1. To be fair, I’ve NEVER understood Pop Culture Comics. As far as I can tell, it’s entirely “Here is a fictional character, usually doing something that didn’t show up in the context of their original story! Isn’t that funny?”

    And usually, the answer is “no.”

  2. Is there a visual pun somewhere? That cartoon of Rudolph the red nosed reindeers report card where he got a D- in history on the third term?

    Meh, probably not.

  3. ianosmond

    So I just went through the last week and a half of Pop Culture Shock Therapy to get a feel for it and…. my god! That is one of the objectively *stupidest* comic strips I’ve ever seen. The joke of nearly all of them is some mild but utterly *obvious* observation or similarity of sound and pointing it out as though it was bitingly clever rather than stupefyingly obvious.

    So I think the joke here is Dopey has low IQ because he is dopey and Doc has high IQ because he is a doctor. ANd the cartoonist thinks it was clever of him to make that connection.

  4. After reading the train wreck (just can’t look away) of four or five weeks of PCST I’m having a serious case of “Someone on the Internet is Wrong!” syndrome.

    It just … infuriates… me that someone could think these were funny! And I *must* convince the world these are unfunny…..

    …. Okay…. time for me to step back and go for a walk or something… but some-one on the internet is wrong!!!!

  5. woozy: sorry, but on March 4, 2018, Pop Culture Shock Therapy Made Us Laugh Out Loud ™, and CIDU is never wrong….

  6. Okay, the one about the cookie monster eating cookies messily and saying that didn’t make him a monster was grin (but not chuckle) worthy. But all the rest just felt like being slapped in the face with lutefisk.

    So March 4… that the one with Wile E. Coyote?

  7. @woozy #3 – I don’t mean to explain something you already knew, but that was a play on words:

    Then all the reindeer loved him,
    As they shouted out with glee,
    Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
    You’ll go down in history

    But instead of becoming famous and remembered for time immemorial (go down in history), his grades in history went down (you’ll go down in your grade in history class) …

    If there was a song “I Q I Q, it’s off to work I spew”, or if it was an I O (Hi Ho) test, this might have capitalized on a double meaning of a phrase.

  8. Yes, and I was wondering if this was a similar play on words. Something like “Docks are wise when the happy are mean” or something. It obviously isn’t.

    Hmmm….. I see in my post #3 I made a typo and left off “Like that cartoon of Rudolph…”.

    I was assuming most hear had seen that or would figure it out. And those were unfamiliar would be open to the challenge.

  9. Little known fact:

    Grumpy was originally known as “Alert”, before the studio’s coffee-maker broke down and Walt wouldn’t pay to have it fixed. The years of labor turmoil (they tried to unionize over the issue) really affected Disney studios, knocking them off-stride near the peak of their creative success.

  10. Billybob makes a good point about the anomalous distribution of the remaining five scores, but I sincerely doubt that was supposed to have anything to do with the joke.
    P.S. Speaking of intelligence, I find it impressive that so many people have managed to comment on PCST’s deficient quality, without using any words ending in “…ucks”.
    P.P.S. @ JP – Be alert. The world needs more lerts.

  11. I found myself thinking Grumpy should be higher than Doc and Happy lower than Dopey, based on the idea that a happy state of mind and comprehension of reality are incompatible.

  12. The only way this could have approached something like humor would have been for Dopey to be off the charts on the genius end.

    Pop Culture Shock was always hit or miss and tended to bat well below the Mendoza line. I say was, because they started updating fairly erratically, then stopped altogether and their website doesn’t even exist anymore. GoComics is running reruns as far as I know.

  13. @ DemetriosX – Nobody can tell how old they are, because none of the PCST panels are dated. There’s not even a year on them (which undermines the validity of the “©” symbol, I believe). The PCST “homepage” is on Facebook (a habit that I really detest), and looks like it hasn’t been touched in months. There isn’t even a PCST page in Wikipedia, which is a pretty sad statement about the popularity of the comic in general.

  14. “a happy state of mind and comprehension of reality are incompatible.”

    These guys literally live in a fairy tale, so happily ever after is a real possibility.

  15. “There’s not even a year on them (which undermines the validity of the “©” symbol, I believe).”

    Nope. A work is automatically copyrighted as soon as it is created, and the only important date is the date of registration with the copyright office.

  16. “a happy state of mind and comprehension of reality are incompatible”

    I get the impression that Fred Rogers was intelligent and happy. And he certainly understood reality; his was important testimony in the Sony case which determined that it’s legal to tape shows off the air.

  17. Catlover – When I was first hearing the Rudolph song, we lived in Brooklyn, I was 4, and my mom went to a dentist whose office was downstairs in his home – and one walked downstairs outside and then came in. For some reason I always visualized (and often still do as it is stuck in my head) Rudolph prancing down the stairs to the dentist’s office entrance to “go down in history).

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