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Metapost: Now-on-Mondays comments of the week!

You were all good, so now you get your delayed-by-one-day comment of the week!

“Mark Trail sounds like Keanu Reeves, without the emotion.” –ltrftp(not so first time)

And let’s not forget the runners up:

“My God, Lu Ann is actually, literally excited to watch paint dry.” –Yahtzee

“From now on, Funky Winkerbean is going to focus on the basics: No talking. No plots. Just smirking.” –Francis

“A porn of Gil Thorp would just bomb/ even if filmed for your palm/ You’d painfully watch/ through what might be the crotch/ of a one-legged stud going GLOM!” –lunarhalo

“Awww. Tommie gets kissed. In 2012, Tommie will get laid, thus fulfilling the ancient Mayan prophecy of the end of days for planet Earth.” –True Fable

“Anthony is so creepy looking. Here I thought it was the ‘stache; turns out, no, it’s his face.” –Groovymarlin

“Well, it looks like we’ll finally see what it looks like when Mary Worth dumps a boyfriend. Based on how everything else gets done in this comic strip, I’m guessing the best adjective to describe it will be ‘anticlimactic.’” –Trilobite

“Alternately, it could be that ‘Let me tell you something…’ is Mary Worth’s way of segueing into a grandly produced musical number which, knowing Mary as we do, would likely consist of a high-pitched, incapacitating shrieking noise and subsequent devouring of Dr. Jeff’s juicy ligaments. But with jazz hands!” –Tats

“Apparently, Mary et al. are sitting in the no-eye-contact section. Welcome to the Bum Boat! Try the As-burgers.” –SmartPeopleOnIce

“In an attempt to put himself into the unknown murderer’s mind, Mark uses his finger as a fake mustache.” –Wili

“Unless there was a very long pause between panels, the couple in the background apparently managed to travel about 20 feet in a span of a half-second. They’ve obviously overheard Dr. Jeff’s criticism, and they know the walls will soon be dripping with blood. It’s a reaction not unlike what you would see in a Wild West saloon just before a gunfight.” –Eric the Grate

“Dr. Jeff would be better off, and safer, back in the godforsaken jungle from whence he was plucked by Our Mary, winner of the Nobel Prize in Smugonomics.” –jvwalt

“I think it would be interesting for a strip like [Hi and Lois] to suddenly have its characters move, but instead of following them, stay in the same house and start following the adventures of the new, and presumably more fiscally responsible, family that moves in. The Flagstons can drop by occasionally to look around ‘for old times’ sake,’ surreptitiously sliding silverware and small electronics into their pockets as Trixie distracts them with her babyish squalling and her soiled baby clothes, both of which are all the disquieting now that she’s nearly forty.” –SecretMargo

“Luckily for Mary, she has at least 3,000 lavender pantsuits, so Chester eating one isn’t too big a deal.” –Citric

“I’m going with a major sedative. Abbey will wake up in a bathtub full of ice with a phone and a note on Monday. Will her organs be sold on the black market for transplant or sold in the farm store?” –Kaitlyn

“I had such a sheltered childhood. Believe it or not, I’m 24 years old and until this day I never knew the true meaning of April Fool’s Day. I thought it was some sort of practical-joking spree, but evidently it’s really the day when a seven-foot tall demonic snowman comes to your door, which you must slay by stabbing a well-waxed pair of skis through its frozen heart. I missed out on so much!” –Jordan

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196 responses to “Metapost: Now-on-Mondays comments of the week!”

  1. Cobra
    December 10th, 2007 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    Does “first” count on meta-posts?

  2. bats :[
    December 10th, 2007 at 11:23 pm [Reply]

    Oh, well done, ltrftp! Even at this moment, I’m listening to the dulcet tones of Mark Trail doing the weather report for NOAA out of the Safford airport in SE Arizona. His grim predictions for snow and rain creates an odd combination of anxiety and comfort — probably comes from the fact that we had a major power zap this evening that affected a big chunk of central and southwestern Tucson (our power was out for 1/2 hour — VERY odd for us)…

  3. Anna Nimity
    December 10th, 2007 at 11:23 pm [Reply]

    Congrats to all! And thanks Josh!

  4. Kaitlyn
    December 10th, 2007 at 11:28 pm [Reply]

    Bats – snow and rain?

    You suck – we’ve just had little drizzle all damn day, just below 50 degrees.

    It’s supposed to dip down to freezing tonight, and be 75 by tomorrow afternoon.

    But hey, I’m a runner-up! Thanks Josh and congrats ltrftp and all the rest.

    I am also saddened that nobody’s JP prediction, even mine, has come true.

    Or did someone predict that she’d eat the multi-vitamin brownies and go home to Adventure!Land?

  5. bats :[
    December 10th, 2007 at 11:42 pm [Reply]

    4. Kaitlyn: Snow above 6500 feet (I already saw snow on the Rincons, east of the city…I’m sure the northern Catalinas have a hefty layer by now, only the clouds are hangin’ real low). Where are you getting your drizzle today (it was like that here in the city)?

    A late comment on FOOB: is Francoise wearing a hollowed-out squid on her head? If so, snow in Daddo’s hair is the least of everyone’s problems.

    And, gosh darn it, just because I want Niki to bust out of his young but potentially dead-end life and be a hero:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9545446@N07/2102348992/

  6. SecretMargo
    December 10th, 2007 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    Whooo! I really do get the most unnatural high from being a “floater.” And looking back at my comment, I can only quote the incomparable Miss Britney Spears: “Gimme More!” I [margo]ing hate it when I skip a word, which is the type of typo I make the most frequently. Gah!

    Thank you, Josh, for reading through it so charitably. As long as there are typists like me in the world, there will always be work out there for good copyeditors.

    Congrats to the prolific and funny ltrftp(not so first time), whose name seems all the more ironic at this point, and my fellow floaters, especially SmartPeopleOnIce’s multivalent punistry.

  7. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:22 am [Reply]

    Bats 5 – I’m actually in “the city” and yes, we’ve had drizzle.

    But it’s also rained at home in “the country”. Ha!

    Gotta love December – they’ve turned on the heat – it’s forty f!in degrees, and the prediction for tomorrow is thunderstorms and seventies.

    The tornado siren has gone off this late in the year.

    I’m in Memphis, and not Egypt.

    I remember watching the weather channel today (what? It was GRAY this morning) and the national map was just cruel. 31 degrees in OKC yesterday and some damn pressure system over the “deep south” preventing wintery weather.

    Mikey got a kick out of tearing up Mary’s clothes.

  8. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:32 am [Reply]

    I’m really stoked ltrftp(not so first time) made COTW! And all the runners-up made me laff through these trying times. Also, big ups to Mr. Joshua Fruhlinger for providing this amazing forum.

  9. bats :[
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:38 am [Reply]

    Some Tuesday ‘toons:

    FC: I have no idea what this is supposed to mean, to say nothing as to whether it’s funny or not. (Considering it’s FC, I’m not banking on the funny aspect.)

    JP: oh, man, they ARE hash brownies!
    Does anyone remember Ex-Lax brownies as a really nasty (but legal) prank?

    MW: meanwhile, having been left behind once again in the apartment, Chester eats the sofa and poops an ottoman.

  10. Rainbird
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:38 am [Reply]

    Congrats to the winners and runners up. I loved Secret Margo’s version of Hi and Lois. I would read that strip.

  11. huntingbyrd
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:39 am [Reply]

    Has anyone seen how stupid Archie is today or is it just me?

  12. Rainbird
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:42 am [Reply]

    Well, the Archimatic 3000 at least has better in her usual place, standing around, doing nothing. She needs to find a better strip to be in. Perhaps she could sign up for Judge Parker, where she could at least get to say something. It would be about brownies, but hey.

  13. Johnny Cat
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    I really thought the same thing Jordan did when I saw that hideous nightmare snowman. Too bad Josh’s Obama joke was ten times funnier.

  14. huntingbyrd
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    Uh that didn’t make any sense what so ever i think you left out a few words.

  15. huntingbyrd
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:46 am [Reply]

    That was for Rainbyrd not you Johnny Cat.

  16. Poteet
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:50 am [Reply]

    Congratulations, Itrftp, and congratulations to the other merry and hilarious float riders! It’s interesting to see that MARY WORTH inspired the most winners this week. Her intense demonic gaze seems to bring out the snark in many Mudges, even as others of us back away whimpering. Chester is a brave, brave dog.

  17. Rainbird
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:50 am [Reply]

    Sorry, I meant to say “Betty” not better.

    You, however, Huntingbyrd, should be in bed.

