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Title text: Hey, man, the 1670s called. They were like 'Wherefore this demonic inſtrument? By what ſorcery does it produce ſuch ſounds?"
This is another take on the common insult "<year> called and they want their <whatever> back". Randall has used this joke before in the comic "2009 Called". In this case, this one is funny because someone in the 70s would not know how to leave a voicemail because answering machines and especially voicemail had not been invented yet. His telephone has a rotary dial, rather than a touch tone, so he can't "press 1". Originally telephones had rotary dials instead of buttons. When you lifted the receiver you would hear a tone that let you know you had a connection and you could dial the number, this is the "dial tone." This is the origin of the phrases "dial tone" and "dialing a telephone number".
The title text plays off the fact that the telephone had not yet been invented in the seventeenth century. The title text also uses the long S, a standard way of writing the letter 's' in initial and medial locations of words. The character, 'ſ', looks like a lower-case 'f' without the cross-bar (or like an integral sign, which is derived from the long s (for sum) in much the same way that the summation symbol is derived from the Greek letter sigma). It was in common use in written English up through the mid 19th century, and would have been used in the 1670s.
- Cueball: Nice jacket. Hey—
- Cueball: The Seventies called.
- Out-of-panel: Oh? What'd they want?
- [Cueball looking at phone]
- Cueball: I don't know. They didn't leave a message.
- Out-of-panel: Weird.
- [Person in bell bottoms using a rotary phone to call the present day, with an incredulous look on his face.]
- Voicemail service: If you'd like to leave a message, press "1".