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  1. 1) We’re going to be wiped out; there’s nothing we can do about it.

    2) Ignorance is bliss; we’re happier not knowing.

  2. Except for the punchline, this is almost identical to a joke in Rick & Morty a few years ago. Except it was squirrels. Which makes a LOT more sense to me.

    It’s been firmly established that this is not a modern-times comic, right? Or am I assuming and in fact missed a thread in which they clarify that they live now.

    My best guess is that the insinuation is that the birds are saying nothing else. Perhaps, since he won’t live that long, it’s irrelevant to him.

  3. Id is mostly Medieval in setting, but with many anachronisms. Of course, that’s the titular Wizard, so you can attribute things that look like modernish technology to magic.

  4. The bird revolution is coming, and their success is assured. There will be no (human) survivors. So, no need for a machine that translates bird-ese into English, as there won’t be any English-speakers left to use it.

  5. “And when is this taking place?”

    It didn’t occur to me until 20 minutes after I posted that Id is supposed to take place in the past. The use of 2019 was awkward so that probably *wasn’t* meant to be “Oh, well. The birds are taking over tomorrow” and is probably meant to be some outside looking in reference. But viewed that way, you’re right. It makes utterly no sense. My two explanations, weak as they are, only work if it’s “the birds are taking over tomorrow”.

  6. The joke is that the apocalypse will take place hundreds of years in the future, so there’s no need to worry about it now.

    You’re not supposed to notice that other uses of the device might still be useful.

  7. Hey, even reenactments have anachronisms. At our big 2018 event the “British soldiers” handcuffed a prisoner to a plastic garbage pail that was there. (That unit is more “let’s play soldier” than let’s properly portray a soldier from the period – one of them sat during the playing of “God Save the King” and the others kept talking.

    Oh, and a member of the public recorded parts of the event and posted online – so the soldiers, the runaway indentured servant who was arrested and the plastic garbage pail were featured on Utube.

  8. And why the automatic assumption that the birds are right? Khrushchev DIDN’T bury us, did he?

  9. Brian, isn’t EVERY comic strip taking place in the past full of anachronisms?

    Good question. I don’t know if there are any period strips that strive for historical accuracy.

  10. @ Brian & B.A. – It’s not strictly ‘historical’, but Prince Valiant normally remained within the constraints of the era in which it was set.

  11. “James, are you saying Id exists in 2019 while Bedrock does not???”

    Almost, but not quite. “Present day” slides. If you read it last year, it took place in 2018, and if you read it next year, it takes place in 2020.
    It turns out that being specific about when in the future something happens, it lessens the impact when we reach that year, and it didn’t. See, e.g., 1984, 2001, 2012. In contrast, “Max Headroom” was set “20 minutes into the future”.

  12. This actually parallels the attitude of King Hezekiah as written in 2 Kings 20:19. Even though the prophecy of Isaiah is dire, the King figured the bad stuff would happen after he was dead and gone.

  13. “Even though the prophecy of Isaiah is dire, the King figured the bad stuff would happen after he was dead and gone.”

    sarcasm alert / Thank goodness we have no experience of politicians who think that way! / close sarcasm alert

  14. The Flintstones is set in the future, after the Atomic War. This is obvious because dinosaurs and people did not co-exist in the past. However, in the future, mutated animals that resemble dinosaurs will live side-by-side with people in the ruins of the atomic wasteland. This is how the vast majority will live. For the elite, it will be a different story.

    Contemporaneous with The Flintstones is The Jetsons. They live in buildings set very high up in the sky, away from the marauding bands of mutants and above the fallout-poisoned ground. You never see them travel to the ground. They live up above it all and fly from one building or development to the next. These are the elite, who emerged from the shelters with the riches and resources. They used their robots to enslave the ground-dwellers and build the foundations for their cities. Hundreds of thousands died, which was small beer compared to the billions who had died in the war and the atomic winter. Now the terminators patrol the ground, keeping the foundations of the city safe from any ground-dweller, should they attempt to damage them.

  15. Merl A: I recall a fascinating radio program segment profiling US Civil War re-enactors. Some were just having fun playing dress-up, and not taking the whole thing too seriously (known in the industry as “farbs”, while others were more like method actors and tried to keep every detail of their uniform and accessories around them period-perfect (known as “hard-cores”).

    https://www.thisamericanlife.org/38/transcript (Note the transcript included here is for the entire episode. The reenactment segment starts the program.)

    The public just needs to keep in mind that reenactments are just dramatic interpretations of history.

    Heck they aren’t even using real ammunition. 🙂

  16. “https://www.thisamericanlife.org/38/transcript (Note the transcript included here is for the entire episode. The reenactment segment starts the program.)”

