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  1. The expectation is that the sign warns of a curve in the road. Instead it’s alerting people to a bent-arrow shaped tunnel ahead.

  2. When Gary Larson drew a joke this lame, he gave it an honest caption: “It was late, and I was tired.

  3. But then it appears that the road really does curve. If the “joke” is that the rider expects that the sign refers to the road but it’s actually the rock, why not make the road go straight to eliminate confusion?

  4. It’s like Kermit the Frog seeing an actual enormous fork embedded in the road and muttering “I don’t believe that” in response. Rather than in-universe confusion, out-of-universe “we really used that” disgust.

  5. While going through that strange tunnel, B.C. noticed Jeremy Duncan lounging in an easy chair while multitasking.

  6. woozy: It looks to me like it bends to the right after going through the hole. It’s only a slight bend, so I suspect it’s due to the difficulty of drawing a straight path with vanishing point perspective while keeping the character a reasonable size, rather than an intentional depiction of a curve.

  7. If you should happen to find an actual fork in the road, you really should pick it up and take it home with you. Remember the words of Yogi Berra: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!”

  8. My understanding is that Yogi *did* say that, but that it made sense in his situation, since he lived then at the far end of a circular roadway, so that one could reach it about as easily by either taking either choice at the fork.

    Then there’s the story of the English sportsman lost in the wilderness who was amazed to find lying in the middle of his path a cricket ball. And a bit further on, he found a second cricket ball. And just beyong that, he found a castrated cricket.

    (O.K., maybe that old wheeze should be banished to the Arlo page.)

  9. Shrug: that’s true about Yogi and the fork. But later in life he became a motivational speaker and used his famous sayings to illustrate points. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it” came to mean “When you see two opportunities and can only choose one, don’t stand there forever. Pick one and go forward with it.

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