  18. huntingbyrd
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:55 am [Reply]

    MOM!!! Why??? its only 9 o clock?!
    Anyway we had someone die recently. It was my friend’s husband who was going to die anyway but it happened about a week ago. I’m sorry about the gut who did TDIET writer i feel your pain.But now i must retreat into my room.
    Good Night

  19. huntingbyrd
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:56 am [Reply]

    Guy not gut sorry

  20. SecretMargo
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    Rainbird: Thanks!

    Rainbird/huntingbyrd: You two are the best AT&T commercial ever.

    And I’m sorry for your loss, h-byrd.

  21. Poteet
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:14 am [Reply]

    12/11 –

    JP — Migawd, now I think they ARE hash brownies. Or something similar.

    Foob — I hate Granthony’s new face more than I hated his old face, and Panel Two is a good example of why. *retch*

    GA — I have tried, because this strip used to be a classic, to give the benefit of the doubt to this increasingly-stupid storyline. But now I’m seriously annoyed. The idea that throwing cats around and throwing hard objects at cats is ha-ha-funny should have ended long ago.

  22. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:24 am [Reply]

    I don’t know about “hash Brownies” But I remember this street urchin back in 1968 who approached me and unprovoked, stated: “Five dollars for a hit of L?! For five bucks I expect to have my body catch on fire and demon-firemen put out the flames!” True story.

  23. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:40 am [Reply]

    A&J – One word – awe-some.

    “I’m still a hedonist, but I do have shame!”

  24. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:42 am [Reply]

    22 – Red Greenback – They still had street urchins in 1968? Are you sure you weren’t in 1868? (Good stuff for five bucks if you travel through time!)

    And now I’m thinking the urchin looks like Niki, because urchins are in the sea, and so are starfishes, which is the style for hep Katrina survivors.

  25. TB Tabby
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:42 am [Reply]

    9CL: Edda only weighs 100 pounds?! I doubt security will have any difficulty apprehending a woman who’s obviously dying of malnutrition.

    BB: Yesterday they were blue. Today they’re grey.

    CtH: A humorous twist on an urban legend that’s neither humorous nor a twist.

    DT: When did the Shadow Thief go straight?

    FC: Y’know what? QUIET!

    JP: “Not the ones laced with crystal meth!”

    RMMBLA: Of course! Niki was just flirting, the little trollop!

  26. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:47 am [Reply]

    Yeah street urchin, so what? I’m a landshark meself and it’s almost 2008. (The urge to contemporize)

  27. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:49 am [Reply]

    I should say things about all the comics in one post, but I should be asleep or trying to sleep and getting frustrated.

    Today’s Baby Blues made me laugh.

    Too much.

  28. Uncle Lumpy
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:49 am [Reply]

    OK, so the Phantom breaks into the Uzoma home and manhandles the Ms. as he insults her husband. He is now officially a dick. No better than Superman!

  29. SecretMargo
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:51 am [Reply]

    OMG, Phantom, your behaviour has gotten just so, so disturbing. Invading a family’s home and then making fun of the woman you just leapt out of the shadows at from behind for being a “fainter?” Who’s side are you on? And what the [margo] is this endless storyline about, anyway? Why aren’t there actual bad guys? Or conflict? Is our hero just succumbing at last to the unbearable ennui of being Phantom and making a sharp left turn into wisecracking sociopath town? A second thought, maybe that’s more of a “barely perceptible sinister swerve” into that town. But still: WT[M]?

  30. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:52 am [Reply]

    I just didn’t know it was still in use outside my house!

    I hear “street urchin” or just “urchin” and I think of 2 things – Oliver Twist and my sister.

    I can understand Rebecca being turned into Reebok (it was the early ’90s – we were isolated in the Great White North!), but how did urchin come about? Because I kinda sorta remember her toddler years and not mine? She hasn’t been called urchin since before the divorce! (16 year old brat is taller than me – who does she think she is?)

    And no, she never had a starfish on her head. As for the $5 L, well, she does go to a public high school…

  31. SecretMargo
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:54 am [Reply]

    28: Oh, it’s the husband who’s the “fainter.” Implying that the woman you’re physically restraining is feisty and pointing out that her husband is incapacitated isn’t really less disturbing, though.

  32. Comic Connoisseur
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:03 am [Reply]

    The first panel of Archie today looks like Coach is about to glom all over the gym floor.

  33. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:06 am [Reply]

    Oh, Mutts, Mutts, where did we part?

    “Sooper market” in today’s TDIET!

    Naturally, Gil Thorp is pure lunacy, but not the good kind that involves singing Billy Idol into a hairbrush while the dogs stare at you.

    Actually, I was quick to judge – all panels relate to the same event!

    But I’m focusing on the rock.

    I go to the U of M.

    However, as I have said since the first humid day in this hellhole, GET ME OUT OF HERE.

    The farthest here that still netted HOPE money and an instate scholarship? UT Knoxville. They have a spirit rock on their ugly, ugly campus. (It’s HIDEOUS!!!)

    And now there’s giant ‘M’ on the rock in GT! Suck it, Vols!

  34. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:08 am [Reply]

    Wow! Yesterday I was diagnosed with the new Flu, told to cancel PT for the week, had my 5yo tell me to replace Thomas the Tank Engine in his goodnight stories with Scooby Doo* have my 3yo tell me to skip singing “Twinkle Twinkle” because I sound like “Miss L—–” (our neighbor who has had a Laryngotomy) –But then I wake up in the middle of the night to find that I am at the head of the COTW Parade! I feel like Mr. Kite. Thank you HatchetFace for setting up the opportunity to snark on MT’s voice.

    Thanks Josh, and a tip of the Sleeping Cap to all the CC’ers who make this blog so much fun. I am going to back to bed now with images of Sally Field’s AMPAS acceptance speech: You like me, you really like me”. Of course, this all hinges upon me not dreaming this…..Please don’t pinch me.

    .

    * This is roughly, to me, the emotional and literary equivalent of replacing Keifer Sutherland on “24″ with Carrot Top.

  35. Canaduck
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:08 am [Reply]

    Congrats to all–some REALLY funny ones this week!

  36. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:09 am [Reply]

    Farthest from here…

    Memphis has a temporary graffiti wall surrounding the University Center construction site (2012 or 2009 or something).

    Despite what my Uncle said, gangs and individuals aren’t allowed to touch it. They have an art contest to put something new and inspiring on the wall – this semester it was about Dr. Martin Luther King, but the other ones just have the name and motto.

  37. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:14 am [Reply]

    Kaitlyn, thank you for the clarification. Let’s just call Mr. Five Dollar L. a “street person” because I once ordered the urchin in a fine, fine, superfine Los Angeles Japanese restaurant, and I gotta tellya, it wasn’t all that great to my hakujin taste buds.

  38. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:20 am [Reply]

    Red Greenback 37 – Only if you clarify “landshark”.

    You break people’s knees if they don’t give you your land back with interest on time?

  39. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:29 am [Reply]

    Kaitlyn: No, it’s a stupid Chevy Chase SNL routine that has been a major brain worm for me. I have seen several specialists on this matter, but no one has a cure. Maybe Rex Morgan can help, but he has been so preoccupied as of late.

  40. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:29 am [Reply]

    2 Bats
    Thanks!
    In Cincinnati, any rain when the temperature is below 40 degrees
    is treated as an emergency. I swear one of the reporters reporting “live from a Westside Kroger’s’ said “And the managre reports that they will soon rum out of bottled water!” This during a rainstorm. I think even MT would have been more soothing.

    Red Greenback
    Thanks. And I second the emotion and the motion.

    Kaitlyn
    Candygram

    And oh yeah, congrats to all the others in the parade!

    Good night!

  41. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:32 am [Reply]

    39 – Just get a brain slug!

    No brain, no worm.

    ltrftp(not so first time) 40 -
    Candygram?

    I am nice and confused now. Happy?

  42. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:41 am [Reply]

    Kaitlyn
    Sorry.
    “Candygram” was a line from the Land Shark sketch. I assumed by the time you read my post, Red would have told you everything you need to know.
    And I cannot find a video version on the internet.

    Someone smarter than I will have to do it for me. Imbo, I am off to sleep.

    I

  43. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:41 am [Reply]

    Kaitlyn, Here’s a real pickle of a doozie of a twister for ya: “Ed aims to please, and so does Louise”

  44. left of the pyle
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:41 am [Reply]

    FBOFW 12/11: Apparently “Legs” is either French Canadian or Foob for “Ass”

  45. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:44 am [Reply]

    Kaitlyn: Hint “Ed’s Guns” fake commercial by the mighty Firesign Theater.

  46. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:59 am [Reply]

    Ltrftp(not so the first time) – I should have said Candygram for Mongo! Candygram for Mongo!

    Candygram = Blazing Saddles (and to a lesser extent, elementary and middle school valentines.)

    Okay, so I don’t know old-school SNL. Okay, so I don’t know contemporary SNL – but I own the Christopher Walken and Phil Hartman DVDs.

