Sunday Funnies – LOLs, December 13th, 2020

Contributed by Andréa:

As with the first literary school of fish, there is no mystery about the point or the kind of joke, but we can exercise our memory and sense of Arizona’s 11th largest city by trying to pinpoint the writer in each case and the reason for the icon.

“Can’t remember if we used this or got sidetracked back then” Dept. Contributed by Olivier:

Another chapter in Horace’s eternal encounters with elevator buttons.


  1. Not sure I get the fish-avatars for Salinger and Tolstoy. Okay, a cannon for War and Peace but what is that sitting on top of it.

  2. I luv that ice cream truck with the live music!

    (But in some neighborhoods it means something different to say My assistant will bring the Glock)

  3. Salinger: Holden Caulfield wore a red cap like that in CATCHER IN THE RYE, as depicted on the cover of many editions of the book, including that first Signet pb that stayed in print for umpteen years:

    Not sure about the thing on the Tolstoy cannon — maybe a traditional “Cossack” hat?

    I have to admit I don’t get the Du Maurier (never read either Daphne or Gerald) or the Poe (I assume there’s a specific reference I’m blanking on). I think the Alcott and Wilde ones are hilarious.

  4. Thanks, Shrug. I’m fairly familiar with Catcher as a text, but haven’t seen the actual book in a long time!

    The Poe I figured was a hybrid fish/bird with the bird being a raven.

    I do not know about du Maurier, but got there by looking up Camellias, which turn out to be more Dumas, but du Maurier’s Rebecca features a garden with “monstrous” blood-red

    And BTW, WTF is the bit about Arizona?

  5. I got the fish but I’m baffled by Danny Boy’s ” Then don’t walk that way!”. Also, I thought the secret symbols were well imbedded in the Bizarro, particularly O2, K2, and eyeball.

  6. Treesong: “It hurts when you pillage” could have been followed by the medical advice “Then don’t pillage,” by analogy with the classic vaudeville joke “Doctor, it hurts when I walk this way” — “Then don’t walk that way.” Bad-da-bing.

    (Actually, I think I’ve more often seen a broader “It hurts when I do this” — “Then don’t do that” version.)

  7. Thanks, Danny & Shrug & jjmcgaffey, for untangling the connection of the LugNuts “pillage” cartoon and a couple old gags. Actually, I think all that’s needed is Shrug’s “It hurts when I do this” — “Then don’t do that” version.

    Danny seems to have imported “walk this way” from a different one: Nurse tells a patient in the waiting room to come into the exam rooms by saying “Now walk this way, Mr. Smith” and he (walking bowlegged in pain or stiffness) says “If I could walk that way I wouldn’t need a doctor!”

  8. I’m sure the Tolstoy cannon was wearing a Russian hat, but at first it looked like a brown wheel of cheese, appropriate since they were fighting the French.
    After the Muppet Show version of “In the Navy,” starring Viking pigs, one of them said his cousin was terrible at it – he was the pillage idiot.

  9. “analogy with the classic vaudeville joke “Doctor, it hurts when I walk this way” — “Then don’t walk that way.” Bad-da-bing.”

    Corny as it may be, I like the one where the guy walks into the doctor’s office and points to various parts of his body and says, ‘It hurts when I push here, and here, and here and here.’ Doctor replies, “I know what your problem is. Your finger’s broken.” Bad-da-bing!!!

  10. Good one Stan.

    That might have been one of the objections raised by Quine et al to relying on “ostensively definition” – when your informant points at things and utters a word, maybe it means the thing they are pointing at .. or it means finger.

  11. I first saw the “Then don’t walk that way” as a punch cartoon where the patient says “It hurts when I do this” (holds his hand and elbow at an angle) and the doctor says “Then why the h— do you do it?”.

    I always thought that was a funny punch line than “then don’t do it”.

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