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  1. Maybe because of tailgating, or maybe he thinks that the clown is making fun of him.

    I don’t really get the 3rd one.

  2. The next to last cartoon reminds me of a conversation I had with my store manager. He said we should work like there is no tomorrow. I told him if that if there is no tomorrow why am I here? I am going fishing.

  3. The third one is just explicitly and unpolitely stating the expected age range of a toy: basically, it’s for a six year old, but a precocious four year old will be able to enjoy it, and up to a dull-witted nine year old will still be able to enjoy it, but after that, it’ll clearly be too simple and uninteresting — a “baby” toy. The joke is in contrarily stating what no toy maker would really state — because every child is a genius Mozart, Einstein, and Van Gogh — so no toy maker would emphasize that if your older kid is not particularly bright, he might still enjoy this toy meant for six year olds.

  4. The next to last cartoon
    the 3rd one.

    Hmm, maybe the comic strip names (as appear in the Tags) need to also appear next to the drawings in the main column. Or, for the less-familiar ones?

    I think the joke in the “Mannequin on the Moon” is about interpreting the very common suitable-age notes on toys and the like. Of course, there is a standard not-impolite understanding of what that can mean — for instance, a game can be played with additional rules, or levels of complication, to fit older children who would not be so absorbed by the basic configuration that can appeal to, and be mastered by, the younger set. But this comic picks out an impolite interpretation of “for ages 4 to 9” — and I think it’s funnier for being part of the package labelling instead of an interpretation voiced by the parent.

    Mark Bergmann, yes, I think that is exactly the message being examined in the “Adult Children”.

  5. The dog sees the lamp shade as a dog cowl which dogs wear around their neck to stop them from licking themselves after surgery.

  6. The st. beals was done better as a peanuts cartoon 60 years ago.

    And really what wasn’t? 🙂

  7. The beaver cartoon reminds me of a comment one Army Engineer said to another about the kinds of engineers: “Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets.”

  8. Singapore Bill, the dog thinks the lamp is wearing the “cone of shame” dogs have to wear after certain, um, procedures.

  9. Ah thanks. I took it that the lady was holding a book and the text was the title. That didn’t help.

  10. “The st. beals was done better as a peanuts cartoon 60 years ago.”

    “And really what wasn’t? 🙂”

    Well, so far as I know peanuts never did a strip about dinosaurs sneaking cigarettes. And although it did plenty of strips about kids refusing to fooled by renaming things and did them much better, they were all forty years after the “I say its spinach and to hell with it”.

  11. And indeed it’s not just after “those special procedures”. Dogs (and cats), male and female, may get one of those cone collars if there is an incision to heal, or wound that has been treated, etc., in a location they’re going to try to bend around and lick at.

  12. For cats, and depending on the injury, I really recommend the inflatable neck pillows rather than the peripheral vision blocking (“There’s a predator stalking me!”) cones.

  13. The lamp one would be easier to get if the lampshade opened upward like torchiere floor lamps.

  14. The lamp one would have been better (and maybe I’d have gotten it) if it were a ” torchère” style:

  15. I agree with Brian in STL and MJSR that the cone in the picture is not facing the way it would be if, um, the lamp were actually an animal.

    Woozy, besides the cones we have been discussing, and the inflatable cushioning rings you mention, there is a style I have seen called e-collar, standing for Elizabethan collar! It resembles a ruff. When I first heard the term, I imagined it meant “electronic”, and indeed when trying to search “e-collar” just now for a picture, at pet supply sites I kept finding electric collars. But anyway, though without picture, here is a mention, from the Post-Op Care Instructions page from PAWS-Chicago Lurie Spay-Neuter Clinic. https://www.pawschicago.org/

    2 DO NOT allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. This can open the incision and cause very
    serious complications. We provide dog patients with an Elizabethan Collar (e-collar) that must
    be worn for 10 days. If you are in need of an additional collar, they can be purchased at a pet
    store or at the PAWS Chicago.

  16. Thank you all for explaining the lamp joke. I agree, if the shade had gone the other way it would have been more likely I would understand it.

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