    If it can be expressed in a book, I know it. I own the big book on SNL (library sale or something) that tells the story of the show with quotes from former and current cast members. (2002 or so, I think.)

    So yes, I’m young and out of touch.

  47. Brown-eyed Girl
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:04 am [Reply]

    Congrats to all COTWers, especially ltrftp(not so first time) Candygram!

    The Phantom has gone from stupid to creepy. Can’t say I saw that coming. Although if you want to cure a girl of hero worship, breaking into her house and assaulting her parents just may do the trick. Clever guy, that Phantom.

    FOOB. I hereby join the ranks of those who want the pornstache back. Anything that hides some portion of Blandthony’s face is a Good Thing.

  48. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:08 am [Reply]

    Kaitlyn: “The Contintental” Rocks and Mr. Phil Hartman—Right up there with Mr. Al Scaduto. You have good taste, Kaitlyn.

  49. The Grandstanding Oddball
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:17 am [Reply]

    OK, so I just have to point out that my grandmother is 96 years old. She’s smart and very funny, but she is advanced in years.

    That said, should she get a ride to the library and spend some time looking for a tome to help her manage a new pet, I’ll bet $100 Canadian that she wouldn’t have to meander through such a tedious mental process before checking the goddamn book out.

  50. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:19 am [Reply]

    Dagnabbit! I’m old! Like codger and coot old.

  51. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:43 am [Reply]

    Grandstanding Oddball 49 – Besides the library, more information on dog psychology can be found on the internet.

  52. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:45 am [Reply]

    Wait – Chester the WonderDog just ripped her favorite scarf to shreds (becoming my favorite soap character – the sweaterpuppies just don’t do it for me!) and she leaves him AGAIN?

    How dumb is this woman?

    It’s a rare store these days that sells dog beds but not dog training books or classes!

  53. Mibbitmaker
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:13 am [Reply]

    There’s a new postage stamp commemorating prostitution in the United States. It’s a 10 cent stamp, but if you want to lick it, it’s a quarter.

  54. Mibbitmaker
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:14 am [Reply]

    …. waddaya want, you guys beat me to “Candygram”!

  55. Trilobite
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:33 am [Reply]

    Well, since I can’t sleep, I might as well look at the Tuesday comics:

    Dick Tracy: Serial strips can get confusing, what with the plot being dribbled out slowly over the course of several months, so every now and again it’s helpful to summarize the plot so far and establish a timeline for the major events in the story. For example, let’s look at Dick Tracy.

    See, a long time ago, this house was owned by a man who fell on financial hard times and either committed suicide — or perhaps he was murdered by the man who is now the governor, who then forged a signature on the deed signing the house over to himself. Years passed, and the house went unoccupied, unmaintained, and developed a reputation for being haunted. Then someone had the bright idea of having the governor, the mayor, and a homicidal police detective do an old-fashioned slumber party overnight in the house…for charity! Except this may have just been a scheme to get the governor into the house so that the son of the man who owned it before could capture him, hold him hostage, and demand that the house be returned to its rightful owner. Oh, and by the way, the house was scheduled to be demolished first thing the next morning, which apparently wasn’t worth mentioning to anyone anywhere before the bulldozers arrived. And the guys with bulldozers are so eager to work that they won’t even stop when a heavily-armed SWAT team orders them to, making them pretty much the only construction workers in the entire history of the world who would refuse to take a break.

    Hm. I think I was wrong about it being helpful to look back and summarize the plot: this makes even LESS sense now. I really thought Dick Tracy‘s plotlines had hit rock bottom back when Russian spies were kidnapping each other for no good reason and making up their mission objectives as they went along, but apparently Dick Locher plans on digging this hole even deeper.

    Judge Parker: My new theory about the brownies is that Biff Dickens bought a plane in order to move into the lucrative field of drug smuggling, and he’s been hiding meth inside boxes of Splenda. Elvira doesn’t know why her new, “special” non-fat, sugar-free brownies are so popular these days — she’s just gratified that so many people are eating them and coming back to ask for more. Also, ever since she started eating them herself, she’s gotten so much done! She can kill and pluck a chicken in under a minute now!

    Mary Worth: This is the first time I’ve ever seen Mary consult a book instead of just getting all the wisdom she needs from half-remembered homilies and warmed-over quotations. Maybe Dog Psychology will become her only reference for all her future meddling. Professor Cameron might finally be housebroken! Toby might stop chewing the furniture! Jeff might stop trying to hump Mary’s leg!

    Phantom: You know, I kinda hate the Phantom now. I was a little dubious about whether he was a “hero” before, back when he was getting teenaged boys with oars to fight armed sailors while he just stood around and laughed…but now that he’s using his copious free time to terrorize innocent people, I’m convinced he’s just a total bastard in a purple unitard. Does anyone have any explanation for why he didn’t just follow Tendai, confront her, and tell her that he’d like her to stop painting his picture all over town? It’s not like it would be difficult for him to do. He saw her leave the house! He’s got a big wolf on his side who can track her anywhere she goes! Is he that afraid of facing a little girl? Even when he’s got his posse of “poison pygmy people” around to back him up?

  56. Wili
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:41 am [Reply]

    Yay! First time I got to be a runner up! Now time to go for the COTW

  57. The Avocado Avenger
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:51 am [Reply]

    Congrats to all! Especially ltrftp, who has the hardest name to type of anyone else on here.

    #29/#31 SecretMargo – Yeah, I think the Phantom is indicating that the dad is a fainter. This could be a kind of funny moment if done right… too bad it’s not done right.

    #34 ltrftp – There will be a show tonight on trampoline, just for you.

    Juggs Parker: I’m starting to suspect there’s something up with those brownies.

    Dilbert: The Chron censoring a few strips on this storyline makes no sense. They have no problem with death or reincarnation or the guy saying he was reincarnated as a Snickers bar and got better by simple strength of will, but cloning, oh no, that’s totally over the line.

  58. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:24 am [Reply]

    46
    There is nothing wrong, and much right with being young. Unfortunately, you will grow out of it too soon.
    Out of touch? NOT. I’ve read your work. To even know (split infinitive) what a ‘candygram’ is, speaks volumes about your ability to learn from inference. Hell, I bet you even know of Heddy Lamar’s patents!

    So i apologise if I seemed condescending** about your youth, I meant nothing like that. Some of my best friends are young, and all of them are smarter than I am.

    I have been meaning to tell a LBS* about my parents owning and us kids reading virtually every magazine cartoon compilation printed between 1920 and 1970. I learned a lot by inference, so I recognise it in others.

    .

    *LBS = Long Boring Story
    .

    ** My favourite Tom Swifty (said with a snide voice) “Don’t bother guards, I took the prisoner downstairs” the warden condescended.

  59. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:32 am [Reply]

    47
    Brown Eyed Girl
    Thanks!

    Avocado Avenger
    A throw away line in a Neil Gaiman book turned me on to Louis Brooks. Have you ever studied her? Or Heddy Lamar’s patents?
    I have been thinking of changing my name here. Any suggestions?

  60. Godzooky
    December 11th, 2007 at 6:33 am [Reply]

    #59 ltrftp(not so first time): Got curious, did some “more information-finding”:

    Hedy Lamarr’s patents.

    Louise Brooks, silent film star.

    Besides the laughs, I’m getting an education here, too.

  61. cranky
    December 11th, 2007 at 6:53 am [Reply]

    FOOB: Lynn hereby wins the award for Stupidest Comment to Ever Appear in a Comic Strip.

    Legs????

  62. The Divine O’F
    December 11th, 2007 at 7:09 am [Reply]

    Nil Zed: PLEASE contact me at thedivineof@gmail.com. Thank you.

  63. Mibbitmaker
    December 11th, 2007 at 7:12 am [Reply]

    Ghost-Who-Disgusts-Us-All: Phantom’s behavior throughout this storyline — which should’ve been fascinating, different, and moving, but just flat-out sucks — if nothing else, proves why he named his canine pal after the Prince of Darkness.

    FOOB: “Uh… no, Francie. I think it’s a tiny bit….. higher” (eeeeewwwwwww!!!)

    FW: If this is Batty-Ick’s way of portraying indy comics makers, vs. his beloved superhero “mainstream”, then I hate him more than ever.

    FC: “Oh, yeah? Well, MY teacher says, ‘For a kid with a huge, globe-like noggin, you sure are a friggin’ moron’ alot!”
    “Huh… mine, too…”
    “Y’can’t top that!”

    Zits: Yeah, but I think burping him afterwards is going too far.

    A3G: …Like, oh, I dunno… brownies, maybe?

    That’s the snark. Goodnight, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

  64. The Avocado Avenger
    December 11th, 2007 at 7:13 am [Reply]

    #59 ltrftp: It’s Hedley.

