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(Cartoon E) --
This is funny because the people in the cartoon are ludicrously nouveau riche, which is evidenced by the fact that the painting in the background is hung upside down!
(John Kammer, Herndon)
How could it be El Nino's fault that the woman is drinking red wine from a glass intended for white Bordeaux??
This is funny because we New Yorkers never say "if you don't mind."
Quite frankly, we don't care if you do mind, because you are of no
This is amusing because the trees as drawn are not indigenous to the area.
New York has alternate side of the street parking. This sign is for
alternative lifestyle side of the street parking. This is extremely
The reading lamp is so estranged from the chair, it tickles one's sense
of aesthetics. As such, this is a wry comment on form and function.
Here we have classic comic juxtaposition, namely the modern yuppie
technology, represented by cell phones, with life in a trailer park,
represented by the gunshot holes in the wall.
The irony is risible: Advertising cell phones by shouting is like advertising radio shows on TV.
By offering "cell" phones, the lady is mockingly imploring her husband
to call an exterminator to get rid of the bees that are all over the
walls. The other "woman" is a queen.
Ca ne fait rien de quoi il parle. On a blame El Nino pour autant de choses que l'invocation simple est devenu amusant.
In an upscale restaurant, it would be much too gauche to bellow out
something like, "Hey, did somebody sit on a duck?" so the pregnant pause
that occurs after someone commits a social indiscretion must be
addressed in a more polite manner.
This is a statement about appearances, sexuality and the amusing lengths
to which declasse women will go to please men. In an effort to simulate
cleavage, the woman has drawn a "V" on her chest with a magic marker!
"Vegetarian Chili" is SoHo Rhyming Slang for "Milli Vanilli," an hilarious indictment of an hollowly pretentious occasion.
This one evidences a measure of verbal mischief. The man shows mild
displeasure because he does not like to "meat" people at art galleries.
Okay, I admit it. This was a playful gibe at ourselves. Since the
cartoon isn't funny, we made the caption an anagram for "Little Weak."
A television in a room with an arched doorway? Please.
The joke is based on the fact that the television is not cable-ready.
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