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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Those damned African airplanes

What's Mallard raving about today?

E-mail scams, African airplanes.

Once again, it's not entirely clear that Mallard understands these emails are scams, which is disturbing in and of itself.

But, beyond that, the text in today's panel isn't even comprehensible. To paraphrase the panel's climax:
The risk is that Americans should quit flying around in Africa.
That makes no sense whatever, even from a simple grammatical standpoint.

Sometimes reading this panel makes my head hurt.


Kaitlyn said...

He thought people would assume it was a real MF cartoon in America the Book, remember?

It doesn't make sense - you never get an e-mail from an American who died, it's always a Nigerian dude who wants to come to America or is in legal trouble.

Mallard is "smart".

luke said...

Oh, neat. You can actually see the joke dying. I can see what he's trying to do, and it might have worked if he had just left out "We know what the risk is here." That line just makes the whole thing incomprehensible.

And kaitlyn, it was more than that, he actually thought Stewart wanted people to think it was real. Another example of how real satire goes completely over this guy's head.

Slappy Handstrong said...

Is anyone worried that Mallard suddenly turned green in the middle of this cartoon? Maybe Tinsley's lack of talent had made him ill...

Matthew said...

Nah, Mallard changes colour all the time depending on how close to the picture plane he's drawn. Bruce Tinsley is a physicist, he knows about these things.