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"...listening to you taught me how irritating it is when someone tries to be funny, and fails."
Wow, I live that every day. Which is to say, I try to be funny and fail every day.
I'm both proud of and saddened by that fact...
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Strangest journal I ever saw.
I just *wish* this were the strangest journal I ever saw. Let me tell you a funny story about that...
Fun fact: Apples from trees grown from seed are sour and generally unsuitable for eating (apples we eat are cultivated from grafts). Sour apples are used primarily for making hard cider. Remember that next time some smart aleck makes fun of Johnny Appleseed.
With my name being Alex, I got this nickname a bunch. I was "Smart Alex" for a superhero themed party. I walked around with the complete works of Shakespeare (leather bound, no less!) and was, well, smart aleck-y.
Young smart aleck's last line shot coffee into my sinuses, and is the story of my life. Well played Meyer.
Here's an a propos bit of smart-alecky pedantry: Did you know that Paul Bunyan was essentially the 20th-century creation of an advertising firm for an American lumber company? http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2391/is-paul-bunyan-a-fraud
Marketing gimmick or not, Paul Bunyan and Babe will still stomp you to death. That's how we roll in the great North.... :)
The real story of the origin of "Smart Alec" is less... kid friendly.
This strip's punchline is one of the timeless wisdoms that loving parents worldwide learn: too much spanking just makes kids ignore corporal punishment, but long, droning lessons, given with the loving intention of helping the child learn about this difficult world, will teach them to behave in fear of another "lesson".
I loved the second panel and desperately wish for that story to be true.