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     Why do the cars run on feet? 
  • Seriously, do they really need feet-proppeled cars? There's not too much difference between walking and pushing those cars with their feet, maybe it's worse with pushing the car's weight? It's not very practical as I see.
    • Rule of Funny.
    • They use their feet to get the cars started then momentum takes over. They also apparently do need gas/petrol to run as well as ignition keys.

     Dino gets dumber as the show goes on 
  • Remember Dino's first appearance? In that one, he's an intelligent Snorkasoarus that can talk to humans. In later episodes, he's basically a dog that goes "BEHBEHBEHBEHBEH" all of the time. What happened?
    • First appearance. They retooled him, it happens.
    • Characterization Marches On
    • Living with Fred simply made him dumber, I guess.
    • Not the first episode he appeared in - but it may have been the first episode made for him and just broadcast out of order.
    • Maybe this is a different Dino.
      • If memory serves, I'm pretty sure he only talks when he wants to but, when he did, no one would understand him, so he communicated like a dog who is capable of gesticulating.

     5 Christmas specials, in a pre-Christ setting? 
  • Here's a doozy for you. The Flintstones have had a near total of at least 5 Christmas Specials however if one stops to think about it how can all of prehistoric earth celebrate Christmas the birthday of a religious figure that even by the fictional and randomized timeline of the series wouldn't even be Born for millions of years??.
    • It's a cartoon where the running gag is "modern day things, but with a prehistoric theme". It's not supposed to be historically accurate.
    • In real life, there were various pagan/secular holidays pre-dating (or coexisting with) Christmas that had a similar theme (gift-giving, festivities, etc.). I just assume that's the case for Fred and the gang, especially since there's no references/mentions of Christ ("God" was generically referred to in the "Flintstone Christmas Carol" special, but that's as close as we got). (No explanation for why call it "Christmas" though...)
      • In one Christmas episode, they did mention playing Mary in a Christmas pageant.
    • That brings up more questions: how the hell did they know what A Christmas Carol was?
      • In the special, the play's shown to be written by one "Charles Brickens" (voiced by John Rhys-Davies).
    • There are plenty of stone age equivalents of real life celebrities, maybe there's a stone age Jesus with a rock-themed name (Jesus Chysoprase?).
    • If one is willing to take crazy WMG theories as a possible answer, the series could really take place in the future.
      • Or in the present (or the recent past).
    • They seem to be in the same universe as The Jetsons, according to their crossover.

     Where did the cat come from? 
  • Where was the cat that they had in the title sequences?
    • Well, there was an episode where they adopted it, but otherwise it got few appearances. Probably like my cat, hides all the time.
      • If there was a saber-toothed tiger hiding in my house that is capable of outwitting me, I would move.
    • His name's Babypuss, and has a few (like 3) quick appearances in the show, but never is relevant other than being a gag for the credits.
    • It's an outdoors cat, it's probably out exploring the neighborhood and hunting dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, just like real outdoors cats do.

     How do the T Vs work? 
  • How do the TVs work?
    • There's a snarky cartoon animal operating the TV from the inside.
    • Its one the technologies they don't bother to come up an explanation for, like the refrigerators, they just work. For example, there should be no glass for the screen, but apparently there is.
    • This troper could have sworn that he saw at least a couple of episodes depicting a small creature inside the TV (a bird or monkey) rapidly chiseling images on rock tablets and switching them, creating the "moving pictures" effect, and doing the sounds as well. As for the "glass" screen? I don't think there was glass, or anything like that in the sets- but if there were, it could be clear quartz?

     Paper cigarettes in a time of stone tablets 
  • In the Winstons Cigarettes adverts they smoked cigarettes, so if cigarettes exist paper must exist so why are newspapers made of stone?
    • They haven't invented ink or the printing press?
      • Actually many early (pre-European) culture and societies smoked dried tobacco by wrapping them in larger leaves (a technique still used in the manufacture of authentic Cuban and some American Cigars) instead of paper.

     Fred can't go through a window? 
  • In the closing credits, Fred puts out the cat. The cat then goes back into the house through the window, then puts Fred out. Why does Fred not go back in through the window instead of banging on the door and waking up the neighborhood?
    • In fact, the cat lampshaded it in a Sunday strip by means of a thought balloon stating that, after all those years, he should have learned to do it as well.
    • Fred is self conscious that any neighbors might see his upskirt while trying to climb into the window. He is so modest about his thighs.
    • Rule of Funny.
    • I don't know if he can fit through the window, he is a tub of lard after all, to say nothing of stubborn.
    • The window looked big enough for Fred to fit through.
    • Fred's just an idiot.

     Barney and three heads? 
  • This joke. Some say it's a penis joke and others say it's an inside joke on how cartoon characters are measured in heads and Barney is two heads high. So which is it?
    • Maybe Barney just sucks at math?
      • I agree. I suppose the joke here is that Barney is really bad at counting, believing one plus one is three.

     Why did Barney steal Fred's cereal? 
  • Why didn't Barney just BUY a box of Pebbles?
    • They don't accept seashells at Piggly-Wiggly.
    • Its more entertaining to watch someone try to steal the product than just go into a store and buy it. Especially colorful cereal mascots.
    • For the same reason the Trix Rabbit doesn't just buy a box of Trix: Fred would still come after him, yelling "Barney! My Pebbles!"
      • Fred must be crazy if he seriously thinks a box of pebbles that Barney bought is his.
    • Because it's cheaper to steal Fred's.
    • It doesn't normally cost that much to buy a box of cereal.
    • I think I’ve read somewhere that Barney actually had asked Fred to share his Pebbles with him, but Fred refused to. So Barney resorted to stealing them.
    • Barney's allowed to be a bit mean to Fred after all the crap Fred puts him through.

