Archive for the ‘Palindromes’ Category


August 29, 2019

As we slide into a US holiday weekend — leading to Labor Day, the first Monday in September, this year on the 2nd — my birthday (on the 6th) looms as well. Coming up is a prime-th birthday, the 79th, an auspicious number to my mind, just one short of the 80th, which many view (like the similarly vigesimal 20th, 40th, and 60th) as a landmark birthday, in this case the gateway into old age. But for the moment I’m prime, baby.


Two occasions, four cartoons

August 6, 2018

(There will be talk of men’s bodies, among a number of other things, so you might want to exercise some caution.)

Yesterday was National Underwear Day (utilitarian garments elevated to objects of play, desire, and fashion display), today is Hiroshima Day (remembering the horror of an event of mass destruction, death, and suffering). An uncomfortable, even absurd, juxtaposition, but there is a link in the symbolism of the two occasions. In my comics feed for these occasions: four language-related cartoons on familiar language-related themes, none of them having anything to do with either underwear or nuclear holocaust, probably for good reason.

Cartoons first, then the underwear and atomic bombs.

Mathematical Principles of Natural Fig Snacks

January 15, 2017

A recent One Big Happy has Joe cutting corners on a book report:


Classic kid behavior.


More palindromes

October 25, 2013

Yesterday’s Bizarro:

One-word palindromes. Then there are phrasal palindromes: AVID DIVA, and more complex expressions like the playful variant


in a Bizarro cartoon here.

Palindrome time

April 24, 2013

Today’s Bizarro:

The famous version is ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ELBA — purported to be a report of Napoleon Bonaparte’s sentiments late in life. If Napoleon had written in English and had been given to word play. The Napoleon palindrome was reported by Mark Twain, along with some other classic palindromes, in the magazine The Galaxy, Vol. 1 (1866), p. 439. Who knows who the original palindromist was.


Blue pun

April 24, 2013

On Facebook this morning, Wilson Gray posted this Rotten eCard with a double entendre:

A pun on the verb come. Not that a responsible mother would commit this pun to her child.

I’ve posted a fair number of eCards (from several sources). It’s a funny genre, somewhere between gag cartoons (if cartooning can take in captioning) and slogans / aphorisms.

[Update: of course, FB warns my FB friends about this one: “this may be spam”. Some readers are now suggesting that FB adds this warning to everything I post.]