I Honestly Don’t Get It

Cidu Bill on Feb 13th 2013


Filed in Abraham Lincoln, Bill Bickel, Bizarro, CIDU, Dan Piraro, comic strips, comics, humor | 24 responses so far

24 Responses to “I Honestly Don’t Get It”

  1. mitch4 Feb 13th 2013 at 01:21 am 1

    Why can’t you write to Washington to complain about the government?
    Because he died long ago.
    But you CAN write to Lincoln … he left his Gettysburg Address.

  2. Proginoskes Feb 13th 2013 at 02:05 am 2

    In the words of Primus, They can’t all be zingers.

  3. Kilby Feb 13th 2013 at 02:51 am 3

    Lincoln wasn’t the featured speaker at Gettysburg, he was sort of an addendum to the program. The “main” speech lasted for hours, but has been utterly forgotten, Lincoln achieved timeless remembrance in less than 5 minutes.

  4. Lost in A**2 Feb 13th 2013 at 08:15 am 4

    FWIW, I don’t get this one, either. Not a clue.

  5. farmer Feb 13th 2013 at 09:36 am 5

    It’s nothing more than the humorous conflict of Abe performing the ordinary before the extraordinary. I’m confused why anyone doesn’t get it (as opposed to not finding it LOL) when the formula is so common and obvious. It’s meant to be funny because it’s weird, not because there’s a hidden clever meaning. Strips like this use that formula all the time, to mixed effect to be sure.

    At most, as Kilby notes, it might be funny to think of the organizers saying something like “hey, Abe - help set up all these chairs and we’ll let you speak for a few minutes”.

  6. Ian Osmond Feb 13th 2013 at 10:14 am 6

    Kilby: and the only person who recognized how good the address was at the time was Edward Everett, who wrote a note to Lincoln:

    • 225 H Street 1863.

      My dear Sir,

      Not wishing to intrude upon your privacy, when you must be much engaged, I beg leave, in this way, to thank you very sincerely for your great thoughtfulness for my daughters accommodation on the Platform yesterday, & much kindness otherwise to me & mine at Gettysburg.

      Permit me also to express my great admiration of the thoughts expressed by you, with such eloquent simplicity & appropriateness, at the consecration of the Cemetery. I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes. My son who parted from me at Baltimore & my daughter, concur in this sentiment.

      I remain, dear Sir, most respectfully Yours,

      Edward Everett.

  7. Paperboy Feb 13th 2013 at 01:46 pm 7

    It still seems the joke is about the terms “address” and “set-up”, but I can’t see the link on them. I hope somebody comes through.

  8. Chakolate Feb 13th 2013 at 03:27 pm 8

    This is a by-the-way, but is anybody else bothered by the gray text lots of websites use? I find it very difficult to read, and the indented quote by Ian Osmond above at 6 is practically invisible to me.

    I have found a solution, that doesn’t mangle other websites: bookmarklets. I have one to ‘zap colors’, and it sits in my bookmark toolbar. When I find a site I can’t read, I just hit that bookmarklet, and the text color changes to black, against a white field.

    You can get that and others for free here:


    A bookmarklet is essentially a tiny script, but NoScript doesn’t interfere with it.

    I also like the ‘Readability’ bookmark found (free) here:


    Installation is basically drag and drop, very easy. And if you don’t like what the bookmarklet did, you just reload the page.

    If anybody has a better solution for gray text, I’d love to hear it.

  9. Cidu Bill Feb 13th 2013 at 03:31 pm 9

    Hmm… I never noticed how blockquotes look in the comments section. Well, how do people use blockquotes in the comments section, after all?

  10. Cidu Bill Feb 13th 2013 at 03:32 pm 10

    There. Fixed the problem.

  11. Chakolate Feb 13th 2013 at 03:50 pm 11


    I appreciate the effort, but it’s still in gray text, and these old eyes really have trouble with that. I’ve found my solution, though, so don’t change anything (else) for me.

  12. Cidu Bill Feb 13th 2013 at 05:19 pm 12

    Chak, I have a feeling it’s a browser thing rather than a website thing, because after the change the type (to me) appears normal rather than the light gray.

