Sunday Funnies: March 19, 2017

Cidu Bill on Mar 19th 2017


Boise Ed:






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25 Responses to “Sunday Funnies: March 19, 2017”

  1. Proginoskes Mar 19th 2017 at 03:41 am 1

    Between the first two panels of “Soup to Nutz”, the apple gets eaten. I’m not sure whether that’s symbolic or not.

  2. Pirk Mar 19th 2017 at 04:35 am 2

    police lineup one is a CIDU for me

  3. mitch4 Mar 19th 2017 at 08:29 am 3

    A big hit in my neighborhood recently was a project by an Urban Geography grad student, to run an eliminations bracket for “Your favorite obscure Hyde Park named street”. We’re at the Final Four at the moment, I’m rooting for East Chicago Beach Drive, and in the other semifinal East Science Drive.

  4. BBBB Mar 19th 2017 at 12:05 pm 4

    The pun in the second strip (Doc Rat?) is almost worthy of Stephan Pastis.

  5. Kilby Mar 19th 2017 at 12:53 pm 5

    @ BBBB (4) - Is that “worthy” meant as a compliment or a complaint? I thought the “cadillac/cardiac” pun was a bit thin in comparison to the setup (especially the detailed artwork), so I was hoping there was something more to it than that.

  6. Boise Ed Mar 19th 2017 at 03:14 pm 6

    Kilby [5]: Did you see the third panel? (It’s hidden on my browser, until I click on the comic.)

    Meanwhile, I also got a good laugh out of the Soup to Nutz.

  7. Treesong Mar 19th 2017 at 07:20 pm 7

    Pirk @2, clearly a comment on the unreliability of identification of suspects from lineups, because policemen, inadvertently or not, choose nonsuspects such that the suspect stands out. Just a skosh exaggerated.

  8. Brian Mar 19th 2017 at 08:06 pm 8

    I’m a bit uncertain about #1. Three possibilities that occur to me:

    1. It’s a frame-up and the cops made him wear the uniform and stand in a hole.

    2. They made him wear the uniform and he decided to try to escape.

    3. They found out where he was coming out and constructed the lineup around that area.

  9. Mark in Boston Mar 19th 2017 at 09:25 pm 9

    Did a prisoner escape by tunneling out from prison and coincidentally emerge in the police lineup?

    Or does he have such a habit of tunneling that as soon as they put him in the lineup, instead of standing there he started to dig a tunnel?

  10. Stan Mar 19th 2017 at 11:51 pm 10

    “1. It’s a frame-up and the cops made him wear the uniform and stand in a hole.
    2. They made him wear the uniform and he decided to try to escape.
    3. They found out where he was coming out and constructed the lineup around that area.”

    I initially thought #1 when I first read this, but maybe it’s #3. He seems to have a shocked expression on his face.

  11. Pirk Mar 20th 2017 at 12:54 am 11

    OK clearly at least two people understand comic 1 because someone sent it in as an LOL and Bill posted it as an LOL. So come forward and explain yourselves! And by yourselves I mean this comic!

  12. Proginoskes Mar 20th 2017 at 04:26 am 12

    @ Pirk: Mark in Boston [9]’s first idea is what I figured. Wrong place, wrong time.

    BTW, statistic for police line-ups: In 20-25% of lineups, the witness chooses someone who the police *know* is not the guilty party. Even worse: When a witness picks out someone in a line-up, they are *certain* that they are correct, and even evidence cannot convince the witness otherwise.

    (How good of a witness are *you*? Find the “real” penny in this sketch: . No fair getting one out, or googling, until you’ve decided on your answer!)

  13. Kilby Mar 20th 2017 at 04:42 am 13

    @ Boise Ed (6) - I would not have been able to identify the pun without seeing the third panel. All that careful grillwork, just to set up a pun that doesn’t really work? At least with Pastis, the final line (nearly) always scans properly.

  14. Olivier Mar 20th 2017 at 10:39 am 14

    Proginoskes @12 : fun ! I got the writings right but was sure Lincoln was facing the other way… I have the same problems with maps : from time to time, the map in my head is rotated 90° from reality, but not always.

  15. Brian Mar 20th 2017 at 12:41 pm 15

    I like the “guy digs out where police have set up a line-up for him” explanation. It is a nice touch that the police gave the other guys pick-axes, in a weak attempt at being fair.

  16. James Pollock Mar 20th 2017 at 12:45 pm 16

    Lincoln does face “backwards” compared to other coins.

  17. Bob Mar 20th 2017 at 12:47 pm 17

    Proginoskes @12 - you’ve given an excellent example of why “eye-witness” testimony is not very reliable. (12 Angry Men is another.) I saw a short video of a law professor who staged a robbery of his briefcase off the table in front of his class of ~30 students. Should be a piece of cake to identify the perp, right?
    Very few were able to pick the suspect out of 6 or 8 (I forget which) photos. The best (i.e., funniest) was as you describe (and is applicable to a lot of voters): the person who POSITIVELY identified the robber from a set of pictures that did NOT contain the suspect’s photo.

