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  1. I generally dislike death row humor, unless it is extremely well-executed(†), which this panel definitely is not(‡). As Grawlix recently mentioned, perspective is not Yaffle’s strong suit. The worst error is that the speaker should be addressing the executioner (as the “bowler”), and not the condemned man (who is just the “ball”). The blank, dazed expressions on all the faces do not help, either.
    P.S. (†) – For example, by Charles Addams (and yes, the pun was intentional).
    P.P.S. (‡) – For larK and anyone else keeping score: “0 for ∞+1”.

  2. Double the meaning(‘splitting’ the pins, and ‘splitting’ heads from bodies), but not double the side-splitting laughs.

  3. PS: Just for a second, I thought the spectator with long, lion-mane hair was the Cowardly Lion.

  4. When I zoom in on the score sheet, it looks like Louis has 6 on this frame, but the split looks like he should have had eight.

  5. @ ignatzz – “George Booth did the same joke
    …and he did it much better. The facial expression on Booth’s victim is superb.
    P.S. @ Arthur – I think the digit in the little box of the second frame is in fact an eight, but I can see why you thought it was a six. Nevertheless, the interim score is irrelevant, this panel was D.O.A.

  6. Not a normal person’s reaction, but this has to be the French Revolution era if they’re using a guillotine, but everyone seems to be wearing modern polychromatic dyes (cheap, brightly colored fabrics are surprisingly modern). And yes, it bugged me.

    I await Meryl A. knowing more than I do about this.

  7. @CarlFink: we started using the guillotine in 1792, true, but we didn’t stop until 1977 (death penalty was abolished in 1981).

  8. @Olivier, fair enough. I have only been in France once, and there were no executions for me to observe. (For one thing, it was 2017.)

  9. Where’s Hugo. What’s with the briefcase? And I don’t think that’s the color of the ramp, two frames into the guillotine bowling tournament.

  10. I’m guessing that Hugo and Louis are executioners. It wouldn’t make sense if they were the victims. There’s only one ball per victim.

  11. Kilby: so before this appearance, we had an infinite amount of Yaffle cartoons appear here?

  12. I thought I had a grip on some basics of Cantorian infinite cardinals.
    Then had the misfortune to encounter — in a course where I already was a little lost — the infinite ordinals. They have so much more structure! And the first and simplest surprise is that a ω + 1 can be different from ω , or from ω + 2 and so on — which is not the case for cardinals like aleph0. (A second early surprise is that ω – 1 is not well defined.)

  13. Bright dyes have been around for millennia. What’s new is a) cheap and b) fast (not bleeding or fading) bright dyes. Sometime this century (can’t pin it down closer than that) someone discovered a medieval recipe that made hot pink dye from a lichen that grows throughout northern Europe – it faded pretty fast, but a new outfit could be eye-dazzling. So maybe they all wore their best new clothes for the execution tournament? Or more likely, the colorist never thought about it.

  14. I suppose this is a long-running game. Hugo executes one or two prisoners — one if he gets a strike, two otherwise — then Louis gets his turn, and the pins are left set up if the first is not a strike. Anyway, is “tough split” supposed to sound like tough something else?

  15. “George Booth did the same joke”
    The joke isn’t bowling, it’s misplaced empathy.

  16. What’s new is a) cheap and b) fast (not bleeding or fading) bright dyes
    Speaking of the contrast between colorfast and bleeding, for a moment in the 60s there was a casual-dress trend for shorts and shirts made from a fabric said to be from Madras, with a cross-striped plaid-like pattern that was expected to bleed. That was taken as a sign of authenticity. You had to be careful what it got washed with! Kids would walk around in their “madras shorts” proud of the messy mixing and dripping.

  17. Until some time in the 1800s dyes were all natural. Aniline dyes from coal tar were the first artificial dyes and lasted much better than natural dyes.

    In the 1700s the cheapest color was orange – dye was made from onion skins. Most expensive was red, which was made from cochineal (bugs) which is still used in some lipsticks. Hence the British army in red coats were wearing very expensive clothing and showing off the wealth of the King. Other reds existed that cost less – but were not as “red” and color washed out easier – don’t want one’s army dressed in pink. Despite what we learned in school – indigo (blue) was not widely grown in the North American colonies so was not that inexpensive. Remember the basic idea was the colonists to have to buy as much as possible from the Mother country to make money for the businesses there.

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