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  1. A Venus flytrap leaf wouldn’t hurt. It’s just a leaf that folds up. Also, who is “Venus” in Christian myth, since this is before the Fall and nobody is worshiping pagan gods? Also, at that moment neither Adam nor Eve even knows what a predator is, if it’s the Christian version of the Garden.

  2. @ Carl Fink – I would be willing to attribute the pain level to cartoon physics, but what I find amusing are the relative dimensions. A fully extended leaf of a venus fly trap is no more than one inch in diameter. If Adam thinks he’s going to be able to cover up all his junk with one of those, then the “wait” mentioned in the title panel may be forever.

  3. Poison Ivy might have been a better choice. (Better for the cartoonist, not for Adam.) In fact, that’s how I read it, just skimming the comics and not paying close attention.

  4. I like the dynamism of the “Cornered” but can’t really swallow the logic. If the eye doctors gave her a bad prescription, it probably wouldn’t be ready and in use yet, so why would she crash? And OTOH if it’s just that they did not yet solve her vision problems, why do those deficits cause driving problems today but didn’t before?

  5. The opthamalogist joke is a variation on one of my old favorites. Elderly woman walks up to the business counter and speaks to the receptionist:
    “Hi, I need to see the eye doctor.”
    “You sure do, honey, this is a hardware store.”

  6. More logical but less funny: he put drops in her eyes that blurred her vision.

    Been there.

  7. Poison Ivy might have been a better choice. (Better for the cartoonist, not for Adam.)

    I’m very allergic to poison ivy. As a young person, during camping trips I learned the perils of getting the resin on your hands and spreading it to other parts of your anatomy. It wasn’t until fairly recently that I found out that only humans are allergic to PI, and that it’s an unintentional (in an evolutionary sense) result. For a long time I assumed that it was some sort of defense mechanism.

  8. And here I thought cartoonists had wrung every last drop of humor from the Adam and Eve story. 🙄

  9. padraig, it might not have been an original, but I’m pretty sure the hardware store gag was part of an LOL here a few years ago (though of course all evidence is gone).

  10. in fact many but not all mammals are sensitive to urushiol, notably mice, rats, and dogs.

    Do you have a citation for that? The Smithsonian website says:

    Humans and possibly a few other primates are the only animals that get a rash from poison ivy. Your dog and cat don’t get it, nor do birds, deer, squirrels, snakes and insects. However, be sure to wash your dog after a walk near poison ivy because the urushiol can be carried on dogs’ fur and transferred to you!

  11. Urushiol sensitivity (via poison oak) in “… guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, sheep, dogs and rhesus monkeys.” Note that the article indicates that only humans have “painful encounters” with the plant, and the reference is to exposed skin, which none of the above have on most of their bodies.
    https://www2.palomar.edu/users/warmstrong/ww0802.htm

    “… skin edema, keratinocyte hyperplasia, nerve growth, leukocyte infiltration, and antihistamine-resistant scratching behavior in mice exposed to the haptens, oxazolone and urushiol, the contact allergen of poison ivy.”
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3752543/

    Two of my first five hits on a quick search at refseek.com.

  12. The first one says “sensitivity” without defining what that means.

    The second wasn’t using urushiol .in its natural state, but instead dissolved into other chemicals to provide concentrated doses to get the reaction needed.

    It apparently takes a lot to trigger the animal immune systems, beyond what they would encounter in the wild. Most browsing animals are able to consume poison ivy leaves and vines without adverse effect.

    I don’t want to make it a thing here, so I’ll leave it at that.

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