April Come She Will

Cidu Bill on May 15th 2017


So there’s a long line to see the giraffe? What’s the joke?

Filed in B.C., Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor | 26 responses so far

26 Responses to “April Come She Will”

  1. Lord Jubjub May 15th 2017 at 05:24 pm 1

    Pregnant giraffe in New York zoo had a camera on her. Quite the sensation.

  2. Dave Van Domelen May 15th 2017 at 05:46 pm 2

    My first thought (since I knew about the giraffe-cam) was “where did the other 19.99 miles’ worth of people come from?” Even if every dinosaur and ant and clam in the series was in that line, it wouldn’t manage a mile.

  3. Mona May 15th 2017 at 11:51 pm 3

    I suppose it is a regional thing. Where I live, if you are the last to arrive you are at the end of the line. “The line starts here” signs are usually at the beginning of the line (at whatever you are going to see), which, technically would actually be where the line ends because when you go in to the attraction you have reached the end of waiting and there is no more line. And now I am confusing myself. I suppose I could make it worse by debating whether you wait in line or on line.
    I agree with Dave that 20 miles of people standing in line is a reeealllly looooong line.

  4. James Pollock May 16th 2017 at 12:55 am 4

    “Where I live, if you are the last to arrive you are at the end of the line.”

    When the line is short, such that people arriving need to know where to form a line where there is none, you have a marker that says “line forms here” or something similar. However, where lines are long and persistent, you need two different markers (and usually, something to keep the line constrained. Think of the velvet ropes in front of the teller windows at the bank, or the queues at Disneyland or other popular amusement parks. In the latter case, you might not be able to even see the front of the line from the back. They have to tell you, on the signs, what you’re even queueing up for.

  5. Kilby May 16th 2017 at 04:52 am 5

    In some facilities with long lines, the managers are kind (or cruel?) enough to put signs with time-based estimates along the way (such as “30 minutes from this point”). In some ways, knowing how long it is likely to take makes the wait less tiresome.

  6. Olivier May 16th 2017 at 06:14 am 6

    I remember the line at the “Backdraft” attraction at the Universal Studios theme park in LA back in 1994 : the line had awnings and water sprays to keep people cool but it also had little tv screens showing pictures from the movie ; it was a bizarre contrast.

  7. Librarian May 16th 2017 at 07:25 am 7

    I think it is just referencing the long wait via webcam for the appearance of April the giraffe at the Animal Adventure Park in NY, a real event. Netizens watched and waited a long time for the birth to happen, and April is now a huge celebrity thus long lines. Yesterday was the day that the park opened. Surprisingly on point for this comic.

  8. larK May 16th 2017 at 10:32 am 8

    In German, the word for “line” is the same as the word for “snake”, which leads to the old joke: What’s the difference between a “car snake” (a queue of cars) and a real snake?
    A: a real snake has its arsehole in the rear, whereas the carsnake has it in the front.

  9. Winter Wallaby May 16th 2017 at 12:14 pm 9

    While people have pointed out that the comic references current events, Bill’s original question still stands: “So there’s a long line to see the giraffe? What’s the joke?”

    Maybe it’s not really a CIDU, but I don’t understand why the cartoonist would think it was a “joke” to point out that many people want to see this giraffe.

  10. ja May 16th 2017 at 01:32 pm 10

    To me, the joke is a jab at the herd mentality intrinsic in how things like April the giraffe “go viral.”

    There is little that is particularly noteworthy about April the giraffe and her calf. April is the most common type of giraffe found in a zoo. Zoo births of giraffes are not rare. The Chester Zoo (UK) welcomed a baby Rothschild giraffe a few months ago and posted the video of its birth, and that birth did not get near the attention that April did.

    Internet video made April famous to the extent that April (like Paris Hilton) is now famous for being famous. As a result, people who normally would take little notice of a giraffe birth are now interested in seeing April and her calf.

  11. B.A. May 16th 2017 at 01:40 pm 11

    Maybe the strip’s writer got the idea while he was waitng on the long line to see the giraffe, and was punchy enough by then to think “Hey, at least I can get a good strip out of it!”

