1. Winter, a friend was indeed recently interviewed by a woman using one of those pads. She thought it was weird enough to mention to me, and I thought it was weird enough to mention to all of you.

  2. Missed opportunity for word play in that comic: “Valentine performed the banned banns…” (Of course, it doesn’t make much sense if you’re doing it in secret to announce it, but hey…)

  3. Come on, Mom, the title’s right there in the list of Oscar nominees you’re looking at.

    Of course, she’s over 60, so…

  4. B.A., you got the first-level joke. The second-level joke is that she set them up, they bit, and now she’s having her joke on them.

  5. (Failure to see a geezer phrase.)

    I just got a promotional email from a journalism newsletter thing.

    The writer’s opening phrase — and what shows of the Subject in the email summary listing — is “Allow me to introduce myself”.

    I half-expected the author to continue by saying he’s a man of wealth and taste.

  6. I apparently hadn’t checked anything at larK’s great CIDU comments index site for a while, as I just noticed today a note posted Feb 21 on a new feature.

    If you visit the site as the URL http://scrape.nowis.com/CIDU/index.cfm?prolificity the Everyone choice in the “from” dropdown will show how many comments were found from each of several prolific posters. How interesting!

    At the moment Andréa is in the lead. CIDU Bill shows up at 4.

  7. Somebody pointed out thst if you walk into a crowded elevator and say “A horse is a horse,” at least one person will respond “Of course, of course.”

  8. I’ve used the same elevator to start off any of several of the “Schoolhouse Rock” songs. Most people remember “Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?” but then draw a blank on any of the other lyrics. Meanwhile, if you try to start singing “I’m just a bill”, and nobody else picks up the song, you just sound really sad.

  9. Yes, but is Frazz implying he is fortunate because he missed the “I hate Mondays” gag…?

  10. Completely off-any-topic, but there are so many here who might be able to help,

    I’m looking for the name of an (I think) National Geographic series about what Earth would look like 25, 50, 100 years after people disappear. I found it fascinating, and would like to watch it again. Anyone remember this?

  11. I just discovered one of my favorite books is online. It’s a collection of Paul Kirchner’s comic strip “The Bus” from Heavy Metal magazine.

    I’ve had the print edition for decades, but it’s been out of print for just about just as long.

    (Oddly enough, the cover I think is different from mine.)


  12. I’ve ridden on a bus exactly once in my 70 years . . . and after reading this comic, I’d NEVER ride on another!! However, I did like very much the comic itself – rather macabre, just the way I like my reading!

  13. @ Kirchner fans – Amazon has both “The Bus” and “The Bus 2“. They even have it on their German site, and I just added them both to my cart.
    P.S. @ Grawlix – Neither entry shows the number of pages in the print editions. Do you know whether that online version is just the first book, or both of them?

  14. P.P.S. @ Grawlix – I wasn’t able to “look inside” the book before, but now that the Amazon link works, I can see that the website URL above shows only the first book.

  15. Well, heh…I wasn’t aware there was a second book all these years.
    I’d even poked around the web from time to time looking for scans here and there of the book I knew to show my friends. I was just happy to find the link I posted.

    Here’s an interview I wasn’t aware of either that I just found:


    He comments on how his new strips might be different from the old ones:

    “The main character, the Commuter, looks the same, but his look is one you still see and I have updated the way the other passengers dress and wear their hair. I remember the newspaper comic strips of my youth, where the characters all looked and dressed the same way they had when the strip originated, even if it was 30 or 40 years earlier. If you look up Bringing Up Father, Mutt and Jeff, or They’ll Do It Every Time you’ll see what I mean. The styles were stuck in a bygone age. I didn’t want to do that. ”

    As to the individual pages, my print copy is hiding at the moment so I can’t compare with the scans posted above on the imgur page, but oddly enough I’m not recognizing a small number of the strips included.

    Sadly the bookstore where I had purchased my copy of THE BUS so many years ago is no longer around for me to attempt purchasing the second volume.

    All in all, I’m doubly glad I posted the book link. Now I know something I didn’t know I was missing.

  16. I mentioned Heavy Metal magazine earlier. Dozens of issues are available for viewing at archive.org. I randomly saw one strip of Kirchner’s “the bus” and found it split between two pages (three panels apiece).

    I think the magazine’s artwork in general is somewhat NSFW, so I shall not post a direct link.

    In other news, I meant to point out the bus featured in “the bus” is a nice representation of a General Motors “New Look” city bus, somewhat better known as a “Fish Bowl” due to the panoramic windshield.

  17. ” Is ‘reverse sexism’ OK these days?”

    Don’t confuse actual (x) with joking about (x).
    Patriarchy has had a pretty good, long run, but we’re starting to see some flaws with it. So sexism that suggests that women are lesser is rightly condemned, and humor that suggests that women are lesser faces great scrutiny. In general, humor that attacks, demeans, or diminishes individuals or a group of people is acceptable when the target accepts that it is a joke, and is less likely to be perceived as funny if the targeted group objects. The more actual power a group has, the more pressure they face to stand up to it. So you have the common trope of the “dumb blonde” who is attractive but dim. Attractive people receive a wide variety of social advantages so they mostly let this type of humor pass, even though there have been comedians (male and female) who’ve played dumb for laughs who were quite intelligent.

    The arrangement of society we have currently is biased towards white male people, though not as much as previous generations. If you doubt this, ask President Rodham. Because of this, there’s more pressure for menfolk to shrug off humor that targets them. (A while back, the tendency was to have TV sitcom dads be incompetent at any task around the house, because obviously men don’t know how to raise children or keep house, ha ha!) But, on the other hand, we’ve gotten past the notion that a show can be carried by the absolutely hilarious premise that a woman is in a position of power and authority, as encapsulated in the title of “Who’s the Boss?”

    A man who is secure in his masculinity does not feel threatened by the existence of smart, capable women. But there are men who are.

  18. Andréa, yeah, I think it’s sexist, no ‘reverse’ about it. But what saves this for me is that men are inherently stronger than women, on average, so if they’re being dragged, it is at least partially with their own consent. shrug Maybe that doesn’t matter, I don’t know.

  19. There’s a difference between “sexist” and “harmfully sexist”. (I agree that “reverse” is extraneous, either way).

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