Sunday Funnies – LOLs, August 15th, 2021

Yikes! Or is that LOL-Yikes?

See also discussion by Arnold Zwicky on thesaurusization


  1. The Bliss was ruined for me by the over-scratchy, over-detailed art. I couldn’t figure out what was going on in the picture fast enough for the in-my-head comedic timing to work. When you cartoon, you can leave out details, Mr. Bliss.

    I really like that Junk Drawer. That would actually be a very cool exhibit, in a real museum.

  2. Carl, I can go along with your complaint / disappointment with how Bliss handled the drawing here. I just yesterday tucked away one I didn’t understand (in both B/W and color versions in case that made a difference) and was pondering whether it would make a satisfactory CIDU post. But let’s just use it here, since the subject has been broached.

    In this one (these), I can’t make out who’s talking, nor who the named Tony and Karen are. The guests’ identity may not matter much, but I think knowing who’s speaking may affect what flavor or degree of dismissive putdown the dialogue represents.

  3. It seems pretty clear to me in the Bliss quoted above that the speaker is the woman in the middle (in blue in the color version), talking to the man with the beard, and that Tony and Karen are the two people on the right waiting expectantly for the anecdote; it would have helped if her mouth were more open, but the composition and layout of the scene, plus the body language of all the participants seems pretty clear to me. Sadly, it doesn’t make it funny to me, but there it is…

  4. In the Working Daze (almost literally in this cartoon), there is a pair of shoes improbably left at the edge of the hole — it is very unlikely that someone was knocked away by the incident, leaving the shoes like that; no, the placement of the shoes speaks much more to deliberate placement, ie: a lady just committed suicide by jumping into the hole! Did she orchestrate the whole incident so she could have a convenient jumping place, or were the events just too much for her and she rashly acted on a suicidal impulse? We’ll never know, especially since our reference character is so out of it in his working daze that he is unaware that anything at all has happened, let alone the finer details of one person’s tragedy amidst this disaster…

  5. I can figure out who the speaker is in the comments-inserted Bliss cartoon, but it is not obvious enough for the joke to work. Unless the realization that you’ve misinterpreted a drawing is the joke itself, the art shouldn’t distract from the wordplay, IMO.

  6. In the Bliss that Mitch added in a comment, notice that the color version removes or dims a lot of the background detail visible (albeit scratchy) in the b/w version, such as the books on the shelf, the framed pictures, the texture of the lampshade, and especially the highlighting/shadowing that provided a little 3D modelling of the people.

    BTW, they will show much larger if you click on the images.

    I agree that it has to be the woman in light blue that is speaking. Both the guests are female, no matter that one is named Tony.

    For me it’s not exactly a funny LOL, but amusing in a satirical way, and rich in subtext/backstory when you think about how and why she expects to score points with the guests by the manner she goes about putting down her bearded honey.

  7. I don’t know about these Pleather-bearing creatures, but Naugahyde still comes from these Naugas:

  8. Danny Boy: Old joke but Naugahyde came from the chemical/fabric plant that was alongside the Naugatuck River in the Waterbury Valley in the town of Naugatuck Connecticut.
    The river at that time ran green and was as polluted as a river can get. They (in Connecticut) have since cleaned up the river, the chemical plants are gone and life somehow is returning after 50 years.

  9. Thanks, Raymond A. Levesque, I knew about the product a little but not all that background info. It may have been jokesters who came up with concern for the Naugas, as an abstract thought; but at some point the company embraced the idea and took these figures as a mascot.

  10. I aquience your refusal to cease the plethora of obfuscation as we fail to achieve amaranthine epistemology amongst the endless curmudgeon

  11. I do know a woman named (or nicknamed) Toni, but none named or nicknamed Tony.

    Which brings up an interesting point. Cartoonists have to rely on stereotypes to name one-shot characters so you know who is talking to whom. Given an Asian woman, a Black man, a man in lederhosen, a large woman with long pigtails and a horned helmet, a man with a mustache wearing a derby and holding an umbrella, and someone wearing a canine fursuit and the names Kim, Kwambe, Gunther, Grimhilde, Nigel and Blackwolf you know how to match them up.

