More Phone Follies
And to this I say, "???????????????????????????????????"
Let's start with the first panels, and the phone tree's -- heh, heh - phone tree - get it? Like the thing you use to spread the word that soccer practice is canceled? Anyway, the strip begins with the phone tree's Zen wisdom that "Thor cannot be given. He must be acquired." Sort of like Herpes! Ba dum dum.
I almost said sort of like AIDS, which is the ACQUIRED immunodeficiency syndrome, but that seemed tasteless. But, wait . . . is this some sort Johnny Hart-fueled anti-STD thing? He does often leave his strips open to strange interpretation. I doubt that's going on here, but what the heck else does that mean? Is it funny?
Moving on . . . we next get a handful of panels mocking the endless voicemail mazes we often find ourselves trapped in. I tell ya! Technology is DifficultTM! The frustration of automated voice messaging was also covered in Momma in January. HA HA. It's still funny!
But now we get the kicker! If you are dialing from a rotary phone step in your time machine, and join the 21st Century!!! HA HA HA! Rotary phones are obsolete!! That's priceless!! FUN. NY. HA HA HA HA . . . eh . . . wait . . . doesn't B.C. take place, uhm, Before Christ? Wouldn't it be an advance for them to have a rotary phone? Or a printing press? Or an aqueduct? I mean, I "get" the "rotary phones are obsolete" joke, but how does it make sense in a B.C. setting? Why don't we just tell them to join the 21st Century and send rovers to Mars and download some ringtones to their cells while they're at it. And the time machine reference? Is that supposed to clear things up? Because it doesn't.
And does the tree have eyes? Or boobs? What's that about?
While we're on the subject of B.C., Greg R. wrote in with a request to have this one explained:
Greg said, "I don't get it." Well, Greg . . . snakes crawl around on the ground, thereby eating dust for their whole lives, and that bothers the snake. It seems pretty straightforward to me. But I am guessing you want to know what makes it "funny." And that is . . . IN REAL LIFE, snakes don't talk and cavemen didn't provide therapy! HA HA!
No, I don't think that's the joke here. You know, you say someone is "eating dust" when you are "dusting" them, or leaving them behind, as in a race of some sort. So it might be a play on that. Then the snake says, "No comment," which is like. . . oh good grief. I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA. Anyone?
Is this making fun of snakes? Psychiatry? I mean, geez, it's not as if Tom Cruise has that market covered!