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  1. I think the cartoonist is counting on the reader feeling smug enough about getting the reference that they will be momentarily distracted and not realize that there isn’t actually a punchline.

    And he could have gotten away with it if he hadn’t choked and failed to come up with a second allusion for the reader to feel smug about getting. Other than *being* a movie allusion the Terminator quote has *nothing* to do the Wild One quote and doesn’t make any sense in this context at all. (Unless sunglasses are cool?????)

  2. The second allusion is the (weak) joke. The person offscreen says “Next”, meaning “Next person”. Cynthia, instead, uses it as an excuse to bring out her next allusion.

  3. The Terminator quote makes perfect sense in context.

    They’re dismissing her, but they’re not rid of her. She’ll be back to bother them again.

    And she’s announcing that with a movie quote after failing to impress them with a different movie quote. (Maybe misquote? I haven’t seen The Wild Ones, so I don’t know if that’s how the line actually goes.)

  4. Swazoo, I’m not sure knowing anything about the movie is important for the comic. The teacher says it’s Brando, which is more than enough information.

  5. Since she says she’s from Boring Old Dead White Guy Middle School, we know she’s not there to protest against ageism, racism, or sexism.

  6. “The second allusion is the (weak) joke. The person offscreen says “Next”, meaning “Next person”. Cynthia, instead, uses it as an excuse to bring out her next allusion.”

    Oh… that sounds…. plausible. (As Lisa Simspon said about Stephan Hawking’s explanation to why Ned Flanders couldn’t see Ray Magini.)

  7. @Kamino Neko. Not too sarcastic. When people refer to prominent figures of the past as “dead old white men” it’s always in a disparaging tone. Whatever cultural changes may have happened, it seems unfair to categorically dismiss the work on the grounds of the age, sex, or race of the parties involved. Equality does not mean swapping one group for another on the privilege pile. And as for being dead, well that’s something that happens to the best of us, given the evidence.

  8. The only schools I went to that were named for people were indeed for dead white men. Well, the high school was at a remove, as it was named after the existing high school (we were “North”). The original was for a long-time school superintendent. I can’t comment on his boring status.

    The other was Will Rogers elementary. Many did not find him to be boring.

  9. I live in King County, WA, which was originally named after Old Dead White Slaveholder Rufus King, but which was retconned into being named after Martin Luther King Jr.

  10. ““Boring Old Dead White Guy Middle School” is exactly where I went to school”

    I went to Boring old Dead White Guy Junior High. The Junior High schools in the district were each named after their first principals. The original High School was named after the town, the second was named after the road it was on, and the third and fourth were “Century” and “Liberty”.

    “I live in King County, WA, which was originally named after […]

    Many of the towns in the region, though, have Native American names. Thus making it easy to quickly learn who’s “not from around here”, as they struggle with pronouncing “Puyallap”, “Sammammish”, “Tukwila” or “Snoqualmie” (Even if “Bellevue”, “Kirkland”, “Redmond”, and “Everett” are easy. The major city in King County is NOT named after a boring old dead white guy. Also, when you get to the bonus round, you can ask people how to pronounce “Sequim”.

  11. ‘“I went to Boring Old Dead White Gal Elementary School.”

    ‘Okay, just out of curiosity…?’

    Julia Ward Howe.

  12. Any woman after whom a school (or any other edifice) is named would NOT be a boring one . . . men, probably yes; women have to be much more exciting and accomplished to have something named after them. IF you can name ONE BORING OLD DEAD WHITE GAL after whom something was named, I’ll eat the pixels of her picture.

  13. I suspect there must be some high schools out there named after former First Ladies and, if so, some of them probably qualified as boring and short on any particular qualifications other than “married that guy.” I don’t offhand know of any actual examples, though.

    On local pronunciatons, St. Paul MN has a “Cretin Avenue” and used to have a “Cretin High School” (after a merger thirty or so years ago, it’s now “Cretin-Durham.”) Both were named after the first Catholic Bishop of St. Paul, and I assume back then it was pronouned as the French version of “Christian,” and I suspect out-of-towners would still try to go with that pronunciation, thinking “oh, they can’t possibly pronounce to sound like an insult to one’s mental prowess” — but oh yes, all of the locals do just that.

  14. My elementary school was named after Victor Castro, a recipient of a large Spanish land grant in the area. My junior high school was named after Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish colonist. The junior high school was demolished a few years ago, and the elementary school campus was redeveloped into a middle school named for Fred Korematsu, who is a dead guy, but not white.

    My high school (El Cerrito) was named for the city it’s in. The name means “the little hill,” so the school wasn’t named for any sort of guy, living, dead, white, or otherwise.

  15. @swazoo: My grade/junior/high school (in Minnesota) was also named after the town it was in: Lake Park. The town was apparently named after the fact that, when I was growing up, it had neither a lake nor a park in it. (To be fair, they did later build a park. Still no lake, though.) I think this was like the naming of “Greenland” with the intention of attracting colonists who wouldn’t realize they’d been had until it was winter and too late to flee.

  16. “Any woman after whom a school (or any other edifice) is named would NOT be a boring one”

    My daughter went to the Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School.
    Ms. Carson’s achievements and lasting influence are indisputable, but not exciting.

  17. As much as I’m looking forward to seeing Andréa eat some pixels, I feel like finding a woman who had something named after her because she was related to an old dead white guy violates the spirit, albeit not the letter, of Andréa’s challenge.

  18. I think getting married at 13 and then having nine kids would be pretty exciting, but yeah, doesn’t look like she did anything ‘special’ . . . is there an edifice named after her? If so, any reason(s) given?

  19. “is there an edifice named after her?”

    No edifice that I know of, but there’s a county in MD named “Anne Arundell” which was the only thing I knew of her before this search.

  20. So that explains it! My friend was always telling me that before he moved here, he lived in an arundell, and I always wondered what an arundell was…

  21. “The high school in my town is Eleanor Roosevelt High School.”

    Not boring!

    My second elementary school was Malcolm X Elementary.

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