D. B. Cooper

From BillR, who comments “Ok, I know who D.B. Cooper was, but the rest of it is beyond me.” Yep, me too.

For those who don’t know who D. B. Cooper is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper

I find the hovertext even more confusing than the cartoon itself: “The only other person to walk by was a linguist back in the ‘80s, but she just spent a while directing the phrase ‘help me down’ before getting distracted by a squirrel and wandering off.”

(Edit: the hovertext actually says “dissecting,” not “directing.” So that’s much less confusing.)

Mnemonic

Hovertext: “It’s definitely not the time to try drinking beer before liquor.”

Clearly there’s some sort of reference to “leaves of three; let it be” for poison ivy, but it’s still a CIDU for me.

I suggest that it’s more fun if we avoid peeking at explainxkcd until the discussion here has run its course.

From RR.

Saturday Morning Oys – February 27th, 2021

XKCD #559. Mouseover text: “Like spelling ‘dammit’ correctly — with two m’s — it’s a troll that works best on the most literate.”

Y’know, it’s true both ways!

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Okay, this pun is done all the time, not only in cartoons but standup and sketch comedy too. But this is such a nice pure instantiation of it!

Covid (in)consistencies, part 1

I had asked for comic with covid inconsistencies. There were enough comics sent in that I’m splitting the comics into two posts. Part 2 coming tomorrow.

woozy sent this one in:

Andréa points out that Peter needs to cover his nose:

On the other side, Working Daze has been so consistent in showing masks that they put a “Before there were masks” label on a comic where no one is wearing masks in the office.

And two comics from the original post asking for covid inconsistency comics, in case anyone wanted to comment on those.

Some e-mails mentioned covid inconsistencies in tv shows as well. I won’t repost the e-mail discussions, but feel free to discuss tv shows as well as comics in the comments. (I guess that goes without saying, as it follows from the fact that you should feel free to veer wildly off-topic.)