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Everyone says he is crazy. The scarier thing is that he is stupid. You do not know anyone as stupid. You just don’t. [Fran Lebowitz]

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  1. about 22 hours ago on Wallace the Brave

    And Mr. Gull Boy continues to imitate Wallace’s facial expressions. This is one of my favorite little details to search out day by day.

  2. 1 day ago on Back in the Day

    That last panel… could be recycled as a 4th of July last panel.

  3. 1 day ago on Yaffle

    I also appreciate the correction of the spelling to Aunt Bee instead of Aunt Bea.

  4. 1 day ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Not by a looooooonnnngggg shot.

  5. 1 day ago on Pearls Before Swine

    The New Orleans dialectical cobweb has become somewhat standardized, or maybe just simplified, in recent years. An example of how much has changed, it is useful to know that the “Krazy Kat” exotic lingo is firmly rooted in a neighborhood-specific dialect called “Yat”. That term comes from the expression “Where you at?” which evolved into “Where y’at?” and finally just Yat?" which can mean “What’s up?” or “How are you?” depending at least in part upon the neighborhood that the speaker is from. A proficient master of the dialects can tell which neighborhood a person is from just from hearing a few words from that person.

    Aside from George Herriman’s comic strip “Krazy Kat” the richest use of the slippery New Orleans dialectal jungle is deployed in the novel “A Confederacy of Dunces”. At least one of the characters in that book was named after Ignatz Mouse in the iconic strip. Herriman had lived for a time in N.O. and clearly learned a great deal. As wonderful as the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, by John Kennedy Toole is the complicated story of how the book was published eleven years after Toole’s suicide due to the persistent efforts of Toole’s mother with the heroic assistance of the great novelist Walker Percy.

    And then there’s the stranger than fiction story of how Percy, trained as a medical doctor, existentialist philosopher, great Catholic thinker, and philologist finally achieved fame as a National Book Award winning novelist….

  6. 2 days ago on Yaffle

    Chemistry sets were popular gift items for kids in the 1950s. The one pictured was part of the Chemcraft line of chemistry “toys” and was labeled as including Uranium ore. Yes, fun with radioactive materials, boys and girls. The one shown cost about twenty-five dollars and was the most expensive one offered for sale at the time. In present day dollars I’m guessing that was more or less equivalent to $250.00. Incidentally, the Uranium ore in the sets was real but Geiger counter tests showed a “safe” level of radiation.

  7. 2 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    In Tennessee it’s pronounced “You’uns” or, in the Tennessee mountains, “Yunz”.

  8. 2 days ago on Francis

    Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming

    From tender stem hath sprung!

    Of Jesse’s lineage coming,

    As men of old have sung.

    It came, a flow’ret bright,

    Amid the cold of winter,

    When half spent was the night.

  9. 2 days ago on Back in the Day

    me-YOW !

  10. 6 days ago on JumpStart

    How do I love this? Unreservedly.