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  1. IDU the Bizarro. Are these specific characters that we might be expected to recognize? Or generalized roles (mad scientist…)?
    And in any case, the “Hopefully, one day” is a response to a particular kind of preceding remark. What is it supposed to be? I guess it’s something with “Are you….? ” but what?

  2. I think you’re correct about generalized roles. Apparently, mad scientists go through a step where they are just bad scientists.

  3. In the implicit preceding panel, the archetypal mad scientist on the left says, “Hi! Are you a mad scientist too?”

  4. From the look of the guy he’s talking to and the emphasis on the word “bad”, he one day hopes to be a MAD scientist, but for now is only a BAD scientist.

  5. “In the implicit preceding panel, the archetypal mad scientist on the left says, ‘Hi! Are you a mad scientist too?’”

    I see a slight variation, “How long have you been a mad scientist?”

  6. I think “mad scientist” before “evil scientist” too. But “evil scientist” is an acceptable phrase as well.

    What I don’t see is how “inept” is step in the direction of “mad”. But I can say “bad” = “inept” vs. “bad” = “mildly evil” can be a pun for “Are you an evil scientist” “No, I’m just a bad scientist”. The only thing I can see with “mad” is, “mad” and “bad” rhymes which isn’t really funny. (It’d be funnier if there three other scientist, one slamming a door in a his girlfriends face, another a seven year old boy, and a third inventing a hula hoop rubik’s cube hybrid.)

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    So a leader of an orchestra gets into an argument with his first violinist and beats him to death. The Maestro is tried and sentenced to death in the electric chair. For a last meal he asks for 20 lbs of bananas. He eats them. They strap him to the chair and pull the switch. The electrical system shorts out and the guys unhurt. They ask him what happened; did somehow eating 20 lbs of bananas cause the electricity to pass him. He answers “The bananas had nothing to do with it. I’m just a bad conductor.”

  7. Woozy, I would say the mad versus bad rhyme is a key component to the joke. I thought it was chuckle worthy but maybe you’re not a fan of puns in the way that I am.

  8. I’m a BIG fan of puns. But a “I’m not a mad scientist; I’m a bad scientist” is not a pun.

    But “I’m not an evil scientist; I’m a bad scientist” is.

  9. Recently we went to a wedding between two antennas. The ceremony itself wasn’t really very special — but the reception was great!

  10. “But ‘I’m not an evil scientist; I’m a bad scientist’ is.”

    No, it isn’t. A pun is a joke that depends on two things that sound at least vaguely similar, but aren’t. YOUR punchline is a play on the fact that “bad” has more than one meaning.

    “I’m not a mad scientist, I’m a bad scientist” is a pun. Not a particularly elaborate one, but it is a pun.

  11. ” YOUR punchline is a play on the fact that “bad” has more than one meaning.”

    What the *HECK* dictionary are you using that a play on a word having two meanings is not a pun?????

    That’s the *VERY* definition of “pun”!

  12. To paraphrase L. Frank Baum: Oh, no my dear. I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad Scientist.

  13. I think Bill is correct about the timing of the garden gnome of Eden, who after all is covering his nakedness, but kudos to Carlfink for remembering that the serpent originally had legs.

  14. Wrote this post last night – unable to post it as Optimum shut off Internet – with no warning as usual – to work on something –
    Robert would disagree with the bird clock cartoon. I am expected to text him each time I walk out of the house and then again when I return. If I go to put the garbage out – text him, return – text him.

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