  13. Chak Feb 13th 2013 at 06:58 pm 13

    Not a browser thing, I think, because it looks the same in Chrome as in Firefox. It’s not a light gray, it’s a darker one, but definitely not black.

    I read up on it a while ago, and it seems lots of websites think the dark-gray-on-white is easier on the eyes. Maybe it is, on younger eyes than mine. :-p

    The bookmarklet thing works very well for me, so I’m definitely not complaining. I only posted my solution in case others might find it useful.

  14. Lost in A**2 Feb 13th 2013 at 07:23 pm 14

    Chakolate, you may need to reload the page.

  15. The Bad Seed Feb 13th 2013 at 07:30 pm 15

    On the iPad, all the text in these comments is the same color, a very dark gray that’s almost black. This text shows up as black until I post it.

  16. Chakolate Feb 13th 2013 at 07:30 pm 16

    Bill, I tried it in Chrome, too. Both browsers render the text in a darkish gray, not black. I read a while back about how websites have gone to dark-gray-on-white because they feel it’s not as hard on the eyes, but I think they had younger eyes than mine in mind.

    Lost, this isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. It’s just a feature I don’t much like.

  17. Cidu Bill Feb 13th 2013 at 09:50 pm 17

    Dark gray pretty much looks like black to me. I don’t know how many times my wife has asked me to take a black skirt out of the closet for her and she says “No, that’s a gray skirt.” “It is??”

    Dark gray print on a white background doesn’t bother me; white print on any background on the other hand… I saw a site the other day with white print on light blue background. Seriously??? And the web designer working on the new CJA site was thinking about red print on a blue background (or was it the other way around?). I was able to veto that disaster.

    As for CIDU, though, I’m locked into the existing templates, and this is the only one that allowed both enough space for most comic strips, plus a useable sidebar. I believe there is a way to change the color scheme: but last time I tried making a minor change, I ended up blowing up the site.

  18. Lost in A**2 Feb 13th 2013 at 10:43 pm 18

    Chakolate, a feature is a bug with seniority.

  19. Chakolate Feb 14th 2013 at 12:42 am 19

    Bill, Forgoodnesssake don’t blow up the site - it’s fine. Compared to many, it’s very readable. And I have my zapping bookmarklets when I need them. (But thanks for nixing the white-on-blue.)

    Lost, that made me spit beverage on my monitor.

  20. fuzzmaster Feb 14th 2013 at 01:13 pm 20

    If Lincoln did the Gettysburg Set-up, who did the Gettysburg Punch Line? (Obviously not this cartoonist.)

  21. Top Feb 14th 2013 at 10:49 pm 21

    What? Too soon?

  22. Meryl A Feb 19th 2013 at 11:57 pm 22

    If there is one of these quotes in this set of comments, they all look the same to me and I have Firefox.

    I showed this comic to husband (who believe it or not does not like comics other than his boyhood Batman and Superman and not even the modern versions of same) and he said, it’s just that they made Lincoln set up the chairs before the ceremony and it is not even in the right place. That looks like the center of town, not the cemetery.

  23. Cidu Bill Mar 9th 2013 at 04:45 pm 23

    From Great Aunty Linda, accidentally deleted

    @ Chakolate

    thanks for the links. The web’s colors and shades don’t always have enough contrast for me. My eyes aren’t bad enough to have to force fonts to change, but that’s coming soon, I can tell. Some of the web design people insist on fonts that are pretty, but harder to read with diminishing eyesight. Funny, too, how they insist on how a font looks, when for me, not being able to read the words makes the pretty lines of scribbles pretty useless.

  24. Kilby Mar 10th 2013 at 12:22 am 24

    @ Colors (8-23) - I have to agree with Chakolate (@8) that the primary text color is definitely gray, and not black. I can read it fine, but a darker gray or a pure black would be an improvement. I discovered that the “zap color” bookmarklet works fine with Safari (even though the site doesn’t specifically say that it is compatible), but I must admit that solid black on pure white looks almost too bold. So the ideal mix must be somewhere between these two options.

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