Sunday Funnies – LOLs, August 7th, 2022

This should fulfill the category tag of “Momentary CIDU”. It presents something genuinely puzzling, but solvable quickly enough that it wouldn’t work as a daily standalone CIDU post.

A delectable one from Mutts’ finicky cat.

I couldn’t resist tossing this in the list … for the sake of quoting these classic lyrics:
Ahh you've gone to the finest school, all right Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get JUICED in it
Nobody's ever taught you how to live out on the street
But you find out now you're gonna have to get USED to it

Here is the Dark-LOL advertised in the Category links:

This reminds me of a joke by Steven Wright: “I wish, when I was first born, the first thing I said was “Quote” so the last thing I said before I died would be “Unquote.””

Chemgal sends in this pair from Strange Planet:

Is the phrasing that somebody “is assisting the police in their inquiries” used everywhere? I first learned the phrase back when I worked for the Journals Division and a certain scholarly Association worked with us to draft a press release and statement to go in the journal they sponsored and edited but we published. The readership / membership had to be told that there would be an interim Acting Editor for an issue or more, as the Editor’s stay in the UK was being extended as he was needed there “to assist the authorities in their inquiries into the circumstances of the death of his wife”! [mitch]

We just had “The Grill is On” as an OY yesterday, so we’ll pick another song to wake you up this morning. [ if the embed doesn’t show up correctly; your new editor is still learning a few things ]


  1. @ Snickers – The store’s owner is standing there with a broom: he has an unusually large “pocket”, so that all of the items fit in his, but not in the customer’s pocket.

  2. Kilby says: The store’s owner is standing there with a broom: he has an unusually large “pocket”

    I believe the “pocket” is an anatomical feature of just the female kangaroo, not a “he”-roo. (And also does not look much like a clothing pocket, of course.)

  3. @ deety – Ooops. I’d like to claim that the missing “S” was a typo, but it wasn’t.

  4. I googled “pictures of kangaroo pocket” and half-disagree about the resemblance to clothing pockets. The resemblance was stronger than I would have expected. (My expectation from some other nature films I would have seen a few years back, was more like a sphincter. Those were probably showing the newborn “joey” crawling around and entering.)

    In any case, Kilby’s observation of the drawn large pocket on the store staff or proprietor certainly has to have something to do with the shoppe name. But I don’t really buy the explanation about the kangaroo using its own pouch as a measure of what constitutes a pocket-size object. More likely, the owner and family have named their business “Pocket” in honor of the prominent anatomic feature; that’s why it is so large on the front window signage. But then the name just applies to anything about the store, including the items for sale.

  5. The problem is a kangaroo’s anatomical feature is usually called a ‘pouch’. At least where I come from. I’ve never heard it called a ‘pocket’. This would be better as an oopsie/semi-CIDU for me. I don’t find it particularly funny, either.

  6. The store owner?, probably not a he, (even though my brain held both ideas simultaneously: thinking the owner was a male and that the pouch was on a female).

  7. I first ran into the English phrase “assisting the police in their inquiries” in Agatha Christie novels, so perhaps that’s when it became familiar to Americans, although I don’t think American police use the term.

  8. OK, so “helping the police with their inquiries” is a euphemism for “arrested (but not quite)”, but what is the joke?

    (And remember, in the US, when dealing with the police, always follow the following script:

    You: am I under arrest?

    Police: no

    You: am I free to go?

    [Repeat until you are either let go, or they confirm you are arrested, at which point you say:]

    You: I want a lawyer

    [And say nothing else.])

  9. Happened on this Maria Scrivan today. Apparently the convention is for the pouch to be drawn as a pocket, of the patch-pocket type mostly, with a horizontal top opening.

  10. In German, female kangaroos have a “bag” (“Beutel”†), and marsupials in general are referred to as “Beuteltiere” (bag animals). The container for a man’s watch or knife is called a “Tasche” (“pocket”), but a lady’s handbag is called a “Handtasche”, so there is a bit of linguistic overlap.