    That was fascinating – thanks for that link.

  17. And how pedantic am I? I wrote to them to tell ’em they have the architect’s name spelt wrong . . . it’s GAUDI, not GAUDY. Geez, someday I should get a life. (I love Gaudi’s work, which might be why I took the misspelling so personally.)

  18. So birds are going to conquer the human race this year?

    I, for one, welcome our new avian overlords!

  19. @CIDUBill: it would probably have been more interesting with 1963 instead of 2019. Or 1952, if you prefer the short story over the movie (‘The birds’, I mean).

  20. Oh oh . . . I’m in trouble. I had LOTS of birds at my feeders, which I’ve had to take down this week due to the presence of rats, attracted by the seed (great place for wildlife, Florida is!). So now I s’pose they’ll take me prisoner first thing . . .

  21. I WISH!! I know my Cairn Terriers would LOVE to do so, but I don’t want to risk them getting bitten. Hawks would do so, too, but they don’t seem interested in the rats OR the squirrels, just other birds.

  22. Some animal – and I highly suspect it was a rat – last night chewed holes in two panels of our newly-screened bird cage. You know what they say: Where’s a snake when you really need one.

  23. “Well, hawks are birds, too.”

    Oh, I agree . . . and we have plenty of them around us. One grabbed a mourning dove within a few feet of me. I once had blood dripping down the bird cage (pool screen house) from, most likely, an owl sitting up there having a meal. I just WISH they’d get the rats first. You know, like this . . .

  24. The rattails . . . erm . . . rattales continue:

    Bought two shock traps (great idea – no poisons and no living animal to dispose of). Got one rat – the chewing-our-screen-house one, I think. And three either false alarms, or snake(s) got to the corpse before I did. Which is fine . . . circle of life (and death) and all that.

  25. Grawlix – Yes, farbs are those who do things like use poly-cotton for clothing. My 19th century outfit is very farby – long polyester skirt, poly-cotton shirtwaist looking blouse that opens in back at neck not down the front, metal barrette holding up my hair (I arrange it so hair falls backwards over it hiding it) with a snood over my hair. ( I bought the snood at a store in Gettysburg, PA that sells to reenactors so it is probably the most correct thing in the outfit). Modern period-looking shoes. But we only do 19th century – late not US Civil War – when we did demonstrations at the LI Fair. Now if I do same I/we do with my embroidery chapter in modern clothes.

    I have found that as a general rule the older the period the more farby most of the reeanactors are. We did a timeline event for the 350th of the township our unit is out of – I like “our period” but when the Vietnam era reeanctors drove in to the grounds the morning of the event – in their jeeps in a line and came to a stop in front of their tank and helicopter
    which they had dropped off the night before – it was impressive.

    Our unit strives for accuracy, but understand that complete same is not possible. The clothing I have made for Robert and me are generally cotton – linen being expensive now. In period the common fabrics were linen and wool. A good cotton gin had not yet been invented and cotton had to come from India to England then reshipped to the colonies – taxed in and out of England so it was not a cheap fabric here. However, based on an exhibition we went to, in England it was not expensive and poorer people there than here could afford it. We have a family with a severely physically disabled adult son. He is in a wheelchair. His mom drapes blankets over the chair to hide it – best we can do. (She portrays an indentured servant whose job is take care of her employers son.) In addition to them being a valuable asset to the unit, we would not say that they can’t join as the son in a wheelchair.

    A general rule is that is if something is not seen – it doesn’t matter. The ice chest is hidden in a tent when we are away from our headquarters (which has a sign “sick tent” to try to keep the public out of it – once had to let a boy look in as he was so upset that someone was sick. Robert has been printing reprints of period pamphlets (including first Ben Franklin “Poor Richard” and putting them out to talk about & sell. Public sees ropes across the table holding them in place – under the table there is a bungee cord attached to the ends of the rope to hold them together. Cell phones are hidden – mine plays period music by a fellow at Colonial Williamsburg as for awhile I was the contact for the google phone number for the unit on the day of events.

    I wear Keds black leather shoes – they look period, they have a strap across them, and most important they fit me. In very cold weather one Christmas time I wore black work boots instead – it was dark in a room lit by fireplace and candles and my shoes can barely be seen under my petticoat (skirt) any way – just the toes of black shoes.

    Some units are more hard core than others. We like to be as inclusive as we can, while striving for authenticity. We have a couple of members who either do not have period clothing yet or do not plan to get same as they are just there to support family members. One of our members made “tour guide” patches on a neck cord and they can give tours of our headquarter or tours of our camp depending on where we are.

    We try not to forget that a good part of what we are doing is to have fun.

    They do fire live at some events where there is a firing range.

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