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  1. gonna trot this one out…

    Why don’t you hear any Jim Jones jokes?

    The punch lines are too long.

  2. I don’t get the bank heist attempt one. I am guessing from dollarbill that that’s supposed to be a jug of punch rather than water.

  3. I’m just trying to figure out the facial hair on the guy sitting across from Kool-Aid. Is that a mustache? Sideburns?

  4. I am surprised at how many Kool-Aid Man references I’ve heard recently; I don’t think I’ve seen any commercials with him. (Maybe I’ve been skipping over them because the animated K-A man isn’t the same experience as the one played by an actor where you could feel his effort to get over the pieces of broken wall.)

  5. @ Carl Fink – aha, thanks.

    At very first I thought he was a jug of cold water, whose role was, you know, to pour cold water on any suggestion, so whatever plan the hapless heisters were going to come up with, JugMan would put the kibosh on it. But that didn’t seem to add up. Then I saw the punch comment and I was, if anything, even less the wiser.

  6. Mark M – We’re seeing it from a bad angle, but I think you’re right, he’s got sideburns integrated to a moustache but no fur on the lower face or chin. Peculiar, but you can see that in real life too.

  7. narmitaj: In the puritanical US, land of Prohibition, “punch” was transmogrified in the 1950s to be one of those superior better-living-through-chemistry food-like products mass-produced as Hawaiian Punch, Hi-C, and then dehydrated to form Kool-Aid and the like — the perfect food-like product: it has the highest cost per pound of anything found in the super-market (maybe yeast comes second). Drink the Kool-Aid indeed…

  8. If you were to ask me What is sangria? I’d be likely to start off It’s a kind of wine-based punch …

  9. Yes, ’cause the ‘punch’ was alcoholized without anyone’s knowledge. So that would be drunk without realizing one was drinking alcohol.

  10. Andréa, sorry to lead you astray — I was just kidding about punch-drunk meaning “drunk from consumption of punch”. Because there was this thread moment about punch. But really it means unsteady, confused, as though having received blows to the head.

  11. I don’t think Kool-Aid has had commercials where he bursts through a wall in many decades. It’s sort of a classic commercial.

  12. I think the Kool-Aid comercials would have fallen into forgotten obscurity had it not been for the TV show “Family Guy” and Seth MacFarlains love for obscure cultural icons from about the same time as my memory.

    The first time it was just a joke. A camera pan of people saying “Oh, No!” and the Kool-Aid guy breaking in and we, the audience, thinking “Oh my god! I remember that! I haven’t thought about that in years!” And then he referenced and riffed his reference. Now, I think, there is an entire generation of people who only knew it from “Family Guy”.

  13. I’m not 100% sure what is going on in the first comic.

    Is he supposed to be one of those guys on the street who twirls signs to grab your attention, but you mostly ignore, and the conflation of that and the common ‘skip ad’ notices you see on YouTube et. al. is where the humour lies? If so, what’s he supposed to be advertising? That’s usually indicated somewhere in these scenarios. Is he advertising himself?

    However, I’m guessing that this is a homeless guy soliciting change, although there is no real indication of that (hand out, hat to collect money, barrel with straps, etc.). If that’s the case, then I find this to be rather sad than LOL. It’s just a reminder that we often ignore those in need and hurry past them as fast as we can…in this case, five seconds.

  14. I like the skip ad one… it somehow suckers you into looking at it for five seconds to see if anything changes then, like an arrow button appearing so you can move on to the meat of the issue.

    Also, of course, you could skip the cartoon and its ad immediately – which you can also do with YouTube ads, though only by closing the tab or moving on to another video. Is there a message to the cartoon? Maybe that you don’t have to submit to the tyranny of ads telling you when you can skip them.

  15. Interesting take, narmitaj, on the skip-ad one from Duffy. The message is indeed being seen by us, the actual readers of the cartoon. But in the fictive world of the cartoon it is being addressed to the passersby that approach on the pavement. It seems to produce a difference of tone, but I’m not sure just how. That may be some of Stan’s point too?

  16. I obviously didn’t give the skip ad comic as much thought as Stan. To me it was just the common comic idea to take something fairly new and apply it to something non-technological we might have seen years ago. Absurdity.

  17. “. . . which you can also do with YouTube ads, though only by closing the tab or moving on to another video.”
    I’ve NEVER seen an ad on YT . . . altho Hubby does, constantly. We can’t figure out why the difference. I’m grateful for it, tho.

  18. deety –
    I think the idea of “punch drunk” is that one is acting as if they have punched so much that they are drunk – I believe it is a (US) boxing term.

    Originally I think it actually meant that the match has to be halted because one of the combatants has been hit in the head too much and is acting drunk.

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