If this were CSI instead of CIDU, and the villain had covered something up with marker pen, we could just shine some ultraviolet or powerful visual-band light of the best narrow frequency, and see right off what’s under there.

But at this remove the best we can do is go by shapes. And by guessing whether Teresa would more likely josh one of her friends in the cartooning world, or genuinely insult someone whose tolerance she is willing to test.

Oh, wait, wait! Or are these layabouts in the coffee shop the real targets, and the comic they’re putting down is Frog Applause itself … in a different spelling?

Wearing (out) of the green

A general note of remembrance for the holiday of green beer and green Chicago River.

The first two are holdovers from last week, when we had other things a-posting and didn’t remark Saint Padraic’s Day on CIDU main feed. A few helpful readers posted St Patrick’s Day jokes to the thread for that day, thank you for renewing the principle of thread drift!

This one was sent in by BillR, looking for what the gag is. It provoked a good discussion behind the scenes of CIDU, where we soon enough agreed on the intended gag but remained divided on whether some terminology was being misapplied!

(For the tag-watchers [or actually, category], yes this post is marked both CIDU and not-a-CIDU. Those just apply to different cartoons, that’s all.)

Saturday Morning OYs – March 18th, 2023

Getting triple duty from one little affix!

Since this is announced as dealing with puns, how could we pass it up?

Interesting – the cartoonist doesn’t actually show us the missing word, which must combine raccoon and centaur.

Beware the Ides of March!

Beware the Ides of March! We all know that phrase, but it seems odd that it has crept into the language, since we know few other facts about Roman history. The meaning of “Ides” is a bit confusing to us in the modern world, as these comics show.

Interestingly, the Ides of March were notable in Rome as a deadline for settling debts.