Sunday Funnies – LOL, October 11th

From Andréa, for whom it was also an Oy, and from Findus.

Also from Andréa

From mitch4.

Also from mitch4, who comments that it goes with the classic joke punch line: “We needed the eggs”!  

From CaroZ, who says “I believe I am using the LOL doctrine correctly.” We think so, but would remark every doctrine needs wiggle room.


  1. I definitely don’t understand the chicken/psychiatrist panel, and I also think I don’t get the Noah’s Ark panel. Can anyone help?

  2. The p in pteranodon is silent, Noah thinks it is ‘teranodon’.
    I think the psychiatrist one is cynical: whoever the patient, it’s all gobbledygook to him.
    Is the fishing one about holy mackerel?

  3. Since Pterodactyl starts with a P and not T the joke is they changed the spelling to get a better spot in line.

    No clue on the chicken one.

  4. The patient thinks they are a chicken. And are so convinced of it that they even in some sense “project” that appearance, and will get perceived that way, drawn that way, heard that way.

    The joke mentioned is not an exact match but shares the premise. I think it comes from long ago, before the stand-up boom, so might have been a partner-act dialogue. Anyway, here’s a version from the Internet and a quick search. It is missing a line sometimes used in it — “How long has this been going on?” — “Ever since he was a little chick” — but the “how long” question is needed here to set up the eggs.

    A woman goes to see the psychiatrist, “Doctor, my brother thinks he’s a chicken.”

    “Oh, my goodness!” says the psychiatrist. “How long has he thought he was a chicken?”

    “Oh, about two years now,” says the woman.

    “What? Your brother has thought he was a chicken for two years, and you’re only coming to see me now?”

    “Well…,” the woman shrugged, “We needed the eggs.

    At the joke is attributed to Woody Allen in Annie Hall.

  5. chipchristian, that’s a python, which comes alphabetically just after something starting with “pt”.

  6. >At the joke is attributed to Woody Allen in Annie Hall.

    Nonsense. It was a very old joke that at the time everyone I know had heard it. When I saw Annie Hall in the Theater there was only one person in the theater who hadn’t heard the joke and there was a single lone guffaw when Woody Allen told it. (And he did *say* “there’s an old joke….”)


    I get very few of this. I guess the first one is a play on “holy mackerel” vs. “secular mackerel” but… I’ll pull a Bill and say, so what? It’s not even as if one of them were a priest (which wouldn’t make any sense but at least would be consistent with comic conventions… As it is this about as funny as a person saying “The wife and I are playing to get a pet. I’d like a cold dog.”)

    Even with the explanation I don’t really get the chicken one. Except I don’t think he’s a person who thinks he’s a chicken. I think it’s really a chicken. And speaking like a chicken. It has a surreal appeal but is over all a “…. what….?”

    I get the Pearls before Swine but don’t think its’ funny or logically consistent. Using predestination as a justification to lay in bed is the exact same reasoning as to punch your enemy so the rat suggesting it is both entirely predictable and contains no twist whatsoever… It’s just an obvious (and utterly valid) response. (By the way, claiming you are preordained to be lazy, is invalid as you are also preordained to know it is wrong and to not desire to do so.)

  7. woozy: Well, it sounds like you get all of them. You just don’t think they’re funny, which is something different.

  8. “At the joke is attributed to Woody Allen in Annie Hall.”

    Okay, I’m going to quibble. That blog claims the joke is *IN* “Annie Hall” (which it is, I mean, you’ve seen “Annie Hall” and remember it, don’t you?) but the blog never *attributes* it to Annie Hall. Indeed the blog states that “Woody Allen states that love is like the joke” (empahsis mine) the “the” implies Woody Allen assumed the joke was pre-existing.

    I suppose it’s a minor point as Annie Hall is now, indisputably, the most famous instance of the joke and Annie Hall came out over 43 years ago its reasonable that many people would assume that is the origin of the joke but … it’s not.

    (The single laugh in the theater was pretty weird and embarrassing.)

  9. W00zy, I didn’t mean anything nearly that studied by saying “attributed” and didn’t think I was thereby maligning the blog author. I was just shallow-looking for any mentions / versions besides my own vague memories of hearing it fairly often, long ago.

  10. >woozy: Well, it sounds like you get all of them. You just don’t think they’re funny, which is something different.

    There’s a difference between getting them and not thinking they are funny, and understanding what the supposed joke is but truly not getting why it should (or can) be considered funny.

    The first (which is how I feel about the Pearls before Swine) is getting it. But the latter (the secular mackerel and the chicken) I’d say is not. Or maybe I really *don’t* get the chicken one. I mean if I had a joke about a donkey in the audience of a baseball game and the donkey said “Hee-haw” that can’t possibly qualify as joke, could it? and the explanation that donkeys don’t go to baseball games and donkeys can’t talk doesn’t cut it, does it?

  11. Thanks, Winter, that historical survey was interesting.

    Odd how different versions designate the deluded relative in different ways. Yet most often male, despite it being hens that produce eggs.

  12. Woozy, what made it funny to me was that clearly they are *both* misusing the doctrine. But perhaps being in Geneva I am predisposed (if not predestined?) to appreciate Calvinist jokes.

  13. Wow, I just accepted Noah’s comment at face value and didn’t even think about the proper spelling of “pterodactyl”.

  14. >”what made it funny to me was that clearly they are *both* misusing the doctrine.”

    I suppose, but it seemed more to me that the cartoonist thought the pig was using it correctly (and the cartoonist thinks it is crap) and the rat is misusing it (and showing it is crap). I figure they are both applying it equally and logically exactly the same and their statements are completely equivalent. And I think in nearly all discussions I’ve seen of how most people use the doctrine, they are both using it .. as most people do.

  15. Rat is simple showing Pig that predestination is ok as long as it suits you, and that you’ll fight it otherwise.
    There was an equivalent Calvin & Hobbes about fate, I think.

  16. If predestination is real, then their misuse of it was also predetermined. As is whether you agree with it or not, and whether you’ll argue about it or choose not to do so. Or to post about it.

  17. Ah, wo0zy, I can see how you might have interpreted it that way. But my experience with Pearls is that when Pastis makes a reference like that, he tends to get it right. So I give him the benefit of the doubt that he knows perfectly well that Pig isn’t using the doctrine correctly (understanding that subtlety would be out of character for Pig anyway).

    Now, I don’t pretend to know what opinion Pastis might have on whether the doctrine itself is crap….

  18. There’s a line I heard, and even quoted a few times, but I can’t remember where it came from. It may be from the 18th or 19th century. Can anyone help me? Here it is:

    “The P is silent, as in bed.”

  19. I’m surprised no one’s brought up this joke yet:

    Q: Why can you never hear a pterodactyl going to the bathroom?

    A: Because the “P” is silent.

  20. Five comics. I thought two were funny on first glance. I think two more are funny now that I know the joke. Sure, the chicken panel is funny in reference to the old joke, but has nothing to do with the joke. But, that strip doesn’t appeal to me at all.

    I can’t help but feel that there is something political in the Pearls strip.

  21. Darn you, J-L! I was going to make that joke! 🙂

    I think the secular mackerel one is really trying too hard. Pop up shop is really funny, though.

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