This isn’t a CIDU, but: does this resonate with anyone? Or make sense for anyone you know in the 21st century? The idea that you’d need to keep it secret from your spouse that you spent some time with a member of the opposite gender seems really, really, really outdated.
I think my wife would be interested to find out that I met her doppelganger.
Also, a separate question for golfers: Do golf courses really just pair you up with random other golfers? Why? Or is this just a plot device?
Today’s Hi and Lois makes a joke about virtual backgrounds in video app meetings. I’ve seen plenty of video-meeting comics in the last year or so, and maybe a few touching on virtual backgrounds, but this particular one triggered a memory for me:
The memory it triggered was of a MAD Magazine story about fake backgrounds for video calls. The technology it used was “camera phones” — which did exist, but not as an everyday thing generally available to the public — and with fake backgrounds being provided not electronically but as physical backdrops that could be pulled down from a spring-loaded roller, like a certain kind of window shade.
I recalled the piece going thru a series of examples like “Fool your boss”, “Fool your wife”, etc., and finally a “Fool Yourself” where the wrong backdrop was chosen. In today’s cartoon, Hi is almost doing a “Fool Yourself”, if he were using a virtual background but accidentally used a beach or other recreation scene while talking about being in a sickbed or maybe hard at work at his home office.
In trying to track down the MAD piece, my first partial success, with two panels of the MAD story, was at a Peewee’s Playhouse site, in a two-step indirection story that I didn’t entirely follow. But that gave me the 1957 date and the name of the artist, George Woodbridge.
ICYMI “tuna fish” is looked down on by some language peevers as an example of eliminable redundancy. If the joke is that only someone as dim as Zero would make this error, what side of the dispute does this come down on?
From larK: “I mean, I understand the whole setup and expected punch-line, I just don’t understand the actual execution of the punch-line: ‘now I need oxygen’? As opposed to fresh air? Huh? How does that tie up the I went-out-to-cheer-myself-up-but-got-even-more-depressed-instead gag the strip is going for?”