Cidu Bill on Apr 14th 2017


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27 Responses to “Hands”

  1. Arthur Apr 14th 2017 at 12:38 am 1

    I think it’s political. Trump is often described as having small
    hands. The monster wants to make sure he isn’t mistaken for

  2. CaroZ Apr 14th 2017 at 01:06 am 2

    Two thoughts…

    1) Monster is depressed by what he reads on the internet, so he wants hands so large he can’t use internet devices.
    2) Monster gets so angry by the internet that he wants bigger hands for easier strangling.

    I think it’s 1) but I’m not really sure.

  3. Minor Annoyance Apr 14th 2017 at 01:35 am 3

    Monster sees all the jokes about Trump’s small hands and figures he needs bigger hands for social acceptance.

  4. Waferthinmint Apr 14th 2017 at 01:57 am 4

    you know what they say: “immense hands, immense Schwanschtucker”

  5. Proginoskes Apr 14th 2017 at 03:40 am 5

    “He’ll be very popular.”

  6. Ted from Ft. Laud Apr 14th 2017 at 03:43 am 6

    I assumed it is related to the fact that a significant but controversial US political leader allegedly has rather small hands… (Was that indirect and non-judgmental enough to avoid any drifts into political discussions?)

  7. Kilby Apr 14th 2017 at 04:34 am 7

    Ted has the correct answer @4, but the references @2 & @3 to Young Frankenstein are funnier (pardon me, Frahnkenstien).

    P.S. WTM (2) - There’s a German saying that goes “Von der Nase des Mannes erkennt man sein Johannes.” (roughly: “By the nose of the man you can tell about his ‘John Thomas’.”)

  8. Carl Apr 14th 2017 at 06:26 am 8

    Also part of this cartoon’s gestalt: the Monster knows that Dr. Frankenstein stitched it together from corpse pieces, and is hoping he can simply find a corpse with huge hands and replace its current limbs.

    That’s why the Monster is drawn with such visible stitch marks.

  9. Waferthinmint Apr 14th 2017 at 06:54 am 9


  10. Bob in Nashville Apr 14th 2017 at 07:23 am 10

    I didn’t even get the Trump reference out of it myself, but having read mention of it, I tend to agree. Wouldn’t be the first time Piraro has used “Bizarro” to mock Trump, usually to a round of right-wing snowflakes whining on the strip’s Discus comments. Must have gone over their heads too this time.

  11. Heather Apr 14th 2017 at 07:25 am 11



  12. Joseph K. Apr 14th 2017 at 10:33 am 12

    Some girls like “big hands.” It’s a macho thing, like extra-dry martinis.

  13. B.A. Apr 14th 2017 at 11:00 am 13

    If this is a “Trump:s hands” gag, it needs a “Last summer called…” caption.

  14. Ted from Ft. Laud Apr 14th 2017 at 01:04 pm 14

    B.A. - it started then, but it’s still regularly brought up on the late night shows, so I would consider it still current.

  15. James Pollock Apr 14th 2017 at 01:09 pm 15

    “If this is a “Trump:s hands” gag, it needs a “Last summer called…” caption.”

    Are the man’s hands any larger now than they were last summer?

  16. DemetriosX Apr 14th 2017 at 02:12 pm 16

    @B.A.: Actually, it would be more like “the 80s called”. The whole small hands thing goes back almost 30 years to when Spy Magazine dubbed him a “short-fingered vulgarian”. It seemed to really get to him. To this day, he occasionally photocopies his hand and sends it to the former editor. Jon Stewart picked it up and ran with it all through the Daily Show. It only came up again during the GOP debates, because it was something he was known to be sensitive to and it might put him off balance.

  17. James Schend Apr 14th 2017 at 02:24 pm 17

    What does the “small hands” thing have to do with the Internet? The only place I’ve seen that joke (personally) has been Last Week Tonight, which is a TV show.

  18. turquoisecow Apr 14th 2017 at 02:41 pm 18

    Given how liberal Dan Piraro is, I immediately presumed this to be a Trump joke. If someone has a different explanation, I’ll hear it, but I probably won’t agree with it.

  19. guero Apr 14th 2017 at 02:44 pm 19

    B.A. - Not only is it still current, it has become a standard part of just about every political cartoonists’ caricature of Trump.

  20. Mark M Apr 14th 2017 at 04:21 pm 20

    It certainly wouldn’t surprise me. Piraro seems to get more political all the time. But if that’s the intent, seems like something related to skin/hair color would be more understandable. The small hands thing came out during the Republican convention but I don’t recall hearing about it much since.

  21. James Pollock Apr 14th 2017 at 05:34 pm 21

    “The only place I’ve seen that joke (personally) has been Last Week Tonight, which is a TV show.”

    If you’re too cheap to pay for HBO, you can watch “Last Week Tonight” on YouTube. (Also true of Sam Bee’s “Full Frontal”, which ALSO uses “tiny hands” a lot in a political context.)

    I’m assuming it’s also commonly used as political commentary in Facebook posts which are opposed to a specific political figure who seems to trigger moderation, if ya know whattamean.

    “The small hands thing came out during the Republican convention but I don’t recall hearing about it much since.”
    It was before that, because it came out during the debates, while Rubio was still a viable candidate. Since a certain twitter feed is usually good for two or three WTF moments per week, plus a press secretary who defended a certain previous chancellor of Germany in a national press conference, there’s lots of new material. But “tiny hands” gets circled around on a fairly regular basis, along with (anatomy)grabbing and hair-care products (as in, “what do you feed it?”)

  22. Bob in Nashville Apr 14th 2017 at 07:11 pm 22

    My first thought on the comic was that the internet makes me glad to have long, thin fingers. Really facilitates typing in my snarky replies on message boards.

  23. Boise Ed Apr 15th 2017 at 03:10 am 23

    Mark M [20]: Piraro, like many cartoonists these days, finds it harder to be more glaikit than political “real life.”

  24. Boise Ed Apr 15th 2017 at 03:11 am 24

    Oh, and the small-hands thing came out during one of the clown-car debates, a year or so ago.

  25. Andréa Apr 15th 2017 at 09:41 pm 25

    Then there’s the ‘tiny feet’ syndrome . . .

  26. James Pollock Apr 16th 2017 at 07:39 pm 26

    Donald “Tiny Hands” T—- likes to point out that he won the election every time the “tiny hands” thing comes up now. Not sure that’s enough. Larry “Wide Stance” Craig used to win elections, too.

  27. DSL Apr 21st 2017 at 05:50 pm 27

    The Monster is apparently looking at a number of sites for … lonely … guys.

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