Archive for the ‘Toys and games’ Category

POP POP

April 24, 2018

Yesterday’s Zippy had a nutjob in a diner ranting:

Are you trying to lure me into a lexicographical, self-contradicting black hole of word play so heinous it defies logic?

And today, embedded within a thick matrix of allusions pointing in many directions:

a lexicographical, self-contradicting vortex so heinous, it defies Robert Mueller

(#1)

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Two cartoons from friends

April 10, 2018

(Cartoons, language play, food, and humor, but also plain discussion of some sexual practices, so not for kids or the sexually modest.)

Cartoons come to me via friends on Facebook all the time, but only occasionally are they directed to me specifically, because I would especially enjoy them. Two of them yesterday, however, of very different character (one sweetly silly, one sophomorically crude): a Dale Coverly Speed Bump cartoon from 11/10/10 “Boomeringue” (passed on by Chris Hansen); and a Charlie Higson Heck If I Know comic from 4/7/18 “A Truck” (passed on by Michael Palmer):

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Two (more) Sunday cartoons

March 25, 2018

A Rhymes With Orange, with an outrageous pun; and a Zits, with a fatherly fabrication of names:

(#1) Airbnb / DnD

(#2) If Orion’s Belt, why not Orion’s Fanny Pack?

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The add-an-R game

February 3, 2018

The One Big Happy from January 7th:

As usual, Ruthie struggles valiantly to make sense of unfamiliar words by reference to familiar ones — in this case, by a spelling strategy that we could think of as the add-an-R game:

CONDO + R = CONDOR

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Adventures in cataloguing: the muscular finger action figure

January 28, 2018

From the public Facebook Group “Troublesome Catalogers and Magical Metadata Fairies (A place for catalogers, metadata librarians, and those who admire them. Grab your wands and raise some Hell.)”, a January 25th posting by Joshua Barton:

(#1) Barton: “Today’s cataloging adventure. Wish me luck!”

It’s a finger. It’s a phallus. It’s a finger and a phallus.

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Adventures in buggery and beanbags

December 18, 2017

On ADS-L, Wilson Gray reported getting an announcement of a contest in which the prizes were Sutliff cornhole boards. Wilson was taken aback by this; obviously, the cornhole of cornhole board wasn’t the cornhole (an anatomical noun and a related sex-act verb) he was familiar with. Respondents pointed Wilson to information about a lawn game — called, among other things, cornhole — in which participants toss weighted bags at round holes in boards.

From NOAD:

noun cornhole: 1 a game in which small bags filled with dried corn are tossed at a target consisting of an inclined wooden platform with a hole at one end: many are introduced to cornhole at a tailgate or family outing. 2 vulgar slang the anus.

verb cornhole: [with object] vulgar slang have anal intercourse with (someone).

So there’s the vulgar cornhole ‘anus, asshole’ or ‘to bugger’ — call this anal cornhole — which is about a hundred years old, and there’s cornhole naming a lawn game — call this ludic cornhole, which is on the order of 35 years old. What they share is the round hole and the act of putting something through that hole: ludic cornhole is clearly a metaphorical development from anal cornhole, a development encouraged by the fact that the bags in the game are often filled with dried corn (beanbags will serve as well, and plastic pellets, though not traditional, make a durable alternative to corn or beans as stuffing).

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The news for mammoths: toy stories

December 18, 2017

Previously on this blog — in #9 in a 12/16 posting “A tale of a bed: from removal to revival” — we met the stuffed woolly mammoths I called Mammuthus Major and Mammuthus Minor on the headboard of my new bed. Elsewhere in my bedroom there are two more toy mammoths, much bigger than these: a once-“animaltronic” hulk with a dark brown rubber-like plastic skin; and a somewhat smaller and more fanciful stuffed toy with a purple, blue, and yellow cloth skin — creatures I call Fey and Butch, shown here (in their native teak and blue habitat) in a somewhat impressionistic photo:


(#1) Fey and Butch, bathed in yellow light

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Noodling with formulaic language

October 6, 2017

Today is National Noodle Day. Yes, an event fabricated by people in the food indusry to showcase their products and sell them, on a date no doubt chosen only because it hadn’t already been claimed by any other food. But noodles are delicious, they’re multicultural, and they’re fun.

I celebrated the occasion at lunch with some porcini mushroom and truffle triangoli (stuffed ravioli, but triangular rather than square) from Trader Joe’s, with arrabiatta sauce (a spicy tomato sauce). Pasta in English food talk for Italian food, but  noodles in English food talk for Chinese (and other East Asian and Southeast Asian) food — so today they’re noodles to me. (I recommend a broadminded view on what counts as noodles.)

I also recommend that we adopt a symbolic figure for the occasion, something like the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Halloween pumpkins and witches, Pilgrims for Thanksgiving, the New Year baby, and so on. I suggest the Flying Spaghetti Monster, with his noodly appendages.

But first let’s get down to some recent noodling with formulaic expressions in the comics: One Big Happy (an idiom), Rhymes With Orange (a frequent collocation or an idiom, depending on who you read), and Mother Goose and Grimm (a proverb):

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The many and the one

September 15, 2017

(Men and their underwear, plus suggestive mansexiness, so not for everybody.)

Today’s Daily Jocks sale ad for Marco Marco (in this case, the company’s Light Tetra Brief), with a caption of mine wrapped around it:

Tetras maricones,
Showy fish,
Flash their stuff at
Sandbars.

(#1)

Marco
Maricone
Tiled his crotch in
Triangle pastels,
Not only a
Shield, also an
Enticement.

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Detached bodyparts in the comics

June 4, 2017

Remarkably, together in today’s comics feed, two cartoons about detached body parts.

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