I have been reading Straightdope books for over ten years now (we don’t get Cecil Adams’ actual column where I live, though). And one thing has always puzzled me. In the Slug Signorino cartoons that often accompany Cecil Adams’ Q&A, Adams is often portrayed as a tall bird with a professor’s cap on. I could be wrong, but it seems pretty obvious the bird is meant to be Adams. Here is an example of what I am talking about. Here is another.
Clearly there is some joke here that I (and probably others) am missing. But what is the joke? Does anyone know?