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PAULENICE
January 17, 2005 at 6:05 am

NO, I LIVE IN WINCHESTER, ENGLAND. I DON’T GET TAXI’S THEY’RE OVERPRICED AND SHITE.

subvert
January 17, 2005 at 6:53 am

well.. coming from a crap country like Singapore.. we have way worse.. we’ve got television screens on taxis that plays whatever ads that doesn’t have enough money to run on free-to-air tv playing incessantly..
and since they don’t have enough money to run on FTA telly.. they’re murderously crap..

CGD
January 17, 2005 at 9:58 am

That was funny.

Kossa
January 17, 2005 at 10:44 am

MYy personal fav was the one with Eartha Kitt. As soon asa you sat down you had this really loud “rwwwaaarrrrrrrr This is Eartha Kitt”. Used to scare the crap out of me when I was drunk. I also thought the original recordings were better. They were only around for a maybe a year, but instead of celebrities, they were these dispatchers from the particular cab companies. They had such thick long island and brooklyn accents…”Hey..buckla up. And don fug ed to ask your driver for a recept…”

RFKorp
January 17, 2005 at 11:31 am

They used to have Placido Domingo singing at us, too, right?

juggala girl45
January 17, 2005 at 12:20 pm

it was ok :D

Guest
January 17, 2005 at 1:01 pm

YES! Eartha Kitt was a little… odd… to hear purring at you like a cat when you got into a cab and heard really crappy speakers blasting at your head.
Also, was it Larry King? Larry King’s weird bass voice coming at you. I’d think I’d left the TV on again in my room or something, then realize I was just drunk and getting in a cab again.

fredlakeinAZ
January 17, 2005 at 2:39 pm

Great strip today. I don’t think we have taxis here in AZ except for New Year’s eve. Then it takes 30 fucking minutes to wait for a cab when your destination is less than 2 miles away. Worst public transportation system ever!

Abhorance
January 17, 2005 at 5:30 pm

I’d rather listen to the bad recordings than smell the nastyness that is chicago cabs

Korean cabs are nice though, you gotta be careful because some price gogue
There is always the option of saying fuck you and going on post without paying
The cabby can’t follow you :-P

Guest
January 17, 2005 at 6:36 pm

There was one from Allen Seinfeld of the New York City Marathon, or something like that. I never had any fucking clue who he really was.

Stu
January 17, 2005 at 7:22 pm

Adam West did his Batman shtick. They missed on a golden opportunity to have Adam West and Eartha Kitt, together, with Eartha (as Catwoman) saying don’t buckle up and West (as Batman) telling us too, and that only cats have nine lives (which I think Eartha actually said).

OK, I rambled too much on that one.

Dean
January 17, 2005 at 8:39 pm

I was just amused by how much people HATED it. They militarized against that shit. It just goes to show how New Yorkers don’t want to get involved in any unnecessary conversations, even with people who aren’t actually physically present and don’t talk back. Of course, I’m the same way myself.

I seem to remember Elmo being the most annoying (big surprise, I guess.)

Oddzilla
January 17, 2005 at 10:07 pm

subvert wrote:
well.. coming from a crap country like Singapore.. we have way worse.. we’ve got television screens on taxis that plays whatever ads that doesn’t have enough money to run on free-to-air tv playing incessantly..
and since they don’t have enough money to run on FTA telly.. they’re murderously crap..

NYC has those screens in some cabs, too… although i haven’t seen an operational one for months. the awful thing is that the screen has a button next to it labeled “Timed Mute” – as in, you can mute it, but only for a little while. I’m sure it drives the poor cabbies crazy having to listen to the same string of ads all day. I’m sure of it because one time some friends of mine got into a cab with one of those screens, and the driver said to them “i’ll give you a free ride if you can manage to BREAK THAT FUCKING SCREEN along the way.” so they spent the whole trip kicking, stabbing, and prying the thing. Finally managed to break it, and got the free trip.

An interesting factoid: when they had the spoken messages, the each cab had only one message, which was dependant on their medallion number. So the driver had to hear that exact same recording every time the meter went on, over and over – I really feel bad for the drivers who had an Elmo cab. They can probably still lip sync the whole bit to this day…

Stu
January 17, 2005 at 11:57 pm

I guess Elmo has to top the annoyance list. But some of them were enough to bash your head against the divider between the front and the back:

“Hello! This is Mr. Moviefone!” gets really annoying after the first second. It’s why I look up movie times in the newspaper (or my PDA), not call this guy.

“L-e-e-e-e-e-et’s get ready to buckle up!” meant that Michael Buffer jumped the shark, for good.

And Sally Jesse Raphael… sheesh.

vi_shon
January 18, 2005 at 1:57 am

I hear that line about the pickpocketer making you wait while his accomplice standing behind you stealing your wallet every damn day.
Who puts their wallets in their back pockets anyway? They deserve to get lifted.
Except the jersey folk.. their pants are so tight not only can you count the chainge in their pockets, you can read the date on the coins. You need some butter or WD-40 to lift from them.

Love the comic.. linking your ass at http://guidedbypsychos.blogspot.com

jennif
January 18, 2005 at 2:08 am

Stu wrote:
“L-e-e-e-e-e-et’s get ready to buckle up!” meant that Michael Buffer jumped the shark, for good.

OMG, I remember that one! But I think it was more like “LLLLLLLLet’s get ready to ruuummbllllllllllllllllle…. for SAFEtyy!”

Oh and did Michael Buffer ever really have a shark to jump? :?

~j

Guest
January 18, 2005 at 5:31 am

I had one with Paul Sorvino, who didn’t do his Goodfellas accent…

I felt cheated.

(KHNH)
January 18, 2005 at 9:56 am

I only remember ones with Sesame Street characters… Like Elmo.

Stu
January 18, 2005 at 8:55 pm

I believe you’re right, jennif. That sounds right (if any of those could sound right).

Just listening to Dr. Ruth’s message was a bit… disconcerting. :roll:

Guest
January 20, 2005 at 2:10 pm

MIKA HEAKKINEN THE CHAMP FOREVER
PLZ SOMEBODY KILL m.schumacher

Hazel
February 4, 2005 at 7:46 pm

I only remember the Elmo one.

Quincyzee
April 17, 2005 at 9:26 am

I was living in NYC in 2003 and my only memory of it is one night (being stinking drunk) actually talking to the cab.

It was some woman talking about her Olympic Medals, and I was most dipleased with her.

I then decided that Dunkin Doughnuts at 3am was a good idea (which, with hindsight it was not).

picador
May 19, 2005 at 4:42 pm

“STOP! IN THE NAAAAAME OF — safety!” Remember to buckle your seatbelt blah blah blah.

It was sung by one of the former Supremes, I think… Mary Wilson, maybe? It sounded like recording this PSA was her biggest break in decades.

DaveW
September 4, 2005 at 10:15 am

I was only in NYC one time during this phase, and dispite having almost ten cab rides, I only had the same two, Mr. Moviefone and Sally Jesse Raphael (“If you see a pair of red glasses, they’re mine.”)

In “The Avengers” they spoofed it by having a recording by The Wasp (Janet VanDyne) and of course on Family Guy they had David Leisure. (“Remember me? I was the nieghbor on Empty Nest? No? How about Joe Isuzu, that guy who lied all the time? No?! … crap…. Just buckle up.)

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