    I’m a big Louise Brooks fan. I haven’t studied her, per se, but have seen a bunch of her films, watched a couple of biographies and I frequent blogs and websites about her. She’s from Kansas so I’m occasionally treated to new info about her youth here.

    I do like Hedy Lamarr quite a bit, she was stunningly beautiful and a decent actress. Again, not someone I’ve studied, but I like her. I know very little about her patents, I’ve just heard about them. Thanks to Godzooky’s link, I’ll have more to read this morning while waiting out the ice storm.

  65. The Divine O’F
    December 11th, 2007 at 7:27 am [Reply]

    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE TO TUCSONANS:

    5 bats:[: Excellent RMMD mashup! I like the getting it all out in the open aspect. Subtext has been giving me a headache for the last six months. I didn’t know midtown lost electricity last night. We had ours at least till I went to bed at ten. I look forward to sunrise and the snow on the mountains. Shiny!

    55 Trilobite: Your comments this morning made me LOL, especially the JP one.

    And congrats to all the non-Tucson float-riders!

  66. dreadedcandiru2
    December 11th, 2007 at 7:29 am [Reply]

    Chunky Fillerbean: The plot isn’t moving forward at all now. Is stasis what BatShit meant when he said it would be a gentler, quieter strip? I was hoping for Crankshaft 2.0, not smirkers playing freeze-tag.

    FBoFW: One of the people on the Livejournal has noticed that Francie doesn’t seem to be able to see very well and suspects that Lynn wants to write a PSA about vision problems and the young. I’m forced to agree with him.

  67. Inspector Dim
    December 11th, 2007 at 7:41 am [Reply]

    Ah, Christmas in Ontario, where the air is filled with the scent of legs.

  68. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 8:00 am [Reply]

    60 Godzooky
    I heard about Ms. Lamarr’s patents first from Paul Harvey.
    Louise Brooks was beautiful, eh? Thanks for the links.

    64
    Avocado Avenger
    You think I should change my name to Hedley? I like it. May just do it.

    I recommend American Gods by Neil Gaiman for everyone, but especially those who either live near the middle of Kansas or love roadside attractions. Or like well written novels in general.

  69. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 8:01 am [Reply]

    60 Godzooky
    I heard about Ms. Lamarr’s patents first from Paul Harvey.
    Louise Brooks was beautiful, eh? Thanks for the links.

    64
    Avocado Avenger
    You think I should change my name to Hedley? I like it. May just do it.

    I recommend American Gods by Neil Gaiman for everyone, but especially those who either live near the middle of Kansas or love roadside attractions. Or like well written novels in general.

  70. AhClem
    December 11th, 2007 at 8:23 am [Reply]

    #53 Mibbitmaker -
    “There’s a new postage stamp commemorating prostitution in the United States. It’s a 10 cent stamp, but if you want to lick it, it’s a quarter.

    Back in the mid-70s, I was flipping through the channels, and came across what appeared to be a news broadcast. The female anchor read that story, and I thought “Whatinthehell kind of a news program is this?” That was my introduction to SNL and Jane Curtin.

    Yes, I’m old enough to remember when SNL was actually funny.

  71. Calico
    December 11th, 2007 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    More information on dogs can be found on the internet.
    Not in Mary’s world, though. She still thinks Eniac is alive, well, and fully operative.

    I’m not sure what is nastier – Momma from yesterthread or today’s FOOBetterorFOObworse.
    Francie is right in the flatulence / poor hygeine line of fire – uuugh. Pass the Drano for my eyes, please.

    3G – Baked goods – hahhahahaha
    JP – ” ” – “””””””””””””

  72. Bathless Groggins
    December 11th, 2007 at 8:37 am [Reply]

    61 Cranky: I agree. Based on the elevation of Francie’s nose and the quotation marks, I think “‘legs’” may be Lynn’s Canadian jive talk for “ass.”

  73. Bathless Groggins
    December 11th, 2007 at 8:39 am [Reply]

    Oops, must read comments all the way to the urm bottom.

  74. Artist formerly known as Ben
    December 11th, 2007 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    Congratulations to the prize commenters of course. Tats’ is very vivid.

    BTW, is anyone else not seeing the pictures on this site. Of course that Oedipal “Momma” is tattooed onto my brain anyway.

  75. Cornwhacker
    December 11th, 2007 at 9:22 am [Reply]

    I first learned about Hedy Lamarr’s patents by reading comics.

  76. Tracer Bullet
    December 11th, 2007 at 9:27 am [Reply]

    FOOB: The 12/11 strip actually made me laugh. I hate myself a little bit more today.

  77. Artist formerly known as Ben
    December 11th, 2007 at 9:29 am [Reply]

    12/11

    JP: Now we’re going to find out what’s in those brownies. Top contenders include: A) hashish; B) Ex-Lax; and C) the shinbones of the town councilor who wouldn’t budge on the airstrip.

    FC: Dolly seems to be indicating that her teacher drinks a lot too.

    BB: So today the coloring gnomes were fired before they even got to the characters.

    OBH: Hey Joe! Homework Hotline Lady doesn’t need to hear about you sittin’ on the john, and neither do I!

    S-M: Help from Spider-Man. And you thought JJJ was screwed before.

    6C: Remember, this is from the writer of Apartment 3G. She knows all about snail courtship.

    RMMD: “Yeah, I was like you. I remember when it was I really went wrong. I was on a fishing trip with this doctor. Seemed like a dim bulb, but trustworthy…”

    DT: The demolition crew seem to think they have jurisdiction over the heavily armed SWAT team. I’m starting to disbelieve this.

  78. April Patterdoodle
    December 11th, 2007 at 9:29 am [Reply]

    The Canadian tourist board should really do something about FOOB. If my only impressions of Canada came from that strip I would think that Canucks locked their offspring in cages in the basement, the teens spoke in an almost non-understandable pigeon english and the pharmacists had no understanding of how birthcontrol works.

    And now the disturbing “leg” aroma problem. Leg Odour? L.O.? That is just the last straw.

  79. Muffaroo
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    Congrats to the winners, especially Citric, whose comment jumped out to me in its first appearance and said, “Nyaah nyaah, I’m gonna win and you aren’t.”

    The notion of staying with a house when the original strip character moves out has happened twice that I know of. Old Doc Yak was evicted and replaced by the Gumps (and the world of animals was mysteriously replaced by a world of humans) — if memory serves. I always have to add that line because of those damn lawyers. The Sunday “Out Our Way” had a replacement — either for a year or for the summer, I don’t recall which — when Neg Cochran took some kind of sabbatical and was replaced by Walt Wetterburg, a Saturday Evening Post cartoonist who usually drew people who looked like they should be saying, “You want it WHEN?” (I thought for a while he was the original YWIW artist, but have been told that the honor goes to some other guy whose name clean slips my porous mind.) There was likely a hand-off strip with both artists involved at the beginning of the switch. I remember clearly that there was a reverse hand-off when Cochran came back in. I don’t remember if Wetterburg’s family had the same names as the Willets, but they might have.

  80. Little Guy
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:13 am [Reply]

    9CL: Between her ‘sudden’ disappearance and her ‘method’ of winning debates, it’s official.

    Edda’s a vampire.

  81. huntingbyrd
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    #68 Mibbitmaker
    I didn’t understand FOOB today it was sort of confusing and just weird.

  82. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    Still no Al Scaduto obit in my local, the former left wing publication “The Los Angeles Times” But they did have a nice photo of Moammar Kadafi on the front page, Mo looks so much like my crazy uncle Tommie (trucker and cattle rustler) and that made me smile.

  83. huntingbyrd
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:36 am [Reply]

    Is it me or is this “BROWNIES” thing gone on long enough in Judge Parker?I mean today this guy walks in and that old woman says “I gave her some of my special walnut brownies” and next panel the guy says “you didn’t??”
    Maybe the brownies are “special”heheh

  84. huntingbyrd
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    OMG! look in the first panel of MW and you will see a groupie….but not just any groupie…..THE UGLY SCARF GROUPIE!!!…..you see the same ugly scarf on a lady as it was on Mary when she was riding her bike.

  85. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    68 – ltrftp – I liked Anansi Boys a bit better than American Gods, but both are good.

    I liked all the Norse Gods popping up – “Low-Key Lyesmith” anyone? (I am so naming my next dog – if it’s a guy – Loki. Girl – Thursday.)

    Cool part of AG? They went to Lookout Mountain, baby! Those signs are really all over the south. There’s one in a nearby neighborhood, painted on the side of a birdhouse.

    That’s all I remember.

  86. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:43 am [Reply]

    83 – huntingbyrd – No, I bet he promised the brownies to the church/save the puppies bake sale, and oh no.. now they have to die!!!!!!!!!!!

