Sunday Funnies – LOLs, November 8th, 2020

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Both from Andréa.

A Halloween left-behind LOL.

If only!

In case you didn’t know, the “Nick and Zuzu” comic panels run as accompaniment to an advice column by Carolyn Hax. Sometimes they really depend on the writing and are totally CIDU without it. Other times, the comic is quite independent of the column which sparked it; and that is the case here. And the cartoons appear elsewhere, where the column is not available or even mentioned, such as GoComics.

But in case you are interested:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/advice/carolyn-hax-how-to-tell-dad-that-you-want-to-dispense-with-the-unpleasantries/2020/11/05/f85f3d90-1578-11eb-bc10-40b25382f1be_story.html

35 Comments

  1. For the link to the Carolyn Hax article: please note that the Washington Post website is governed by a fairly solid paywall. The number of articles that you can read for free per month is extremely low.

  2. @Olivier, nice!

    Of course, the secret to folding fitted sheets, fresh from the warm tumble dryer, is just the same as for flat sheets: Use two people! 🙂

  3. I read that Wallace and Grommit were responsible for rescuing Wensleydale cheese from extinction – they were on the brink of shutting down from poor sales and its mention in “A Grand Day Out” revived them.

  4. Speaking of that cheesy comic, I’ve been on a mild Wikipedia dive to see if Gorgonzola already implies a monster, in the “Gorgon” part of the name. Well sort of yes, the Gorgons were monsters (including Medusa herself). But no, the Italian town Gorgonzola in the region of Milan, with some rights over the name of the cheese, does not seem to be named for the monsters.

    (However, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorgonzola#In_popular_culture does manage to mention The Gorgon monster in the article about the cheese.)

  5. James Joyce liked wordplay.
    I kinda remember reading that Gorgonzola is a deformation of Concordiola, coming from Roman godess Concordia, but this could be the locals trying to paint over an unpleasant origin.

  6. In France, we have a very smelly cheese named Munster.
    The (bland/tame) American version is Muenster.

  7. I’d noticed that I hadn’t heard from Bill for a while. Figured, like me, he was distracted by current events. I’m glad that you guys are keeping this up.

  8. I saw a cartoon once where the Earps and the cowboys joined forces, and voices, and formed the OK Chorale. It was a while ago.

  9. I don’t get the MythTickle, unless the joke is that an editor would come back from the grave to fix a typo. We editors don’t consider that funny… 🙂

  10. So has web browsing and terminology become so ubiquitous that there are people who don’t think “private browsing” using an isolated session and “private browsing” hiding behind a curtain have the same terminology because they are the exact same concept… you want your browsing to be private? This is another case were I apparently get what the joke is supposed to be but can’t believe anyone could find linking an obvious connection is surprising. …. Or am I wrong in thinking that if there were a cartoon of someone fishing for compliments with a fishing pole, that nobody would think that was a legitimate joke. That’s not a legitimate joke, is it?

    “I don’t get the MythTickle, unless the joke is that an editor would come back from the grave to fix a typo.”

    The joke is simply that the dragon is scared of an unknown person in a graveyard with unknown person, but a zombie raising from the grave is acceptable because he has a reason.

  11. Argh… typo:

    ….

    The joke is simply that the dragon is scared of an unknown person in a graveyard with unknown purpose, but a zombie raising from the grave is acceptable because you know who he is now and what he is doing.

  12. Phil, Stan, Danny – if someone hears strange noises from a graveyard in the dark of night, then looks and sees a reanimated corpse milling about as the source of the sound, that would be really scary! Are they here to write, “I’ve come for revenge!” or maybe, “Death is not the end!” or “And then the murders began!” ? No.. they simply cannot rest in peace until their name is spelled correctly. It isn’t laugh out loud funny, but there is more than a joke about how editors are so driven by typos that they’ll come back from the dead to fix them. Lots of jokes are centered on the idea that our imaginations often drive us to worries about how evil something well beyond the reality. “If this log rolls over we will all be dead!” is one such example.

  13. @ Olivier – A German version of the “mild” variety of that cheese is called “Müritzer”.
    P.S. I think it should be mentioned that Wallace & Gromit already appeared in a monster movie, but “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” was more “vegetabley” than “cheesy”.

  14. Fitted sheets are actually quite easy to fold. Just spread the sheet out upside-down, turn the near corners inside-out and stuff them into the far corners. Straighten out the sides and it folds very simply.

  15. @Woozy – I think the joke is that clicking “private browsing” closes an electrically operated curtain rather than opening a new window on the screen. It is a reversal of expectations, and so fits the definition of a joke (it’s also funny, at least to me).

  16. –“I think the joke is that clicking “private browsing” closes an electrically operated curtain rather than opening a new window on the screen. It is a reversal of expectations, and so fits the definition of a joke”

    So…. It’s a Flintstone car joke?

  17. Flintstone car joke? Well, I’d just leave it at “Dark Side of the Horse Joke”. One of the scenes he returns to frequently is Horace waiting at the elevators, and pressing one of the buttons does something absurd or impossible, or at any rate not what is standard.

  18. Well, I guess in a world where there are still many cartoonist who assume acknowledging Internet Technology (and sometimes even computers) exist is supposed to be hilarious, it’s nice to see a strip that goes the other way and assume people won’t automatically think “private browsing” could be taken to mean …. private browsing.

    What next? Two people chatting form opposite sides of the street with a caption “social distancing”?

  19. I find the first one mildly amusing. Reminds me of the old quote: “I don’t care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.”

    The “writers” didn’t even get the name right.

  20. @ woozy – “What next? Two people chatting…
    How about two people yelling insults from either side of a street, with the caption “Asocial Distancing”?

    P.S. Ooops: I forgot that we’re not supposed to talk about politics at CIDU.

  21. “Ooops: I forgot that we’re not supposed to talk about politics at CIDU.”

    Acknowledging the existence of the term “social distancing” is political?

  22. Also, the Mythtickle came out on Halloween – so topical as well. (I don’t know if it was originally a Halloween comic, but it showed up for this year’s Halloween).

  23. @ woozy – No, but people shouting insults at each other is a pretty good description of how American politics has been conducted for the past two decades.

  24. ?
    Is this a point that the F-Minus was actually about partisan politics and should have been excluded? (Bizarre if so.)

  25. @ Dana K – Not at all, this is just thread drift starting with woozy’s reactions to the DSotH strip (see 9-Nov, 4:53 pm).

  26. @Dana, no, I think the one they’re getting in a twist about is the “Free Range” — the penultimate one, with the gunfighters having it out in the street.

  27. “I guess any time two people are arguing, it’s possible to see it as about politics.”

    No, it isn’t — but that’s just what I’d expect some Raving Monstery Loony Party hack to say!!!

  28. Kilby – yes, the Washington post would not even let me read a second day’s column of hers.

    (Her column is carried in our local paper. I am reading the online version of the paper for now as we don’t want me sitting and reading with the physical paper on the kitchen table at the current time. When this laptop died – the old one for some reason could not log into the online version of the paper, nor could husband’s laptop, so I was trying to replace the columns and comics by finding them elsewhere on the Internet. Found hers, but when I went to read it a second day, I no longer could.)

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