Look Up

Cidu Bill on Jul 12th 2017


Filed in Barney & Clyde, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic, comic strips, humor | 23 responses so far

23 Responses to “Look Up”

  1. Winter Wallaby Jul 12th 2017 at 01:33 am 1

    The other students are doing the (presumably required) gym activities. She’s not doing them because these are activities for stupid monkeys, not a sophisticate such as herself.

  2. Treesong Jul 12th 2017 at 01:56 am 2

    ‘Hook’ makes as much sense to me as ‘look’.

  3. James Pollock Jul 12th 2017 at 02:18 am 3

    It’s not clear to me if the monkey who is speaking is directing a comment to the other monkey on the bars, or to the monkey on the floor.

    It’s also not at all clear what they’re supposed to be doing. The one on the left looks to be attempting a pull-up, maybe? But the one on the right clearly is not… and has freakishly elongated arms, in the bargain…and the apparatus they appear to be on looks like uneven parallel bars.

    In formal artistic gymnastics, men perform on six apparatus, which include the parallel bars but NOT the uneven parallel bars. Women perform on four apparatus, which include uneven parallel bars but not parallel bars. (for completists’ sake, the men’s events are floor, vault, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars, and high bar, the women’s events are floor, vault, balance beam, and uneven parallel bars.)

    So, this was kind of a long-winded “I got nothin’”.

  4. narmitaj Jul 12th 2017 at 05:58 am 4

    I imagine it’s an evolutionary gag… the tree monkeys think hanging about in trees is the way to be a true monkey, but the ground monkey has seen the future of mental development and is walking towards it. In the modern world, the girl is saying, look, I’m a modern human still walking towards the future, and hanging about in the air is a seriously retrograde step. I don’t know if it is relevant that she is a girl and the bar-hangers are boys.

  5. Bob in Nashville Jul 12th 2017 at 06:16 am 5

    No point overthinking it. That’s why they’re called monkey bars.

  6. Kilby Jul 12th 2017 at 06:43 am 6

    @ Bob (5) - Don’t “monkey bars” (like “jungle gyms”) normally have perpendicular rods connecting the bars?

  7. billytheskink Jul 12th 2017 at 09:09 am 7

    So that’s what a spinach tree looks like…

  8. Mark Dalrymple Jul 12th 2017 at 09:13 am 8

    @Kilby(6) - yep, monkey bars do have the perpendicular bars. The artist is paralleling the trees and monkeybars, so having the cross-rods wouldn’t work for the “tree” panels.

    @Bob(5) Monkeybars was the first thing I thought of. ook ook.

  9. Mark Jackson Jul 12th 2017 at 10:45 am 9

    IMHO what the prehuman hominid in the second panel means is “get back up here, Ook.” Ook has a different idea, and human evolution begins.

    As an excuse to avoid PE it’s better than most.

  10. Kevin Jul 12th 2017 at 01:03 pm 10

    Going by the last panel where she says “I’m just saying….” to the gym teacher, the first three panels are her describing how the boys are acting like monkeys and she wanted nothing to do with them.

  11. James Pollock Jul 12th 2017 at 01:40 pm 11

    “Don’t “monkey bars” (like “jungle gyms”) normally have perpendicular rods connecting the bars?”

    You’re expecting the equipment to resemble a ladder, I think. (There is a perpendicular rod on the fourth frame.) To which the answer is “usually, but not always” The set of monkey bars installed at my elementary school while I was a student was roughly a square, with such a ladder across one side of the structure. The two “ends” were parallel bars running horizontally across the structure, arranged one on top of the other to form a vertical “wall”. The fourth side had a set of single bars, set at varying heighths from the ground. Sticking out of this side was a set of parallel horizontal bars about three feet off the ground. Each corner had a single vertical bar which looped in an inverted U and came back down parallel to the corner and diagonal from the structure (we called these the “firemen poles”, because you could climb to the top of the “wall” and slide down the pole.)
    As you can tell by the fact that I can describe it from memory, despite some time intervening since I was in elementary school, I spent a lot of time on and around this structure.

  12. Treesong Jul 12th 2017 at 10:08 pm 12

    Perpendicular rod in/on the fourth frame/panel? Where?

  13. James Pollock Jul 13th 2017 at 12:40 am 13

    “Perpendicular rod in/on the fourth frame/panel? Where?”

    Each bar has one. It’s black, with a white stripe near the top. There’s one perpendicular to those, as well, which is solid black, and each of the bars has an additional rod parallel, as well, also in black.

  14. Kilby Jul 13th 2017 at 03:29 am 14

    JP is just being intentionally pedantic @13. Yes, those two vertical supports are “perpendicular” to the horizontal bars, but all the rest of us are talking about horizontally perpendicular struts that connect the parallel bars on a jungle gym.

  15. Mitch4 Jul 13th 2017 at 09:17 am 15

    I can’t really tell if anybody above is using it this way, but there is definitely a linguistic community that uses “perpendicular” almost exclusively to mean “vertical”. Not that they are unaware of the relational constructions “perpendicular to” or “perpendicular with” but regard these as rather technical or mathematical.

    This was more my neighbors’ than my own family’s usage, and I have to confess to a teenage snobbiness about it…. And then I learned there is an architectural style called Perpendicular, a version or variation of Gothic, called that for its emphasis of verticals.

  16. Mitch4 Jul 13th 2017 at 09:26 am 16


    Perpendicular style, Phase of late Gothic architecture in England roughly parallel in time to the French Flamboyant style. The style, concerned with creating rich visual effects through decoration, was characterized by a predominance of vertical lines in stone window tracery, enlargement of windows to great proportions, and conversion of the interior stories into a single unified vertical expanse. Fan vaults, springing from slender columns or pendants, became popular. The oldest surviving example of the style is probably the choir of Gloucester Cathedral (begun c. 1335)

  17. James Pollock Jul 13th 2017 at 09:55 am 17

    “the rest of us are talking about horizontally perpendicular struts that connect the parallel bars on a jungle gym.”

    I’m one of “the rest of us”. Go back and read #11 again.
    It’s still true that “monkey bars” and “jungle gym” refer to structures which may contain such cross-bars, but also refers to structures for which such features are only a minor component, or which do not contain such features at all. I don’t see this as pedantic, intentional or otherwise.

  18. Winter Wallaby Jul 13th 2017 at 11:23 am 18

    I agree with Kilby, I would not call this structure “monkey bars,” absent connecting perpendicular bars. I wouldn’t be shocked to see such a structure in a gym, I just wouldn’t call it “monkey bars.”

  19. James Pollock Jul 13th 2017 at 12:02 pm 19

    “I agree with Kilby, I would not call this structure ‘monkey bars,”’

    Nobody said you had to, if you don’t want to.
    This does not, however, change the fact that other people do (including, by the way, the nice folks who own the trademark on “jungle gym”)

    Here are some pictures to look at.

  20. James Pollock Jul 13th 2017 at 12:16 pm 20

    I don’t know why this bugged me, but it does.

    What’s in the picture is literally bars, with monkeys on them… and the argument is that calling them “monkey bars” is wrong.

    Think about that.

  21. Kevin Jul 13th 2017 at 01:34 pm 21

  22. Danny Boy (London Derrière) Jul 13th 2017 at 05:12 pm 22

    Copped from a standup routine: Why do we call a restroom the John? I’ve renamed mine to Jim. Now I like to tell people first thing every morning I go to the Jim.

  23. larK Jul 13th 2017 at 05:46 pm 23

    A priest, the Easter Bunny, and a horse walk into a monkey bar…

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