1. The close to home one really didn’t need a caption. And if it has a caption it certainly didn’t need to that long and detailed.

  2. A very old Punch cartoon showed an empty meeting hall, with a banner reading “No More Stupid Jokes!” over the equally empty dais. The caption explained it was a mass meeting of absent-minded professors protesting jokes at their expense.

    And this oldie:
    — “Doctor, I keep having spells of amnesia. What shall I do?”
    — “First of all, pay me in advance.”

  3. I agree. Shakespeare had it right when he wrote: “brevity is the soul of wit”.

    Possible alternatives: “Day 11! I’m sitting on a goldmine!”; “Can’t wait to see who comes back tomorrow.”; “Works every year.”

    BTW What’s that happy little yellow box with legs between the two men?

  4. @ Stan – The idiotic yellow alien is McPherson’s version of the annoying squirrel; he’s been inflicting it on readers for a year or two already. It’s just as pointless as Piraro’s Easter eggs, but nowhere near as interesting nor skillfully executed.
    P.S. @ Pete – Yes, the rabbits are a repeat, but Bill relegated the first appearance to the Arlo page.

  5. Heh, according to Downpuppy’s link, the dog was named Caesar and the picture was actually titled “Ave, Caesar, te morituri salutantem” (Hail, Caesar, we who are about to die salute you). And the dog was very good until the artist had to go answer the door. He returned to find the dog still in his pose, but the sausages nowhere to be seen.

  6. The ZITS recalls the Mark Twain quote that I’m fond of bringing up to my 23-year-old son every, oh, eight minutes or so: “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” Apparently I still have a few things to pick up, though.


  7. Also doesn’t “80% of these folks come every day” undercut the joke. Cartoons are the one time you should exaggerate. I was assuming every single one of them was coming every day.

    Did it need a caption? Wouldn’t just the two smirking be enough? If it needed a caption wouldn’t “Here we go again” be enough?

  8. I think it needed a caption, but it should and could have been much shorter.

    The 80% not just undercuts it, but also makes is confusing for me. It’s such a specific number, it makes me wonder if it has some significance that I’m missing.

  9. I donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, but I still keep getting reminders to donate. It’s the most vile example of fundraising by a legitimate organization that I ever saw.

  10. Mark in Boston: Seconded. I gave the Alzheimer’s Association $25 once, some two or three years ago, and have gotten at least thirty “reminder” letters from them since. I’ve sent them a couple of “stop this, you’re wasting your money and insuring that I’ll never give you another penny replies, which were ignored.

  11. One of the advantages to using a Donor-advised Fund for charitable giving is that you can make the donation as anonymous as you want. I got started that way because it was a way to front-load multiple years of donations ahead of the changes to the tax laws.

  12. “I TOTALLY FORGOT WHO SENT ME THIS ONE” <- took me 24 hours, but finally I got it. (Truth is, it even upset me yesterday.)

  13. Shrug – I had a client who was a noted physician and rather involved with the hospital that he practiced and taught at. When he passed away I sent a $5 contribution (it was some decades ago) in his memory to the hospital. Over the next 20 years or so they sent me a solicitation every December. I figure that they spent a great deal more that $5 to send me all the solicitations.

    Similarly, we sent a $25 donation to a major children’s health charity for a couple of years – then I figured out that they were spending (almost in postage alone) more than that to solicit us for further contributions per year. We stopped sending to save them money. I am going to send to them again, with a letter to the head of it saying that we will keep sending annually as long as they don’t waste the money asking us for more money.

  14. And what is with the ADDRESS LABELS??? In this day and age of internet banking, emails, etc., how many people need HUNDREDS of these things?? I get them from charities I’ve never even heard of. Funnily enough, Hubby never. receives. one. I only use them for Howliday Cards, but I still have enough for the near [and far] future.

  15. Andréa – one use for address labels is if one goes to some sort of exhibition hall show – quilt show, business show, etc one can put then on lists that one wants to sign up on.

    One can also use them on Christmas cards.

  16. I send over 100 cards (I manage two card exchanges – one Airedale, one Cairn), and I JUST RECEIVED MORE LABELS!! Hubby says, ‘Oh good, now you can start collecting for next year’. This, from the man who never receives any.

    The irony is that these are all coming from organizations to which I never donated. So not donating wouldn’t stop ’em comin’.

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