Like leaving a sponge or a surgical instrument in the body except… it’s a Post-It Note??

loose surgery

And while two comics on the same day dealing with trials doesn’t qualify as synchronicity, two comics I don’t understand on the same day dealing with trials does.

trial pardon

Easy enough to tell what’s literally happening in both comics, I guess, but what are the jokes?

21 Comments

  1. When I first saw the Loose Parts, my first reaction was that paper wouldn’t show up on an X-ray.

  2. I agree with Arthur, but I’d be willing to overlook that for the sake of the joke. I just don’t understand why this one is supposed to be a CIDU. Doctors leave objects inside surgical patients frighteningly often; if the item shown on the x-ray had been forceps or a sponge, then there wouldn’t have been anything to chuckle about. Using a (non-sterilizable) Post-It note as a reminder on an internal organ is so unbelievably inept that it raises (or lowers) the scene to a ludicrous level.

  3. P.S. Even if we grant suspension of disbelief about the Post-It showing up on the x-ray, it would not show up in its signature light yellow (or any other color); x-rays are always monochromatic.

  4. I think the fact that a post-it note shifts things to a ludicrous is where the joke is supposed to lie. It’s not funny, but I can sort of see where the joke is supposed to be.

    As for Pardon My Planet, I think the implication is that, instead of paying attention during the trial, all the members of the jury were playing with their phones and forgot why they’re there.

  5. @ DemetriosX – Thanks for the hint, I didn’t realize that “Words With Friends” was the name of an app.
    P.S. @ billybob – He would need a time machine (or rob a museum) to get one. The “lead” in pencils is graphite (and has been for over 200 years).

  6. Yeah, I think the chuckle is using bright yellow objects, and not “noticing” this gaudy geometric shape is still in the body when your suturing… yeah, that’s all it is.

    On the plus side, if the Dr. had delayed the lawsuit long enough, the Post-It should have been absorbed by the body!

  7. @ Berber – I wondered about that “resorption” (or “digestion”) aspect too, but I think that long before that happened, the bacteria on the sheet would probably have caused a life-threatening infection.

  8. @Kilby “but I think that long before that happened, the bacteria on the sheet would probably have caused a life-threatening infection.”

    Maybe they use a special brand of “Post-op Notes”

  9. @ Berber – That was very good, it made me chuckle. It’s certainly possible to sterilize soft materials, this is standard practice for gauze and bandages. The problem with Post-Its (besides destroying the adhesive) is the way that they are stacked. It would be difficult to get the center of the pad heated without damaging the edges. On the other hand, zapping them with sufficient radiation (x-ray or nuke) might do the trick.

  10. ” if the item shown on the x-ray had been forceps or a sponge, then there wouldn’t have been anything to chuckle about. Using a (non-sterilizable) Post-It note as a reminder on an internal organ is so unbelievably inept that it raises (or lowers) the scene to a ludicrous level.”

    You criterion for “ludicrous” is a bit different than mine. A bunny rabbit or a sailboat or possible a ham sandwich would be a ludicrous level but a post-it note would be on the same level as a sponge or forceps. Although if the idea is that using a posting note on an internal organ is a little funny, the imagery doesn’t come across clearly in this joke about leaving it (which I’m still claiming is no funnier than a sponge, forceps or a ball point pen.)

    I thought Farnsworth and Televison could be part of the joke but if so I don’t see how.

    I thought Pardon my Planet was pretty cute. It’s awkwardly told as all Pardon my Planets are but the jurers forgetting why the were here because they were playing Words with Friends and not paying attention is clearly relatable and understandable.

  11. What the panel caused me to wonder was what the doctor (presumably) had written on the post-it note, that he felt he’d need to be reminded to do. “Don’t forget to suture” ? “Don’t forget to wash your hands after this” ? “Don’t forget you’ve got a golf game scheduled at 2 pm, so hurry up with this operation” ? “Don’t forget this is the LEFT side; the other side is called the RIGHT side” ?

  12. And come to think of it, isn’t there a tradition of using a marker (externally!) during pre-op interview to write that sort of thing right on the patient’s skin? Where the patient and family and relevant medical staff can verify it..

  13. The Malpractice one made me laugh, .. because it’s true (and, in great part, because I read the caption last. I’d say this strip fails due to misplacement of the caption but for the fact that it’s so hard to read, I subconsciously skipped over it)..

  14. When my Mother went in for hip replacement surgery, she painted her toe nails on the side of the intended replacement . . . unfortunately, the nurse had to take it off ’cause they check the color of toenails for . . . cyanosis? Well, that’s what they told her, anyway.

    She ended up have both hips replaced, but not at the same time.

  15. Recently had cataract surgery (left eye first, then three weeks later, the right). Both times, in the pre-op conference, the doctor wrote her initials above the appropriate eye with a Sharpie. At least I think it was her initials, could have been an arrow pointing to “this one”, hard to say. It took two or three days to wash (scrub) off, too.

  16. @ woozy – There are certainly lot of items that would be much sillier, but I think the joke would be better if there is at least some sort of connection with the medical profession. I don’t mean anything “serious” (like a stethoscope), but perhaps something like a golf ball, or even a putter.

  17. Okay. Had it been a x-ray machine or an ekg monitor or something large it’d be ludicrous (albeit not all that comical). But a post-it note is every bit as boring and predictable as a sponge or forceps and I didn’t see why DemetriosX saw it as any more “ludicrous”.

    Although I guess his point was that the doctor was using it to mark internal organs which is a comical thought. But if that was the joke (which after some thought i think it probably was), I don’t think is was spelled out well enough.

  18. The Post-It note of course says, “Don’t forget to remove the Post-It note before closing.”

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