1. There is actual funny here in the Bizarro (the joke doesn’t work without a Pavlov reference). Or something of interest, anyway. The K2 is a model of typewriter made under the Everest brand. And this one isn’t cheap. And my other reading indicates they’re reputed to be not so nice to type on. http://www.torontotypewriters.com/store/p219/everest-k2-matte-finish.html

    This person feels that reputation isn’t fair, though.

    Over here, though, they’ll find some debate on the matter: https://oztypewriter.blogspot.com/2012/12/everest-typewriter-peak-but-far-from.html

  2. Yes, it’s Thursday.

    Isn’t it nice to know that in a couple days we will get a nice collection of Oys?

  3. I noticed something yesterday, Wednesday, when I was at an L-shaped strip mall at around 8pm, dusk. I noticed that there were so many stores closed at 7 or 8pm, with their lights out, that it made it feel like it was a Sunday evening. ….one more thing that may have help my mind lose track of the days.

  4. Oh man… I forgot to click the “publish at a future time” button again?

    No problem, just put together another for the real Saturday.

  5. @Brian in STL: You still believe there are such things as “real” Saturdays? You sweet naive innocent, you.

  6. I think it would be funnier if it were a photographer taking a picture of a 1920’s gangster and flapper in a Rolls Royce and the caption said “F. Stop Fitzgerald.”

  7. The dog comic is a Pavlov joke, and the pun is just incidental – however I think Fitzgerald’s problem was drinking every time the bell rang, not eating.

  8. Mark in Boston, that is a great one. You should sell that. I hear that comic creators buy jokes and that is top shelf.

    billybob, I know it’s supposed to be a Pavlov joke but it isn’t if there is no mention of Pavlov, especially because it’s using the Scott/Spot pun. It’s requiring you to go outside the panel for the joke and if you do, it still doesn’t work because why would F. Spot Fitzgerald have gone to Pavlov’s research lab? The comic would be a failure, though I guess I understand it, if it weren’t for the probably inadvertent typewriter joke.

  9. I think I’ve done this before, but why not again? As a quick quiz, can you give F. Scott Fitzgerald’s name in full? (And thereby identify his namesake.)

  10. Something’s gone awry with Wayno’s typewriter. The paper bail is on the BACK side of the platen, where the paper rest is supposed to be. Maybe it’s the victim of a clueless typewriter repair person.

    I suppose there’s a slight chance that this is related to Wayno’s age, and therefore to his personal exposure to typewriters. I can’t find a reference that tells me what that age might be, though.

  11. Good ‘un, Mark in Boston. That could lead to the photographers’ anthem — right, Mitch4?

  12. @Brian in STL: You still believe there are such things as “real” Saturdays? You sweet naive innocent, you.

    I quit being a productive member of society in 2018. I’ve had a couple years over many as far as structuring my days and weeks. Saturday is a bagel day. Dinner is traditionally chef’s salad.

  13. @ LeVieuxLapin – Wayno (Wayne Honath) was producing comics in the ’80s, so he’s definitely old enough to have seen (and used) a typewriter. However, I wouldn’t blame the error on the designer, I think it was the user (who is, after all, only a dog). He probably flipped it up when he was rolling the paper in, and forgot to flip it back down.

  14. So, does the typewriter and the joke requiring the reader to know they go ding qualify the Wayno as a geezer reference?

  15. Google refuses to let me search for “chicken fired steak”, so convinced I MUST be looking for “chicken fried steak” that even answering No to “Did you mean ‘chicken fried steak'” it changes nothing.
    I like the “Chuck Philay” certificate / diploma as much as the primary caption, although I now want to see a joke about Bruce Campbell’s Sam Axe’s (“Burn Notice”) alter ego, Chuck (here, potentially, “Chick”) Finley (also a former MLB southpaw, once married to Tawny Kitaen, so tawny owl could join the joke). Both Bruce and Tawny are associated with “Hercules, the Legendary Journeys”.

  16. A google search for
    “fired steak” +chicken
    will bring up a few hits where the phrase “chicken fired steak” occurs, but seemingly only as a typo.

