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  1. Why would you have to choose? If you’re banging fish women, you’re going to be a social pariah regardless of which half is the fish. So what’s a bit of bigamy on top of that?

  2. To quote Futurama, “Why couldn’t she have been the other type of Mermaid, with the fish part on top and the woman part on the bottom!”

  3. What do the offspring of a man and a mermaid look like? Human from the knees up and fish from the knees down?

  4. It’s kind of a CIDU to me. Kinda.

    Why would he want to inseminate a bunch of eggs in the bathtub. Why would she care after she had the pleasure of laying the eggs. Why would this be coy and sexy to either man or fish?

    And why’s he reading a treasure map in bed.

  5. Gads…I hadn’t seen that VIP cartoon in ages. I remembered it.

    Also I think Family Guy did a fish-with-human lower-half gag in one episode.

  6. “Also I think Family Guy did a fish-with-human lower-half gag in one episode.”

    So did Night Gallery. It’s not that original or astonishing an idea.

    “What do the offspring of a man and a mermaid look like? Human from the knees up and fish from the knees down?”

    It’d be more original if the bottom half of the mermaid tail were human and the top half fish.

  7. Woozy, agreeing that it is not “that original or astonishing an idea” doesn’t keep it from being a really funny cartoon!

  8. No, not new for sure, but always something to think about. The 2005 album “The Hard and the Easy” by Great Big Sea features both kinds of mermaids, one on the front cover, one on the back. https://www.amazon.ca/NEW-Great-Big-Sea-Hard/dp/B000B8I8ZK

    Since I don’t know how to make images show up, I’ll put a Great Big Sea performance of Shel Silverstein’s “The Mermaid.”

  9. “What do the offspring of a man and a mermaid look like? Human from the knees up and fish from the knees down?”

    It’d be more original if the bottom half of the mermaid tail were human and the top half fish.

    Rereading this exchange from yesterday, I only now catch that you were both trying to find the possible configuration that would count as “three-quarters human, one quarter fish”. MiB’s “Human from the knees up and fish from the knees down?” could work pretty well if the legs/tail-remainder stayed separated; with the fishy lower legs amounting to large swimfins.

  10. “Why would she care after she had the pleasure of laying the eggs?”

    Presumably because if that’s where her interest ends, she would be eliminated from the gene pool — she needs to have an interest in her eggs being fertilized. I suppose she could free-ride if the male of the species had a really strong interest in fertilizing eggs such that she really didn’t have to care or advertise where and when she lays her eggs, the male would be motivated to find them and make sure all eggs get fertilized. Actually, I just saw courting fish the other day, and it did strike me as a weird arrangement, the laying of eggs first and only then fertilizing them: so what I saw was the presumable male swimming tightly locked with the presumable female, who was swimming in tight circles; the male stayed close on her, presumably not to miss it when she laid any of her eggs, so he could be right there on the spot to fertilize them.
    So if your males are like that, then I guess you could afford not to care and just enjoy the laying of the eggs. But if the males you are stuck with are more interested in reading treasure maps in bed, I guess it pays to advertise and try to make it seem alluring, and hope that he has some weird kinks. (Although maybe the weird kinks pre-exist the whole scenario, because how else did you get the half-fish half-human to begin with?)

  11. “Woozy, agreeing that it is not “that original or astonishing an idea” doesn’t keep it from being a really funny cartoon!”

    I didn’t say it wasn’t funny.

    Although I find it just a meh. Not, a bad meh. A meh-meh. As for family guy… that was really underwhelming. It was pretty clear the creator did expect to viewer to have never thought of it and be blown away.

    “I only now catch that you were both trying to find the possible configuration that would count as “three-quarters human, one quarter fish””

    Well, actually, no. If you think of something 3/4 human you’d think either shoulders up or knees down. And as the mermaid(half-fish) was a bottom fish, the 1/4 fish would be bottom fish. I was thinking that mermaid was not a human/fish hybrid but a being in its own right. Thus my joke was the counter intuitive as the difference between a human and a mermaid is the tail so a human-mermaid would have half human legs and half fish tail. It’d be funny and unexpected if it were the top half that were the fish.

  12. Males are interested in having sex; females are interested in having babies.

    I’m reminded of one of my favorite Arlo & Janis strips. They are in bed.

    Janis: Wouldn’t it be nice to hear the patter of little feet again?
    Arlo: For heavens sake, why bring that up NOW?

  13. Since I don’t know how to make images show up

    First you need an image link (ending in .jpg or .gif or .png) that is a direct link, meaning not served up by a script. So if the link has .php? in it, it’s not likely to work.

    Once you have a good link, it needs to be on a line by itself in the comment.

  14. Boy, that Shel Silverstein guy sure gets around. I am familiar with Great Big Sea, but I don’t recall this song. All I can say to the narrator is, “Nobody’s perfect”. 🙂

    I am reminded of Norman Rockwell’s cover illustration featuring a classic mermaid caught in a lobster trap. Makes me wonder what the lobsterman had in mind. The recounting of the readers’ reactions to the cover is fascinating. https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2015/03/lucky-catch/

  15. The SEPost editors were “relieved” to find that “only” about 1 in 20 of their readers considered the cover “obscene”? I’d have thought “horrified” and “as many as” would have been more likely.

  16. I see your point, Shrug. But maybe “obscene” carries more weight now than then.

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