Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:
A pun — a phonologically perfect pun on pole / Pole — that works here only because the text in the strip is all uppercase, so that the orthographic distinction between the two items vanishes.
Recently I got a comment on a posting of a Bizarro cartoon (“Dinosaur connoisseur”), wondering why I hadn’t commented on the space alien and the stick of dynamite in it, and I explained — as I had a number of times before, to other readers of this blog — that this was just one of cartoonist Don Piraro’s things, a little game he plays with his readers: some number of “secret symbols” are salted in almost all his cartoons (they have nothing to do with the actual content of the cartoon), and then their number is noted in the cartoon, just above Piraro’s signature.
Here’s a recent Bizarro with a pun on boot, with two secret symbols:
The eyeball and the piece of pie. The symbols are listed here.
Now the question is: How can I provide this information to my readers?
A cartoonist, with this cartoon in the May issue of Funny Times:
This works pretty well as a pun in print — Oedipus Rex / Oedipus Rx — with the mother theme and the prescription theme combined. Apparently there are people who treat the abbreviation Rx as an initialism /ar ɛks/, a noun meaning ‘prescription’ (“an Rx for Viagra”), and for them Oedipus Rx works as a (moderately distant) pun in pronunciation as well.
Now: more on this, a note on the cartoonist, and a couple more punning cartoons from him.
Today’s Bizarro, with an outrageous play on The Mummy’s Curse (the movie):
From Facebook friends, this John Bell cartoon:
A wonderful double pun, on stroke (‘brushstroke’ or ‘cerebrovascular accident’) and brush (‘implement for painting etc.’ or ‘light and fleeting touch’).
In the 3/16 New Yorker, this cartoon by Jack Ziegler:
Giant buttocks instead of giant heads. And the outrageous pun keister on the rhyming Easter.
Today’s Rhymes With Orange:
The Thinker meets the Tinkertoy.
On George Takei’s Facebook page, this (unattributed) composition: Phil did in fact predict six more weeks of winter this year. Takei’s comment, functioning as a caption: “He had his Phil.” The idiom one’s fill and/or a reference to the groundhog Punxsatawney Phil. Groan. (more…)