  12. woozy May 16th 2017 at 09:04 pm 12

    >>>”was punchy enough by then to think “Hey, at least I can get a good strip out of it!””

    Why would he think that? He didn’t get a good strip out of it, after all.

  13. ja May 16th 2017 at 11:39 pm 13

    There’s a similar joke about the difference between the director of an orchestra and a moose (with a moose, the horns are in front and the @$$#*le is in the back).

  14. B.A. May 17th 2017 at 12:24 am 14

    Woozy, I never said he was right.

  15. Boise Ed May 17th 2017 at 03:05 pm 15

    larK [8]: Great joke. Just yesterday, I was on a road that snakes through a canyon, in just such a “snake.” … And I find it odd that the mysterious autocensor didn’t object to the UK word you used. Maybe, instead of a list of “naughty” words, it uses a random generator. “Eenie, meenie, miney, moe, here’s the word that’s got to go.”

  16. ja May 17th 2017 at 05:27 pm 16

    Duh…. Obviously, the joke I referenced in #13 is on the difference between an orchestra (not an orchestra director) and a moose. However, it is the director/conductor that is the butt of the joke…

  17. Mark in Boston May 17th 2017 at 08:13 pm 17

    That makes me think of the somewhat more polite joke:
    Why is a Model T Ford engine like a school classroom?
    Because there are a lot of little nuts inside and an old crank up front.

    (Sister Mary Edward did not appreciate that joke.)

  18. larK May 17th 2017 at 10:31 pm 18

    Ed, what makes you think I wasn’t sent to moderation purgatory? Like most of my comments recently, this one was tied up and the conversation was passing me by; I think only because ja noticed and referenced it was I made part of the conversation this time…

    I was also more fatalistic: since all my comments have to first spend time in moderation, why not make it clear why they are there?

    I am now of two minds about adding a gratuitous #%^$! to this comment…

  19. larK May 17th 2017 at 10:33 pm 19

    (I also chose the UK variant of the word in hopes I might fool the Moderator, but of course He can’t be fooled; I should have just gone for the gusto and accepted my fate…)

  20. Boise Ed May 17th 2017 at 11:53 pm 20

    I wonder if “larK” itself somehow triggers the beast? The wordpress autocensor is an enigma, in part because its immediacy implies a computer routine, and yet its unpredictability implies a human. Thus my wondering about a random generator, whose purpose could only be to fool us. And yet, it seems to me that the only real purpose for an autocensor would be to keep certain words from appearing in the program’s pristine pages, and thus it would be in the autocensor’s own interest to let us know what it objects to. so we can eschew such words. Meanwhile, the only REAL effect seems to be that of causing more work for Bill.

  21. Dave in Boston May 18th 2017 at 12:30 am 21

    My theory remains that it’s one of those Bayesian spam filter things whose training data was accidentally replaced by Folger’s Crystals because of ongoing database corruption.

  22. James Pollock May 18th 2017 at 01:43 am 22

    We’d LOVE to have an automatic spam filter that magically killed 100% of the spam but allowed 100% of everything else through. That technology does not yet exist.

    So, that leaves us with a question of which way to err… allow spam to get through, to ensure that nothing that isn’t spam gets blocked, or block some things that aren’t spam, in order to make sure no spam gets through.

    I was active on a fairly major site that had a recurring spam problem. Then some other changes were made which killed off about 99% of the legit comment traffic… leaving just the spam, in many cases.

  23. Olivier May 18th 2017 at 02:22 am 23

    “(Sister Mary Edward did not appreciate that joke.)”: so, you were vindicated.

  24. Powers May 18th 2017 at 12:48 pm 24

    Today’s B.C. reminds me that both the Animal Adventure Park and Johnny Hart Enterprises are based in Broome County, N.Y. (the Binghamton area). That makes this week’s references to April the Giraffe make somewhat more sense.

  25. B.A. May 18th 2017 at 01:21 pm 25

    But it doesn’t make the references any less tiresome.

    Yes, we get it, Hart is an honorary member of the Board of Directors or something…

  26. Kilby May 20th 2017 at 12:05 am 26

    As it happens, April the Giraffe features prominently in some of the best entries in this week’s Style Invitational.

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