A Booth Scene

My first time reading the word “defenestration” was in the title of a story by Arthur C. Clarke, “The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch”, appearing in the collection Tales from the White Hart. Subsequently, I learned the general uses of this funny word, and in particular in the nickname for some historical events, “The defenestration of Prague”.

My first encounter with the word “quantum” in other than a physics sense was in the title of a story by Ian Fleming, “Quantum of Solace”, appearing in the collection For Your Eyes Only. Subsequently, I rarely encounter any use other than something scientific.

My first exposure to the word “squalor” was in the title of a story by J D Salinger, “For Esmé—with Love and Squalor”, appearing in the collection Nine Stories. Subsequently, my foremost exemplar for the concept of “living in squalor” are the cartoons of George Booth.

This one was sent in by Stan, who says “Here’s one I didn’t get…or maybe it’s an, ‘Is that all there is? But what’s the joke?’ kind of thing. Anyway, I’m guessing she made scrambled eggs for dinner. What’s the joke exactly? Also, what is the cat doing? Is that part of it?”

Sunday Funnies – LOLs, January 24th, 2021

Somewhat slapdash Shakespeare but what the hey?

And here is the shocking exposé!

“The following contains scenes of people not accepting what they cannot change. Viewer discretion is advised.”
He thinks he’s so clever, but … !

This time the cartoon should for sure be taken on its own, and doesn’t need the Hax column.

Blow the noodles down, bullies, blow the noodles down!

Yes, we’ve heard about the recent popularity of sea shanties on Tik-Tok and other youth social media. Also the idea of musically combining sea shanties with modern rap or pop music. 
All of that still leaves most of this Bliss cartoon unexplained!


“I am wearying of the crew’s constant repetition of the same old sea shanties.”

Sunday Funnies for a new year! – LOLs, January 3rd, 2021

This LOL-Homage contributed by Andréa

Is it too soon or too late for one more Santa LOL?

A Sad-LOL

Bllss (and Martin) on their own and on GoComics


Bliss in the New Yorker:

We *did* crack a smile, even if not literally LOL. But no doubt this must be “a LOL comic” by virtue of subject matter!