November 24, 2021November 21, 2021 by EditorM We’ll sue the pants right off of him! CIDU Mannequin on the Moon, Pia Guerra and Ian Boothby 18 Comments From Le Vieux Lapin. From the style of the books on the shelves I’m taking this character to be a lawyer. But perhaps in the role of an HR officer? And where is the client? Maybe right there on his desk! Related
He’s talking to the calculator. I’m guessing our offender wrote an anatomical term using numerals in place of letters.
I think it’s a lawyer. His client is the calculator. There are some rude words you can type out with numbers on a calculator then flip it around. (5318008 is a hilarious one!) Calculator has taken offence, and is now feeling litigious.
Stan has it.
Thanks, Stan. I haven’t used a calculator for over a decade, and completely forgot about that trick.
Yeah, it’s the calculator. In my opinion, the cartoonist probably should have made the calculator bigger and put it in a chair.
Good suggestion, beckoning chasm.
The explanations have it right. I agree that the bookcase suggests it’s a lawyer’s office, not an HR complaint. I think the calculator is pursuing legal action. That’s smart, since HR works for the company and is only interested in protecting the company, not helping the target of abuse.
@ Stan – Another classic alternative: “0.7734“.
@Kilby: the joke is ruined if your font for the four is wrong. Which mine is, too.,
In the PC age, a variation on this was the development of leet (or 1337), which used letters, numbers and symbols to spell words (right side up) in variant ways, A classic example is in the Megatokyo web comic:
Yes, it really only works with standard “7 segment” LED/LCD display, but that was all that was available for portable machines back then.
Depending on the typeface, you can write “upside down” as “umop episdn” but it can be harder to turn the monitor upside down to read it.
There was, reputedly (urban myth?) a BMW in the UK with the registration plate X351 ARO (which is a valid format of letters and numbers). The owner played a bit fast and loose with the spacing, and had the front plate made up X35 1ARO.
Now be the driver in front looking at the plate in your rear-view mirror…..
And then there is the very real case of the Florida plate A55 RGY. It was a standard issue plate, not a custom number. Florida plates have a big picture of a Florida orange in the middle, looking like an “O” to complete the phrase. You can look it up.
I once saw NJ plates that read, “GO NADS” — this was in the 80s at the University of Delaware; I guess it was a more innocent time…
Not entirely SFW, but “risque” rather than anything worse.