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  1. Is “Pharoah at home” a pun of some sort? Or is the joke actually that he watches hyroglyphics on his wall and his pets live in pyramids?

  2. These do not target me, personally as an audience.

    Because I immediately wondered why Pharaoh’s couch isn’t also a pyramid, given that’s the only visible joke.

  3. I do have a couple covered cat beds in the form of a square pyramid! But soft material, and thus not as sharp-edged as the one shown.

  4. That pharaoh’s razor blades must be REALLY sharp! (And for anyone interested in a parody of Egypt, with its pharaohs and pyramids, read Sir Pterry’s ‘Pyramids’.)

  5. Okay, I *really* don’t get that strange brew. Is it because brick and mortar *did* last. But if brick and mortar is new tech in Egyptian times (it wasn’t, was it) what was it new tech in comparison to?

  6. I’m thinking the last one would have worked better with T-rexes (T-rex’s?). It seems that’s the normal “tall with short arms” animal in comics. Assuming the giraffes’ “arms” in this strip are actually their front legs, they are much longer than shown here. Plus their necks are pretty flexible.

  7. Only after reading Carl Fink’s comment about “visible jokes” did I notice that Hilburn’s side table appears to have only three legs (it’s impossible to be sure, since part of it is outside the frame). But that led me to discover a secondary error: all four of those pets are living(*) in triangular pyramids, not square ones like the ones actually found in Egypt.
    P.S. (*) – The primary error with Hilburn’s idea is that ancient Egyptian pets wouldn’t be living in pyramids, they would be dead (and mummified) in them. That applies to the Pharaoh, too.

  8. @ Mitch4 – It depends on how you interpret the perspective. As I see it, the contours of the four edges of the “cathouse” that we can see form an exceedingly close match to the other three pyramids, all of which are definitely tetrahedrons. In addition, if the cat’s abode had two “back” walls (away from the reader), then we should be able to see the interior corner joint between them above the cat’s back. (Yes, I do realize that this is an unrealistic nitpick, given the precision of Hillburn’s perspectives.)

  9. It seems to me that a tetrahedron, being one of the five “perfect” solids, is more likely to have magical properties than an Egyptian pyramid, which has a fifth face that doesn’t match the other four.

  10. It may be indeterminable due to the drawing, but the tetrahedra shown do not seem to be *regular*. So, not really Platonic solids.

  11. Carl Fink – Wouldn’t it hurt to sit on top of a pyramid shaped sofa – if one did not sit on the top point, one would be sliding down the sides it seems to me.

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