     Ali and Bomer in The Man Called Flintstone 
  • There's an issue with Ali and Bobo in The Man Called Flintstone that really stumps me: if the Green Goose's plan was to lure Rock Slag into a trap to obtain information regarding whether it was the optimal time to launch their missile, then why were Ali and Bobo attempting to murder him throughout the entire movie? Did he never tell them was his true intentions were?
  • Ok, this is a "yabba-dabba-doozey" but can anyone help me with this? OK, in the Flintstone Kids where the characters are children we have Captain Caveman and his son Cavey Jr., now hear me out, in "The Flinstones Comedy Hour" they are adults and so is Captain Caveman, are we to believe that the Captain Caveman in this show is Cavey Jr. grown up as a adult, and later on he was frozen and discovered by three modern day teenage girls in "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels". So is the Captain Caveman we know today Cavey Jr. all grown up or what?
    • Its probably the same guy, the Flintstones canon isnt exactly airtight. Remember, in Flintstones Kids, Fred goes to school with Wilma and Betty even though they didnt meet until high school, and they have Dino as a puppy, even though they dont find him until theyre adults.
    • It's easier just to assume Hanna Barbera land has a faulty timestream. If all these shows happen in the same world, blame all the inconsistencies on all the guys who carelessly travel through time and alter reality, all that *** can't be healthy! Their pasts probably change every hour if they all are canon.
    • This would also explain why Fred, Barney, Wilma and Betty don't age at all during the time period between when Pebbles and Bamm Bamm are babies to when they're adults and have kids of their own.
      • That being said this troper wonders how epic a Hanna barbera save the multiverse video game would be.

     Cavemen should live in caves? 
  • If the Flintstones and Rubbles are supposed to be cavemen, why don't they live in caves, as opposed to stone houses?
    • Suburban sprawl.
    • Probably a lampshaded Truth in Television, as, according to archeological evidence, some Stone Age civilizations did have houses made of stone. Not exactly like the show but pretty close.

     Why does Fred order ribs his car can't carry? 

     Bedrock bathrooms 
  • How DO the Flintstones use the bathroom? This has been bugging me for years.
    • Hopefully they have stone toilets or something, and they don't just do the "animals serve as an excuse for appliances" thing and have them going to the bathroom in the beak of a pelican...
    • A Robot Chicken sketch had a turtle as a bidet, it was begging for suicide.
    • There's also a Family Guy cutaway with the Flintstones' toilet, the pelican. After the character uses the toilet, the pelican squawks and says "And YOU think you have a crap job!".
    • The live-action movie has a stone toilet and The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones has an elephant being used as a shower. As for sinks, no idea.
    • There was an episode where Fred and Barney tried to fix a pipe and that same episode mentioned a plumber, so we can guess they have regular toilets. They probably use animals like a pig or mammoth if something calls for it.
      • Never mind toilets... they write on stone/clay tablets with hammers and chisels— so what is toilet paper like in this stone-age world? I shudder to think of how painful wiping must be... (Yeah, yeah, I imagine they keep a roll of palm fronds tucked away for that purpose...though pray no one cheaps out and grabs a sheaf of the one-ply poison ivy.)

     The origins of Yabba-Dabba-Doo 
  • How did Fred saying "Yabba Dabba Doo" get started in-universe? Wouldn't it sound weird? Would Fred just tell everybody "I've now decided that I'm going to say "Yabba Dabba Doo" every time I'm happy," or would he simply say it and wait until somebody asked him about it?
    • The closest thing to canon that I can contribute is the cover of the first issue of the The Flintstone Kids, in which he says that while riding a smallish alligator/crocodile/caiman like a skateboard; Wilma does a forehead slap and repeats the phrase, and Barney assures her that "he'll forget that stupid expression in a week". Anyway, I don't think he'd need to tell anyone it he's saying it because he's happy, unless they can't read context, facial expressions, and vocal inflections (which is entirely possible, either because they didn't see the first two and only heard him through audio distortion, or due to social-emotional agnosia or something), so I guess you mean he'd be waiting for someone to ask him where he got the phrase, or how he came up with it.
    • Well, what I mean is, of course people would be able to understand that he's saying it because he's happy, but it's the kind of thing that people are definitely going to ask about. If you shout out a weird nonsense word, people are going to ask what it means, or suspect that you're hoping they would ask you about it. So I guess what I'm really asking is: Since it's clearly gonna be super awkward if a full-grown adult yells a nonsense-word as if it were a normal word, wouldn't Fred's yabba-dabba-do-shouts make people ask "Uh, what the fluckite did you just say?"

     Fred and Wilma in separate beds 
  • Why do Fred and Wilma sleep in different beds? That seems odd for a married couple.
    • You mean, Sleeping Single?
    • Showing a man and a woman in bed together was controversial at the time. However, Fred and Wilma are actually seen sharing the same bed in later seasons, and are considered the first couple in animated history to do so.

     The tiger in the closing credits 
  • During the closing credits of the show, the tiger climbs through the window to get in after Fred kicks him out of the house, and in retaliation the tiger kicks Fred himself out of the house and locks the door so he can't get in, hence he angrily demands Wilma to unlock the door. Why can't Fred just climb through the window like the tiger did?

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