Archive for the ‘Signs and symbols’ Category

Embrace of the televised penis

July 4, 2015

American television has long been penis-averse, even on cable and web shows, where there’s no reason for this shyness — and this in a country that provides a mind-boggling amount of visual porn, including gay porn, which is in a sense largely a hymn to the penis, a celebration of peniphilia.

But now the televised penis seems to be coming into its own, with shows that occasionally dwell unapologetically on full frontal nudity — for example, in the science fiction drama Sense8 (from Netflix) and the comedy The Brink (on HBO). Three X-rated shots from these shows can be found in “Full frontal tv” on AZBlogX; penis-free shots will appear below.


An ebook

June 28, 2015

A cute pun and, with it, a use of the symbol @ in advertising:

A book in the shape of the letter E, not an electronic book (eBook, e-Book, e-book, ebook). Plus the attention-grabbing L@@K, now used on websites offering things for sale or rental (eBay especially, but also Craigslist, home rental sites, etc.).

(The image came to me from Michael Palmer, who got it on Steven Gatke’s Facebook page. I couldn’t trace it back from there — but Gatke has lots of stuff about books and bookbinding.)

The news for penises, Norwegian edition

June 27, 2015

Passed on by Chris Hansen on Facebook, this story of 6/23 from (“Norway’s news in English”), “Is this the worst summer job ever?”:

A nineteen-year-old in Norway has been hired by a sexual health charity to play a giant penis who surprises passers-by by spraying them with golden confetti.

“I thought it was hilarious. If I can do a good thing for others, just by being a dick, there is nothing better,” Philip van Eck, the man inside the penis costume, told Norway’s Tønsberg Blad newspaper.

It’s all about STDs.


The news for penises, including accidental ones

June 25, 2015

First, a little more on sexual tube steak. Then a couple images of accidental penises.


Screaming for ice cream

June 20, 2015

On the front page of the July 2015 Funny Times, this cartoon by Mary Lawton:


The visuals: a parody of Munch’s The Scream, in and around an ice cream truck. The text: the song/chant “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” (a pun on ice cream / I scream, depending on word division).


Annals of advertising: patriotism, sex, and overwhelming mouthfuls of food

June 9, 2015

It burst recently (with actual fireworks) onto the American fast-food scene: the Most American Thickburger from Carl’s Jr. / Hardees:

This clip doesn’t include the final tag, “Because America, that’s why” (with the recently popular because NP construction). But the entertaining businessday (NZ) story about the ad does.


Symbolic Bizarro

May 10, 2015

Today’s Bizarro:

A gently silly cartoon — how did they know it came from outer space? — which I post here mostly because it has so many of Don Piraro’s secret symbols in it. Ten by his count. On the symbols, see this Page on this blog.

Hatch NM

May 10, 2015

Today’s Zippy takes us to Hatch NM, which is famous for two things: green chiles and giant fiberglass figures:


The two are packaged together in this remarkable artifact:



A blogging puzzle

April 27, 2015

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?


Conversation with the Muffman

April 23, 2015

Today’s Zippy, with another roadside fiberglass icon:


There’s a Wikipedia article on Muffler Men, roadside fiberglass figures originally serving as commercial icons, usually holding a sample of whatever is advertised — a muffler in the case of the canonical Muffler Man. Muffler Men take many forms: images of Paul Bunyan, for instance, and the very popular cowboy figure, as above. Zippy fairly often engages Muffler Men (and other fiberglass figures) in conversation.



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