    A braoder search for just
    “fired steak”
    brings up a lot of hits (mostly for “wood-fired steak(s)” but skimming the first couple pages didn’t show me any chicken connections.

    I resent google’s opinion that it knows better than I do what I want and/or that I shouldn’t be spending precious time searching for things relating to puns when I could, you know, be doing something more important with my life, like telling more advertiser trackers about what I’m interested in. (I don’t know that they have any way to monetize “he’s apparently interested in puns.”)

  17. As a native Miamian, I enjoyed seeing real locations in “Burn Notice” and how the writers seemed to have worked on getting some local culture and politics right. (Despite not getting over being creeped out by Jeffrey Donovan.)

    [Censoring remarks about Gabrielle Anwar.]

    “Dexter” was also set in Miami, and on most criteria was a much superior work of intrigue or thriller television art. But the television version (I didn’t have this complaint about the first two novels) was painfully inauthentic about the setting. For example, why did they fasten a name with “Broward” on the fictive newspaper that was always getting in the way with their own investigations of city government and police failings?

    [For onlookers, Broward County, whose largest city is Fort Lauderdale, is one step north of Dade or now Miami-Dade County, where Miami and Coral Gables and Hialeah etc etc are all located. I’m not saying a “Broward Morning News” or whatever it was supposed to be called would never have a story about Miami police coorruption, but if you won’t use the real “Miami Herald” or “Miami News” why not make up a “Miami Tribune” instead of flipping up to Broward?]

  18. I said: And yer all right! meaning there were some comments that correctly answered (indirectly, or by re-clueing, as it were) my quick quiz question about F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    His name in full was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, and his namesake was (or perhaps he was a namesake of) Francis Scott Key, who wrote the poem “The Star-Spangled Banner” which was used as the lyrics for the national anthem.

    Boise Ed signalled that he knew the answer by using the term “anthem”, as did CIDU Bill by saying “key”. DanV’s groan might also be about that. Congrats! On Yik-Yak and Spout I used to easily post little fireworks or bouquet images when awarding applause for answering some quiz, but I’ll let the words suffice this time.

  19. F-stop Fitzgerald was also the name of a comics character whose strip never caught on, in the seventies, maybe. I seem to remember it was a pilot strip of a cartoonist who was famous for something else. His Cicero’s Cat, if you will.

  20. True story from the 1960’s: a violin teacher told a student she was going to see a concert by the great violinist Zino Francescatti, and the student said “Is he the man who wrote the Star Spangled Banner?”

  21. One year when WFMT was doing a Marathon on behalf of CSO or another local musical organization, callers were asked to declare themselves as dog people or cat people and optionally dedicate their donations in a pet’s name. The winner for best musical pet name was “Vincent Pussycatty”.

  22. I’m both a cat person and a dog person. I have owned a cat named Franz, after Franz Liszt, a Newfoundland dog named Robber, named after one owned by Richard Wagner, and a dog named Furry Lisa, after the Beethoven piano piece.

  23. When I was on the tech staff at the CompSci Dept, for quite a while the version of LISP that we maintained was Franz LISP. (Eventually supplanted by Allegro Common LISP.)

  24. Mark in Boston: there should be a complement to LOL of GOL (Groan Out Loud), because that’s what I did at “Furry Lisa”… 🙂

  25. Ah, at one time a mere bagatelle, but what a continued life in practice lessons, adaptations, covers, orchestrations, and ultimately …. ringtones 😦 .

  26. It was totally unknown in Beethoven’s lifetime. Eventually Beethoven died, and many decades after that his girlfriend died, and it was found in her autograph album — apparently it was a thing back then for a composer, instead of just writing his name, to spend a couple of hours writing a three page piano piece. And so somebody saw an opportunity to make some money off of it, Beethoven being dead and Theresa, for that was her real name, being dead as well and neither about to make a fuss over the rights. And here we are.

  27. So I was trying to find out why Geo III’s oldest son/Uncle of Queen Victoria was in the hospital – true he did die early and he brother William IV became king (obviously therefore also a son of Geo III and an uncle of Queen Victoria) – but why it is funny. With my mind constantly overactive on historic British royalty it took some time looking a the picture to realize it was George on an IV – duh!

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