“If there’s Global Warming, why are we seeing all these arrows– nah, I got nothing.”

Cidu Bill on Aug 8th 2017


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Wizard of Id, comic strips, comics, humor | 22 responses so far

22 Responses to ““If there’s Global Warming, why are we seeing all these arrows– nah, I got nothing.””

  1. Ron Aug 8th 2017 at 12:10 am 1

    The quicksand is no longer quicksand because of climate change,
    letting the enemy just walk right in.

    Global freezing might have made this more understandable.

  2. Arthur Aug 8th 2017 at 12:16 am 2

    Quicksand is quick because of the water mixed in with it. Global
    warming has made the area more arid, and the quicksand is now
    just sand, which won’t impede troops (carrying spears).

  3. James Pollock Aug 8th 2017 at 12:18 am 3

    Quicksand actually IS quite susceptible to climate change.
    You get quicksand when a spring comes up with just the right water pressure under just the right soil. Climate change causes drought (ask a Californian) and flooding, either of which can destroy a quicksand spring.

  4. Mona Aug 8th 2017 at 01:35 am 4

    Yes, I agree with the other comments. Not only has the quicksand dried up, but it has been baked so it is hard and the enemy can walk over it and hold their spears on Rodney and the other guy. (Those are not arrows being shot, but spears being held. Some members of the enemy army are apparently very tall.)

  5. James Pollock Aug 8th 2017 at 02:02 am 5

    “Some members of the enemy army are apparently very tall.)”

    Or Sir Rodney and his buddy are sitting down.

  6. fleabane Aug 8th 2017 at 02:21 am 6

    The strip on my phone cut the last panel in half. I thought it was going to say “stupid global positioning system maps”. Which would have been equally funny.

  7. Librarian Aug 8th 2017 at 07:25 am 7

    I think it references the common trope of blaming everything on global warming. Previously it was Obama. No real link, but the joking idea that global warming is responsible for all problems.

  8. CaroZ Aug 8th 2017 at 09:27 am 8

    Should this get a Geezer Alert? Who worries about quicksand these days?

  9. mitch4 Aug 8th 2017 at 10:24 am 9

    Well, I hesitate to attribute this sort of interest in physics education to the Wizard team, but … There’s the word “field” prominent in panel 2, and in 3 we see vectors distributed over a space, the classic representation of some simple physical fields.

    (And reaching a bit more … Panel 1 uses the word “charging” and an example of the kind of field represented by central-organized arrows would be non-quantum electric charge.)

  10. Kilby Aug 8th 2017 at 10:55 am 10

    I have never seen an actual picture of real quicksand, but I have seen it imitated (with widely different levels of believability) in any number of movies, such as “Blazing Saddles” (cheesy, probably woodchips floating in water) and “The Princess Bride” (pretty well done).

  11. Kilby Aug 8th 2017 at 12:02 pm 11

    After browsing through (portions of) the article that CaroZ linked to @8, it seems more probable that Mel Brooks used cork fragments in the water (see @10).

  12. narmitaj Aug 8th 2017 at 12:09 pm 12

    There’s a famous quicksand scene in Lawrence of Arabia. Dunno how believable it is… doesn’t look like there’s much subsand water in the area! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrLba1rE4sY

  13. James Pollock Aug 8th 2017 at 02:06 pm 13

    “Dunno how believable it is”

    It isn’t.
    Quicksand is formed when an upwelling of subsurface water (aka, a spring) has just the right amount of pressure to counter the weight of the sand. It’s very dense, making it very difficult to move if you get caught in it.
    But it DOESN”T pull you down. People will float in it, unless they’re carrying something very dense. What kills you is either A) exposure to heat or cold, or starvation or thirst because you can’t get out, or exhaustion because you work yourself to death trying to struggle free, or you panic, and thrash around enough to get your head underwater.

    Quicksand is dangerous in the same way that a rip current is dangerous… if you don’t know what is happening or what to do, your efforts will be wasted or counterproductive, leaving you with not enough strength to do what you need to do to escape.

    In the film clip linked above, the experienced desert dwellers give up within minutes. That’s what makes this clip unbelievable.

    Here’s a video I found. Florence is a bit north of where I used to live… literally across the road from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area. (strong language warning… when the guy gets stuck in quicksand, he does swear a bit.)

  14. Kilby Aug 8th 2017 at 08:22 pm 14

    Anyone looking at JP’s link @13: skip forward to about 1:15 to see the quicksand, the first minute is nothing but boredom.

  15. Mona Aug 8th 2017 at 09:28 pm 15

    Synchronicity? Watched an episode of The Rifleman this afternoon. Mark and a girl friend were hunting for arrowheads and went on separate paths. She ended up in quicksand. When Mark finally heard her calls for help and found her, she was up to her armpits. Of course, while trying to pull her out, she pulled him in à la Three Stooges. This was the final episode of The Rifleman. Perhaps the end of Mark?

  16. Cidu Bill Aug 9th 2017 at 01:04 am 16

    Everybody knows the really dangerous stuff is slowsand.

  17. Minor Annoyance Aug 9th 2017 at 04:12 am 17

    An old MAD Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions: Two explorers are shoulder-deep.
    “No, it’s slowsand. What’s your hurry?”
    “No, we contracted a tropical disease that’s turning us into midgets.”
    “No, it’s vanilla custard and I can’t wait until it reaches my mouth.”

  18. James Pollock Aug 9th 2017 at 05:33 am 18

    Quicksand is “quick” in the sense of seeming alive (and hungry), rather than in the sense of seeming fast.

    It is, in fact, quite dense, and thus a person or object caught in it will be very slow indeed.

  19. Cidu Bill Aug 9th 2017 at 06:10 am 19

    Minor Annoyance (17), I was making a far more esoteric reference: Crusader Rabbit.

  20. Kilby Aug 9th 2017 at 06:29 am 20

    @ “quick>sand” - There’s a naming parallel in “quicksilver”, which is an old name for mercury. On the other hand, the standard German name for the metal is (and remains) “Quecksilber“.

  21. larK Aug 9th 2017 at 11:10 am 21

    @Kilby (20): Though you should point out that “queck” is not the current word in German for “quick” — one of those things that shows the Germanic origin of English, even though German no longer uses it (except in this fossilized example) — kind of like “window”.

    (Although I could be talking out my ass: maybe “Quecksilber” was borrowed back into German from English…)

  22. Kilby Aug 9th 2017 at 02:16 pm 22

    @ larK (21) - When in doubt, I go to Duden(*): the word “Quecksilber” goes back to a similar form in Old High German, and was (just like the English term) simply a rendering of the Latin phrase “argentum vivum” (living silver). The historic prefix “queck” (lively) is related to the modern adjective “keck” (brash, perky).

    P.S. (*) - Long before I knew anything about Duden’s authoritative heritage, and in fact several months before I had mastered enough German to make my way around as a tourist, I sat in a bookstore for 15 or 20 minutes, trying to decide which German reference dictionary I should buy. None of them offered pronunciations(**), so the reason I chose the big “Duden” edition was that it contained better etymologies than any of the other versions. I still have that book now (30 years later).

    P.P.S. (**) - Pronunciation guides are just not needed for the vast majority of German words, since German pronunciation is very regular. The Duden does offer a pronunication for the occasional exception or foreign term, but they are rare indeed.

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