Boise Ed sends in this pair:
Eats, shoots, and leaves.
These are comics that somebody thought were pretty good, or even full LOL, and not baffling but a little hard to pin down. Like, you can think of a rather plausible explanation of the chuckle — or maybe two! — but there’s nothing that clinches the case that *this* or *that* just has to be the key to what’s going on.
For example, with something like this Andertoons, we might think of the minor mystery as expressed in terms of providing the missing caption. Is it about the odd feeling you’re being watched? Or more like “Oh, where did I set down my glasses?”. It could be either, do you agree?
A Minor Mystery from Darren, who says “I can’t tell if Watson’s jarns need to be interpreted as a specific term. I’m flummoxed. Apparently the squirrel is as well?”
Okay, the joke here is that the threatened punishment will involve a cannister vacuum cleaner (in what seems to be a photo clip?) rather than a conventional physical beating or the like. But it’s an unanswerable mystery just what the threat is. Torture by exposure to noisy motor, like a household pet? Being inhaled altogether? Having some portion of his body inhaled?
This was a momentary CIDU, for want of a comma. Sent by Boise Ed. Ed did some research on our behalf and reports “If you look in the [GoComics] comments, you’ll see that it caught Mark Parisi by surprise.”
And a longer-puzzling CIDU-oy: I still can’t figure out the intended real-life musical pair being referred to. (Searching got me to an article mentioning opera director Robert Carsen and “superstar soprano Renée Fleming” — but the characters in the cartoon are not doing opera.)
Okay, so it’s kinda obvious … yet somehow surprising!
From dollarbill, who always appreciates a novel twist on an established trope:
And F-Minus provides the Sad-LOL you noticed in the Tags and wondered about …
Not a CIDU, but the pun is left visual here so recovering the words may serve as a little puzzle for those who don’t see it right off:
“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”
Holidays do occur in a certain order, of course. But why is that supposed to be funny?
From Boise Ed, who says “The shoes, gifts, new clothes, and coffee appear to have nothing to do with anything.”
“This explains a lot” says Stan:
But he still gets a lot of “Oh yeah? What did it use to be?”.
“To Serve Man”.
(Color version posted by Andréa in comments to Oh Deer Me thread!)
School for gifted neonates!
Never runs out.
A LOL-Eww from Bob Ball.
“Who will you be wearing to the awards?”
Variations on an Eww snacking theme.
They can’t decide what flavor!