Cidu Bill on Feb 8th 2013


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28 Responses to “”Mayo”???”

  1. Arthur Feb 8th 2013 at 12:11 am 1

    That last was a bit of petty vandalism.

  2. Jeff S. Feb 8th 2013 at 12:19 am 2

    They are acting very petty.

  3. Kamino Neko Feb 8th 2013 at 12:32 am 3

    Yeah, the chain is ‘petties’ is Tom Petty, Laurie Petty, Richard Petty, just plain being petty.

  4. Cidu Bill Feb 8th 2013 at 12:38 am 4

    But petty vandalism isn’t theft.

  5. Kamino Neko Feb 8th 2013 at 12:47 am 5

    The caption isn’t ‘petty theft’, it’s ‘petty thieves’ - they steal Petties, and they are petty.

  6. Ooten Aboot Feb 8th 2013 at 06:17 am 6

    Well, there are two doctors named Petty at the Mayo Clinic. Maybe this is a Minnesota joke.

  7. UXO Feb 8th 2013 at 07:33 am 7

    This is splendidly obscure - I like it.

  8. Powers Feb 8th 2013 at 08:54 am 8

    I didn’t get the connection between the stolen items and the name “Petty”. I thought they were just stealing little stuff.

    Too obscure.

  9. Mark M Feb 8th 2013 at 09:02 am 9

    Perfect example of a strip this site is here for. I never would have gotten it.

    I will say though that those items must have some oddly shaped large packaging if those are the only things in the bag.

  10. GP Feb 8th 2013 at 09:31 am 10

    There was a character on “Doug” named Patty Mayonnaise. I thought maybe he got the name wrong, but then realized they didn’t steal the mayo. Yeah, I guess that was just a petty thing to do.

  11. John DiFool Feb 8th 2013 at 09:47 am 11

    Since the comments have been turned off for the top story: “CJA: Teacher fired for referring to her class as ”future criminals” in her Facebook update”, I guess I’ll have to post my thoughts on this here instead (since it also deals with imaginary criminals). Bill, I’ve been coming here for more than a decade, by my reckoning, but no longer-as of today I am deleting your bookmark and never coming back. Frankly, as a fellow instructor, I am appalled at the attitude of the teacher in the story, but I am even more appalled that you _agreed_ with her!

    I could, _maybe_, have not nearly as much of a problem with either of you if the classes in question were 8th or 9th graders (which is what I assumed they were), but to consign 2 entire classes of 1st/2nd graders to the scrap heap? This says less about the students and a lot more about you (and her)-specifically it means you failed to find a way to reach these kids. I simply don’t feel, based on my own teaching experience, that ANY child anywhere is irredeemable, and 1st or 2nd graders most definitely aren’t, given that their moral reasoning isn’t very well developed by that point and their personalities aren’t locked into stone yet. Everyone has potential, and a good teacher will work hard to find a way to unlock it, and not just consign the whole lot of them to the scrap heap. My first rule is to never judge a student in any way, but accept them unconditionally, and in such an environment I’ve found that they can often thrive when heterofore they were utterly lost.

    You should be deeply ashamed of youself. Goodbye.

  12. Tonya Feb 8th 2013 at 10:29 am 12

    The sign on the door says “Box store exit”, as in a “big box store” like Costco, or Sam’s or BJ’s. They stole a bunch of stuff but it was so petty of them to knock over that tub of mayonnaise.

  13. Judge Mental Feb 8th 2013 at 11:06 am 13

    I have to admit the mayo part threw me (and I didn’t find the other references at all obscure)

    Full Moon Fever => Tom Petty
    Tank Girl => Lori Petty
    43 Stock Car => Richard Petty
    Big Tub of Mayonnaise => {my brain was trying to focus in on a person}

  14. SenorWeird Feb 8th 2013 at 11:08 am 14

    Man, I only got this because of the “Tank Girl” reference. What does that say about me?

  15. J-L Feb 8th 2013 at 11:11 am 15

    They are petty thieves, so it logically follows that they specialize in petty crimes.

  16. Cidu Bill Feb 8th 2013 at 11:16 am 16

    John, I’m sorry if my comment offended you — I can’t believe it was only the first time — but I believe you misunderstood: as for O’Brien, all I was saying was that I understood where she was coming from and that I didn’t think she’d committed a capital offense. And that people should be allowed some leeway in what they say to friends (even Facebook friends). The same way kids should be allowed some slack in their recess games. I do think O’Brien should have been transferred, though, because she and this class were not a good fit.