    P.S. † – In the German version of “The Hobbit”, Bilbo’s last name was rendered as “Beutlin”.

  11. The joke in this Pros & Cons is in the interaction, with the suspect responding to a literal take on the “helping the police” phrasing, and then Detective Defoe (a strip regular) finding a somewhat mean but still clever way of turning it back around against him.

    But also … that’s a bit of an excuse … I did in fact laugh at this, so it meets the criteria and doesn’t need an excuse .. but in addition I wanted to ask about the “assisting the police” phrasing.

  12. In Phenomenology (which I disclaim any genuine knowledge of), there is a practice called Bracketing (or Einklammerung in Husserl’s German), and also one called Epoché, which may be just an alternate term for the exact same thing, or may be something a little different, depending on your sources. It has something to do with setting aside certain assumptions and questions about the reality and physical-world relations of some experience. More at

    It’s pretty easy to see how bracketing fits with the idea of setting aside. I wondered what the connection with Epoché could be. Not knowing that the term comes from Greek (and in fact was used in some ancient Greek philosophy), I had some associations to French.

    I was familiar with the term livre de poche (also a brand name) for “pocket book” meaning small book that can be slid into a pocket (not the handbag sense). Also there is the word empoché in French but also encountered as a loan word in English contexts, participle of the verb empocher, meaning to pocket (something), that is, to steal it.

    So clearly the Phenomenological Epoché must be from the French for pocket, and gives another picture for the same process of bracketing something: instead of sticking it in parentheses you will tuck it away in a pocket. (My teacher was gently amused at this, and then told me about the Greek origins.)

  13. Having fixed on the kangaroo first, the comic didn’t cause me much pause.

    For the “helping police”, I wouldn’t think of that as American usage. Normally someone is in for questioning.

  14. if the embed doesn’t show up correctly

    Generally you need links to images or videos to be on a line by themselves for that.

  15. Why is she even in a pocket watch / pocket knife store? She doesn’t have pockets, so even normal-sized pocket watches and knives are no use to her.

    (Odd, that: only the female kangaroos have pockets; only the male humans have pockets.)

  16. In the German version of “The Hobbit”, Bilbo’s last name was rendered as “Beutlin”.

    How is “What has it got in its pockets?” rendered?

    US crime shows seem to have settled on “a person of interest in the investigation” rather than “suspect”.

  17. @ D McKeon – Pocket (or “pocketses”, as it sometimes appears in the original) is translated as “Tasche“.
    P.S. The phrase “person of interest” is sometimes (intentionally) used to blur the distinction between “witness” and “suspect”, such as when the precise identification is not known or has not yet been publicly revealed.

  18. larK: That script for dealing with police doesn’t work well if I’m the one who called them.

    Or if, say, I’m involved in an accident and the police are investigating it.

    Or if I meet an officer on a horse handling security at a festival.

  19. Powers: yeah, sadly that’s true…

    (I was involved in an accident once that was totally not my fault, and yet, because I rubbed the cop the wrong way (just the way I — and many non neuro-typicals — am) the cop wrote up the accident as a total fantasy where I was the cause; I had to hire a lawyer, go through a whole rigamarole to try and defend myself (in another state, because I was travelling (imagine that!) when the accident happened); fortunately, the cop didn’t show up in court by the time it came around, because he had been suspended for something else — I got lucky, but still had six months of stress, aggravation, and expense. I would have been better off had I said nothing.)

    So again, yes, you are totally right, and yet, the sad truth of the state of affairs is, if you’re smart, you will avoid all and any contact with the police — especially if you are poor, and especially if you are of color.

  20. Bilbo Baggins comes from Bag’s End, and he sometimes makes puns on his name and origin, like “I came from the end of a bag.” So it makes sense to translate his name in a way that allows a similar pun.

  21. I sort of came up with ” Pocket Knives and Pocket Watches” just being the name of the store. Sort of “People always associate us (we?) Kangaroos with pockets – so it will be a name they remember and associate with me. (Yeah, my brain never seems to work normal.)

    Kevin A – Baseball looking cap on the kangaroo made me think it was a male.

