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Jump Start, 9/15/04

Today’s question: What’s the most recent year in which a joke about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would have been funny?

No peeking at your neighbors’ papers! Now, are you ready?

We would accept as an answer any year between 1987 and 1989. We would also accept the answer my fiancee gave when I asked her this question, which was “Not this one.”

Actually, since I don’t have kids, for all I know, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may be back now, just like the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake and other crappy stuff from my youth. If that’s the case, please don’t tell me; I’d rather remain blissfully ignorant.

(Oh, and confidential to Pervert in Edmonton: Maybe I would have believed that someone might be searching Google for any one of “beetle bailey ‘s pimp nude ass,” “cartoon ziggy in spandex purple fuzzy penis,” or “mary worth naked,” but all three search terms coming from a single computer raises suspicions that someone’s trying to skew my referral logs. The searches for “hillbilly blitzkrieg” and “blondie bumstead sex comics” — the latter on MSN, surely a search engine for bottom feeders if ever there were one — remain unexplained, and disturbing.)