eat, birds got to fly, man got to ask himself why, why, why? Tigers got to sleep, birds got to land, man tells himself he understands.”

    Comment by Amber — November 8, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

  11. Oh, and I just noticed the title, too. “Sirens of Coffee.” That’s a reference to Vonnegut’s novel “Sirens of Titan.”

    Comment by Amber — November 8, 2007 @ 9:33 pm

  12. The first Lehrer quote is from “Pollution.” But the line is “They don’t last long, if they try.” (from
    He’s demolished that old cliched line two different ways.

    Comment by Scott — November 9, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

  13. The Books Of Bokonnen

    Comment by Sal Biondo — November 10, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

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