BillR sent this in, asking if there is candidate Arlo-award material here. Which I don’t see a basis for. But we can all wonder together what the Peanuts kids are doing there; what the closed-captions are transcribing; and above all, what’s the joke!
Or “demo” for the Brits among us. Or maybe “manifestation” for the Continentals?
But whatever you call what they are doing … what are they doing there? Protesting laundromats in general for the bad practices of customers? Giving our blond regular character (“Norris”?) some advice, in a forceful way? And is the guy in the green turtleneck objecting to himself? What’s up?
Okay, sometimes CIDU comes down to “I don’t understand how one cartoon can make that many mistakes”.
Carl Fink sent in this Loose Parts and says:
1) I for one read right through the joke on the first pass. I’ve been reading numbered lists for so long, I don’t actually notice the numbers any more.
2) Counting is not arithmetic!
And Carl also on this Off The Mark:
Painting with … antigravity pigments?
So would a real painter glue the palette to his hand and then hold it vertically like that? Wouldn’t the paint run off it? I say “glue” because he clearly doesn’t have a thumb on the other side, so he can’t grip it.
Also, why is he wearing a lab coat? That doesn’t look like an artist’s smock to me.
This Reply All Lite could probably count as Unintentional Arlo Award. Either the artist does not know a very widespread vernacular sense of Johnson, or does not think her readers would make that association and attribute it to these characters.
Pardon my objectionable sick joke! (Which may not be instantly evident, thus the semi-CIDU category.)
An acknowledgement of using the same joke, about four years later, when the similarity was pointed out. From “Monster Picnic” in June 2021 (hat tip to Why Evolution Is True blog in 2022 where I saw it):