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  1. about 18 hours ago on Nick and Zuzu

    The letter to Carolyn Hax, published 19 June, on which this was based can be summed up as, “Mom dropped the letter writer’s stepdad [who may’ve been the only father the writer ever knew] for her college friend — and wants her kid to be as happy about it as she is.”

    Ms. Hax’s response included the words: “Your mom discarded your stepdad possibly with infidelity and apparently without compassion. And she’s oversharing shmoopie new love details without regard for your interest in them. And seems unwilling to consider that you can simultaneously care about your stepdad, want her happiness and want a little distance from it all.”

    Ms. Hax also said that Mom’s reaction to her kid’s lack of interest in the “shmoopie new love details” – “At least [so-and-so] wants me to be happy” – made Ms. Hax “want to jam my thumbs a little too hard into my own eyeballs.”

  2. about 18 hours ago on Shoe

    Livin’ in a powder keg and givin’ off … KABOOM!

  3. about 18 hours ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    Who else imagined Marigold in panel 5 using the “outrrrageous accent” of the French soldier taunting King Arthur as a “silly English k’nigg’t”?

  4. 1 day ago on Adam@Home

    Reminds me of a book about French Foreign Legion soldiers in Vietnam, before the U.S.A. made the mistake of getting involved. One soldier sneaked a couple of live grass snakes – harmless ones, I think; it was a prank, not attempted murder – into a particularly mean sergeant’s bed while he was asleep. He woke up feeling something squirming, working their way up along his body, then one stuck its head out from under his sheets and flicked its tongue at him….

  5. 4 days ago on Frank and Ernest

    A bizarre thing: I, too, thought the song at that point says, “look at that, look at that” … but a few years back I learned that the official lyrics are instead “boogity-boogity.” In the official music video, “Boogity-Boogity” is even shown in print across the image at least once.

  6. 4 days ago on Peanuts

    One of Rudyard Kipling’s poems involved a guy using shaving soap (before the spraycan type was developed) to fake “epileptic fits of an appalling kind.” The narrator adds,

    [Of his modus operandi only this much I could gather:—

    “Pears’s shaving sticks will give you little taste and lots of lather.”]

    — “The Post That Fitted,” 1865

  7. 4 days ago on Frank and Ernest

    “I hollered, ’Don’t look, Ethel!’ But it was too late….”

  8. 5 days ago on Nick and Zuzu

    “Good heavens, Miss Sakamoto, you’re beautiful!” — “She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby, 1982

  9. 6 days ago on Sherman's Lagoon

    Not that I’m aware of.

  10. 7 days ago on MythTickle

    It’s when one of the gods, claiming to be the creator, adds, “…and so’s my wife!” It references the scene when Brian is to be pardoned from crucifixion, but other convicts claim to be him (an inversion of “I’m Spartacus!”) One old guy (who’d earlier complained because he and his wife weren’t getting a segregated crucifixion) claimed that he was Brian, and….