Cidu Bill on Sep 26th 2017


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23 Responses to “Pyramid”

  1. Lord Flatulence Sep 26th 2017 at 12:19 am 1

    By NOT builing them a pyramid?

  2. Minor Annoyance Sep 26th 2017 at 12:29 am 2

    I’d likewise guess it was a typo.

  3. Arthur Sep 26th 2017 at 12:33 am 3

    It was so obvious that I had read the “not” that wasn’t there.

  4. James Pollock Sep 26th 2017 at 12:37 am 4

    A pyramid instead of, say, a cube. Or something that’s all fancy arches and parapets and such.

  5. Stan Sep 26th 2017 at 02:42 am 5

    “A pyramid instead of, say, a cube. Or something that’s all fancy arches and parapets and such.”

    …agreed, with the added chuckle that the money saved is the last thing people remember/consider when contemplating the pyramid builders.

  6. Stan Sep 26th 2017 at 04:02 am 6

    “with the added chuckle that the money saved is the last thing people remember/consider when contemplating the pyramid builders.”

    Maybe that’s what JP was saying to begin with. I don’t know. I’m beat. Sorry.

  7. Olivier Sep 26th 2017 at 04:08 am 7

    I always thought that building pyramids was a way of keeping people busy during “winter”(nothing to do in the fields) and justifying giving them food “for free” from the pharaoh’s grain silos.

  8. Kelly Sep 26th 2017 at 08:53 am 8

    I thought he really did same them money by building a pyramid versus a pyramid scheme

  9. padraig Sep 26th 2017 at 08:54 am 9

    Instead of, say, a useless 4,000 mile fence?

  10. DNH Sep 26th 2017 at 08:54 am 10

    I took it to be a jab at the current administration that campaigned on cutting taxes and government expenses - and on building a wall. The people will be grateful.

  11. Stocky Al Sep 26th 2017 at 09:16 am 11

    Judging by the number of rocks which are visible, the pyramid which he does build will be about two feet tall and cost less than a dollar.

  12. TGD Sep 26th 2017 at 10:22 am 12

    But, where is the pyramid, and why does pharaoh look unhappy?

  13. billytheskink Sep 26th 2017 at 10:23 am 13

    Nobody remembers the Ming Dynasty, Padraig?

    I kid, I kid…

  14. James Pollock Sep 26th 2017 at 10:33 am 14

    “But, where is the pyramid,”

    Pharaoh is talking with his contractor, who is THIS CLOSE to getting the job.

  15. Robert Warden Sep 26th 2017 at 11:00 am 15

    I thought maybe it was an irony thing. People will remember him for saving money by wasting money.

  16. Joseph K. Sep 26th 2017 at 03:05 pm 16

    Is he in heaven?

  17. Folly Sep 26th 2017 at 03:54 pm 17

  18. Anker S. Sep 26th 2017 at 03:57 pm 18

    The Ming are remembered perhaps because they had nothing to do with the erection of the Chinese Wall, whose oldest element are about 1500 years older than the Ming. The Ming are mostly remembered for living lavishly and running the economy in the ground. Hmmh. Your allegory might fit after all.

  19. Big Chief Sep 26th 2017 at 09:42 pm 19

    The caption has the typo (to be charitable) and the perspective or the POV is off, it looks like the rocks (if indeed they are rocks) are floating. This is a product of the legendary New Yorker cartoon department?

  20. Stan Sep 26th 2017 at 11:29 pm 20

    It looks like there was a typo (thanks Folly), but I’m liking the ideas presented here much better. The original is a rather straightforward ‘har-har’ whereas the ideas springing from the typo-ridden comic above are not only feasible, but more sophisticated and amusing. Nice job, folks.

  21. Meryl A Sep 27th 2017 at 12:53 am 21

    Big Chief - I think they are clouds not rocks.

    Think of the news - “Taxes fall as the Pharaoh “Fred” will not build a pyramid for his future eternal life, saving taxpayers the cost of building same. The people say thank you Pharaoh.

    Centuries later historians find scrolls from Fred’s era. “Hey, I have never heard of a Pharaoh named Fred before? Where is his tomb?” They read on. “Oh, wow, he did not waste money on a pyramid and the people loved and revered him for it. He did not worry about his afterlife.”

    And so Pharaoh Fred is remembered as the Pharaoh who watched the budget and did not overspend and was buried as a common Egyptian and is remembered by all and revered in the far away (at his time) future for being the only leader of a group of people who did not waste money on himself.

  22. turquoisecow Sep 27th 2017 at 09:25 pm 22

    So, if it wasn’t for the fact that the picture does definitely NOT show a pyramid (unless my eyes and/or screen are worse than I though), I would think that he meant that building a pyramid saved the people money by preventing them from spending it on other things. Because they can’t spend it on other things, because they’re too busy working on building a pyramid. But there’s no pyramid, so maybe the pharaoh and his assistant are delusional?

    Best I got.

  23. Kilby Sep 27th 2017 at 11:51 pm 23

    Anyone who is still puzzled by this comic should check the link that Folly provided @17. I think that Bill should change the title of this thread to “Pyramid? Not!

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