That is Priceless by Steve Melcher for January 19, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  6 months ago

    “Does this dress make my butt look…”

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    Solstice*1947  6 months ago

    /// In her portrait Marie’s overdressed.

    Due to that, very few might have guessed

    Europe’s most wealthy heiress.

    when wed, living in Paris,

    lost control of what she once possessed.

    /// Marie and the French King, Henry, married.

    (In great part to end debts Henry carried.)

    She gave birth to his heir,

    so she thought it not fair

    that her goal to be crowned, Henry parried.

    /// 1610. The political scene

    changed for France, and Marie was crowned Queen

    on the thirteenth of May.

    But the very next day

    Her King Henry was killed! (Unforeseen?)

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 6 months ago

    Mary was ready to go to the movies with her whole family. She’s determined to only pay for one admittance.

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    rmremail  6 months ago

    Only known portrait of Madam Pullmyfinger, the inventor of Beano

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    rmremail  6 months ago

    In case of disaster, such as being cornered at a party by a dreadful bore, this dress can double as a dirigible and loft the wearer to safety.

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    ronaldspence  6 months ago

    “swipeth right!”

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    Solstice*1947  6 months ago

    /// Marie learned she can’t move from this spot

    in her massive gown, heavy and hot.

    But because it’s so wide

    she’s secreted inside

    a plush chair and her own chamber pot.

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    Jayalexander  6 months ago

    “To be brutally frank. Yes! That bloody dress does make you look Fat!”

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    Charliegirl Premium Member 6 months ago

    No one knew there were 15 children under her skirt.

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    Egrayjames  6 months ago

    “…….and you think your dry-cleaning bill is bad?”

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    Ubintold  6 months ago

    Has trouble getting through some doorways.

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    pcolli  6 months ago

    It’s where she keeps her Harley Davidson.

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    lagoulou  6 months ago

    That crown is sooo tiny…or is her head too big?

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    Reader  6 months ago

    Marie was very territorial.

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    [Traveler]  6 months ago

    She always feels so bloated around this time of the month

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    Buzzworld  6 months ago

    Perfect toilet paper cover.

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    Terry H  6 months ago

    Upon further investigation, Clara Clifford the cleaning lady copped the bell as well as the copper clappers. (Classic Johnny Carson skit, for the uneducated)

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    Call me Ishmael  6 months ago

    She’s a flurry of fleurs de Lis

    And she brings all the boys to their knees

    Though her garb is resplendent

    if you ask her attendant

    You’ll be told that she has surely has fleas..

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    Call me Ishmael  6 months ago

    She may be a lowly Italian /who smells like an overripe scallionShe reeks when it’s hot /but one thing she’s not /and that is a tatterdemalion.

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    wincoach Premium Member 6 months ago

    Poor Marie, she completely misunderstood The Belle of the Ball contest

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    aerotica69  6 months ago

    If this was a Monty Python sketch, she would open her skirt and all fifteen of her children would be crowded beneath it.

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    Linguist  6 months ago

    Louis Vuitton – Dressmaker for Queens ( and those who carried around a lot of baggage! )

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    Honorable Mention In The Banjo Toss Premium Member 6 months ago

    Somewhere in history there was an actual incident of a fleeing courier or someone, who was hidden beneath a lady’s dress. But I can’t remember the details.

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  6 months ago

    “Finally, fully dressed for the day! Well, looks like it’s bedtime.”

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    Holden Awn  6 months ago

    The lady’s 400 pound weight was kept well incognito by the fashions of the day.

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    Calvins Brother  6 months ago

    “Don’t look, but I’m wearing rollerskates.”

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    Csaw Backnforth  6 months ago

    It’s been said that painters, like cameras, add 10 pounds to the picture. (That’s my story & I’m sticking to it.)

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    Ken Holman Premium Member 6 months ago

    So THAT’s what happened to the throw rug!

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    Ken Holman Premium Member 6 months ago

    Québec’s newest Prime Minister is a proud woman.

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    mabrndt Premium Member 6 months ago

    Portrait of Marie de’ Medici,_Queen_of_France_-_WGA18247.jpg 

    (best viewed with Google Chrome, which can automatically translate most webpages if necessary) has info and links that point to more info about this huge painting.


    Again, a larger strip image is shown by (⌘- or Ctrl-) clicking the image at 

    I have added a comment there (awaiting Mr. Melcher’s approval) pointing to the artist info I used to point to here. First work by this artist used here.

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    rmremail  6 months ago

    Oh! F$%^&! We’ve been slandering a Medici! Run!

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    Solstice*1947  6 months ago

    /// Marie’s held in by ermine-skin tethers.

    (They’re preferred for their fur, not as leathers.)

    At her neck, lacey stuff

    where they “feathered” her ruff.

    Not to do so would ruffle her feathers.

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    d1234dick Premium Member 6 months ago

    Marie was hiding all the artists of Florence under her skirts, although some were fighting to get out, as Marie hadn’t bathed is a few weeks.

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    Blatherskite  6 months ago

    For her coronation, Queen Marie commissioned a new march entitled “Pomp and Circumference.”

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    Happy Cat Premium Member 6 months ago

    There’s probably an arsenal under there.

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    Solstice*1947  6 months ago

    /// Some in leadership ban all dissent.

    “Be on my team, one hundred percent.”

    But Marie’s garb implies

    she might brook compromise.

    She endorses, it’s clear, the Big Tent.

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    JH&Cats  6 months ago

    Her smug expression leads one to believe she’s up to something, if only il modo commando.

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    Running Buffalo Premium Member 6 months ago

    Oh yeah! Well you should see what Frans Pourbus the elder paints if you don’t like it! So there!

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    Running Buffalo Premium Member 6 months ago

    Ah! I see where Carol Burnett got her idea!

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    Solstice*1947  6 months ago

    /// You may think that her outfit is silly.

    Twelve score fleur-de-lis, placed willy-nilly,

    and embroidered with gold.

    Silk and ermine enfold

    this exemplar of gilding the lily.

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    GoComicsGo!  6 months ago

    “No, no, no dear. You don’t look fat in that at all my dear.”

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