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  1. No, he feels it on the left wrist. Yes, I know that would take an incredibly sensitive touch but that’s part of the joke I think.

  2. I believe that PMP has been known to recycle artwork with new captions and/or dialog, but in this case the artist just didn’t bother to make the composition fit better to the intended joke. All that would have been needed is a horizontal image flip.

    P.S. The other possible location for the watch would be “where the sun don’t shine”.

  3. P.P.S. If the P.S. is correct then Philip has the explanation, but it seems a bit crude.

  4. Sorry, Kilby, but what would flipping the image have done to make things better?

    It’s pretty clear to me the watch is supposed to be inside the puppet. I don’t see how it’s crude.

  5. @ Powers – Flipping the image would have put the watch in his lap (which I now agree is incorrect). As for crudity, it depends on whether you consider puppet anatomy to be “realistic”.

    P.S. Just for “fun“:

  6. I thought it was a “Eww” but the puppet could not feel the sweep second hand unless the Rolex was lacking a crystal, which seems very unlikely, so I’m thinking it’s just a stupid attempt at humor with the watch on the hidden right hand.

  7. Sorry, maybe I’m being dense. Is there an assumption that a watch can never be found on a right wrist, but only ever a left?

  8. Powers, typically a watch is worn on your non-dominant hand, which for most people is your left.

    Even if he could feel, the puppet couldn’t feel anything with the bezel on the watch. And it seems to me that a puppeteer would use his dominant hand anyway, so then the watch would be in his lap. I guess he’s a lefty. So the puppet is looking and seeing the watch and the humor is that he’s commenting on it as a partner in a comedy duo might if he thought his partner was cheating him out of his fair share of the profits? I don’t think it’s funny.

  9. Powers, yes, that assumption seems to underlie some of this discussion. As a left-hander myself, I was aware of some asymmetrical tools, implements, and practices which were mostly made in right-hand versions but could be obtained in some cases in left-hand versions. Then it was up to you individually (or your family of course when you were a child) to decide whether to obtain left-hand versions of particular artifacts or adapt to right-hand use.

    Among the cases where I didn’t bother with lefty versions were wristwatches. But as you note, they do exist! It was more significant when watches really had to be wound up very regularly, and the strength and dexterity(!) of the free hand mattered more. But nowadays you may need to adjust the time once in a while, but do not need to wind up ever, so this can be done with your off hand pretty well.

  10. The puppet enjoys fisting, and the puppeteer has previously withheld the enhanced experience provided by the subtle vibration of a sweep second hand, crystal or not.

  11. I just thought the puppet was simply upset the guy had enough cash to buy an expensive watch but presumably didn’t share the wealth with him.

  12. @Mr Grumpy – far from unlikely, it’s guaranteed – Rolexes are mechanical, not quartz, and the second hands do not sweep smoothly, they tick forwards in discrete jumps.

  13. @Kilby – I once saw a snowman on the roof of a building highly visible to trains on a major commuter line into London which was in one (oh, alright, three) tumescent aspects distinctly anatomically “correct”. In quotes because strictly speaking it was somewhat exaggerated.

  14. @Mike P, would you happen to know if that sculpture is the one shown in the opening credits sequence of “Vera” television detective series? When I see that flash by I always momentarily take it for a Native American artifact that has been brought over and made into public art somewhere in the North of England.

  15. Perhaps this is just a left-handed ventriloquist, which would put the watch on the other wrist.

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