Monty by Jim Meddick


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  1. Prof d'anglais

    Prof d'anglais said, over 1 year ago

    The voucher expires nearly two months away, on the 4th July, American Independence day. Is that supposed to be the joke? I’m sorry, someone will have to explain this one to me.

  2. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 1 year ago

    @Prof d'anglais

    Its clearly April the 7th :)

  3. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, over 1 year ago

    @Tue Elung-Jensen

    Yep … the old American date format trick again.

    Seriously, there is NO logic in the American date format. Us Aussies and Poms have the day-month-year format and many other countries like China use a year-month-day format. These are each in a recognisable “size” sequence … small-to-big and big-to-small. Where did the American format come from ? My only guess is that it comes from a shortened version of (e.g.) “April the 7th, 2013”, where the month is named first and had been shortened to the month number.

  4. frumdebang

    frumdebang said, over 1 year ago

    The Mexicans have this date business figured out pretty well so there’s no confusion between day and date. The month is always in Roman numerals. Thus, today is 19 IV 13. Bien hecho.

  5. richardelguru

    richardelguru GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The Japanese (and unix) have it right.
    I’m writing this at
    2013/4/19 04:18:35

  6. opentomeet

    opentomeet GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    That’s so the US visitors don’t get confused and overstay their welcome!! 8^)

  7. BlackKnight15

    BlackKnight15 said, over 1 year ago


    Spot on, allows for sorting or YYYYMMDD then time

  8. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Actually, Monty is authoring a compelling storyline here. Holy cliffhanger!

    /or, mailbox hanger

  9. steverino

    steverino said, over 1 year ago

    There is actually an ISO adopted date format:
    YYYY-MM-DD, which as BlackKnight15 notes will sort properly.
    …and this comic actually made me laugh, which doesn’t happen often.

  10. Wenthral

    Wenthral said, over 1 year ago

    4Apr13 Can’t screw that up.

  11. Steven Carter

    Steven Carter said, over 1 year ago

    I suppose it’s hard to make every day a winner. This one is simply boring. Note, that the conversation is about variations in date formats. The comic is too weak to hold our attention.

  12. Puddlesplatt McLearn

    Puddlesplatt McLearn said, over 1 year ago

    When you retire…dates mean nothing.

  13. mightaswellbe

    mightaswellbe said, over 1 year ago


    Hmmm, does that mean Canadians have not gone meteric either?

  14. Vice Admiral Allan |

    Vice Admiral Allan | said, over 1 year ago


    Well … I guess the Yanks say “Tuesday, July 4, 2013” so 7-4-13 “makes sense” (like Fahrenheit and miles/hour)

    Being a big Trek Fan, I use YYYYMMD.D (i.e. Stardate 2013070.4")

  15. Jimbeauga

    Jimbeauga said, over 1 year ago


    I don’t think Monty was around in 1913… Try 04APR2013. That’s to keep my English speaking friends happy.

    Nonetheless, YYYYMMDD is the only true answer, as it is the only one that will programmatically sort properly without reaching over one’s shoulder to scratch one’s butt. We went through this in the late 1980s as most financial institutions had to make tons of changes because interest rates were failing to calculate properly. And don’t get me started on the whole Y2K scare…

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