    As to my own experience, my demon-spawn classroom was a learning experience. Obviously they were a challenge for everybody. By my third day with them, I’d figured out how to handle them. Part of it was splitting up two pairs of boys who’d unwisely been assigned seats next to one another. I also shifted around the day’s schedule, tried a couple of other things, and from that point things worked out well: there were no incidents to speak of, and we always got through the day’s assigned work. And the kids ended up liking me, at least as much as they were likely to like any substitute teacher.

    I still felt I was being tested every time I walked into that classroom, though, and I still privately thought of them as the demon-spawn second grade class. I make no apologies to anybody about that.

  17. J-L Feb 8th 2013 at 11:18 am 17

    The first time I saw the word “petty” was when I was a kid reading a “Calvin & Hobbes” cartoon where Calvin is at school criticizing Suzie’s artwork. She drew a picture of a house with windows on a lawn with a tree and flowers and with a sun shining above.

    Calvin’s drawing, however, was something more macabre, such as B-52 bombers unleashing a flurry of bombs.

    Calvin was criticizing how girls like petty things, whereas boys are interested in big important things, like war and conquest.

    Having never read the word “petty” before, I thought it was a misspelling for the word “pretty.” After all, “pretty” made sense in the context of trees and flowers.

  18. J-L Feb 8th 2013 at 12:34 pm 18

    Whoa! After reading all the comments, I see that I completely missed the “Petty” references.

    The joke is considerably different without them.

  19. Mary in Ohio Feb 8th 2013 at 04:47 pm 19

    Bill and John- as a long time teacher in a Middle School setting, I can tell you that most of us have Career Criminals in actuality, despite our best efforts. In fact the first summer I worked at the part-time job I now have, the store detective nailed a young man for shoplifting right in front of my area (but not from me). I recognized the kid from the last class I had before retiring 5 years before. Can’t honestly say I was shocked.

  20. Cidu Bill Feb 8th 2013 at 04:50 pm 20

    Please, everybody, let’s keep any discussion of the thing in one place (over on the CJA side), to keep it easier to read (and to not muddle up the Mayo discussion).

    And by the way, I still don’t understand why mayonnaise in particular.

  21. Lola Feb 8th 2013 at 05:05 pm 21

    I don’t think that it was mayo was important. It could have been lotion or mustard or slitting open a bean bag. It was a petty thing to do. Insult to injury, salt in the wound….petty. Three riffs on the name and one on the adjective.

  22. Lola Feb 8th 2013 at 05:06 pm 22

    Oh, and I think it’s interesting that they are semi dressed in prison garb.

  23. nile Feb 8th 2013 at 05:13 pm 23

    so funny, I’m not feeling well today and I’m weak so the slightest thing is cracking me up. “it could have been lotion” bwahaha. but I am one of the ones and glad not to be alone in this, that totally missed the Petty name thing, and thought it was just about petty crimes. and included kicking over the mayo just to be mean as kind of petty.

    side thing re mayo…we once stopped at a highway fast food drive thru somewhere in the south, and all the workers were foreign. my brother asked for mayonaisse on his rb sandwich. there was a long pause and finally the girl said…is that mayo? she’d never heard the real word before.

  24. Jeff S. Feb 8th 2013 at 06:34 pm 24

    I got all the references, except the Tank Girl one, although I knew it was a movie and comic. I figured there was someone named Petty in one or the other.

  25. Mark in Boston Feb 8th 2013 at 08:18 pm 25

    If the worker had never encountered the word “mayonaisse” before, even on the jar, then what they called “mayo” is probably Miracle Whip or worse.

  26. George P. Feb 9th 2013 at 08:12 am 26


    I prefer that jokes like this aren’t explain as they are told. Those who get them think they are funny and enjoy the “insiderness” of having gotten them. Those who don’t get them aren’t going to think they are funny after the explanation.

    I didn’t get this one, but I’d rather get the explanation here than in the comic. And I should have gotten it.

  27. Kilby Feb 9th 2013 at 08:48 am 27

    @ 16 & 20 - I’m not going to comment on the CJA issue, but I will say this: dropping a public flame bomb (@11) into an otherwise civil discussion group and then slamming the door shut without having the decency to read a reply is simply not kosher. I think it is very impressive that Bill could withstand a sucker punch like that and still manage to compose such a carefully written response (without yielding to the temptation to simply relegate the vitriol to the bit bucket), and I think it’s superb evidence that he probably was an excellent (and resilient) substitute. I’d much rather have someone like him teaching my son than the alternative (@11).

  28. Mark in Boston Feb 9th 2013 at 06:54 pm 28

    Mayonnaise. Well no wonder nile’s brother’s food server didn’t know what he was talking about when he asked for “mayonaisse”.

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