Sunday Funnies – LOLs, January 24th, 2021

Somewhat slapdash Shakespeare but what the hey?

And here is the shocking exposé!

“The following contains scenes of people not accepting what they cannot change. Viewer discretion is advised.”
He thinks he’s so clever, but … !

This time the cartoon should for sure be taken on its own, and doesn’t need the Hax column.


  1. Very slapdash Shakespeare, and it’s not even a decent pun.

    I don’t get the first one though. Is it just that she’s pretending the bag said something insulting, and that’s why she’s kicking it?

  2. It bothers me far too much that the quote is from “Hamlet” and not “Taming of the Shrew.”

  3. Thanks, Ignatzz, for specifically pointing out what the CIDU editorial remark was calling the “slapdash Shakespeare” of this cartoon.

    At least (see yesterday) the Duffy scrawl-signature only appears the standard once.

  4. Powers, I suppose that is just her workout routine, including some punching and kicking with the heavy bag. Part of getting motivated for that aspect seems to be “get mad at it! show it what you think of it! kick it make it take back those remarks!”

  5. I detect a whiff of politics in the New Yorker comic.

    Oh, and don’t Americans have an ‘E’ in the school grading system? There used to be in the UK until quite recently (now marks are given from 1 – 9, if anyone is interested). Well, if there is/was, young Sajak is asking for trouble.

  6. Stan, the most common American system is “A-B-C-D-F” skipping over E. But some places do have “A-B-C-D-E” ; and indeed that would show why he just thinks he is so clever asking for a vowel, as you point out.

    And at university level, he might end up with an I for Incomplete!

  7. When I was in third grade (in an American elementary school), the grading system was “E-B-C-D-F”. The E stood for Excellent. I didn’t really think this was all that strange, because at that age, the letters were arbitrary — and why shouldn’t they be? After all, growing up involves learning a lot of arbitrary things.

    When my mom would see an “E” grade on one of my assignments, sometimes she would (jokingly) exclaim, “You got an ‘E’ ?! What is that, a grade somewhere between a ‘D’ and an ‘F’ ?” Not being familiar with the more common “A-B-C-D-F” grading system, I had no idea what she was talking about.

  8. The caption:

    “The following contains scenes of people not accepting what they cannot change. Viewer discretion is advised.”

    still works if you remove the word “not”, changing it to:

    “The following contains scenes of people accepting what they cannot change. Viewer discretion is advised.”

    That’s still scary… maybe even scarier.

  9. “for specifically pointing out what the CIDU editorial remark was calling the “slapdash Shakespeare” of this cartoon.”

    But that doesn’t explain why it is listed as a LOL. So far as I can tell, the joke is “shrew” and “scrod” both start with S and contain an R which is so weak an excuse for a pun it only makes me angry that anyone attempt to make it. It could maybe go for absurdism and rely on its caption “Get thee to a cannery” if it had been the correct play but its not; and “cannery” and “nunnery” is hardly a pun either.

    “Powers, I suppose that is just her workout routine”

    But that would remove any joke entirely. At least Powers’ observation would make for an extremely weak (although not chuckle worthy) joke. If it’s here routine there is nothing whatsoever.

    Unless it’s that she’s wearing mittens instead of boxing gloves.

    I notice “dog=arf”. That’s cute.

  10. Woozy, you’re entirely welcome to just consider it not marked LOL and just enjoy it without labels.

  11. Wait… That’s not Bernie Sanders in the first cartoon?

    (I’m joking… at least I know of the Bernie Sanders meme.)

  12. The Reply All is funny for readers who follow it somewhat regularly, because this character’s personality and usual attitude to things like exercise and eating-right make it striking that she is doing her best to “perform” the bag routine. Also she does get randomly angry at things she encounters.

  13. A persistent internet legend is that baby carrots are bad for you because they are washed in a chlorine solution. It’s true, but so are pretty much all commercial fruits and vegetables. They aren’t harmful.

  14. I liked the cannery/nunnery pun, and I liked the scrod/screw pun, but mixing up the plays is inexcusable. Maybe he could have turned each of those two into a separate cartoon. Maybe use similar drawings, one for each day, or perhaps just have a carpenter with an obstinate screw.

    I kinda liked the “rotting in yell” one, too, but it might have been better with “rotting in Yelp.”

  15. Back in the 50’s, a lot of elementary schools used (E)xcellent, (S)atisfactory and (U)nsatisfactory (I think it was U, might have been I for incomplete.)

  16. I must be too easy-going; I was a Shakespeare major in gradiate school (well, an Elizabethan Dramatic Texts major, close enough), and I didn’t at all mind the fact that the cartoon drew from two different plays.

    Of course, I didn’t find it funny, either. I’m not THAT easy-going.

  17. I wasn’t sure if baby corn was regular corn picked early or a special variety, but it’s mostly the former. Apparently some varieties are preferred because they produce more ears but many can be used. I have a number of cans of it because the local supermarket had a clearance sale on Dynasty brand ahead of stocking their own label.

  18. Yeah, the “Say it again, Bag” is sort of a CIDU for me as well. I imagine this is just how she works out, and it’s not really that weird a way to work out.

    Actually (spoiler alert) in about 5 hours we have a CIDU coming up that I see as very similarly non-jokey – it’s just someone’s perfectly normal workout strategy.

  19. “In “Wheel of Fortune”, when you buy a vowel you get to specify which one.”

    Ahhh, true. I forgot about that. Never mind. Maybe he’s on to something after all.

  20. What is a Hax Column? asks Lord Flatulence.

    Good question. My apologies for too abruptly stepping down from over-explaining to under-.

    On previous occasions of running “Nick and Zuzu” cartoons we have put in a note like this:

    In case you didn’t know, the “Nick and Zuzu” comic panels run as accompaniment to an advice column by Carolyn Hax. Sometimes they really depend on the writing and are totally CIDU without it. Other times, the comic is quite independent of the column which sparked it; and that is the case here. And the cartoons appear elsewhere, where the column is not available or even mentioned, such as GoComics. —- But in case you are interested: the Hax column which had this as its illustration was at this link, which has a paywall but should allow some free visits.

    (That link in the quoted remark has been denatured.)

    In this case, it was our judgement that linking to the corresponding episode of the advice column by Carolyn Hax would have been not so good an idea. But then, it might better have simply gone without mention, rather than getting an indirect and confusing message. Point taken!

  21. This past year we started getting Hax’s column in our local paper and there are no comics with it – nor does the Nick and Zuzu comic appear in the comics section (double page spread other than Sunday color separate section) or elsewhere in the paper.

  22. I think the home paper for Carolyn Hax column is the Washington Post, where usually there is an accompanying cartoon. But their syndication deals may not be for the full package.

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