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  1. Don’t get the “solo”s one.

    Are “solo”s a known thing in this strip and the joke is noting the plural is a palindrome? or is the joke the amusement of the clever and funny, but all classic and *very* well known, palindromes? If so is it really cricket to base a joke on the work of others?

  2. Anthropomorphic oil is difficult enough to accept all by itself, but in this case we have the petrochemical equivalent of the virgin birth: no borehole, no pipe, but nevertheless it gushes from the top of the tower.

  3. I came here straight from looking at the morning news, so i first read the speech bubble as “A prime minster and a rabbi…”

  4. Am I the only one that is annoyed by palindromes that ignore spaces? It ruins the symmetry for me.

    I guess I make exceptions for really apropos ones like “A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!”

  5. Powers, I must disagree. Spaces and even punctuation have always been fair game in palindromes, as far as I’m concerned.

    (Submitted as an “oy” even though not technically puns, palindromes are at least a form of word play.)

    I’m not familiar with these “Solo” characters. Are they part of something else already out there, like Teletubbies? Or just a Froglandia creation Teresa decided to toss in?

  6. (until Kilby pointed it out here in a previous thread, I never even realized it was all palindromes — I was fine with it being a bizarre Dylan parody)

  7. Perhaps it is only because of my naïveté, but I would have expected “The Aristocrats” rather than a “walk into the bar” style joke.

  8. Great!
    (I must have missed the earlier posting of it.)

    I think just the right hand half of the screen is new, and the left side is the original with Allen Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth chatting. Or maybe just the face and cards text were replaced?

  9. “Powers, I must disagree. Spaces and even punctuation have always been fair game in palindromes, as far as I’m concerned. ”

    I think they enhance the cleverness. Anyone can make a list of word pairs and paste them together. But its clever to see unrecognized patterns.

  10. I’m not sure how oil wells work. Is the “gusher” trope a thing, or one of those cartoony things we accept without too much thought? I would think it would be very wasteful, not to mention damaging to the environment, to have oil just spurting into the air like that.

  11. And people get paid BIG money to cap the oil well when it comes in a gusher. Or at least they used to. It’s probably automated now.

  12. I recall vaguely a movie or tv-movie about one such paid expert who interrupted the gusher flow with explosives, a controversial method for the townspeople.

  13. While they do install protective equipment to guard against blowouts, if the safeties fail, there’s nothing automated about the hard work to cap the gusher. One of the most horrific examples was the Deepwater Horizons explosion, after which it took BP five months to seal the well. An unbelievable amount of oil was dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.
    P.S. A fascinating IMAX film called “The Fires of Kuwait” documented the international collaboration to extinguish the wells that had been intentionally blown up (and ignited) by the retreating Iraqi army. There were all sorts of methods, ranging from delicately artistic (hanging an extender pipe over the wellhead) to excessive brute force (two jet engines mounted on top of a tank, used to literally “blow out” the fire). Only after each fire was out could the work to cap the well begin.
    P.P.S. Perhaps the most famous name in the art of (explosive) well capping was Red Adair.

  14. I thought Red Adair specialized in extinguishing well fires. The John Wayne movie “Hellfighters” was supposedly based on his work.

  15. I was going to mention Sorcerer which is more about getting the dynamite to a blow-out, than the actual extinguishing of the fire. Turns out it is a remake of The Wages of Fear, so kudos to Olivier.

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