The successful applicant will take the lead in negociating our getaway aircraft …

Okay, the basic joke seems to be that he is performing that “hiring” process for the position of principal hostage. Is there also something going on about his pantyhose mask? Is it that hard to find separate single-leg stockings?


  1. ” Is it that hard to find separate single-leg stockings?”

    Having tried (and failed) to find a humorous photo I once saw of two robbers sharing a single pair of tights, the answer to that question is “No, not in an internet image search”.

  2. I think the artist might have been trying to make it even more obvious that the robber was wearing (a pair of) stockings; with just one leg it might have seemed like the he had grown a head-tentacle.

    P.S. Baldwin is patently unable to draw any character without glasses, but in this case he has managed to obscure whether this robber is wearing his glasses “over” or “undeneath” the pantyhose.

  3. They’ve got a weapon, disguise, and a bag to carry money away. What more do you want in a robbery setup?

  4. if you have a large head, it might be uncomfortable to try to fit it in a single leg stocking…

  5. A Benny Hill episode had the joke that Mike P. mentioned in the first comment. I didn’t locate a still anywhere.

  6. I was rather amused that it took me more than a day to notice the typo in the headline (or did everyone else already see it, but were maintaining a respectful silence?) In remembrance of CIDU Bill, I would prefer that it not be changed (it’s nearly impossible to alter the page URL anyway, and therefore almost never worth the effort.)

  7. @ Mitch – I actually did look to see whether the “c”-spelling could be found in an “alternative” dictionary, but the only placed it turned up was as an alleged “obsolete” form in Wiktionary, which is worth about as much as the paper it’s printed on.

  8. Kilby, you say (it’s nearly impossible to alter the page URL anyway but I don’t really see that. It’s pretty easy, just to change it — though harder to change it without causing some confusion or inconvenience.

    Or maybe you’re making note of the fact that (after a certain point) editing a post’s title (or “headline” as some call it) will not produce any change in the post’s Permalink URL. Initially the post title is used to produce the “slug” (end part of the URL, after the server hostname and something like the date, depending on the blog’s configuration). After a certain point (I want to say it’s when the draft post is saved and scheduled or published. but I’m not sure) they are disengaged and editing the title no longer changes the slug. Ah, but the slug remains a visible and editable field! You could rather easily edit the slug, even for a published post, and one with comments already, and thereby change the Permalink URL. (Also thereby breaking saved links to the previous URL.)

  9. I did notice it, but then got distracted by the whole robber thing and forgot about it.

  10. @ Mitch4 – I’m not sure whether Bill’s objection to correcting his (not uncommon) header typos was the duplicate effort required to edit both the title and the “slug”(*), or simply a dislike of disabling any potential “saved” URLs (such as those preserved by larK’s “comment harvester”). He did fix a few errors, but usually left them as they were.

    P.S. (*) It’s also possible that Bill may not have known how to make the parallel fix: he always disliked tinkering with technology. The recent URL swap that you were able to implement in just a few days would have been a major problem for him (which is why the site kept the “squirrelly” address for so long after the meltdown).

  11. Re non-conforming spelling, and the wrong-more-often-than-it’s-right rule of “I before E except after C” which we all chanted in infant school, ‘ceiling’ used to be spelled ‘cieling’, as in the French word for sky.

    So anyone who spells it that way is not wrong, just traditional.

  12. @ Mike P – “…spells it that way is not wrong, just traditional…”

    More likely “gallic”, or “francophile” (or just plain wierd [sic] 😉 ). The same logic has been used to justify those ridiculous “…tre” endings in “centre“, “litre“, and “metre“, but that doesn’t change the fact that they look horrid. I can tolerate (good) “theatre“, but as for the others, I prefer to stick with “center“, “liter“, and “meter“.

  13. Except that that spelling is to be found in English dictionaries. As a variant of ‘ceiling’. And it’s Middle English.

    Also, what you call “ridiculous” is what I call “correct”. Using your variants in exams here, for example, would cost you marks.

  14. As Kilby pointed out, changing URLs makes life very difficult for my scraper — for that reason I ask you please not to do it!
    (I recently updated the URLs for all the past comments that were pointing to so that they work again; turns out that is not a trivial fix, and it was made worse by experiments Mitch did where he updated the url to the target URL I was changing them to, so that for a select few, the target URL already existed, and in my db, the URL is a unique field, so that crashed the update, and I had to add more logic to change those that already existed to yet another URL and hope Mitch hadn’t been thorough enough to have that url exist too… 😉
    But I guess the buried lede here is that old URLS that weren’t working from my scraper work again now…)

  15. Thanks much, again as always larK!

    I’m not sure what updating you mean or what the “target” is about. The only wholesale updating I did was in some of the “permanent” reference pages, or in the base posts of the “random comments” and “site comments” threads where the newer ones have links to the older ones and so on. I’m sorry if I did something that makes it harder for you.

    BTW, the lost dot-com url no longer points to that Asian gambling site, but now to what looks like a WordPress “getting started” sample page. I’ll put a screenshot or something on the Site Comments.

  16. Mitch: when the domain name failed, you duplicated or changed, I’m not sure, some links, updating the domain name to one that still worked, probably as a test. The upshot was that I scraped the old link with the old domain name, and then the same changed link with the new domain name. So far so good, they are both unique, so it doesn’t break anything. Enter me now bulk changing all the obsolescent domain name occurrences with one that works — and now I run into trouble because I don’t know that the URL has been changed and I collected two copies of essentially the same link, and when I try and change it, I run into the problem that it already exists! (There were only a handful of them, but they were enough to derail my bulk effort, and it was easier to fix the logic than to hunt out the exception (I think).) Please know I was only mock exasperated.

    At any rate, any time you change a URL after it has been published, it runs the danger of being collected twice as unique urls, and that can screw things up for me, either with duplicate entries, or other, more esoteric things I don’t even know yet.

  17. Someone told me a sentence with a lot of I before E exceptions, not counting “unless pronounced like ay, as in neighbor and weigh”. I don’t remember most of them but it went: Neither of the sheiks something something caffeine something heifers raised by Sheila something something for protein on the weird heights.

  18. I was never good at seplling – which is what I titled my papers with in elementary school. Thanks to my 6th grade English teacher who spent a lot of time with me (decades before spell check came along) I generally now notice when a word is spelled incorrectly, even if I am not sure what the correct spelling is.

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