1. I understand neither the Six Chix nor the Reality Check.

    Unless “Rock Depot” isn’t a pun…

  2. I was thinking the same thing. I assumed it was referring to Home Depot, which would work if rock sounded anything like home.

  3. Never mind. A quick google cleared that up, but it was a bit more obscure for me than all the others.

  4. I could see the snail one becoming a staple in intro to cognitive psychology classes — in order to get it, you have to reanalyze — almost to the roots — a word that has a completely different meaning, but once you get back there, it is a very simple straight-forward kindergarten antonym. I guess what makes it so hard is you have to start with the word ‘slow’, which has no connotations to eating, but still somehow connect it to its antonym fast, and then work your way back to the alternate meaning of that word, and then work your way back forward to get the joke.

    I guess what is fascinating to the latent cog psy major in me is that the association cloud which surrounds “fast”, as in to not eat, doesn't seem to reach out to encompass slow, although it does reach “move quickly”, though there are probably suppression circuits in place to deactivate that activation so that it doesn’t get as far as reaching slow, which is why it takes a while to get this one…

  5. Yes, larK’s analysis seems completely right to me.

    I would add that “a juice fast” might be hard to bring to mind because it’s not the most common thing of that kind … people are more likely to be trying “a juice cleanse”.

  6. In the “Andertoons”, if the therapist actually thought a colleague had written “there is a crackpot I’d like to refer to you for treatment” that would be rather unprofessional, don’t you think? Anyway, she would not be so casually admitting it to the client!

  7. Agree with deety on the snails. I only came up with “fast” reading the comments – I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard of a juice fast.

  8. Hmm… I assumed a “juice slow” was a thing I hadn’t heard of and I was fine with that. I didn’t think “Rock Depot” was supposed to be a pun, but just a Home Depot for stuff dealing with rock music. Didn’t know what divine hammers were but figured it was a band name (or song title) I hadn’t heard of. Actually I’m a bit startled I understood as many references as I did. (All but “Divine Hammers”… although I don’t know what “tool” is … I’ve heard of it but don’t know what it is)

  9. “Rock Depot” sounds like the kind of names they used to give to music stores back in the day, and of course a play on “Home Depot”. It didn’t bother me much.

  10. I posted two that didn’t show, and no indication of going to moderation. Did they? If so, any idea why? We’ll see if this one posts.

  11. I’ve been doing a lot of crossword puzzles lately, and they are full of misleading wordplay. A four-letter word for “Not fast” could be “slow” or it could be “dine”. So I got the snail one and the Rock Depot one.

  12. And all three show up simultaneously. Okay.
    Brian in STL, your comments from 12:44 etc showed up for me in the Approved list pretty much at the same time, just as you observed. That it, I did not find them in Pending (official name for what we are calling moderation) or in Spam and approve/un-spam them. Perhaps Winter Wallaby did. But I was watching the lists pretty closely, waiting for the 60,000th, as noted. (That’s also why this present comment is so much delayed from your comments in question — I didn’t want one of my own to disturb the countdown.)

  13. Brian in StL, thanks for that Wiki link. This phrasing: Juice fasting, also known as juice cleansing, sort of answers the comments that said, heard of the latter but not the former.

  14. Mr. Snail bought a fancy sports car, and took it in to be detailed, with a big “S” logo on either side.
    He explained that he wanted the people in the town to notice him, and when he drove by they would all exclaim “Look at that S-car go!”

  15. I’d had that happen in the past, but you know how Bill was with technical issues. In this case, I’d posted the two, refreshed a couple times, went off and read Comics Curmudgeon, came back and refreshed again. Still no posts. Added that third one and all three showed immediately after posting it. Eh.

  16. I also got the ‘juice slow’ one right away as well. Just playing on ‘juice fast’. I’m surprised that it’s such an widely unrecognised phrase. It was used in Modern Family (Season 3, Episode 3), when Cam and Mitchell embark on one. They used that phrase throughout the episode.

  17. @ larK: “you have to start with the word ‘slow’, which has no connotations to eating”

    There is the Slow Food movement, which is not in opposition to “fast” in terms of fasting but in terms of industrial fast food production and consumption.


    “Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. Our approach is based on a concept of food that is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.

    GOOD: quality, flavorsome and healthy food
    CLEAN: production that does not harm the environment
    FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers"

  18. narmitaj: good point; and obviously there must be some connection, otherwise you’d never get there — it’s just that the connection is way on the outside of the association tree, and it takes time to navigate the “garden path” out an then back in to make the association. Not everyone will have the same associations, and some people will have the connection closer, and so get it quicker, and some people won’t have any connection, and not get the joke. For me it was a measurably long instance from WTF? to “Oh!”, and it was exactly like what I remember learning about in cog psych, where you have to go on the “garden path” in your processing — your processor thinks it’s going to be this way, so you rush headlong down the path, only to discover it isn’t what you thought it would be, and so you have to back track, wander around a bit until you find the path that leads to the connection that will take you to your destination.

  19. huh, must have entered my email address wrong in the previous comment that went into moderation — I notice the Identicon or whatever they’re called is different…

  20. Yes, and it treated you as a first-time commenter; there was nothing inherently moderation-triggering in the content or anything like that.

  21. DB-LD, I immediately thought of that joke as well. I had even considered mentioning earlier that a Japanese auto manufacturer had in the late ’80s introduced a retro-styled small van as a sort of nod to French Citroens of decades past. They named it the S-Cargo. They are popular today with collectors outside of Japan. Just to point out that pun is pretty far-reaching.

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