    Or they’re his special “digestive” brownies. (Did we just jump to sedatives and pot and ignore laxatives? What is wrong with us?)

  87. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:44 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth’s library scares me.

    Sorry to bring up Archie, but there was story told from library books perspective. One book was called Train that Dog, Darnit!

    That book hated to be checked out because dogs hate it and chew on it.

    Go Chester!!!

  88. Rainbird
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    76 Tracer Bullet understood and laughed at FOOB.

    Perhaps you can explain it to the rest of us. Leg smell?

    Feet smell, butts smell, pits smell, but legs?

    Perhaps there is something wrong with that child, besides having Anthony as her father.

  89. The Dailey Jon
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:50 am [Reply]

    Foob: You know, why is it that women always want to know what a man is thinking?

    “Smells like legs”?? WTF is that supposed to man??

  90. rich
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    FBOW: Does anyone get this? It smells like “legs”? Daddy’s legs? Was Francie abused and now she can’t get the smell out of her memory? Or is it Legs pantyhose? Isn’t that spelled “Llegs”?

    Do legs in general have a particular smell? Why put “legs” in quotation marks?

  91. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    To paraphrase the mighty Wayne Newton(healer of butt-boils and brahman of Branson) “Daddy don’t you walk so fast, it makes your legs smelly”

  92. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    Having not seen Foob today so I’m totally flying by instruments, but this leg smell deal has me thinking….Isn’t there a support hose product available at CVS for this malady?

  93. gh
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    #5 bats :[ –

    I haven’t said it for far too long, but THAT was brilliant (as were all the ones in between).

  94. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:06 am [Reply]

    …But nice shout out to ZZ Top…I dare say.

  95. commodorejohn
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:19 am [Reply]

    BB – Why oh why did today’s Beetle Bailey have to have only one panel?

    DT – This week, on Things That Could Only Happen In Dick Tracy…

    FOOB – …um…what…who…when…er…um…WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN

    Garfield – hey what why is garfield funny again

    GT – I woulda expected this sort of “ironic justice enforced by the universe” stuff from FOOB or FW, but…well, I’m honestly not sure what I expected from Gil Thorp. Probably incoherent advice from one strangely-drawn character to another or something.

    JP – So it’s actually looking like there was something wrong with the brownies. Good.

    MT – Guest-starring Cmdr. T’Pol as Cow Malone.

    MW – Mary Worth reading a book titled “Dog Psychology” (which would in reality be a small pamphlet, but everything in Mary Worth involves lots of unnecessary words) is the funniest thing in today’s funnies.

    RMMD – Mr. King, he might look vaguely “tough,” but he cracks at the drop of a hat.

    SF – This is just too awesome for words.

    Edison Lee – Ha ha, the elderly sure are ludicrously incompetent at everything they do, aren’t they? God, what is this, Crankshaft?

    TDIET – “Fatburgers.” Yes.

  96. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    gh Re; bats [: @# 5: Bob Smigel is proud, I’m proud, and if I had time, I’d put Steadman Graham in there telling kids to not play around with gun toting miscreants….but that’s just me.

  97. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:32 am [Reply]

    Thorp: Milford’s number wha-a-a? seventeen-twenty three? Help me out here Mudges. Do they make “fan gloves” that big?

  98. SmartPeopleOnIce
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    Go ltrftp!

    Bonus points for having a screen name that sounds like a Unix command.

  99. gh
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:36 am [Reply]

    Francie thinks everything smells like “Legs.” You know, “Legs” Diamond, the NY gangster who died in 1931. What she’s trying to articulate is I smell dead people. Or maybe everything just smells kind of musty.

  100. Poteet
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    # 55 — BWAHAHAHAHA! Trilobite, I bow very low.

    Decades ago, it was suggested that I, as a young person, consider humor writing as a career. My response was that lots of people were as funny or funnier than me. And now this site, just today, demonstrates that there are Mudges who emit “funny” as easily and profusely as some Canadians emit leg odour. Apparently.

  101. Anonymous
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    JP: Now we’re going to find out what’s in those brownies. Top contenders include: A) hashish; B) Ex-Lax; and C) the shinbones of the town councilor who wouldn’t budge on the airstrip.

    I hope it’s Viagra…Sex-Lax Brownies.

  102. Gold-Digging Nanny
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    Wow, great comments, ltrftp and the other float riders!

    Yahtzee? Are you the Yahtzee who does the video game reviews? I didn’t remember noticing your name among the commenters, so I eventually just assumed you found “finger-quotin’ Margo” by doing a Google Image search for “finger-quotin.’” Anyway, my boyfriend and I love the reviews, so if that’s you, it’s nice to see you here, too.

  103. SmartPeopleOnIce
    December 11th, 2007 at 11:54 am [Reply]

    #82 Red – ..the urge to splash two of his MiG-23s!

    (er, too 1980′s?)

  104. gh
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:06 pm [Reply]

    #103 SmartPeopleOnIce –

    Let me sleep on it.

  105. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    Not at all SPOI The 1980′s were….what did the kids call it…Ah, yes. “boss”. Uncle Tommie was a long-haul trucker and cattle rustler Extrordinaire. I’d post a photo here but Mo Kadafi+Thomas Day= Same goldanged person. Without the world leader thang.

  106. John C Fremont
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    # 55 (Trilobite) – I can’t wait to hear Mary Worth say, “I’ve heard it said, ‘Utilize your dog’s energy in a positive manner.’”

  107. Allie Cat
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    MW – Chester is having a classic case of “separation anxiety” – the real question is – why would separating from Mary cause anyone anything other than unrelenting relief?

    9CL – A few weeks ago, Brooke used the work coprophagia – today, he used coryphee. I think he’s working his way through the dictionary to use words that make him look smarter than he is. We should be to the Ds by March.

    PBS – I thought the second panel was just adorable. Ahh, young love. Also – have you ever tried stringing popcorn. What a pain in the neck!

    TDIET – Back in high school and college, I used to work the sample tables at the market I worked for. It was completely frightening to see how people would stampede for a free bite of canteloupe. Personally, I’m ordering a fatburger for lunch. With a side of greasefries.

  108. cheech wizard
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    MW – The dog is bored, just like the rest of us – you don’t need a book on pet psychology to figure that one out. Beagles are a working breed and if they don’t have some kind of job to keep them occupied will end up sticking their noses where they don’t belong and cause all kinds of trouble. In fact, that’s probably Mary’s problem as well.

  109. jeffersonista
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    Mother good and grimm today shows their complete and utter lack of relgious knowledge:

    “a gnostic” person is, actually, very very relgious.

    they might be thinking of “an agnostic’ which is completely different.

    what a bunch of morons

  110. Gold-Digging Nanny
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    A3G — Now weighing even more heavily against Ruby’s intelligence than her insistence of calling Margo “Maggie” is the fact that she has offered to pay Margo for giving her a job. Worst. Salary negotiator. Ever.

    Get Fuzzy made me laugh. And PBS … was … cute. I liked it.

    Holy crap! Phantom is evil!

  111. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth: One of my favorite eateries is called “Chester Drawers” Is this like one of those “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” type-deals?

  112. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:31 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth: I like to think Chester is Aldo re-incarnated. Or Asok from Dilbert, that would be kewl, too!

  113. TomSFox
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:34 pm [Reply]

    Hey, is this Yahtzee guy the same who runs fullyramblomatic.com?

  114. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    I’m a pious analgesic.

  115. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    Sorry folks, that sounded rather Norm Crosby-ish. Speaking from my diagram, Red

  116. Groovymarlin
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    #21 Poteet: I hate Granthony’s new face too, hence my previous comment that landed me a spot as a runner-up this week (and btw, my first time, and I’m thrilled).

    Since when does shaving off a porn ‘stache cause a guy to suddenly develop freckles? At least I think those are freckles…hope they’re freckles…er….shudder….

  117. AhClem
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    JP – My hope is that the brownies are laced with hashish AND Ex-Lax. That way, we’ll get to see Abbey sitting on the toilet for days, giggling uncontrollably and inhaling a six-pound bag of cheese doodles.

  118. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    Comix Characters Sound -Alikes; Funky Winkerbean edition: Wally Cox,Eddie Deeson and Arnold Stang..

  119. rich
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    I’m a big fan of Preteena; I think it’s one of the better daily strips. Too bad that every December Allison Barrows insists on dredging up a tired, Mallardesque “Omigod, there’s a war on Christmas” theme.

  120. Lindsey ^_^
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:09 pm [Reply]

    I was going through old A3G comics (ok not that old, just a few years) and came across some interesting ones…

    http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20030203&name=Apartment_3-G
    Eew?

    http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20030130&name=Apartment_3-G
    Tommie calling Margo the most selfish person she’s ever met. Burn.

