1. I like the first and third ones, but the Closer to Home is a bit of a meh. Speaking as someone who enjoys a good pun, or Oy if you will, it needs more than just substituting one word for another. He could just as easily gone with Tyrannosaurus Specs, the only dinosaur to wear glasses, or Tyrannosaurus Flex, the only dinosaur that could turn its head all the way around. Unless I’m missing another joke.

  2. And Tyrannosaurus Pecs, with huge muscles, and Tyrannosaurus Hex and Tyrannosaurus Sex ….

  3. Huh, I thought the “Herbivore” sign was part of the joke, these dinosaurs with the helmet hair were all named “Herb”, ala Herb Tarlick of WKRP, but upon second look, it has nothing to do with it, and it really is only the weak pun.

  4. Tyrannosaurus Cheques – The only dinosaur who pays for dinner. This could go on forever, couldn’t it?

  5. As confirmed by the other suggestions, Mark M didn’t miss anything, “flecks” is simply not a good joke. From a practical standpoint, concentrating on “dandruff” ignores the fact that proof of hair on a dinosaur (or any reptile) would be a major scientific discovery. The only minor compensation is discovering that there is one thing suited to McPherson’s artistic style: hideous ugly monsters. Unfortunately, as this panel proves, there is a limit to the number of good jokes that can be told with hideous ugly monsters.

  6. Moving on to the the funniest joke not in this collection, I’m really glad that the “priceless” B.B. King panel was posted to the Arlo page, I completely missed the size joke when I first saw it last week.

  7. I’m not going to disagree with the criticism of the weakness of the “flecks” pun but substituting a single word is often good enough, and just because there is an endless list of similar puns doesn’t mean a pun is bad.

  8. “Tyrannosaurus Sex”… (Mark in Boston). Remember Jesse Ventura’s line in the movie Predator? Not “I ain’t got time to bleed” — the other one.

  9. The reason that Larson’s T-Mex worked so well is that there is an immediate visual connection between the word and the drawing that doesn’t need to be explained, the caption can set the stage, but doesn’t need to exert anything to make the joke work. This principle might work for T-Specs or even T-Pecs too, but the connection to “flecks” is just too tenuous. By the time McPherson’s caption has established the linkage, the train of humorous thought has already left the station and derailed itself.

  10. Then there’s Tyrannosaurus Tex-Mex, who only ate . . . Tex-Mex food. Or Tyrannosaurus Chex, who only at . . . Chex Mix. Ad nauseum (the jokes, not the food)

  11. Andréa, this reminds me of when my 5-year-old and his friend spent an entire car trip coming up with variations of “Newsweek” (“What’s magazine for ghosts?” “Boos-week.”)

  12. Seriously, Andréa, how long a trip could a couple of 5-year-olds keep this up for? I was kind of impressed at how well they did.

    The classic was my son’s “A magazine my family reads and yours doesn’t,” which stumped his friend AND me. It was Jews Week.

    There was also “A magazine only Grover and Cookie Monster read.”

  13. CIDU Bill has no doubt now cued up (or is that “queued up”?) some news related comic (ANY news related comic) with the headline: CIDUsWeek…

  14. “Seriously, Andréa, how long a trip could a couple of 5-year-olds keep this up for?”

    Just how long WAS this trip? I didn’t know five-year-olds even knew what Newsweek was . . . so I’m impressed.

  15. Andréa, I don’t think my son’s friend knew what Newsweek was, but understanding the parameters of the game was simple enough.

  16. @ Bill – Even if you are sure that you used it once, the rest of us have long forgotten it, and since Comicgeddon there’s no evidence remaining to prove it either way. So feel free to use it again.

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