Clippy was discontinued long enough ago that this may require the geezers category!
Eats, shoots, and leaves.
These are comics that somebody thought were pretty good, or even full LOL, and not baffling but a little hard to pin down. Like, you can think of a rather plausible explanation of the chuckle — or maybe two! — but there’s nothing that clinches the case that *this* or *that* just has to be the key to what’s going on.
For example, with something like this Andertoons, we might think of the minor mystery as expressed in terms of providing the missing caption. Is it about the odd feeling you’re being watched? Or more like “Oh, where did I set down my glasses?”. It could be either, do you agree?
A Minor Mystery from Darren, who says “I can’t tell if Watson’s jarns need to be interpreted as a specific term. I’m flummoxed. Apparently the squirrel is as well?”
Okay, the joke here is that the threatened punishment will involve a cannister vacuum cleaner (in what seems to be a photo clip?) rather than a conventional physical beating or the like. But it’s an unanswerable mystery just what the threat is. Torture by exposure to noisy motor, like a household pet? Being inhaled altogether? Having some portion of his body inhaled?
A near-synchronicity noticed by Bob Ball. The theme in common might be phrased as “knowing who you should be listening to”, or we can leave it up to the gang to better describe it.
Because when the clock strikes three, we will have the Big Synchronicity Roundup!
First up, Andréa was struck by the treatment of the old Goofy/Pluto problem, in Pearls Before Swine and Strange Brew:
Next up, Jerry found the focus on Feng Shui in Bizarro and Pickles:
Finally, BillR was seeing jigsaw puzzles all over the place, or at least in F-Minus and Rhymes With Orange:
Boise Ed sends this in and asks if there is supposed to be something psychedelic about marinara sauce. We suppose that might just be a matter of spicy food leading to disturbed sleep; but there is still an issue of how to tell whose dream it is from within the dream. Or: who is the butterfly and who is the emperor?
Getting some ZZZZs is an ongoing theme with Horace; but this seemed an amusing example!
It’s charming that the other guy also seems to be there to work on his poetry.
Okay, so it’s kinda obvious … yet somehow surprising!
From dollarbill, who always appreciates a novel twist on an established trope:
And F-Minus provides the Sad-LOL you noticed in the Tags and wondered about …
And in the “Nothing new under the Sun?” Department:
There’s hurricanes in Florida and Texas needs rain …