Return to Oz

Yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine, yet another meta-strip that builds up to an elaborate outrageous pun of the “immortal porpoises” type — for which the cartoonist merits death:

There are many variants of the “immortal porpoises” joke; the one I heard first built to “transporting young gulls across staid lions for immortal porpoises”. The joke type depends on a piece of formulaic language that is then punningly varied at multiple points.

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    […] the spirit of the Pearls strip in “Return to Oz”, Pastis has the characters build to an elaborate outrageous pun of the “immortal porpoises” […]

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