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  1. I imagine the yoghurt one is connected to a certain animated film?

    Sorry for the two posts – I accidentally sent the first one early, due to temporary motor confusion over how paragraph breaks work here/ Facebook/ WhatsApp (all different), or, rather, where I was.

  2. “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”

    (No, Gert,
    Whoa, Gert!
    I’ll tell you when to go, Gert…
    Yo, Gert!)

    “Why are two of the people at the meeting in Cornered decaying zombies?”

    I think the question is, why are the others not?

  3. Sorry, narmitaj, but your guess on the yogurt (or yoghurt ;), one is a miss.

    Think what more common treat the frozen yogurt is still considered a substitute for. Then think of a common sing-songey rhyme about liking or desiring that original treat.

    Yes, I know the problem of RET vs ALT RET vs SHIFT RET etc

  4. Slight revision to my first draft that tracks better:

    Yo, Gert!
    Woah, Gert!
    I’ll tell you when to go, Gert…
    Yogurt!

    Teach it to all your nieces and nephews, and remember to send me the royalty checks!

  5. The witches… from Macbeth… If the fourth witch had been there to tell him not to listen to Lady Macbeth, things would have been less tragic. And probably there would never have been a play about them.

  6. Mark – I believe the screen time comic is just a comment on how parents try to limit their kids’ screen time to a couple hours or less per day. The kids found out that she gets a solid 8 hours of screen time at work; thus, she’s being hypocritical in limiting theirs.

    I don’t get the witches one either.

  7. “I don’t get the mouse one, myself”

    Oh… well… she’s just angry with the mouse so she smashed it with the hammer.

    “Yeah, and….?”

    Well, that’s it. It’s just a funny to imagine. We’ve all been annoyed at computers so it’s funny to imagine if someone smashed a mouse with a hammer. Okay?

    “Meh… I guess”

    But what’s the deal with the “my children’s screen time”? That doesn’t make any sense and can’T be interpreted as funny under any interpretation.

    “Sure it can… usually you monitor children’s screen time. So here its reversed the children monitor the adult”

    So? that’s not funny…

    “Look, is there anything objectively funny about hitting a mouse with a hammer?”

    Well, no but imagining it is …

    “So, can’t imagining a child monitoring an adults screen time be equally funny to imagine?”

    Um… I guess… No! No, it isn’t!

    “I say it is… Or if you argue I’ll say imagining hitting a mouse with a hammer can’t be funny? So what is it going be… they are both funny or neither are”

    Oh, come on!

  8. Woozy, would you like a reminder that all are welcome to send in comics they actually like, for the LOL lists? Reminder, the address is CIDU dot submissions AT gmail dot com. And maybe thereby improve the ratio, of the number that are to your taste over the number not.

  9. I wasn’t complaining about the quality of the comics (I really liked the Witches one). I was just making an observation of the “dog likes investing in the stock market” nature of interpreting them.

    I read the mouse one (without giving it much thought) as a straightforward and clear joke but I absolutely did not (and still don’t) get the screen time one. But when maryellenc said they didn’t get the mouse one, and I started to explain, I realized it was one of those subjective “well, either you think it’s funny the dog invests in the stock market or you don’t” (The mouse one was the only one that my roommate actually laughed out loud at– although she also thought the witches one was her favorite).

    And so to be fair, if I can view the mouse one as “well, it’s just funny to imagine” I should, to be even handed, allow the the “screen time” one equal subjective “it’s just funny to imagine” lee-way. Or I should try to at least… So my post was an imagined dialog between one who simply didn’t get the mouse one and who got the mouse one but didn’t get the screen time one.

    (The toaster one probably would have been my favorite if I had recognized they were toasters at first. I thought they were torn couch cushions that had been fixed with packaging tape)

  10. “…all I said was I didn’t get the mouse one, yikes, Woozy.”

