Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Shouldn’t there be a disused lavatory in the vicinity of that one sign?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: …first?
John Vertical (tropylium) says: Shouldn’t the natural basement ecosystem deal with the silverfish soon enuff?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:
So It Begins: Didn’t you know? “Paul is dead.”
(OK, to explain the joke, there was a rumor in the late 1960′s that Paul McCartney had died. Supposedly, you could hear John Lennon saying “Paul is dead” in the background of one Beatles song … he was the only one barefoot on the “Abbey Road” album cover … lots of other secret signs the conspiracy theorists collected.)
So if the current Paul is a clone … what’s Yoko?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:
PS: I was going to say, “What, no ‘Beware of the leopard’ sign?” … and then I spotted it on the wall in panel 2. Bravo for the classics!
PPS: Is that supposed to be a compact fluorescent bulb in panel 1? Or an armadillo/slug hybrid climbing the wall?
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:
Ed: Why does it have to be one or the other? It can be both!
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Ed & JCW: Sory to be boring, but I took it for wall damage.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: IT CAN BE ALL THREE!!! I DON’T KNOW HOW, BUT IT CAN!!!
Daniel Barkalow (iabervon) says: I’m afraid the boarded-up doorway with the “bad touch” sign is a former disused lavatory, now extra-disused with very good reason.
Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says:
The song in question is Strawberry Fields Forever. After it seems to end, a weird, flute-led piece of music fades in, gets really loud, and fades back out. As it’s ending for real, you can hear someone say something. Supposedly- and it does kind of sound like it- the phrase in question is “I buried Paul.”
For extra nerd points, I’ll add that this was spoofed in the end credits of the Simpsons episode where Homer discovers his mother’s hippy past- he says (among other things) “I buried Flanders” over Yo La Tengo’s cover of the end credits theme. Also, the whole “Paul is dead” things gets a pretty hilarious send up in Eric Idle’s overall hilarious send-up of the Beatles’ history and mythos The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash.
It’s a bioluminescent armadillo-slug introduced as part of an ill-fated plan to cut spending on lightbulbs by replacing them with a stable population of the creatures. Unfortunately, the plan was doomed for two reasons: the armadillo-slugs’ slime is highly corrosive, and damages any wall it comes into contact with; and the basement dwellers found them delicious.
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