    Mark in Boston – Unless some anatomical comment is intended (which has gone over my head) I presume you mean that men’s clothing has pockets and women are stuck schlepping a purse. Not always true. I wear jeans unless in reenacting clothing or going to a client or party (last has not occurred in close to a decade). I do not carry a purse. I recently had to rearrange what goes in which pocket due to a larger cell phone (against my will), so currently – wallet, keys, small spray bottle of alcohol, small squeeze bottle of hand sanitizer are in my left front pocket, and cell phone, Space pen and pill box are in my right front pocket. That leaves my two rear pockets available as plastic shopping bag dispensers since NYS enacted no more of same can be given out by stores and either there is a fee or stores can charge for paper bags*, so my collection of both paper bags and plastic bags that Robert has complained about “When have you ever gone to a store and they did not give you a bag? – has shown that I was correct in collecting them. We use the plastic bags for regular “run in shopping” as in – “have to run in and pickup…”. When we do full food shopping trip we use paper bags – I keep them doubled (bagged) for convenience in our car and in our van (never take the RV van for shopping while at home).

    When reenacting I wear pockets which are correct to the 18th century – two large teardrop shaped bags with an opening on the front of each, which hang from a tied waistband under one’s petticoat (skirt) and over one’s shift – primary undergarment for women then – sort of an A-line shaped dress – though women wear a set of “stays” also – they are much larger than modern pockets and great – I can fit a folded fan in them, sit down and not break the fan.

    On the rare occasions I have to get dressed up for wedding, bar mitzvah, first communion, etc. I have made a modern version of the 18th century pocket which one pocket which I intended to close with Velcro – this did not work out and I use a small safety pin as a backup.

    I can never forget and leave my purse anywhere as I am not carrying one and my hands are free for whatever I need.

    As of March 2020 (yes, as the pandemic started the law had just gone into effect and we had to deal with both other than a court putting a hold on it due to an appeal of the law) in NYS a county or major city can pass a law requiring a 5 cent fee to be collected by and paid by stores to the taxing jurisdiction for each bag they give out . If a county/city does not pass such a law then the store can charge a fee for the bags it hands out.l Going rate for bags here as there is no fee is 10 cents. Now, if the store is charging a fee it is, of course, a sale and sales tax is due on it.

  22. Yes, women have pockets – but if you’re wearing women’s jeans (I don’t), I’m surprised at what you can fit into them. There are very few women’s clothes that have as many/as large pockets as the equivalent men’s clothes, and many dresses/skirts don’t have any, which is ridiculous. Are there any men’s clothes that don’t? Tuxedo pants, maybe?

    For some actual data on this…

  23. I am from the UK and sometimes I get the feeling a term familiar to the police in the America’s is shoot first and ask questions later.

    But that may be a little unfair.

  24. @alpha+omega, yes, it would work if “the store owner’s name is Pocket”. I think most of the comments have been from the perspective that it’s less likely an actual name than a nickname. But of course either fits for a kangaroo!

  25. jjmcgaffey – It seems to be generally assumed today that women will have/need large purses so they don’t need to have pockets in their clothing.

    The 18th century women’s pockets carry so much more than any modern pockets. Since they are not attached to one’s clothing the same pockets can be used no matter what one is wearing. They also go with all of one’s clothing as they are not seen.

    One wears a shift (white linen, cotton or wool sort of A-line dress), pockets tie over same, stays (what will later when the shape has changed – they are flat fronted – be called corsets – in 18th c only a Frenchwoman would call them same), petticoat (skirt) – can be from one to many petticoats depending on weather, what one is doing and if one is poor, midling, or rich and then depending on what one is doing and one’s finances from least to most expensive – a jacket (poorer women and also worn by middling sort while doing house work) or a gown which can be shorter or longer in length plus a cap on their head – fancier for dress, plainer for housework. Women then did not wear bifurcated garments – that comes along in the middle 1900s with the large hoops skirts which tended to lift in windy weather. The amount and type of fabric one can afford shows one’s wealth.

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