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  1. CIDU
  2. Hopefully this isn’t political. Nothing’s safe these days.
  3. Is this the first time they’ve acknowledged that these are the only humans alive? I can’t believe that hasn’t been contradicted over the past fifty-two years. And if it is true, I think maybe they should spend time creating seeking punchlines and more time getting busy.
  4. Does Grog count as human?
  5. Actually, if there are only nine people alive, whom does B.C. keep sending those messages to? Or is that Peter sending the messages? If I haven’t figured it who is who in half a century, I’m not going to now (so please, nobody try explaining it to me; if I really cared, I’m sure I would have figured it out by now).

22 Comments

  1. It’s a joke at the expense of doomsday preppers. And people who fear a zombie apocalypse (even though most of those have tongue in cheek). Peter has fallen in with one of those two crowds even though as far as they know there are only nine people around. It’s absurdist, to an extent.

    Around the turn of the millennium, Peter’s tablet correspondent was revealed to be Anno Domini, the Italian caveman. They also introduced Conahonty, a Native American caveman. Haven’t seen either one in a while, so that leaves just the people who’ve populated the strip all along: B.C., Peter, Thor, Curls, Wiley, Grog, Clumsy Carp, Grace, and Jane. Which is nine.

    The one thing left unexplained is how Wiley fills out his baseball and football squads — and against whom they play!

  2. When it’s said, “You know there’s only, like, nine people in existence, right?” I tend to think the “like” interjection is put in there to highlight the speaker’s ignorance, or at least to make it look like he’s belittling the other guy’s concerns.

    It could also be about breaking the fourth wall, in that the cavemen know they’re characters in a cartoon.
    So there’s no point in being prepared for zombies if they know the cartoonist is too lazy to come up with more characters.

  3. Bill, you’ve indicated that this is both a CIDU and not a CIDU.

    I’m pretty sure that the limited number of people in the world has been remarked upon before. I seem to recall an old strip in which one of the characters was throwing his trash in the river, or something along that line, and another character criticized him, asking how many people would be throwing trash in the river if everyone did it. The answer, if I recall correctly, was six, presumably a reference to the male characters other than Grog. Since B.C. is not the one who corresponds with Anno Domini and Conahanty, he doesn’t know to include them.

    The current understanding of zombies as undead people that want to kill the living and eat their brains dates only from the 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead. (Zombies were also in the 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead, but they were not called zombies.) However, it is probably a little late in the game to start worrying about anachronisms in B.C.

  4. Missing “less” in point 3, Bill.

    That’s a seriously confused bit of intended humor. Once you start questioning why someone who has lived i this weird community his whole life would say “only” 9 people (how does he know that’s anything but normal?) or why a caveman knows about tank traps in a world that has never seen tanks, it just evaporates into a maze of anachronisms.

  5. “hey also introduced Conahonty, a Native American caveman. Haven’t seen either one in a while, so that leaves just the people who’ve populated the strip all along: B.C., Peter, Thor, Curls, Wiley, Grog, Clumsy Carp, Grace, and Jane. Which is nine.”

    1) you forgot the guru on the hill

    2) what do you mean “that leaves just”. He said “in existence” not being regulars doesn’t rule them out of existence. I count 12.

    But still, if asked how many people were at the party and you said “like 9” and it turned out you forgot three minor ones… that’s okay.

    “Actually, if there are only nine people alive, whom does B.C. keep sending those messages to?”

    Um…. one of the nine. An additional person doesn’t throw off an estimate. Although I got the impression that Anno Domini was in a group of similar size. So that’d make about 20.

  6. From many years ago, the only BC joke I remember was when one guy tossed a fully eaten bone on the ground.
    “Don’t do that. What would happen if everyone did?”
    “Six bones.”
    So I guess the population has grown since then.

  7. “is whole life would say “only” 9 people (how does he know that’s anything but normal?) ”

    He *does* think it is normal. The “only” refers to a zombie apocalypse of nine not being an issue.

    Suppose someone told you in seriousness the were worried that the population of humans is going to cause the continents to sink. And you said “There’s only like just 8 billion human so that’s like only a trillion pounds of weight” you wouldnt be saying that as though 8 billion was a low population for a planet. You’d be saying only that it’s not enough to make the weight a continent destroying concern.

  8. A. D. and all that was in the latter days of Hart, when he made it explicit that this was post-apocalypse or something. When the grandkids took over, they dropped all that. I would not at all assume that Peter’s tablets are going to and from A. D. The return tablets aren’t signed.

  9. My first thought when I saw the fortification was ‘But what if they come from behind?’ Sounds like half the world’s population is on his own team.

  10. It is certainly related to events in the news. I could go on at some length, but I suspect that would just get things shut down.

  11. There was a scene in Friends where the six of them were in the apartment and there was a knock on the door and and they look at one another and clearly they’re thinkng “All of us are here, how can there be somebody at the door?”

  12. Trivia time. The guru on the hill has a name. His name is GuGu, although I’m not certain of the spelling – might be Guu Guu or Goo Goo. I only saw him referred to as such in a single strip years ago. I said he’s more legit than Anno or Conahonty these days.

  13. “A. D. and all that was in the latter days of Hart, when he made it explicit that this was post-apocalypse or something.” So shouldn’t he have called the strip P.A. instead of B.C.?

  14. “Hang on there… if the human population is so low, where are all the zombies coming from?”

    Uh…. that’s the joke.

    ““A. D. and all that was in the latter days of Hart, when he made it explicit that this was post-apocalypse or something.” So shouldn’t he have called the strip P.A. instead of B.C.?”

    Only if you assume that name of the strip refers to the period it belongs and not to the name of the least interesting cave-man.

  15. B.A.- there are other featured people in Friends – other friends, exes,siblings and parents – and the building super for some so they should not be surprised. We recently watched the entire series over a number of weeks – BBC America pulled “Deep Space Nine” and “Next Generation” off the air for a number of weeks and Robert found “Friends” reruns on a different channel and watched that instead from when he woke up (before me) until the evening shows came on – made me miss the two Star Treks and I was glad when they returned – but I don’t remember that scene, if we end up watching it again I will look for it.

  16. As to BC – one can throw a bottle with a note in the ocean without knowing that there are people out there – just in case there are or to say something without annoying any of the limited people one knows. The trick is – will they speak the same the stone language and will they be able to read.

  17. I know there were other regular characters on Friends, Meryl: but since these six were such a self-contained unit, the gag worked anyway.

  18. How often did the ancillary characters show up at the door? Versus being encountered at the coffee shop or with one of the regulars, for example. I saw Friends off and on over the years that it was on, but it was never a favorite so I’m not that up on it.

  19. The six of them tended to just walk into the apartments and not knock.

    Among the others I can think of quickly who did knock on the door is their super, the people who want more candy when Monica is making same and leaving hanging on the door, family members, and some dates.

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