Thanks to Boise Ed and Dale Eltoft for this puzzling Carpe Diem.
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Sunday Funnies – LOLs, January 15th, 2023
Thanks to Boise Ed! Are salads and tights the current faves on the insta?
Not the most sophisticated of jokes, but near irresistible when accompanied by the drawing.
Definitely a geezer if this was your textbook!
Meta text is “Researchers claim to have identified 6 additional elements in the second row, tentatively named pentium through unnilium.”
We most often see PBS in the OYs, but this seems a straight-ahead LOL:
No, not the character from Rocky Horror!
Thanks to Boise Ed for sending this in! He says We have a dry desert and a guy and his dog, looking over the ridge at another guy who apparently reeks and is holding a magenta rectangle. I can see the reeking guy attracting the dog, but what’s with the magenta rectangle?
To slightly disagree, I don’t think the guy is supposed to be reeking. Those wavy lines are probably heat or visual distortion — appropriate if he’s in a mirage.
“Submarines” makes it particularly eerie, since part of deterrent nuclear strategy is that even if all your land-based rockets are lost to an enemy first strike, the subs at sea will make the retaliatory attack.
Sunday Funnies – LOLs, July 10th, 2022
Two Andertoons for the price of one.
Well that’s getting down to the point!
Nice to see the secondary characters getting featured on their own.
Here’s that “LOL-Yikes! (horror)” you saw category-tagged and wondered about.
Actually I think this is making a pretty deep point about the relativity of relativity.
Thanks to Boise Ed, who says “This is a total CIDU for me. The conductor faints and mad violence break out?”
🎼Don’t they know, it’s the End of the World? 🎵
Thanks to ZBicyclist, who says “Even if I understood what’s going on here, would it be funny?”.
Yet Another set of Semi-CIDUs, Minor Mysteries, Oopsies, and Not-Quite-Rights
From Chemgal, who says “I thought the highest possible GPA was 4.0. Are they using a different scale in Zits?” She mentions she can think of a possible explanation, and I think I know what it is too, but even if it’s not a full CIDU there may be enough uncertainty for people to discuss as a Semi-CIDU.
This Beetle Bailey is from 1965-05-17, and appeared in ComicsKingdom retro series recently on Thursday 2021-12-02. I wasn’t aware that spray-painting would be part of helmet maintenance, but I guess why not? But what exactly is going on in the aftermath scene that is puzzling the General? Has the grass in general been painted an odd color, but not inside the helmet outlines where it was shielded? But those patches don’t look like they’re supposed to be natural grass. Or has the procedure somehow damaged / killed off the grass inside the helmets, and left it normal outside?
We all know one of the standard time-travel puzzlement plots involves killing Hitler young. But what are the stories about smuggling him away in your luggage?
Call me hidebound and oldfashioned, but I don’t always think open-ended and unresolved are better. MAYBE someone with a lot of insight into snoring does have a principled way of matching these up. But without that, or an official answer key, you have to resort to “Oh, just posing the question is funny, and gives us a chuckle about how much snoring goes on and how bad it is.” But is that really enough?
Even More Minor Mysteries, Ooopses, and Not-Quite-Rights
Did they slip up here on legal knowledge? Is this a criminal or a civil proceeding?
Why do I want to call this an Oy that almost works? The fact that there really is something called a hiatus hernia (or apparently more officially a hiatal hernia) does not, for me, make this a success — it’s too much “on the nose” and not a typical Crankshaft malapropism. And I don’t know if it helps or hurts that, as a little medical googling seems to reveal, bad lifting is more likely to result in an inguinal hernia than a hiatus hernia.
But the main issue is casual acceptance of hiatus as a general synonym for time during the covid lockdown. I don’t doubt some people use it that way, but mostly it seems restricted to an organization or project where some ongoing process had to be suspended.
This Bizarro from Boise Ed is a semi-CIDU. We agree the nickname mentioned must be “BigFoot”. But then how have normal size eight footprints been called Big for these many years? Or is he just among the first of his species to accept socialization with humans, and is younger or simply smaller than most of them? Does he always go on TV in the nude, or is that just to display his b̸i̸g̸ ̸f̸e̸e̸t̸ normal sized feet for discussion?
P.S. Later (how time flies), Wayno’s blog for that week has appeared, and this is what he had to say: “If Sasquatch were being completely honest, he’d admit that he’s an eight extra wide.”
And more: Dan Piraro, on his blog, comments “This one left some readers scratching their heads and asking what it meant, which made it all the more satisfying for those who got it by themselves. If you’re having trouble with it, it’s probably because you think it’s a monkey. It’s actually Bigfoot, who is not as tall as we’d assumed.” Hmmm, not entirely explained; or is it?
For me it was a mystery who/what that Thing is, but getting an answer turned out too easy to let this be a standalone CIDU. But after answering that, there wasn’t much of a joke, and asking for explanations didn’t promise a long or interesting discussion thread. (But I did toss it into an old Sisyphus thread.)
So the cave painters recorded the story of a hunt; and also one of the cave dwellers being felled by a falling stalactite. Oh look, there it is, the base still hanging from the ceiling and the fallen point still lying on the ground. And undisturbed after all this time – while the probable skeletal remains have been scattered or swept up. So the joke is what?
And here’s one from Le Vieux Lapin, who asks “Adam? What am I missing here?”. Did the writer just get Noah’s name wrong? Nobody could do that. And Todd is no better a name for a scene like this. Just sayin’, It’s not canon!
And finally, let’s circle back to Pros & Cons:
(All right, I didn’t know their names but looked them up.) In the 2nd panel, when Samuel the lawyer calls himself a canary in the coal mine, is he using the image / metaphor correctly? I think basically yes, even if not entirely. (Does he expect to succumb to the dangerous outgassing sooner than others, and thereby provide a warning to all? Not exactly.)
And in the final panel, when detective Stan tries a twist comeback, does it work? Well, we get what is probably his point — *everybody* exposed to social media is already suffering from the dangerous atmosphere. But does that mean they/we are all canaries? Or that it’s too late for a canary-warning and it’s already hurting the miners, which is all participants. In the story of the traditional practice, even if you are a bird lover, the canaries are the sacrificial population and the miners are the protected population; if the gas is getting to the miners, the warning system has already failed, which I take it is most of Stan’s point.
My that’s a big foot you got there!
So this one is the Yeti? And it lives in a Crane Game booth? And this kid is the first one to notice it there? And it knows about iPads, but mostly as distractions for kids?