1. Sometimes my brain ruins cartoons for me. On the third, I get the joke, but my brain wants the scenario to be about this poor Chasid who is apparently in the Twilight Zone, trapped forever all alone in a functional but utterly deserted amusement park.

  2. The first one’s a CIDU for me . . . if that’s a rat, it’s personal synchronicity for me, as I just took two dead ones out of shock traps about 15 minutes ago ;0(

  3. I’m pretty sure that the second one is a repeat, but I wasn’t able to find the first appearance, so it was either before GoDaddy torched the original CIDU server, or (equally likely) the first appearance was not tagged with Leighton’s name, just like this one isn’t.
    P.S. @ carlfink – Third? Hmmm. I wasn’t even sure whether peanuts are kosher, let alone orthodox.

  4. Fourth. Thanks.

    Peanuts are kosher. Plant foods in general are kosher, except for certain ones on Passover. Peanuts are eaten on Passover by some Jews, but not tradition-following Ashkenazi.

  5. @Philip, the hapless guy with the mobile phone doesn’t know how to use it and has just taken a selfie while holding it up to his own ear. Joke’s maybe 10-15 years out of date, IMO.

  6. @ carlfink – Some jokes are perennials that never die. Several decades ago, our family had a new “thin” camera based on Kodak’s “110 format film“. My sister looked through the viewfinder the wrong way, and took a beautiful picture of her own ear. The effect was enhanced by the fact that the film stood in the camera for a while, and then it took another while for the prints to be developed and delivered, so weeks later, long after everyone had forgotten about the original mistake, we were suddenly confronted with the amusing evidence.

  7. P.S. Anyone have an idea what the background cross-hatching on the peanut comic is supposed to be? It almost makes it look like it was drawn on an Etch-A-Sketch tilted at a 45° angle.

  8. @carlfink – thanks for that. My confusion was because I read it as “picture of my *car*”. I had to zoom in to read “ear”.

  9. I found the “Hava Nagila” go-round hard to understand, even though I’ve been singing Hava Nagila in the usual context of the horah (dance) for over a half-century of their life.
    What I had forgotten, because I think I’ve only seen it in movies, was, in the case of a wedding or mitzvah, the person of honor will often be hoisted on a chair by the crowd. (I had to look up the song and “horah” to be reminded. I found Wikipedia’s history of the song to be really interesting.).

    (I started to write that I thought the lone chair was a little sad, but as I did that, I started laughing; ..so I let go of that thought. )

  10. I see what’s happening in the second one … but I don’t understand why it’s funny.

    And since we tend to question this sort of thing, (fleas with wings, etc) wouldn’t the camera lens be pointing away from his ear?

  11. The cross hatching is probably a watermark, showing that it is a copyrighted image. Image licensing websites will provide a low resolution picture with cross hatching or their name superimposed. If you want to get a high res picture without the watermark you have to pay them an exorbitant fee.

  12. Pete is correct: I got the image from a New Yorker site and oddly enough they were more interested in selling prints than being honored by CIDU.

  13. If they’re going to remake everything, I wish they’d move “Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow” to the head of the list. If nothing else, it would cause them to re-release the original TV episodes as a tie-in.

  14. @MinorAnnoyance: Never saw the Disney movie or TV adaptations, but I’ve read and enjoyed all of the original Dr. Syn books. They’ve not had much exposure in the U.S. (I managed to find imported British pb copies), though the first published of the series is old enough to be in public domain in the US:


    Chronologically, this is both the first and the last of the series; two decades later Thorndike wrote another
    half-dozen novels filling in the middle of Dr. Syn’s career. In the US, Ballantine reprinted the first two of those, but didn’t continue (and those editions are themselves hard to find now).

  15. @Treesong Well, I was aware something wasn’t correct in my writing, but I was sure of the feeling I was expressing.
    What I wanted to express was the feeling of seeing a (i.e. each) seated person (of honor) being raised without the group of cheerily singing revelers and well-wishers surrounding him or her. In retrospect, I feel imagination and memories could certainly make the ride quite deeply enjoyable for many.
    (The whole park is a little stark; I see maybe 1 other person, going into the tent.)

  16. carlfink – actually I am surprised that I don’t take photos of my ears – I seem to take photos of everything else but my ears by accident. Apps (how I hate that term) open and close seemingly at random sometimes to me. I mess up closing programs so that they are closed as opposed to switching to another program while leaving the last one open. My sister called me on my cell phone while Robert and I were dealing with my mom and a doctor. I managed to keep hitting hangup instead of answering the phone. (Oh, I miss my Palm Centro – or at least my Blackberry they are both only used for other than phone these days.)

  17. Traditionally the bride and groom are carried on chairs during part of the dancing after the wedding. I have been told that only youngest children getting married should have that done, either way I made it clear not to be done at our wedding – I am afraid of even such a low height and Robert’s parents would have been insulted.

  18. I need to see whether my wife remembers why we didn’t do the chair thing at our wedding.

    I was fine NOT doing it, but it’s not as if the groom has any say in anything (“Just make sure you have your tux and get to the place on time.”)

  19. Bill – I think I heard that it is suppose to be done with the parents when the youngest child gets married.

    For our wedding it was more of bride was told that no one cares what she thinks and everything planned around same. Robert learned from the wedding that “Meryl is always right”. Having a big wedding (which the mothers and Robert wanted and I did not) was a major error on so many levels, including keeping the 2 families apart afterwards – mostly because of his family not mine – for about a decade.

    Ever see a bridal gown designed by a committee? It’s a horror.

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