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December 17, 2007

I Wonder Whether They’re All Quacks

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, doctors, humor, Mallard Fillmore — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am




  1. The “w” in “Wiggerman” looks like it started out as another letter.

    Comment by Happenstance — December 17, 2007 @ 2:45 am

  2. Very good point, #1, something that noticed as well. I’m sure that a few newspaper prints will have a slight ink error there to invoke a few letters to the company.

    As for the joke, something about mergers getting out of hand? Was there some recent news item about this? Very nice title, by the way.

    Comment by bAT L. — December 17, 2007 @ 3:06 am

  3. Since it’s Mallard, I assume it’s about a receptionist forced by political correctness to read a list of silly multicultural names. Actually, #1 and #2 fit that idea pretty well.

    Reminds me of a Pat Buchanan campaign ad from whenever he last ran for president. A choking man calls 911, a recording says “For Spanish, press 1. For …”, it breaks away to standard campaign stuff. Comes back to the man collapsed on the floor, “… for Swahili, press 23.”

    Wait, found it
    OK, it was press 12 for Swahili, otherwise I was pretty close.

    Comment by DPWally — December 17, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

  4. Funny how since W’s approval rating has sunk, MF’s shifted from cheap shots at liberals to attempting to simply be funny. And failing…

    Comment by padraig — December 17, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

  5. Excuse me: “silly” multicultural names? Are you suggesting Americans should force people to abandon “silly” immigrant names and take names like Smith and Brown…

    …which are IMMIGRANT NAMES themselves?

    I’m sorry, Bill, but I get really tired of people whining about “multiculturalism” and “political correctness” when more often than not they’re just complaining that they can’t be publicly narrow-minded any more and not be congratulated for it.

    Comment by Charlene — December 17, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

  6. Don’t apologize to ME, Charlene: You took the words right out of my mouth (and you understand, of course, that DPWally is describing the names from Mallard’s POV, not from his own). And Wally, while I detest pretty much everything Pat Robertson stands for — because I have, you know, a brain in my head — I did get a kick out of that video.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 17, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

  7. I don’t think the joke is the “multicultural” names, since I don’t think most Americans would even find this list of names that “foreign.” I think it’s just supposed to be funny that a doctor would be known as “The Golden Flash.”

    So, Bill. . . are you going to start putting up every Mallard Fillmore that seems to be missing a joke? Because that’s going to be pretty much all of them.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — December 17, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

  8. Autumn, it’s rare that the point of a Mallard strip is really obscure: Usually it’s something along the lines of “Liberals are poopyheads”

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 17, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

  9. You’re correct, Bill. I was attempting to interpret Mallard’s thoughts. Your brain’s in your head? Then how do you sit on it?

    Autumn: Those names aren’t all that “foreign”, but more than half are non-anglo. I’m presuming the cartoonist has a very low threshold of foreignness and finds “The Golden Flash” only a little more absurd than “Skoniki” or “Van Haler”.

    Comment by DPWally — December 18, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

  10. I thought it was funny. You would never call a doctor the “Golden Flash”…that would be too silly for a doctor. Yet we have all kinds of other crazy people out there calling themselves things like that.

    Comment by cbgrace — December 18, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

  11. This is definitely one for the Eww files, if it’s like a story I heard.

    I had a friend who was a nurse at a lab in a clinic. There was one doctor of proctology there who occasionally had to take a mucous sample by probing a patient in an exam room with a latex glove. He’d then run back to the lab with his gloved hand held high up in the air.

    For this, he earned the nickname “Doctor Goldfinger.”

    I suspect the doctor called “The Golden Flash” is a similar characater.

    Comment by brien — December 19, 2007 @ 3:02 am

  12. re: Comment #11. Eewww!

    Comment by jim in phx — December 19, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

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