More bedevilment

Today’s Bizarro/Wayno collab:

(#1) (If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 4 in this strip — see this Page.)

The disaster to be averted:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall / Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

Meanwhile, HD is bedeviled. From NOAD:

verb bedevil: [a] (of something bad) cause great and continual trouble to: inconsistencies that bedevil modern English spelling. [b] (of a person) torment or harass: he bedeviled them with petty practical jokes.

Earlier (be)devilment on this blog, in the 7/20/18 posting “Bewitched, bothered, and bedeviled”, with this Scott Hilburn cartoon  —


and a discussion of deviled food, especially deviled eggs.

On Humpty Dumpty, from Wikipedia:

Humpty Dumpty is a character in an English nursery rhyme, probably originally a riddle and one of the best known in the English-speaking world. He is typically portrayed as a personified egg, though he is not explicitly described as such. … As a character and literary allusion, he has appeared or been referred to in a large number of works of literature and popular culture, particularly English author Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass (1872), in which he was described as an egg.

The original of the character in #1:

(#3) John Tenniel’s drawing of Humpty Dumpty and Alice, from Through the Looking-Glass

Also from the Alice books, the Dodo (in the painting in #1, upside-down):

(#4) Original illustration from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by John Tenniel (1865)

From Wikipedia:

The Dodo is a fictional character appearing in Chapters 2 and 3 of the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). The Dodo is a caricature of the author.

Dodo with two Os. Egg-shaped Os. Latin ova ‘eggs’ (pl. of ovum) — see the maazine in Humpty Dumpty’s hand in #1. And the loggo for the Cartoon Network on the tv in #1 — missing two Os, so it’s become the Carton Netwrk:


Yu’re din’ fine, Klahma! Klahma, kay.

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