That is Priceless by Steve Melcher for March 27, 2024

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    Solstice*1947  4 months ago

    /// Jan van Beers painted Henri Rochefort,

    a French writer and pol, and much more.

    He looks like Charlie Ruggles,

    but with coiffure he struggles.

    (Struck by lightning bolts summoned by Thor?)

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    BE THIS GUY  4 months ago

    “I hope you do a better job with my portrait than Manet did with his modernist crap.”

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    Call me Ishmael  4 months ago

    “Can’t you do something about the wind in this atelier, Van Beers ?”

    He’d been told that van Beers’ art/

    Was enough to break anyone’s heart/

    Yet the breezes at play/

    In the old atelier/

    We’re disrupting his nest center part.///

    The hair on his lip and his chin/

    Had been tidy before he came in/

    He was terribly proud/

    (People said it aloud)/

    That “he’s always as neat as spin..”///

    Van Beers, nonetheless, would portray/

    Rochefort on a gusty March day./

    He’s remembered that way/

    But historians say/

    That van Beers couldn’t get him to pay.

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    Call me Ishmael  4 months ago

    Typo! “NEAT center part !”

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 4 months ago

    “Would someone please shut the window.”

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    Kornfield Kounty  4 months ago

    Really ‘hair-raising’ news headlines

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    Kwen  4 months ago

    I know they said this paper liked to dig dirt on everyone, but I didn’t though it should be taken so literally.

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    cdward  4 months ago

    Don’t let the hair distract from the fact that I’m being consumed by this desk!

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    markkahler52  4 months ago

    Family Circus must’ve been really funny that day….

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    Pocosdad  4 months ago

    Henri is about to flip the bird at the artist for posing him in a vat of quicksand.

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    Kilrwat Premium Member 4 months ago

    It’s right under the edge of the table!

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    Slowly, he turned...  4 months ago

    A mud slinging journalist?

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    jim reinhart Premium Member 4 months ago

    lyle lovett’s great grandfather…..

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    mac04416  4 months ago

    Look here, a comb can solve the hair issue quickly, but it’s the crooked mustache that really bothers me.

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    phritzg Premium Member 4 months ago

    “I read the news today oh boy…”

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    jdculhane46  4 months ago

    Bob’s reaction when asked- “Does this dress make me look fat?”

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    rmremail  4 months ago

    Einstein, in his punk rocker phase.

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    [Traveler] Premium Member 4 months ago

    Reminds me of “There’s Something About Mary”

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    Call me Ishmael  4 months ago

    “You call this a newspaper? It has NO comics !”

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    oakie817  4 months ago

    boris johnson, the early years

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    MS72  4 months ago

    Pull my finger!

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    David_J Premium Member 4 months ago

    “Eraserhead. The Early Years.”

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    One of those early House of Astreides dudes.

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  4 months ago

    “I told you to dig up dirt on my old rival, not to dig up my old rival!”

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    Linguist  4 months ago

    “You can laugh at my portrait all you want, but at least I got all my hair!”

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    Csaw Backnforth  4 months ago

    After viewing a couple more portraits of Henri Rochefort and the way his hair looked on his head, it looked to me like his mother must have had a difficult birth and the doctor used tongs to get him out. (His wild hair was meant to hide his misshapen skull.)

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    Drbarb71 Premium Member 4 months ago

    You’re supposed to celebrate Holi with more colors!

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    PraiseofFolly  4 months ago

    Victor Henri Rochefort, Marquis de Rochefort-Luçay [Wikipedia]:

    As a result of his journalistic descent, this aristocratic author is remembered today as “the prince of press controversy” (“le Prince des polémistes”).


    Henri Rochefort was feisty French male

    Several times thrown and locked up in jail

    For his strongly acidic political views

    And the controversial anti-government news

    Published for sale and with which he would assail


    In the era still infected by nationalist extremes

    His persistent harsh broadly cast memes

    Were irritating to powers then in control

    That condemned him as an obnoxious troll

    Ironic, that he ended in support of rightist teams


    The shock of white hair was truly unruly

    He bothered not to subdue it unduly

    A trademark of his that was quickly discerned

    Of rowdiness that was through the years earned

    Worn out after a lifetime of exciting tomfoolery

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    PoodleGroomer  4 months ago

    The chair is electrically isolated and the metal plate you are sitting on is charged with 50,000 volts. Don’t touch or point at anything.

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    Lady loves a joke  4 months ago

    “I admit that I did use some moose on my hair. But, exactly which part of the moose, is my own secret.”

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    prrdh  4 months ago

    “I don’t appreciate being used as a guinea pig, Mr. Van de Graaff!”

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    mabrndt Premium Member 4 months ago

    Henri Rochefort, French Journalist and Politican

    Paste (including the quote marks) 

    "Category:Portraits by Jan Van Beers" Wikimedia 

    (syntax supported by the Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia and Yandex search engines) in the browser address bar (or search for it using one of those search engines) and choose the first Category: found and once there find the text string Rochefort, and click its link for info and links that point to more info about this square, roughly A4 paper size high, painting. File history has the strip coloration image. 

    Again, a larger strip image is shown by (Ctrl- or right-) clicking the image in Mr. Melcher’s MASTERPIECE #3294 (March 26, 2024) blog entry, accessible by the Check out the blog! box after the last comment, and using the dropdown menu (even larger, if you trim what’s after .png from the URL). I have added a comment there pointing to the blog entry with my comment pointing to info about this artist I used to point to here. So far, 2 works by him have been used here, the February 6, 2024, strip being the prior.

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    mokspr Premium Member 4 months ago

    Aziraphale thought that the beard and goatee added a certain gravitas to his appearance.

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    harebell  4 months ago

    “The air must be really dry in here: everything is standing on end!”

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    Ken Holman Premium Member 4 months ago

    (Counting off his fingers) “One, I was losing my balance at the top of the ladder. Two, there was a bare wire to the ceiling light that I grabbed and I was grounded through the ladder. Three, landing on the ground I accidentally kicked the bottom of the ladder. Four, the can of paint fell off the ladder and into my lap. Now, if you would please leave me alone, I want to just sit and read the paper until my adrenaline levels get back to normal and I can start cleaning up the mess you see behind me on the floor.”

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    Calvins Brother  4 months ago

    Stan Laurel’s Father.

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    Bilan  4 months ago

    “I thought you were going to photoshop the painting.”

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    Snoopy_Fan  4 months ago

    “It’s simply shocking what they print in the paper these days!”

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    Impkins  Premium Member 4 months ago

    Chef Anne Burrell’s twin. On a good day. :)

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    d1234dick Premium Member 4 months ago

    all i have is this old newspaper and i am struck inside this desk.

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    stamps  4 months ago

    Dr. Frankenstein shows what happens when you abuse electricity.

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    Happy Cat Premium Member 4 months ago

    Yes, I am Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. So what?

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    Bilan  4 months ago

    10 seconds after somebody fell for the pull-my-finger gag.

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    StephenRice  4 months ago

    “Between 1874 and 1897” is a long time to wait for a comb.

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    Running Buffalo Premium Member 4 months ago

    How many jigawatts?

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    goblue86  4 months ago

    Clyde, a docent at the Museum of Science and Industry, taking a break from the Van de Graaff generator show.

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