  12. “It seems pretty clear to me in the Bliss quoted above that the speaker is the woman in the middle (in blue in the color version), talking to the man with the beard”

    I thought it was the bearded man speaking to the woman in the middle.

    But I can’t see how it or being unable to determine the speaking can make any difference. The point is pretty clear that one person is telling his/her partner to tell the other couple about the event.

    I suppose one can claim that it appears one of the apparently female company has the masculine seeming name Tony, but to even notice is more scrutinizing than necessary, and to claim that such would make the cartoon confusing, I just can’t take as an earnest complaint.

    As… for the joke…. well, usually “Honey, tell our friends about the thing we did” is supposed to be positive but here it’s a passive aggressive attempt to complain about how stupid the speaker thought it was….. which is very very so little for a joke and so utterly not worth making that it’s fairly astonishing. But then this isn’t the first time bliss did a “How can he possibly think that is enough” in my opinion.

  13. I wonder if the Bizarro deserves a geezer tag. Thesauri are plentiful online and in various word processing programs, but none of them (to my knowledge) bear Roget’s name. I still have a print version on my desk. I could get to it with some minor effort since there’s a lot of stuff piled in front of and on top of it, but it’s marginally accessible. But I haven’t opened it in well over a decade, probably closer to 15 years. On those occasions I need a synonym, I go online. How many non-geezers will connect the name Roget with the idea of a thesaurus?

  14. DemetriosX, my impression (not based on much data) is that the name “Roget’s Thesaurus” still has currency. OTOH when I saw Zwicky’s blog entry and it was headed something about “Peter Mark” I was lost until he mentioned those were Roget’s forenames.

  15. I still have my old Roget’s paperback, along with a rhyming dictionary. However, as I sit at this computer I tend to go straight to the internet rather than walk into the next room for the text versions. As unsatisfying as a few of my latest searches have been I’m beginning to wonder if the paper books might have something the internet versions lack. 🙂

  16. larK – the shoes (and the accompanying water bottle) are actually an in-joke – they belong to Rita, the INCREDIBLY clueless manager. I had not in fact noticed them, but if I had my reaction would have been something along the lines of “Oh, of course! Rita caused this!” As far as I know this was a gag strip (they do have occasional continuity sets of 5-20 strips with one storyline), and Rita has not in fact caused a huge hole in the office – but she did turn herself into a dinosaur recently, and messed up the office that way (broken doorways, among other things).

  17. I have a thesaurus labeled “Roget’s Thesaurus.” Also I used to have a rule book for card games called “Hoyle’s Rules of Games.” Both of them were modern; the thesaurus had words unknown to Roget and the rule book had games unknown to Hoyle. I’ve also seen (online) an 18th-century “Joe Miller’s Jests” which was all funny (and maybe true) anecdotes about people whose names were familiar in the 18th century. There was nothing in it from the original “Joe Miller’s Jests,” which anyway was not by Joe Miller but was put together by Joe Miller’s friends to help support his widow.

    You DO have to be an antiquarian (all the geezers are too young) for the name “Joe Miller” to ring a bell.

  18. Robert thought that I was using one of those Aesop’s fables while we were in Pennsylvania on a long awaited (almost 3 years) trip – albeit for one day. We had gone in our little RV (Chevy van commercially converted to RV) as it needed to be driven (or per our mechanic – it would die), we could shop at the farmer’s market and bring food home in the dorm sized fridge, and – most importantly under the current pandemic circumstances – use the toilet if we needed to.

    We had managed to go through the day without using it (I made one stop in a public ladies room – he can avoid going all day). Then we went to dinner. Afterwards we were walking in the around in their large gift shop. I needed to, so I checked out the ladies room – cleaned after last bus group left (it is in the bus group meetup area of the store) and I did so. I went back and walked around a bit more in the shop. They gave last call for the shop and i went to the stairs to meet up with Robert. No Robert….. I went upstairs and texted him where I was. He texted back that he was in, yes, the toilet in the RV. He had had texted me twice and then telephoned me to let me know as I had not responded. I did not get either text nor his call. He does make calls by the Internet as he has very limited calling minutes. Much like Aesop – he thought it was a fable that I did not get the call, until he checked my phone and there that none of the three were in the phone. I still have not received them some weeks later.

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