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December 18, 2007

CIDU With a Capital C

This seems to be a common theme for comics I don’t understand: Somebody says something that seems to bother the other person a lot, and I have no idea why.


  1. “You should read this book about the capitalist power system” “Give me your credit card”

    He already knows about the capitalists, because he either had to obtain a credit card or they would not give him one.

    Comment by trish — December 18, 2007 @ 5:00 am

  2. I am guessing that Adedoyin Etuhu does not have complimentary things to say about capitalism etc.

    The joke is the contradiction of buying an ant-capitalism book with what could be the syblom of capitalism — a credit card.

    The young man is annoyed that a store that would sell a book by Adedoyin Etuhu would even think of taking credit cards and wants to take his business to a store that puts into practice the precepts in the book

    Comment by Nicole — December 18, 2007 @ 8:23 am

  3. A slightly interesting side note: Cory Thomas appears to have invented the author Adedoyin Etuhu. Neither my public library nor the Harvard University library have any reference to Etuhu, nor does Amazon, and “adedoyin etuhu” is almost a googlewhack — google returns two results, one of which has the two words widely separated, and the other of which has “etuhu” only in linking documents.

    Comment by Morris Keesan — December 18, 2007 @ 11:00 am

  4. I don’t think there are many stores that don’t take credit cards. Maybe used bookstores, but that doesn’t look like one.

    So maybe he’s looking for a cashier that appreciates the irony?

    Comment by Kaitlyn — December 18, 2007 @ 11:04 am

  5. well, it’s an anagram for “Ahoy, dude, Unite!”

    Comment by Lola — December 18, 2007 @ 11:43 am

  6. >The joke is the contradiction of buying an ant-capitalism book with what could be the syblom of capitalism โ€” a credit card.

    There was a great This Modern World many years ago that had two people wearing band or anarchy tshirts and holding some CD saying “I’m going to express my individuality and protest our capitalist system by purchasing these mass-produced consumer products!”

    Comment by Chaz — December 18, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

  7. Morris: I believe for a Googlewhack to be valid, both words must be found in a dictionary as determined by their being underlined in the results heading.

    Comment by DPWally — December 18, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

  8. I think the joke would have worked a lot better 35 or so years ago if what was being bought was “Steal This Book.” Maybe it did.

    Comment by Scott — December 18, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

  9. Just for the record, Scott, I owned that book 30-odd years ago. Until my cousin, you know, took the title a bit too seriously.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 18, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

  10. It’s still plenty confusing. Aren’t there plenty of anti-imperialists and critics of the capitalist power system who use credit cards? I don’t think it makes them hypocrites. Frankly, I’ve met a few book store proprietors who probably share the same sentiments, yet they have credit card readers at their stores.

    Comment by El Santo — December 18, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

  11. Maybe he should have just gone to the library. That would have taught those capitalist imperialist power hungry bastards a lesson! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Comment by marie — December 18, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

  12. I like the title of this post.

    Comment by Cedar — December 19, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

  13. Adedoyin Etuhu reminds me of Etaoin Shrdlu

    Comment by Hunt — December 20, 2007 @ 8:53 am

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