From Rob Stephens.
Thanks to Boise Ed for this contribution
Yes, we’ve heard about the recent popularity of sea shanties on Tik-Tok and other youth social media. Also the idea of musically combining sea shanties with modern rap or pop music.
All of that still leaves most of this Bliss cartoon unexplained!
And a bonus Sea Shanties comic:
It may or may not be a don’t-understand, but no doubt it is a puzzle.
From larK: “I mean, I understand the whole setup and expected punch-line, I just don’t understand the actual execution of the punch-line: ‘now I need oxygen’? As opposed to fresh air? Huh? How does that tie up the I went-out-to-cheer-myself-up-but-got-even-more-depressed-instead gag the strip is going for?”
From alGeo who, aside from submitting this as a CIDU, also claims “‘How’s she doing‘ is not the same as ‘How’s it going.'” Are they right? Obviously, the words are literally different, but for me (Winter Wallaby), those phrases have the same meaning.
So a twofer: Explain the comic and discuss English usage.
Now that we’ve re-instituted the Arlo Award, who should come along needing that classification but Arlo and Janis themselves. (But of course the Award is named for Arlo Guthrie — and we’re sticking to that story!)
But this is also a bit of a CIDU, in need of a little explication.
Thanks to Andréa for this contribution.
Yes, the Arlo Award is still an ongoing operation! (The sequestered Arlo Page site is another matter.) The Award is for a somewhat racy or suggestive comic that by virtue of double entendre or sheer bluff can get past newspaper-oriented standards-and-practices.
This LuAnn Sunday strip was sent in by some CIDU stalwarts, most asking about the Arlo Award category, but one also counting it as a CIDU since the “spicy” reading is not unambiguous. And some have taken it to the GoComics comments thread, for that matter. Thanks to Bob Ball, Findus, Unca $crooge, and Karl.
(By the way, their names are Frank and Nancy.)
We know about cycles in a washing machine but nothing about detergent wars.
Contribution from Stan.
I don’t even know where to begin with this one.