    Why “yikes”? There was nothing critical in my post, was there? I mean I mocked myself for not getting the “screen time” one, but no-one else, did I?

  11. I fell like others may be misreading woozy’s tone. I see it as akin to an internal dialogue that is not directed toward anyone else.

  12. Okay, that’s enough meta-discussion.!

    Certainly we can discuss what’s funny and what’s not, and why. But let’s all keep in mind that, just as different people will laugh at different things, they will also have different conscious (“lit-critical”) theories about what are valid reasons for being amused — and these also should be treated with respect, even if disagreed with.

  13. Well, that was not in the least my intent.

    My point was you were right. There isn’t much to get in the mouse joke. She hit her mouse with a hammer and that really is all there is to it. Why is that funny? Well, I guess when I sit down and think about it it isn’t funny.

    It’s just… well… her down to earth expression. And the id-like revelry we all imagine about hitting a mouse with a hammer. It’s not actually a punch-line joke. If one doesn’t get the yogurt joke, it’s probably because one didn’t think of the “I scream, you scream” rhyme. If one doesn’t get the witches joke it’s probably one didn’t realize it was about MacBeth. But if one didn’t get the “she hit her mouse with a hammer” it’s not that one missed anything it’s that… one doesn’t get why hitting a mouse with a hammer is supposed to be funny. And maybe the question shouldn’t be what is one missing, but why does the other person think it is funny. Why is hitting a mouse with a hammer funny? And the answer is … “I dunno. Now that I think about it maybe it isn’t?”

    …..

    But then I figure I should be open-minded and apply it to the joke I didn’t get. The one about screen time. Could imagining a child complaining about an adults screen time by seen as a silly humorous twist on an adult monitoring a child’s screen time? Could that be seen as just viscerally funny situation? Well, I guess in theory… I don’t really see it (I don’t see it at all) but fair’s fair…. hitting a mouse with a hammer just results in broken hardware and a mess so if that can be a joke then can the screen time be a joke….? I should be willing to accept it…. but still….

  14. As for the screen time one, kids are often jealous of the parents’ jobs. Think of the taxi drivers’ kids who are not even allowed to drive a car. Or the firefighters’ kids who never get to slide down a pole or send water everywhere with a fire hose.

  15. I thought the humor of the hammered mouse lay in ‘has been naughty’. Both that she thinks of the mouse as ‘naughty’ and that her response to naughtiness is a hammer.

  16. I wonder what the “naughty” mouse has been doing – clicking on forbidden websites of dubious morality?

    I like the way Carrie hit the mouse so hard she has to pick out bits of mouse plastic that got deeply embedded in the steel hammerhead.

  17. If the fourth witch had told MacBeth not to listen to his wife, would it have made a difference?

    Didn’t a prophet tell Julius Caesar to beware the ides of March? Did THAT make a difference?

  18. Little known fact (because I just made it up) Julius Caesar’s last words were not “Et tu Brute” but rather, “You could have been a bit more specific about the ‘beware’ business.”

  19. “If the fourth witch had told MacBeth not to listen to his wife, would it have made a difference?”

    Possibly. He was told he would be king by the three witches, and was certainly attracted by the idea. However, after a party at his castle celebrating his victories in battle and Duncan announces that his son would be the next king, Macbeth thinks about it and decides not to proceed. He says things like:

    First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
    Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
    Who should against his murderer shut the door,
    Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan
    Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
    So clear in his great office, that his virtues
    Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
    The deep damnation of his taking-off;
    …I have no spur
    To prick the sides of my intent, but only
    Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself
    And falls on the other.

    At this point, Lady Macbeth walks in and they very briefly discuss the situation, and he tells her:

    We will proceed no further in this business:
    He hath honour’d me of late; and I have bought
    Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
    Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
    Not cast aside so soon.

    At this revelation, Lady Macbeth works her magic and talks him into it. If he’d listened as intently to the fourth witch as to the others, then yea, it might have made a difference.

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