OT-ish Question: The Smartest Man in the World

Cidu Bill on Dec 14th 2017

B.A.: There’s a political version of this joke going around today that I know is verboten here, so I’ll quote the earliest version I’ve ever come across, c.1970: And old man, a hippie, and Henry Kissinger are on a plane that’s going down. There are only two parachutes. Henry Kissinger says “I am the smartest man in the world, and the world can’t afford to lose me,” so he grabs one and jumps out. The old man says to the young guy “I’ve already lived a long life and you have your whole future ahead of me. You take the remaining parachute.” And the kid says “It’s okay, there are enough parachutes for both of us: ‘The world’s smartest man’ grabbed my backpack.”

This knee-slapper has been recycled even to this day (though I can’t elaborate). My question, which can only be asked here, is “Has anybody heard of an earlier version than the Kissinger one?”

Filed in Bill Bickel, Henry Kissinger | 6 responses so far

Pokeball

Cidu Bill on Dec 14th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Cyanide and Happiness, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far

The last year that her mother sat on Santa’s knee called…

Cidu Bill on Dec 13th 2017

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And yes, frighteningly enough, it has been that long.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Christmas, Dave Whamond, Reality Check, Spice Girls, comic strips, comics, humor | 7 responses so far

Strange Mummies

Cidu Bill on Dec 13th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, John Deering, Strange Brew, comic strips, comics, humor | 8 responses so far

Festival of Lolights

Cidu Bill on Dec 12th 2017

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Filed in Arlo Page, Bill Bickel, Chanukah, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 7 responses so far

Fly

Cidu Bill on Dec 12th 2017

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Filed in B.C., Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

My best guess is that Mr. Parisi knows just enough about Chanukah to get himself into trouble

Cidu Bill on Dec 12th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Chanukah, Off the Mark, comic strips, humor | 16 responses so far

Fear not, Adam…

Cidu Bill on Dec 11th 2017

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with “If I don’t know the answer, we can look it up.”

Filed in Adam Huber, Bill Bickel, Bug Martini, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

Sanity Clause

Cidu Bill on Dec 11th 2017

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Is this kid who reads Kafka for enjoyment saying he still believes in Santa Claus? I can’t figure out exactly how this all makes sense whether he does or he doesn’t.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Christmas, Frazz, Jef Mallett, Santa Claus, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

Whatever year it was that women last ironed clothing called…

Cidu Bill on Dec 11th 2017

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For the record, I’ve been married more than 38 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen my wife iron anything. I wouldn’t know how.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Close to Home, John McPherson, comic strips, comics, humor | 21 responses so far

Connie loses her mind again

Cidu Bill on Dec 11th 2017

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To be fair, though, we might be insane as well if we had a kid who’s been a teenager for 20-plus years.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Zits, comic strips, comics, humor, unaccountable anger | 13 responses so far

1980 Called…

Cidu Bill on Dec 11th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, John Deering, Star Wars, Strange Brew, comic strips, comics, humor | 10 responses so far

Gravity

Cidu Bill on Dec 11th 2017

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Jimmy Johnson, comic strips, comics, humor | 21 responses so far

The Gingerbread Oy

Cidu Bill on Dec 10th 2017

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Filed in Bill Amend, Bill Bickel, Fox Trot, comic strips, comics, humor, oy | 4 responses so far

It’s beginning to look a lot like next Christmas

Cidu Bill on Dec 10th 2017

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This ran today. I either don’t understand it or I don’t know why it’s supposed to be funny.

Why it ran on December 10 is a side issue.

Filed in B.C., Bill Bickel, CIDU, Christmas, comic stips, comics, humor | 9 responses so far

Sunday Funnies - LOL, December 10, 2017

Cidu Bill on Dec 10th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Chanukah, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dave Coverly, Far Side, Gary Larson, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, Speed Bump, Strange Brew, Tina's Groove, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 12 responses so far

Saturday Morning Arlo (not Saturday evening Arlo, because I’m not in Australia)

Cidu Bill on Dec 9th 2017

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Filed in Arlo Page, Bill Amend, Bill Bickel, Dilbert, Fox Trot, Scott Adams, comic strips, comics, humor | 37 responses so far

Pardon My Casualness

Cidu Bill on Dec 8th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Pardon My Planet, Vic Lee, comic strips, comics, humor | 8 responses so far

Geese

Cidu Bill on Dec 7th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, New Yorker, comics, humor | 15 responses so far

Last Chance for Chanukah Cards

Cidu Bill on Dec 6th 2017

They just arrived (they were being printed in South Korea; what, doesn’t everybody get their Chanukah cards from South Korea?), and will be going out tomorrow morning.

I can’t vouch for the spelling of “Chanukah,” though (I need to check whether she used the same spelling as she did last year)

Again, please send your requests to Bickelchanukah
at
gmx.com

Filed in Bill Bickel, Chanukah | 5 responses so far

I yam confused

Cidu Bill on Dec 6th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Brevity, CIDU, Guy and Rodd, comic strips, comics, humor | 61 responses so far

Strange Desert

Cidu Bill on Dec 5th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, John Deering, Strange Brew, comic strips, comics, humor | 12 responses so far

Some sort of Hump Day joke? Help me out, !@#$ Squirrel…

Cidu Bill on Dec 4th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Dave Whamond, Reality Check, comic strips, comics, humor | 10 responses so far

I guess we should give him a pass if he’s that sick, but…

Cidu Bill on Dec 4th 2017

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Doesn’t he mean “I’m not young enough or old enough…”?

Filed in Adam Huber, Bill Bickel, Bug Martini, comic strips, comics, humor | 16 responses so far

Seriously, what’s with all the pinata comics lately?

Cidu Bill on Dec 4th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Christmas, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, comic strips, comics, humor, pinatas | 10 responses so far