Cidu Bill on Jan 9th 2014


Charles Addams 1936, if that helps.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Charles Addams, New Yorker, comics, humor | 25 responses so far

25 Responses to “Equator”

  1. Treesong Jan 9th 2014 at 12:25 am 1

    How can you sleep when the Coriolis force is pulling your upper and lower body in different directions?

  2. jjmcgaffey Jan 9th 2014 at 12:26 am 2

    He’s one of those people who develop irrational worries, she’s pointing out it’s irrational (not that that will help). Notice the palm tree outside the window, I suspect they’re in Africa or South America - and somewhere directly on the equator. Which happens to pass through their house, and through their bed. Which is worrying him until he can’t sleep…does that help any? Chas was good at presenting odd situations and much odder responses to them.

  3. Usual John Jan 9th 2014 at 01:24 am 3

    What jjmcgaffey and Treesong said. These are British colonialists in Kenya, or possibly Uganda (any other possibilities?), and they haven’t been there very long; probably this is their first night. There are plenty of reasons to be unable to sleep but, consciously or unconsciously, the man is blaming it on being on the equator, rather than the more plausible causes.

  4. abwx Jan 9th 2014 at 01:38 am 4

    As a child I watched an episode of “People’s Choice” (Jackie Cooper, et al) which had him running for political office with district boundary running through the house, requiring him to “live” in just that part of the house to establish eligibility. Obviously, that has remained an issue of concern to me through the intervening decades. It bothers me.

    But trying to sleep in a bed that straddled the equator would probably bother me more. I might try it a time or two just for the sake of adventure - but getting a good night’s sleep seems unlikely.

    Move the bed.

  5. Proginoskes Jan 9th 2014 at 03:51 am 5

    @jjmgaffey: It looks more like they’re on vacation; notice the suitcase at the foot of the bed.

    @Usual John: It’s the relentless drumming … night after night … and we all know what happens after the drumming stops … BASS SOLO!

  6. billybob Jan 9th 2014 at 04:08 am 6

    how can you adjust the bedding, when it’s summer on one end and winter on the other?

  7. Tom T. Jan 9th 2014 at 08:01 am 7

    I think it depends on how often the equator passes through the bed.

  8. Bob in Nashville Jan 9th 2014 at 08:32 am 8

    When I read it, I assumed that the equator passed through the bed so that she was in the Northern Hemisphere and he was in the Southern Hemisphere.

    As for why that would keep anyone awake, I got nothing.

  9. Bob in Nashville Jan 9th 2014 at 08:37 am 9

    Wait a minute. It’s too hot to sleep because they’re on the equator.

  10. fj Jan 9th 2014 at 09:28 am 10

    In addition to the troubling Coriolis effect, how can you sleep when it’s summer where your head is and winter where your feet are? Plus, every thing is moving so fast: 33% faster than in NYC.

  11. mitch4 Jan 9th 2014 at 10:16 am 11

    At least it’s not the International Date Line.

  12. PepperjackCandy Jan 9th 2014 at 12:24 pm 12

    Like Bob in Nashville, I was thinking that the equator passed through the other way, so that he and she were in different hemispheres. My guess was that he had it in his head that this made her too far from him for him to be able to rest.

  13. mitch4 Jan 9th 2014 at 12:39 pm 13

    It’s interesting to see the specifications / ramifications people are coming up with. Personally, I didn’t feel it needed anything along the lines of what he’s thinking or whether there are any real consequences. I just took it as just what we might today think of as a mild case of OCD — he’s creeped out by envisioning a major geographic albeit invisible / imaginary line running right past them.

  14. Mark d Jan 9th 2014 at 01:30 pm 14

    I had Mitch4’s take on the cartoon. The man was taking the equator( a measurement) literally by turning it into an object something like an invisible fence.

  15. Scott Jan 9th 2014 at 01:52 pm 15

    @mitch4 J
    At least it’s not the International Date Line.

    Yeah, that is “my cheri, come back with me to see my French etchings.”

  16. Mona Jan 9th 2014 at 02:42 pm 16

    If it’s 1936 he doesn’t have a smartphone or GPS. How does he know the equator passes through the bed?

    I don’t blame him. I couldn’t sleep either, with an imaginary lion running through my bed, scaring the sheep away.

  17. Elyrest Jan 9th 2014 at 02:46 pm 17

    In 1936 there was a lot that happened: it was between WWI & II, the depression was continuing, the Berlin Summer Olympics, a US Presidential election, The Spanish Civil War, Edward VIII abdicates the throne, the Dust Bowl wipes out whole areas, NY Yankees d. NY Giants (4-2) in the World Series, Helen Jacobs and Fred Perry won at Wimbledon, “Gone With The Wind” is published, Boulder Dam is completed, etc. Most of it wasn’t life-shattering though for the average American who would be likely to read The New Yorker. These people felt that they were erudite, sophisticated, and maybe just a little bored with their worlds. So they took off to the ends of the world for some excitement. They easily would be attracted to South America as it was featured in many 1930’s films - notably 1933’s “Flying Down to Rio” with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. This man is full of so much ennui that what excites and worries him is the thought of the equator passing anywhere near him. Charles Addams does this in an almost tongue in cheek manner. I like it.

  18. Mona Jan 9th 2014 at 02:48 pm 18

    Tom T. @#6: “I think it depends on how often the equator passes through the bed.”
    So often you won’t even notice.

  19. minorannoyance Jan 9th 2014 at 04:01 pm 19

    For some reason recalling a Guindon cartoon of a middle-aged couple in bed. The woman’s eyes are wide open and worried because somebody recently told her that rust never sleeps.

  20. Tech42 Jan 9th 2014 at 04:15 pm 20

    If that’s Gomez and Morticia, he would be devastated by the fact that they’re in different hemispheres.

  21. Cidu Bill Jan 9th 2014 at 08:41 pm 21

    abwx, when we were looking for our first house, we were shown one that straddled two towns. One bedroom was in a town with a good school system, and one bedroom was in a town that did not. If we slept in the bedroom with a good school system, our family would legally live in that town — but nobody could assure us that our children would be allowed to go to school in that town, because it was a legal gray area (the current owners were childless).

    Fortunately the back yard was too small, so we didn’t have to deal with it.

  22. mitch4 Jan 10th 2014 at 10:27 am 22

    abwx, I’m so pleased to see somebody else remembers “The People’s Choice”!

    A couple years ago I looked it up on IMDB to leave a question on the comment board there (which I see remains unanswered). I also read around some in that message board and the IMDB user reviews, and came across a review whose content (about the man comedic premise) I found myself thoroughly agreeing with, but written in an irritating mealy-mouthed way …. Then I checked the attributions and saw I had posted that comment, back in 2004.

  23. Mark in Boston Jan 10th 2014 at 10:42 pm 23

    Well, I vaguely remember from grammar school that the Equator is a menagerie lion running around and around the earth, so of COURSE you can’t sleep when a menagerie lion is running over your bed again and again.

  24. Meryl A Jan 15th 2014 at 03:49 am 24

    In Petticoat Junction they find out that Betty Jo’s bedroom is in Pixly, so she can’t play ball for the Hooterville team.

  25. Elyrest Jan 15th 2014 at 11:25 am 25

    “In Petticoat Junction they find out that Betty Jo’s bedroom is in Pixly, so she can’t play ball for the Hooterville team.”

    If I remember correctly she switched bedrooms with either Billy Jo or Bobby Jo and all was fine in Hooterville.

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