  18. James Pollock Mar 20th 2017 at 02:02 pm 18

    “a law professor who staged a robbery of his briefcase off the table in front of his class of ~30 students”

    That’s a fairly small class. Most of my law school classes had more like 80 people in them.
    And you probably meant “theft” rather than robbery.

    Police use a number of different methods of identification. Lineups are actually rare, because they’re fairly expensive to stage. What you’ll actually usually get are photo arrays. There’s another, related, method called a “showup”. The police catch someone at or near the scene of the crime, bring them by, and ask “is this the guy who done did the deed?” (perhaps using different words). These are discouraged, as you tend to get more false positive IDs that way. You’re expecting the cops to catch the bad guy. If the cops bring you somebody they caught, and you’re expecting them to catch the bad guy, well, then, the guy they caught must be the bad guy, right? Instead, if there was a theft, they’ll show it to you and ask “is this your (whatever that was stolen)?”

  19. Brian in STL Mar 20th 2017 at 02:06 pm 19

    “I initially thought #1 when I first read this, but maybe it’s #3. He seems to have a shocked expression on his face.”

    That’s what brought to mind option 3. He could have been surprised to be selected (although technically they aren’t able to see the person doing the viewing) but shouldn’t have been in 1 and 2.

    ps: I have altered my moniker as another person is using the same one (he’s probably been around longer) and it’s likely to cause confusion. Comment 15 was not mine.

  20. Grawlix Mar 20th 2017 at 09:21 pm 20

    I think I liked the Foxtrot one best. I enjoyed the wacky brackets,and didn’t even see the pun coming.

    The one with the Cadillac was OK. Interestingly the artist made a point of drawing a ‘59 Cadillac, but obscured the most recognizable part of that car–its rear fins.

    I love old Cadillacs, but I’m sure glad I don’t have to parallel park one…

    Did you hear about the cardiologist who considered selling his beloved old Cadillac? He just didn’t have the heart to go through with it.

  21. Mark in Boston Mar 20th 2017 at 09:21 pm 21

    Cardiac / Cadillac isn’t a pun, it’s a malapropism.

    Socialite, gushingly congratulating a speaker: “Why that lecture was superfluous! Simply superfluous!”

    Gracie: “He was wearing a flower, one of those big white flowers.”
    George: “A carnation?”
    Gracie: “That’s right, a reincarnation.”
    George: “A carnation, not a reincarnation. Reincarnation is the idea that after you die, you come back as something else. For instance you might come back with a little intellect.”
    Gracie (blushing, giggling): “Oh George, you know I’m not married!”

  22. Cidu Bill Mar 21st 2017 at 04:37 am 22

    I know I’ve mentioned this here before, but…

    Some years back, when I was teaching a forensic crime class to middle- and high-school students, I was going to try that “staged robbery” stunt to demonstrate the unreliability of eyewitness testimony — I even drafted some assistants to serve as stuntmen — when I came up with an idea I liked better: I had the class work in pairs for a couple of days, and on the second day I sent one person from each pair into a different room. Then I had each student fill out a questionnaire about his or her partner’s physical appearance.

    Of course you know how that turned out. And the lesson was, if you can’t describe somebody you’d spent all this time with, and who’d been in your class for several weeks, how would you fare if you saw a stranger for just a few seconds, possibly afraid or under stress?

  23. Kilby Mar 21st 2017 at 07:19 am 23

    @ MiB (21) - The malaprops you quoted are at least funny, the incongruity adds to the humor.

    P.S. Here’s another example, taken from “Gnomeo & Juliette”:
    Blue Gnomette: “You’re illiterate!”
    Red Gnome: “No I’m not, my parents were married!”

  24. Grawlix Mar 21st 2017 at 09:49 pm 24

    @ #21: Written into a story or cartoon, I’d still call it a pun, as it’s still wordplay. Blurted out by your aunt in regular conversation perhaps not.

    Some humorists have turned malapropisms into an art form.

  25. Meryl A Mar 22nd 2017 at 01:24 am 25

    All of the pennies are wrong. None has a mint mark on it.

    Robert does not follow sports. When he was a kid in the 1950s and 60s, of course baseball was followed - the Yankees of course - but since he has been an adult not at all. The other day he said to me “Basketball seems to go on forever.” He notices the sports when the shows he goes to watch are not on. In this case his all important Channel 2 (CBS) news with “the only reliable and accurate weatherman - Lonny - was not on as a basketball game was still on. I had to explain to him that before it was professional basketball and now it is college basketball. I am not really sure why he was not beat up more as a boy by the other kids.

    He has been, however, to two World Series games when he was a boy - his dad was invited by someone in relation to business and they both brought their sons both times.

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