Yesterday’s Scenes From a Multiverse:
Two things here: the X in the moon figure; and the burlesque of “That’s Amore”.
In Western cultures, the figure in the moon is generally taken to be a man:
The Man in the Moon is an imaginary figure resembling a human face, head or body, that observers from some cultural backgrounds typically perceive in the bright disc of the full moon. The figure is composed of the dark areas (the lunar maria, or “seas”) and lighter highlands of the lunar surface.
The Man in the Moon is an example of pareidolia. Other cultures perceive the silhouette of a woman, a hare/rabbit, a frog, a moose, a buffalo, or a dragon (with its head and mouth to the right and body and wings to the left) in the full moon. Alternatively, the vague shape of the overall dark and light regions resemble a Yin Yang symbol. (Wikipedia link)
Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-doh-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse. (Wikipedia link)
I’m especially fond of the rabbit in the moon, which I know from its appearance in India and East Asia:
The Moon rabbit in folklore is a rabbit that lives on the moon, based on pareidolia that identifies the markings of the moon as a rabbit. The story exists in many cultures, particularly in Aztec mythology and East Asian folklore (Wikipedia link)
An Adler Planetarium depiction of the rabbit:
Lobsters and economy cars are out of my experience.
On to “That’s Amore”:
“That’s Amore” is a 1952 song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Jack Brooks. It became a major hit, signature song for Dean Martin in 1953. Amore (pronounced ah-MOR-eh) means “love” in Italian. (Wikipedia link)
Recording available here.
The original lines parodied in the Multiverse strip are:
When the moon hits your eye like a bigga pizza pie
(In some recordings the Italian-accented bigga is produced as standard big.)
Since around the year 2000, the song has been sung by football fans with the lyrics changed to “When the ball hits your head and you’re sat in row Z, that’s Zamora” in honour of the English footballer Bobby Zamora. It started while he was playing for Brighton & Hove Albion and has since followed him to West Ham United and now to his current club Fulham
No doubt there are many other versions. The song virtually invites parody.