Torus! torus! torus!

A Mr. Lovenstein comic, on the bagel and the donut hole:

(#1) “Oh, you don’t look Jewish”, said the donut hole to the bagel [AMZ]

(Hat tip to Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky.)

On the strip, it has a site with an archive etc., but not much information about the strip. On its Facebook page, the (anonymous) artist writes, “I make silly comics for cool people” (since 2010), and that’s pretty much it.

Know Your Toruses

donut is cake, bagel is bread

bagel is Jewish, donut is Dutch

The torus. From NOAD:

noun torus: 1 [a] Geometry a surface or solid formed by rotating a closed curve, especially a circle, around a line that lies in the same plane but does not intersect it (e.g., like a ring-shaped doughnut). [b] a thing of this shape, especially a large ring-shaped chamber used in physical research…

Taurus! Taurus! Taurus!  The bull. Taurus, the sign of the  zodiac. The bull of the stock market:

noun bull: … 2 Stock Market a person who buys shares hoping to sell them at a higher price later. Often contrasted with bear.

From which the bull logo of Merrill Lynch:


And the Charging Bull statue in the financial district of NYC; from Wikipedia:


Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, is a bronze sculpture that stands in Bowling Green in the Financial District in Manhattan, New York City.

The sculpture was created by Sicilian artist Arturo Di Modica. On December 14, 1989 Di Modica arrived on Wall Street with Charging Bull on the back of a truck and illegally dropped the sculpture outside of the New York Stock Exchange. The sculpture was conceived in the wake of the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash. Having arrived penniless in the USA in 1970, Di Modica felt indebted to America for welcoming him and enabling his career as a successful sculptor. Charging Bull was his gift back to America and intended to inspire each person who came into contact with it to carry on fighting through the hard times after the market crash for a brighter future

And then, in Spanish, the Toro! Toro! cry of the bull ring:


Sushi time. When we again cry Toro! Toro! Toro!

(#4) “noun toro: a pale, fatty cut of tuna used for sushi and sashimi” (NOAD)

Tora! Tora! Tora!  The movie, from Wikipedia:


Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 Japanese-American biographical war drama film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The film was directed by Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, and stars an ensemble cast including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E. G. Marshall, James Whitmore and Jason Robards.

The tora of the title is the two-syllable Japanese codeword used to indicate that complete surprise had been achieved. … it is a coincidence that [Japanese] tora also means “tiger”.

Torah! (repeat five times). (Ok, this is the end; I promise.) From NOAD:


noun Torah:  (usually the Torah) (in Judaism) [a] the law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Pentateuch). [b] a scroll containing the Torah [as above].

3 Responses to “Torus! torus! torus!”

  1. Sim Aberson Says:

    And then there is the torii, the Japanese gate.

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      Oh yes, and the Tories, and Tori Spelling, and taurine, and Toro lawn mowers, and the Japanese rock guitarist Toru Yamashita and toru ‘three’ in Maori and …

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