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  1. Almost all a good chuckle at the least!

    I liked the gownless evening strap. 🙂

    The Speed Bump and Arthur’s reply were both excellent!

    Took me forever to understand the magnifiers in the Ink Pen. That’s a good gimmick! But it still didn’t help me see what they were talking about. Showing the lice in a grid is exactly the kind of pattern they are discussing, and dismissing in the last guy’s case.

    I like the chameleon idea in the Speed Bump. But got distracted by the thick atmosphere, which looked underwater to me.

  2. For maybe 20 or 30 years, there has been this irritating habit of splashing a bunch of the sponsor’s logos in that sort of interleave pattern on the backdrop for celebrity interviews at entertainment-world events.

    Like this:

  3. Yeah, I was wondering if there was some kind of botox / corset impedes arm movement type of thing going on that I am unaware of, because otherwise, it’s just I don’t want to raise my arms, my vanity is more important than my life…

    I’m still having problems with the mechanics of it: are her arms physically holding her dress up, and that’s why she can’t let go? Surely if she raises her arms slowly enough, whatever precarious thing holding her dress up will continue to hold her dress up? Or will her boobs deform / flatten by raising her arms, and they are the thing holding her dress up? And has she never heard of dressers tape? And can she also not dance in that dress, in which case, what’s the point of a ballroom gown that can’t be waltzed in?

    Anyway, Arthur had the best LOL…

  4. Yeah, it’s fairly clear that Arno doesn’t understand how strapless dresses work. Or he’s counting on his (mostly male) audience not to.

  5. “Surely if she raises her arms slowly enough, whatever precarious thing holding her dress up will continue to hold her dress up?”

    On a dress this low cut the precarious thing is her rib cage. So if she raises her arms the dress will remain held up to the same height relative to her rib cage.

    “And has she never heard of dressers tape?”

    Cartoonists and their male readership would like to pretend that it doesn’t exist.

  6. “On a dress this low cut the precarious thing is her rib cage. So if she raises her arms the dress will remain held up to the same height relative to her rib cage. ”

    So if I’m understanding you correctly, you are saying the rib cage will move as she raises her arms? So the dress will actually rise? (That’s what happens to shirts on me if I raise my arms excessively: my belly gets exposed; though in fairness I think this is mostly due to my shoulders rising and would not happen in a shoulderless shirt — wish I had one so I could test the theory…) So what? The dress is not short enough that she need worry about the other end rising too high.

    I’m with Chak that there seems to be a general cluelessness as to the mechanics of strapless dresses…

  7. “So if I’m understanding you correctly, you are saying the rib cage will move as she raises her arms? So the dress will actually rise?”

    Uh, no. The rib cage stays put. But the arms shoulders and breasts will rise. At least according to the theory of male oriented cartoons.

    Which doesn’t preclude a general cluelessness. In fact it probably requires such.

  8. larK, don’t your shirts rise because your shoulders are lifting and pulling it up? Her dress isn’t attached to her shoulders, so all that’s rising is her breasts.

  9. Of course, maybe her breasts WON’T pop free of her dress, but not having access to the careful analysis of the CIDU group, she thinks they might.

  10. Ah, I see. So her breast rise with her arms, but she thinks the dress will somehow stay where it is, because it isn’t the breast holding it up. OK, OK, cartoon logic, I’ve belabored the point enough. Still, either way, her vanity is worth more than her life?

  11. In the 1950’s there was a one-panel comic named “Ponytail” which was about high school girls. In one of them, the girls are at the prom wearing their strapless evening gowns and one says to another, “I’m not taking any chances. Mine is glued on.”

  12. elGeo, thanks for that reference! I’m unsure where I’ve seen the essay before. I’m going to check if it might have been in The World of Mathematics, a very odd and remarkable collection of articles and essays in four volumes, edited and introduced by James R. Newman and published in the mid-1950s.

  13. “Still, either way, her vanity is worth more than her life?”

    New Yorker society humor/logic. Some things just aren’t done = some things just can’t be done.

  14. ‘Still, either way, her vanity is worth more than her life?’

    It’s basically the same gag as that one Jack Benny bit.

    Thief: Your money or your life! [Long pause] WELL?
    Benny: I’m thinking, I’m thinking!

  15. OK NOW I see someone had already posted a link to the same paper, but my link comes from a different source.

  16. The woman wearing the strapless evening gown has a remarkably narrow waist (I just remarked on it!), and a dress cut to conform to her waist. If she raises her arms her breasts will go up, but the narrow waist will prevent the dress from rising with them, resulting in disaster. There, everything explained!

  17. ‘Still, either way, her vanity is worth more than her life?’
    That’s the whole point of “Paul et Virginie” by Bernardin de Saint Pierre.
    I read that when I was younger and thought Virginie was absolutely stupid.

  18. Guys, while I respect your desire to logic out the mechanics of strapless dresses, I’d thought it fairly well-known (via video evidence) that strapless dresses are prone to … shall we say, slippage…? This appears to be especially prevalent among brides and bridesmaids, again judging by the evidence, though that may simply be because it’s one of the few occasions where women are likely to be a) wearing strapless gowns and b) raising their arms above their heads.

    There seems to be ample evidence online, even among celebrities.

  19. When my sons were going to bar/bat mitzvahs almost every week, I always felt badly for some of the girls there who seemed to spend the whole evening frantically pulling up dresses they obviously weren’t ready for. They did NOT seem to be having a very good time.

    The thought that always went through my head was How can parents allow their 13-year-old girls to go to parties wearing strapless dresses? But then I remembered… I’m a guy, I grew up with brothers, and I have sons. I can’t understand the pressure girls feel to dress a certain way, or a parent’s difficulty in dealing with it.

  20. Andréa, I guess if you go to a bar or bat mitzvah almost every week — and many kids did — by the end of the “season” you were probably walking in heels like a pro.

    My boys could certainly tie their own ties.

  21. @CIDU Bill: “I always felt badly for some of the girls there”

    Well, I hope they just thought you were “going through a phase” and didn’t report you to the authorities or even tell you to keep your hands to yourself?

    (Being That Guy, shouldn’t it be “felt bad”? #PedanticJerksRule

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