  121. Artist formerly known as Ben
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:10 pm [Reply]

    #119 rich.
    Fellow Preteena admirer here. I do notice that the strip is taking on a certain O’Reillyesque tone concerning the Secualar Liberal War on Christmas. The execution, however, is still pretty nice. How often does Bruce Tinsley work Samuel Beckett into his “jokes”?

  122. Benicillin
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    Nice job lftrebbjbtdrd, congrats on the win. There’s a lot of funny posts on this site, and some of you are truly deranged. Every year it gets funnier. I thank all of you for making me laugh and eject spittle.

  123. Deena in OR
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:16 pm [Reply]

    107
    9CL-But now that I’ve looked up the definition, he used it appropriately…and Seth *would* undoubtedly know the word. Not that I’m defending McEldowney or anything.

  124. Artist formerly known as Ben
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:16 pm [Reply]

    #101,
    Yeah that could be fun too. Once Sam chowed on a couple that is. Something could happen tonight that hasn’t in the past 8 years.

  125. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    117 AhClem – your comment reminds me of the Futurama episode (mini bit in tales of wonder, or oh damn, I hate forgetting) where Bender becomes human.

    And discovers the joy of eating and pooping. He wanted to take the nachos into the bathroom and do both at the same time!

  126. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    ltrftp(not so the first time) 58 – You’ve read my work?

    I’m sorry, that’s just too amusing for some reason I can’t put my finger on.

    I’m a published author and writer – just like Mikey! (The Foob, not the wonder dog.)

    That comment and getting on the COTW float for the first time ever has been the icing on the cake of the last week of school.

  127. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    ltrftp – I can’t tell if your comment is an insult to Keanu or Mark.

  128. Moss_Moses
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    I have to question Mary Worth’s priorities. First she casually blows off her special friend for Chester and now she’s reading up on dog psychology at the Santa Royale Public Library after he chewed her clothes. How about finding the Chester’s rightful owner instead of wasting time on doggy psycho-babble and dog whispering? She is displaying many of the classic symptoms of of OCD. Perhaps her nosy neighbors should read up on that.

    Cow Malone is guilty until proven innocent. Johnny Mallotte, on the other hand, by virtue of being Mark’s old buddy, is incapable of committing a violent crime and therefore has been framed. Mark Trail has not mentioned any evidence whatsoever that points to Johnny being framed. I’ll the evidence points to his guilt. One assumes his innocence by association, given his one degree of separation from Mark Trail. Besides, as we’ve seen in the case of Sam “Papa” Hill (not Sam “Chesty” Hill), as long as you’re a friend o’ the family, you can get away with murder in the Lost Forest justice system anyway.

  129. AhClem
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:28 pm [Reply]

    Just as Peter Parker’s spider-sense begins to tingle when there’s danger around (or when a particularly good episode of Seinfeld is on TV), Mark Trail knows that his friend is innocent because his RHO’J is starting to twitch.

  130. AhClem
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    #125 Kaitlyn -
    That scenario would make a great example in a computer science textbook, illustrating the difference between batch processing and real-time processing.

  131. Mibbitmaker
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    FOOB: Didja ever notice: “legs” in quotations. Legs-like, but not actual legs… and they smell… and, presumably, part of a human being… and Francie’s the hight to know how… how……. EW!EW!EW!EW!EW!EW!!!!

    Did Lynn intend this reading???

    Izzit her sayin’, “Try this on for size, bad-taste internet mockers!!!” ?? Hey, Lynn! You tryin’ to make me sick??

    Goodnight, my little Roseanne Roseannadanna.

  132. Chris Opperman
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    Keanu Reeves has emotion? @.o

  133. Mr. Coffee Nerves
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    MW: I’m guessing tomorrow’s strip will have Mary returning home to find that Chester has eaten her most recent diary (titled “Aldo suicide log ’05″) and the Thursday strip will be Mary asking a store clerk “Excuse me, do you sell economy-brand burlap drowning bags?”

    FOOOB: Could it be that Lynn wanted to say something else instead of “legs?” Perhaps the first draft was a Freudian slip along the lines of “Everything smells like JOHN’S WHORE!”

  134. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:43 pm [Reply]

    Tuesday’s comics:

    Archie — Is the first panel, in isolation, extremely suggestive, or do I just have a dirty mind?

    Baldo — Why would he press buttons on his calculator in order to arrive at either the intended answer or the answer he gave? Weird.

    Family Circus — But your teacher doesn’t say “You know a lot.” ZING!

    Momma — Who phones their mother when they want to know how to spell a word? No wonder Momma’s always complaining.

    One Big Happy — Would a kid that age really call it the “john”? Next, will he start talking about swell broads and cheap hooch?

    They’ll Do It Every Time — “Fatburger” is indeed an awesome word. By the way, there’s a restaurant chain by that name; they’re mainly a West Coast thing.

  135. man behind the curtain
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:46 pm [Reply]

    MW — So the next time someone asks Mary for advice her response will be: “I’m sorry but I just can’t help you. If only you were a dog. Then I’d know exactly what to tell you.”

    Or (snarkily) maybe Mary can use that book to help Chester and Dawn Weston.

  136. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:48 pm [Reply]

    75
    Cornwhacker
    It looks like there a still some stereotypes which must be fought!
    What a cover!

    85 Kaitlyn
    I have yet to read Anansi Boys. I will put it on my list.

    94
    Red
    How about a Nirvana/ZZ Top mashup?: Smells Like Legs.

  137. Girl Friday
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:52 pm [Reply]

    I’m mostly a lurker, and have commented even less since noticing that there is a Gal Friday as well as a Girl Friday and don’t want to confuse matters. I also have nothing really to say today except: “smells like legs?” “Crock” does better than that on a daily basis. Make it stop! Josh, can you help us work through this?

  138. Artist formerly known as Ben
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    Few more

    Momma: Mrs Hobbs talks to her daughter without trying to pressure her into marrying a dork. Look for the meteor striking Earth any minute now.

    Phantom: Yeah, this is the guy who protects kids from bad men.

    Pluggers: Dog man’s ATM is his couch. Rhino man’s ATM was the pawn shop where he sold his B&W TV. Subtle class distinctions.

    Zits: Would this be more fun if Jeremy weren’t a bottle baby?

  139. dimestore lipstick
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    If Hedy’s inventions intrigue you, check out Zeppo and Gummo Marx…

    http://www.marx-brothers.org/biography/zeppo/inventions.htm

  140. gh
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    I’d try snarking on the funnies, but Trilobite is in for the win. Hey, Trilobite! You slay me! Again! You’re like the Ted Bundy of snark. Take my life, please!

    What’s that you say? Trilobite completely ignored today’s Fred Bassett? With all the explosive potential for violence and criminality of RMMD – which is to say, hardly any – and three times as many dogs as MW? I’m on the edge of my fully-reclined Barcalounger!

    Speaking of dogs, #107 Allie Cat, I don’t think Chester is suffering from separation anxiety so much as Where’s the separation? anxiety. I’m sure Chester is thinking, “What do I have to do to get this harridan to leave me back on the side of the road? Smash some swans?”

  141. JamesinMaine
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    MT: When we first saw Mrs. Malone on Friday, she appeared to have the skin tone of a Native American — same as the servant who answered the door and definitely darker than Mark. This week she has the same pale skin tone as Mark. Is his extreme whiteness contagious?

  142. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    98
    Smart People On Ice
    It is totally coincidence, I don’t remember all the things he told Snoopy to do.

    Gold Digging Nanny
    Thanks!

    118 Red
    One of the worst things of the movie Polar Express is the Arnold Stang soundalike.

    126
    Kaitlyn
    I am so totally amazed that you are a published author. I guess I should be more surprised. I meant I read your posts and you have layers to even a one sentence snark.

    (((Run On Sentence Alert)))

    Secret Margo taught me the trick about the blue name linking somewhere, but between the torn rotator cuff, the flu, the bone spur, the bursal sac, the torn bicep and both kids down with some crud just short of msr, I forget to check very often.

    Nice blog you have.

    The two previous sentences could be a good test for a sentence parser, eh?
    I’m glad I make you and everyone else laugh.

    122
    Benicillin
    Sometimes you swallow the spit, sometimes you eject.

    127
    Kaitlyn
    Me neither.

  143. SmartPeopleOnIce
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:14 pm [Reply]

    #104 gh – Was that a Meatloaf reference?

    #137 (Girl Friday) Pshaw! Bring on the confusion! We already got an Allie Cat and an Alley Cat. And a Kaitlyn and a Caitlin. And a Girl, Brown-eyed and a Girl, Apple and a Girl, Reporter (er, or is it Reporter, Girl). And I just recently learned that Anonymous may in fact be more than one person! This place is practically a Barenaked Ladies song! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria! Master Blaster rules Barter Town!

