Archive for the ‘Toys and games’ Category

croquet monsieur

November 26, 2018

Tennis, anyone? Croquet, monsieur? Croquette, madame?

I begin in medias res, with croquet monsieur, as used in this announcement on the specials board recently at the King’s College Cambridge servery:


(#1) (photo by Bert Vaux, of King’s, posted on Facebook today)

The staffer who made up the board was presumably unfamiliar with the croque part of the food name croque-monsieur, so they went with the closest thing they knew: croquet.  (Well, it was all French to them.) Go With What You Know is the eggcorning strategy of Ruthie in the cartoon One Big Happy, reported on regularly in this blog.Here it is in an adult variant.

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Shake, shake, shake that death rattle

November 15, 2018

Today’s Calvin and Hobbes re-play has the two protagonists engaged in a heavy game of Cowboys and Indians:

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A play on two senses of rattle, denoting either a sound or a thing that makes a sound.

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Piñata under the gun

October 15, 2018

(Bonus content: a news bulletin for penises, with two items.)

Today’s Wayno/Piraro combo:


(#1) (If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 5 in this strip — see this Page.)

Simultaneously a boy about to bash a rainbow donkey piñata with a bat — a baseball bat, rather than the usual  piñata-specific stick or bat (illustrated below) — and a military officer about to execute a prisoner by firing squad. So both in the everyday world and in a metaphorical world systematically mapped onto the everyday world.

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Characters 2: Perry the Platypus

June 30, 2018

Continuing the characters theme:

Back on the 4th, some friends posted on Facebook about what they discovered at their local Walmart:

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A karaoke machine — a Perry the Platypus CD player (from Disney) — on sale for $38.99. (A Hello Kitty player was also available at the store. Characters tend to travel in packs.)

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Paul Octavious

June 29, 2018

A gift today from Maggie Ainsworth-Darnell: a great big poster version of this steamy photo, folded up in a recent release of the game Cards Against Humanity:


(#1) Kiss 2017 – Paul Octavious x Cards Against Humanity

Maggie decided immediately that this had to go to me; she knows my tastes — it’s not just a kiss, but a same-sex kiss, in fact between men, and, for lagniappe, interracial, and also a male recasting of a lesbian kiss in a famous 2002 poster by UK photographer Tanya Chalkin (1971-2018):

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Chez Le Fourmilier

May 29, 2018

Yesterday’s Bizarro/Wayno collaboration:


(#1) (If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 5 in this strip — see this Page.)

A strenuous exercise in cartoon understanding: you need to be familiar with a certain kind of (seafood) restaurant, and to recognize both anteaters and a children’s educational toy known as an ant farm. And then to understand that the cartoon embodies a metaphorical translation from a seafood restaurant world to an anteater world.

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Balls on the N + N compound watch

May 18, 2018

In today’s Dilbert, Catbert persecutes Dilbert (as Alice looks on):

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N + N compounds are notorious for the wide range of interpretations available for them: what’s the semantic relationship between head N2 and modifier N1? As above, where the choice is between ‘ref(N2) relieves, reduces ref(N1)’ (the reading for a conventionalized compound stress ball and many others, like headache pill) and ‘ref(N2) causes ref(N1)’ (as in death ray) — where for an expression X, ref(X) is the referent of X.

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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

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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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