Well, maybe not *ever*, but Bill Amend sometimes hits upon pure gold with his Foxtrot offerings. I just adore comics like this that don't cater to a particular audience but rather challenge the reader to step outside a comfortable norm.

I much prefer *setup, huh?, wha'?* to *setup, setup, punchline*.

If you 'get' the humour in this Foxtrot comic, you would also have had a good laugh at this portion of a previous Simpsons episode.

Hit the link below to decipher the second frame of the comic.

'M' is, well, **M**.

2.71828 is the numerical approximation of the natural logarithm, **e**.

r squared is r times r, or just **rr**.

(1/y) to the power of -1 is the inverse of an inverse, resulting simply in **y**.

The square root of x squared is **x**.

(Force/Acceleration) = **Mass**.

Ergo, you have '**Merry Xmas**'**.**

As an aside, I found the *force/acceleration* bit particularly funny since it reminded me of three of the core engineering fundamentals I learned while in university:

F = MA

You can't push on a rope

Payday is on Friday

where's vinny?

Posted by: Paul | Wednesday, 01 December 2004 at 08:53 AM

Right here, smarty pants.

I want either of these shirts very, very much.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/frustrations/5aa9/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/generic/6a20/

Simon, you will, too.

Posted by: fv | Wednesday, 01 December 2004 at 10:38 AM

vinny, you are such an ass.

I just spent the past hour, and $25.97, on that site. After, that is, I stopped busting a gut at that binary T-shirt.

Have you seen this translator, or something similar?

http://www.adcott.net/binary/

Hours of fun!!

Posted by: Simon | Wednesday, 01 December 2004 at 12:24 PM

hey i stumbled across your page looking for a copy of this comic... it is my favorite every by far, and the only form i have it in is a photo copy of a newspaper. I cant find it anywhere else on line and so i was very excited to find it somewhere that I could pull up if i wanted to show someone

Posted by: cat | Thursday, 04 May 2006 at 02:05 AM