  144. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    130
    Ah Clem
    You owe me a new keyboard….I am still laughing!

    139
    Dimestore Lipstick
    Kewl Beanz! Thanks!

    134
    Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    Re Archie: Are they necessarily mutually exclusive? I don’t remember any of your posts regarding embarrassing Gym moments. Is there something you want to tell us?

  145. Razmytaz
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    Not a whole lot of Gil Torp(id) snarkage going on lately, but if you want to see a great set of “next panels” cruise on over to This Week in Milford. I hope the pope doesn’t mind that I occasionally genuflect at a different altar now and then.

  146. Perky Bird
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    Judge Parker–

    If those are “special” brownies, like the ones from that episode of “Barney Miller”, then Abby will soon be hearing Sam’s eyelids go “Mushy-Mushy” everytime he blinks.

  147. AppleGirl
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    FOOB – Everything smells like “legs.” As opposed to the sweaty-sock odor one detects inside a suburban house in this strip.

  148. Calico
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    #78 wrote
    “The Canadian tourist board should really do something about FOOB.”
    Next thing you know the kid will make some sort of comment about seeing someone’s fly open.
    Aaaaarrrggggghhhhh

  149. Mibbitmaker
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    Popeye: That’s the strangest doctors’ consultation I’ve ever seen![/Groucho]

    MW: (reads) “… hmm… according to this book, everything I’ve done with this dog since I met him has been wrong. Aw, I’d better find another book, this one’s useless!”

    MF: In the next strip on this theme, Mallard’ll include: *Mutts.

    DT: That just-following-orders bulldozer guy once worked for the Nazis. Or the same company as in the MT duck storyline.

    DtM: Gee, Dennis, once upon a time, that wouldn’t have stopped you. Sad.

    A3G: She pinches? Sherlock Holmes couldn’t find a likable woman in this strip!

    Y’know what Brooke needs? More Cowbell!*

    *A bit of a stretch, but no way I’m letting go of the SNL theme, from the overnight posts, on my birthday!**

    ** Self-serving, attention-getting b-day mention? — check! ***

    *** Contrived, though fact-based, metacommentary? — check!

  150. Laura c
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    I think I know where Mary Worth is going with this. When Chester’s original owner reclaims him, she’s going to cry on Jeff’s shoulder and say, “I was so devoted to Chester I went to the library and checked out a book!”

  151. gh
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:36 pm [Reply]

    #143 SmartPeopleOnIce –

    Er, not intentionally [What? Like, don't let your meat loaf? I don't get 80s humor]. More like While the President slept . .

  152. Red Greenback
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    Happy birthday Mibbitmaker! Many happy axlotles and Potzrebies in your Micky Bitsko.

  153. Niall
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    It looks like the Tuesday theme is “trying too hard to be funny”. And failing.

    BB‘s Bayonet non-charge against tanks.. manoeuvers, right? We just established they don’t do war. And bayonets. I mean… bayonets? That predates even the beginning fo the strip itself, much less the current artist!

    H&L also fails at the funny, but ends up with a sad, Doonesbury-esque level of politico-social commentary on the current US health care system. Yes, Chip, daddy has to pay a LOT for a cold. You don’t want him with a flu, not if you want to go to college.

    JP: HAH! Special Brownies! Is the betting open by now? I vote for laxative!

    MW goes down a shuddering, horrible path. Flee, Chester – even under a truck if necessary to escape.

    Phantom: The Ghost-Who-Assaults is the Hero?? Wait, maybe he’s doing this on purpose so that Tendai doesn’t consider him a hero and stops drawing him. But now mill hundreds of th thousands will know him to be an abusive jerk! The Ends do NOT justify the Means! Lee Falk must be spinning in his grave.

    SF: Ted is slowly losing it. I can see where he will get to the mindset of the PBS crossover…

    I actually skipped spider-man. I’m free!!

    TDIET: You know, I think that either there do exists “bacon-wrapped pork sausages”, or that now someone will make them. There is, much too sadly, a market for them.

    Archie: The out-of-context panel 1 actually managed to be more disturbing than Monday’s Popeye. This scares me.

    In the world of Dick Tracy, a bulldozer operator has more authority than a SWAT team captain. …oh, why the hell not! I’m not sure what to make of Dick’s expression in panel 2: fear? (nah, never.) Trepidation for the safety of the hostages? (…naaaah, even less.) Badly-drawn glee at the prospect of mayhem? Thaaaaat’s the ticket!

    Garfield is more menacing than Dennis. Now that’s beyond wrong and deep into just plain sad.

    GT: You think it’s the tire? I think the car listing at 20 degrees on one side might be a bigger clue than the noise of the tire! Then again, Cully is not known for his intellectual prowess.

    Pluggers: A Canadian plugger would find over $20 in that handful. :)

  154. Kaitlyn
    December 11th, 2007 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    No, no, ltrftp, I’m not a published author or writer.

    (Despite the Plugger standards for being published.)

    I actually forgot I had a blog with logical words and sentences.

    Still, I am appreciative. Like all writers – one sentence snarks, school papers, bizarre blog barf – compliments make the world go ’round.

  155. Uncle Lumpy
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    #153 Niall –

    . . . either there do exists “bacon-wrapped pork sausages”, or . . . now someone will make them. There is, much too sadly, a market for them.

    I tried to deep-fry bacon once. It didn’t work. I think you have to bread it first.

    PS Dear Dr. Katz: We love you. Now STFU and let the page load.

  156. Nil Zed
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    FOOB – makes no sense. was she trying to avoid the cliche of the little kid who only sees legs in crowds? or has she just lost her mind?

  157. Gagott68
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:03 pm [Reply]

    In response to the Yesterthread comments regarding whether the COTW is a “popularity contest”, of course it has some aspect of that. As far as I can tell, Josh appears to be a human being. As such, he will necessarily have personal sense of humor, irony, etc. and if certain commentators tend to write in a similar vein, he’ll likely gravitate towards them. Until he is replaced by the ACOTWGLU-3000, we just have to allow for the human factor.

  158. dimestore lipstick
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    Uncle Lumpy
    If you want to deep fry bacon, you have to wrap it around a cheese-stuffed hot dog first:

    http://www.recipesource.com/main-dishes/sandwiches/03/rec0399.html

  159. Uncle Lumpy
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    #158 dsl –

    Of course! How could I not have seen that?

  160. Scherzo
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:34 pm [Reply]

    My favorite Tom Swifty:
    “I dropped the toothpaste!” said Tom, crestfallen.

  161. Moss_Moses
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    159. Or you can do as Homer Simpson says, “Butter your bacon, boy”!

  162. Little Guy
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:39 pm [Reply]

    153: JP: You know a majority of CCers will be hoping to read the following dialogue, “…Really, Sam, those brownies were the best I ever tasted… but now my top is all clammy and itchy and tight for some reason…”

  163. Josh
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    #155 UL — Do not blame the good doctor! My site has had many problems over the past few days, involved with server-side arcana like phpmail and exim processes run amok. I’m trying to get it sorted it out, but it’s hard to do that and get anything else done (like post in a timely fashion grr). The problems have been affecting my email as well, which is extra extra extra not good if I am to keep my sanity and my income.

    Josh

  164. rich
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    FOOB: Might she be saying that when milling about in a crowd populated by overweight Dingles and Kelpfroths everything smells, from her low vantage point, like farts? And being a rather slow child, it came out “everything smells like ‘legs’”?

  165. Ned Ryerson
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:47 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Mary Worth (at least as displayed on the Chron site) has all the books in the library colored a dull grey. I guess that’s in keeping with the general dystopia that is Santa Royale.

    By the way, I wonder if she’s reading Dog psychology : thoughts on creating awareness of a better man-dog relationship by Tim G Austin or Dog psychology; the basis of dog training by Leon Fradley Whitney. Those are the only two publications with that title in WorldCat.

    Here’s a PSA aimed at FOOBs: If you’re going to be elbow to elbow with all the other holiday consumers in crowded shopping venues, do us all a favor and wash your “legs”.

  166. SmartPeopleOnIce
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    #157 COTW isn’t a popularity contest – it’s a religion!

    Now I lay me down to sleep
    To dream of Comment Of The Week
    Should I not have it when I wake
    I pray Lord Chennux Baltimore to bake

    (Heh, heh. Just kidding, Josh. Who loves ya, baby?)

  167. rich
    December 11th, 2007 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    What’s the female signifier for villainy in the Mark Trail universe (assuming there’s no moustache)? Amy Winehouse-style eye makeup? The case against Frenchy Malotte is clearly a frameup…Kathy Malone is guilty!

