Through various people on Facebook, reports on the presidential candidacy of Vermin Supreme.
A recent tv ad for the candy Skittles lies, for me, somewhere between absurdly silliy and just plain creepy. The premise is that there’s an epidemic of Skittles pox, which manifests itself in an outbreak of Skittles on the face. The unlikely ad copy:
Warning signs of a Skittles pox outbreak include Rainbow colors, increased dating prospects and loud “Mmmm” sounds from the afflicted. Contract the Rainbow. Taste the Rainbow.
The equivalent of a pustule in this infection is an individual Skittle — entirely edible, hence the enhanced dating prospects and the appreciative noises (and, for me, the creepiness).
Oh yes, it’s contagious.
(Earlier on Skittles, its “Share the rainbow … Taste the rainbow” campaign, and rainbow food composed of the candies, in this posting.)
A still from one ad:
and the video:
Today’s Bizarro, which is, well, bizarre:
Not only do we have a thieving bird that carries off letters of the alphabet, we have one that takes them from the cartoon itself. Bizarre indeed.
In today’s Zippy, our Pinhead takes a road trip to Kansas:
Hutchinson, Goodland, Cawker City, Lawrence, Wichita.
Came across the herb perilla in my reading this morning, and began playing associatively with the name, thinking of composing a comic story or verse on phonologically similar names. Here, some raw materials; anyone is welcome to play with them.
A sports feuilleton.
In yesterday’s football news from the GoStanford site:
Stanford will take on the Maryland Terrapins in the Foster Farms Bowl at 7 p.m. (PT) Dec. 30 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The “Foster Farms Bowl” struck me as a very silly name, mostly because of the company’s funny ad campaigns: chicken puppets and, last year, chickens singing from musicals. (The alliteration helps, especially since it involves /f/. Compare Firesign Theatre’s “Freezing Mr. Foster” from Dear Friends.)
After I posted a Bizarro in “No stinkin’ budgies” (here), Chris Hansen wrote in puzzlement over the stick of dynamite in the cartoon. I replied that this was just one of Dan Piraro’s “hidden symbols”, with no meaning in the context of the cartoon (or in the wider culture). I thought I’d posted the full inventory of these, but apparently not, so for reference here’s the list from the Wikipedia page on the strip:
Most Bizarro cartoons include one or more of these devices hidden somewhere in the cartoon:
an eyeball (the Eyeball of Observation)
a piece of pie (the Pie of Opportunity)
a rabbit (the Bunny of Exuberance)
an alien in a spaceship (the Flying Saucer of Possibility)
the abbreviation “K2” (referring to his children Kermit and Krapuzar)
a crown (the Crown of Power)
a stick of dynamite (the Dynamite of Unintended Consequences)
a shoe (the Lost Loafer)
an arrow (The Arrow of Vulnerability)
a fish tail (The Fish of Humility)
an upside down bird (the Inverted Bird)
Piraro indicates how many symbols are hidden in each strip with a number above his signature.
The cartoon in “No stinkin’ budgies” has two symbols: the Dynamite of Unintended Consequences, and also the Eyeball of Observation. Over the years I’ve noted other hidden symbols from this list in Bizarro cartoons. (The Pie of Opportunity and the Bunny of Exuberance are especially common.)