1. I agree with Powers, but my problem with the sign was the third item. I’ve heard of cow “pies” and “chips”, but I’ve never seen “cookies” used in that connection.

    P.S. I had some trouble identifying the “tiresome” joke, but finally decided that the author must be trying to relate “pneumatic” to “nomadic“. It’s a bit of a stretch, but that seems appropriate for the material that he’s working with.

    P.P.S. There are limited options when designing an anthropomorphic volcano, but I was still amused by the similarity between the one in “Rubes” and the one in Pixar’s short film “Lava“.

  2. @Powers: Same here re “cow cookies”. And The Google agrees: lots of pictures of, well, cookies, nary a cowpie in sight. He should have left that off.

  3. Hate to be pedantic (not really), but the blowhard volcano erupting would actually help keep “her” icecap from melting — all that soot and and crud blown high into the atmosphere blocks out the sun, and cools the earth. 1816 is known as the year without summer; it was most likely caused by the eruption in 1815 of Mt. Tambora, with the 1814 eruption of Mayon probably exacerbating it.

  4. Explaining the “wheely tiresome” joke:

    “John Boyd Dunlop (5 February 1840 – 23 October 1921) was a Scottish inventor and veterinary surgeon who spent most of his career in Ireland. Familiar with making rubber devices, he invented the first practical pneumatic tyres for his child’s tricycle and developed them for use in cycle racing. He sold his rights to the pneumatic tyres to a company he formed with the president of the Irish Cyclists’ Association, Harvey Du Cros, for a small cash sum and a small shareholding in their pneumatic tyre business. ” (Wikipedia)

  5. @ zbicyclist – I understood the pun(s) on “wheelie tiresome” (with the implied connection to “really…”); what (initially) eluded me was just where to find the “oy”-worthy pun in the panel itself.

  6. @ Chak – The reliability of Pixar movies and shorts is incredibly high. I can recall only two or three mediocre duds in their entire catalog. Just last night I watched “La Luna” (on the “Brave” a.k.a. “Merida” DVD). Since you liked “Lava”, I would highly recommend it.

  7. “Cow Patty” or “Cow Pat” could have been used, but might have been seen as too confusing –
    convenience food item, raw burger meat, or the name of a person? source: experience in the field.

  8. @ zbicyclist – Why is this post tagged with “Nate Fakes” and “Bob Mankoff”? Was there a comic in it that later got moved to a separate post?

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