  168. Poteet
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    # 116 — Congratulations on your first (but not last, I bet) float ride, Groovymarlin! And I agree with you. Whatever those things are that are now sprinkled on Granthony’s cheeks, they creep me out, along with his shape-shifting nose, his new Botox lips, and that occasional misty gentle faraway look in his eyes, which I’m sure is supposed to be an endearing clue about what an emotionally-connected husband he’ll be but which makes me want to knee him in the crotch really hard.

  169. gh
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    #167 rich –

    If there is no mustache, one must check the lady’s purse for depilatory cream.

  170. Niall
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    75. Cornwhacker: Edifying Science was my Hedy Lamarr education too. I’m trying to get all of Ottaviani’s books. (Suspended in Motion is fantastic.)

    100. Poteet: you emitted mighty funny there yourself.

    127. Kaitlyn: that’s why ltrftp’s comment was so funny.

    (And I mentally mnemonic [yay for verbing nouns!] his name as Learned To Read From The Posts. Makes no sense, but rolls off the mental tongue easily enough.)

    (…I’m now going ewwww at the mental image of a mental tongue.)

    134. Skullturf on Archie: by now, you know you’re not alone. (Isn’t that the whole point of this blog?)

    149. Mibbitmaker: Happy birthday, you meta-commenter you!

    155. Uncle Lumpy: nowhere in the name of Bacon-wrapped Pork Sausages does it say deep-fried…

    This reminds me of the time, at the University of Ottawa gaming club, when pizza-ordering time arrived (a weekly ritual), someone whipped out actual coupons for a chain pizzeria (instead of the local place we always went to, which was invariably better). One guy asks another if he wanted to join in on the Meat Lovers Pizza. His response: “Um, I’m Jewish.” “So?” Much blinking ensued before: “Uh, pepperoni, sausage, ham, italian sausage and ham are all PIG!” “Yeah, and? You want in or not?” The Jewish guy was small and wiry, but not closed-lipped. He managed to restrain himself, knowing it was completely useless.

    He was also allergic to tomatoes. That cut him off from a frighteningly large number of processed foods.

    163. Josh: I didn’t attribute the problem to ads. I hope things get worked out soon, though it seems much easier to load today than yesterday.

  171. Rainbird
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    134 Skullturf Q. Beavispants

    Actually,I used to call my mother to spell a word, well into my 30s.

    Helps that she was a reference librarian, so she was used to that. Nothing like Mamma though.

  172. Niall
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    …I meant for the last pizza ingredient to be bacon, not extra ham. Same animal nonetheless.

  173. Poteet
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:05 pm [Reply]

    MT — If I ever lose a husband, I hope I’ll respond with the same low-necklined, sultry be-makeuped aplomb as Bull’s young widow. Talk about bravely carrying on.

  174. Gulielma
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:07 pm [Reply]

    Hi all.

    Lio: I like the idea that Lio watches the Weird Kid Network. Also the Heiny headed croc (ala Pearls Before Swine) the other day.

    PTB: Ah, the little croc is stringing popcorn at Zebra’s house!

    Doonesbury: Like all the vets shopping at 2 AM

    FW: Tom Batiuk’s idea of what angry young graphic novelists look like is stuck on South Street in Philadelphia, circa the late 1980s.

    Jump Start: I used to like this strip. Now I don’t care.

    Candorville: I find myself channeling Fanny Price from “Mansfield Park”: “There is no good in this delay,” said she. “Why is not it settled?…Finish it at once. Let there be an end of this suspense. Fix, commit, condemn yourself.”

    FBoFW: This strip makes less and less sense. And I suspect a Christmas Miracle is coming up. Bleargh.

  175. gh
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:10 pm [Reply]

    #170 Niall —

    I’m guessing ltrftp = long time reader, first time poster [not so much]

  176. Allie Cat
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    #170 Niall – In re: non-kosher pizza toppings. When I was in college, I visited my boyfriend at his local university and a group of us were hanging out ordering pizza, and a kid named Steve Fineman requested no pepperoni on one. “Why not?” someone asked.

    Knowing why not (and having a decent grasp of a few Yiddish words), I piped in “Because it’s trayf.”

    Keeping in mind that my boyfriend was an active, active member in the Baptist Student Union, Steve Fineman did a double take, gazed lovingly at me and said, “Marry me!”

    It was my first marriage proposal.

    Not long after that, the boyfriend dumped me (for reasons having nothing to do with pizza or religion). I never saw Steve Fineman again.

    But I’ll never forget him.

    Holy hell – that was FIFTEEN years ago. I wonder what ever became of Steve Fineman?

  177. gh
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    Er, [not so first time]. And I got the letters right? And congrats to same from a long-time, let’s say, “differently-winning” person.

  178. Al
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    GT — This story about painting the “opposition’s” spirit rock brings back some good memories from my USAF days. When I was in Officer Training School, one of the squadrons had a spirit rock that was regularly painted in the colors of its rivals. Legend has it that the rock was originally the size of a human hand, but now has so much paint on it that it is now the size of a desk chair.

    Incidentally, vandalizing that rock (ie, painting it) is not a punishable offense (it is often rewarded, if done well); however, moving said rock (ie, stealing or hiding it) will get you brough up on an Honor Code violation.

  179. AhClem
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:42 pm [Reply]

    #167 rich -
    All the female villains in Mark Trail are drawn with black hair and dark beady eyes.

    On second thought, ALL the women in Mark Trail are drawn that way. And most of the men, too.

    Never mind.

  180. Chris
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:57 pm [Reply]

    Margo’s at the library, checking out a book…leaving Chester all alone again…

    Hopefully he’ll chew up the rest of her 999 pairs of lavender underwear.

  181. Chris
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    Mary’s at the library, checking out a book…leaving Chester all alone again…

    Hopefully he’ll chew up the rest of her 999 pairs of lavender underwear.

  182. Tim T.
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    # 150 Laura C: I first read your Mary dialog as: ” I was so devoted to Chester I went to the library and chewed out a book!”

  183. Chris
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    oops, sorry for the double post.

  184. Lindsey ^_^
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    Baldo: Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think that “price” is a physical property.

  185. Benicillin
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    #176:

    I found Fineman. He’s a super-powered NY lawyer. All’s the guy does is shut down pizza places for food violations, searching in vain for a love lost 15 years ago.

    http://www.lieffcabraser.com/bios/fineman.php

  186. Benicillin
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    Oh wait, Allie, my mistake. Here he is.

    http://www.fotosearch.com/DGV070/200143956-001/

  187. essephreak
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    Foob: of course, Granthony and Liz turn out to actually *like* the horror that is visiting the mall at xmas time, even the sick-making xmas music.

  188. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    Mibbitmaker
    Happy Birthday!

  189. Benicillin
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:43 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Dick Tracy….I never thought I’d see it, but it looks like our favorite gumshoe has totally lost his bearing in a crisis situation. Check out his “Oh Fuck Oh Fuck Oh Fuck!!” look in panel 2:

    http://www.gocomics.com/dicktracy/

    It’s almost Trail-worthy.

  190. ltrftp(not so first time)
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:50 pm [Reply]

    I60
    Scherzo
    I am trying to work “with a gleam in his eye” in there!

    “I will cut a notch above the door” said Tom archly.

    Allie Cat
    Speaking of Fine, man, I can prove that COTW is not a popularity contest: I am pretty sure Josh knows I had his car towed in NYC.

    175
    GH
    You are correct. I am thinking of changing my name to Hedly. I think if I did not have autofill that I would never send me a message. They are annoying initials.

  191. Calico
    December 11th, 2007 at 5:52 pm [Reply]

    Happy Birthday Mibbit!
    : )

  192. Islamorada Girl
    December 11th, 2007 at 6:06 pm [Reply]

    “Ghost-Who-Disgusts-Us-All: Phantom’s behavior throughout this storyline — which should’ve been fascinating, different, and moving, but just flat-out sucks — if nothing else, proves why he named his canine pal after the Prince of Darkness.”

    Phantom’s dog is named Ozzy Osbourne? Speaking of sucking. . .

  193. Gagott68
    December 11th, 2007 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    Lindsey 184: Baldo makes me sad today. Especially given its past correct usage of “literally”.

    TB 76: Must be shunned…

    AC 107: Unfortunately, “young love” will eventually transform into that which will inevitably consume one or both of the young lovers. In this case: literally. Ahhhhh.

  194. dale
    December 11th, 2007 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    178 – Al
    If you put a blanket (or really big sheet of paper) over the spirit rock, would that be an honor code violation? Or would it depend on how smart the offendees wanted to admit they were?

  195. The Avocado Avenger
    December 12th, 2007 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    Yahtzee — It just occurred to me, thanks to others here smarter than I, there might be a link between Yahtzee of runner-up fame and the finger-quotin’ Margo in that ZP review a few weeks ago.

    Oooh. Cool. Maybe he’ll pay more attention to me than Kibo does.

    Off to today’s Zero Punctuation review. I love Wednesdays.

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