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The Monkeys You Ordered : Literally titled New Yorker cartoons.
posted by shakespeherian (75 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
Does what it says on the tin, which is that it does what it says on the tin.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 1:08 PM on January 7, 2011 [12 favorites]


Simultaneously funnier and less funny than the originals, which you have to admit is no small achievement.
posted by tommasz at 1:08 PM on January 7, 2011 [12 favorites]


"A unicorn is here to see you" is as funny as the original wasn't.
posted by griphus at 1:10 PM on January 7, 2011 [9 favorites]


Where's the one with Jesus re-enacting Goatse?
posted by The Bellman at 1:10 PM on January 7, 2011 [4 favorites]


Next.

:)
posted by Anything at 1:11 PM on January 7, 2011


Get out of my chair.
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:14 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's odd: at first I was laughing quite a bit, then the pony's trick became boring, then "Don’t give money to that Dolphin! He’s just going to use it for Dolphin drugs."

I am conflicted.
posted by lattiboy at 1:14 PM on January 7, 2011 [3 favorites]


Wait. Those weren't the original captions?
posted by Thorzdad at 1:15 PM on January 7, 2011 [10 favorites]


Not bad but I'd like to see the original captions as well.
posted by iconomy at 1:17 PM on January 7, 2011 [11 favorites]


I am invoking the name of a major religious figure to indicate that this person is an asshole.
posted by Legomancer at 1:18 PM on January 7, 2011 [8 favorites]


Huge doorknob is my favorite.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:19 PM on January 7, 2011 [8 favorites]


brilliant.
posted by ericbop at 1:19 PM on January 7, 2011


'Please get back to cooking.'
this is good stuff.
posted by clavdivs at 1:20 PM on January 7, 2011


Those are great.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:20 PM on January 7, 2011


It's odd: at first I was laughing quite a bit, then the pony's trick became boring, then "Don’t give money to that Dolphin! He’s just going to use it for Dolphin drugs."

I thought the opposite. I thought they were spot on except for that one. That one's just a bad joke.

The others could actually be the New Yorker captions, as they are just as funny.

Several of them made me laugh, including "Your husband's in here" and "Someone's shooting arrows at me!"
posted by mrgrimm at 1:21 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


I tried reimagining all of them with "Christ, what an asshole!" as the caption, but very few of them worked.
posted by briank at 1:21 PM on January 7, 2011


Hmmm. This is funny to some people. I don't know why. Laughter is stranger than sex.
posted by kozad at 1:25 PM on January 7, 2011


This was a post you made on MetaFilter.
posted by hermitosis at 1:25 PM on January 7, 2011 [6 favorites]


I found the more literal they made it, the funnier it was for me. Some ended with additions, such as "you're fired," that's not implied by the image. Those didn't work as well for me as pointing out that, indeed, that is a huge fucking doorknob.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:25 PM on January 7, 2011 [3 favorites]


I tried reimagining all of them with "Christ, what an asshole!" as the caption, but very few of them worked.

Makes this one a lot more interesting, however.
posted by griphus at 1:26 PM on January 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


The anti-caption contest has been moved from radosh.net, for those of you who miss your weekly dose of toxic snark. The new location is http://alinla.blogspot.com/.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 1:26 PM on January 7, 2011


Gary sure has gotten mauled a lot by that tiger on top of the filing cabinet.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:28 PM on January 7, 2011


These are funny.
posted by serazin at 1:28 PM on January 7, 2011


My comment is bold
posted by device55 at 1:29 PM on January 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


This comment refers to Minecraft.
posted by not_on_display at 1:32 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


This comment was posted by Rock Steady at 4:39 PM on January 7 [+] [!]
posted by Rock Steady at 1:39 PM on January 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


That irreverence , that wit I'd recognize it anywhere. Some charlatan has stolen a Ziggy and passed it off as his own. I can prove it. Quick Elaine , to my archives.
posted by wcfields at 1:39 PM on January 7, 2011 [4 favorites]


That one duckling looks like a Jewish guy.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 1:39 PM on January 7, 2011


These cracked me up. Also, the Monkey Delivery Guy is a dead ringer for Dale Gribble.
posted by exogenous at 1:41 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


The funny ones are funny.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:44 PM on January 7, 2011


I love The New Yorker, and love its cartoons, even when they are more dry than a saltine in the Sahara. And I love this, too.
posted by hippybear at 1:45 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


I used the mouse connected to my computer to do this.
posted by Greg Nog at 1:49 PM on January 7, 2011 [11 favorites]


I sort of just smiled until I got to "A unicorn is here to see you," and then I laughed so forcefully and abruptly it actually hurt. I don't know why that's so funny.
posted by Nattie at 1:50 PM on January 7, 2011


Simultaneously funnier and less funny than the originals, which you have to admit is no small achievement.

Or maybe, funny in an alternate and more literal-minded way? One of the funniest cartoons I've ever seen was in an old National Lampoon and showed a woman with large breasts walking past two men, one of whom said "She sure has big tits". And it was meant as a parody, which was probably why it was in National Lampoon in the first place.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this.
posted by motown missile at 1:53 PM on January 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


I occasionally check here to see if my owner has spilled any crumbs.
posted by chavenet at 2:06 PM on January 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is one of those premises that isn't funny at first, but with repetition on a theme becomes absurdly hilarious.

Sorry this piano doesn’t sound very good — it’s filled with water and dead fish.
posted by delmoi at 2:09 PM on January 7, 2011


I'm laughing because this subverts my expectations about captions.
posted by cortex at 2:09 PM on January 7, 2011 [3 favorites]


Now I get it!
posted by shakespeherian at 2:14 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


I laughed at the doorknob one. But I was high, so I wasn't sure if it counted.
posted by Joe Beese at 2:20 PM on January 7, 2011


I sort of just smiled until I got to "A unicorn is here to see you," and then I laughed so forcefully and abruptly it actually hurt. I don't know why that's so funny.

It's not! That's what makes it so funny.
posted by hermitosis at 2:41 PM on January 7, 2011


Can't believe we got this far: What a misunderstanding!
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 2:44 PM on January 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


I looked at these on the internet.
posted by blue_beetle at 2:45 PM on January 7, 2011


Picture of a unicorn boxing a bear (via reddit)
posted by Ad hominem at 3:17 PM on January 7, 2011 [7 favorites]


Also, the Monkey Delivery Guy is a dead ringer for Dale Gribble.

Actually, I believe that is Rusty Shackleford.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:23 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


For those looking for the original captions - there aren't any. These images are from the caption contest the New Yorker has been running on the last page of the mag for a year or two now.

I suppose maybe the artists had some ideas for captions while they were drawing them, but we'll never know.
posted by chaff at 3:50 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


This comment is false.
posted by me3dia at 4:16 PM on January 7, 2011


I am unsurprised to discover that there is almost nothing you can do to one of the New Yorker' cartoons that won't improve it.
posted by mhoye at 4:25 PM on January 7, 2011


Awwwwwwww, yeeeeaaaah. Riiiiiiiight theeeeeeere.
posted by Gator at 4:30 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


This seems to me like a blog documenting some dude who has a thing for literalism's entries for the New Yorker caption contest.
I'm pretty cool on that, though. It's funny.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 4:37 PM on January 7, 2011


I want an entire literal New Yorker, where the ads all say things like "SHOP AT TARGET" and "BUY THIS CAR" and the fiction is all tell not show and the articles are all in the inverted triangle style. With datelines.
posted by NoraReed at 5:13 PM on January 7, 2011 [4 favorites]


Since they were so literal, for about a dozen of them, I tried looking at the pictures without reading the caption, and guessing at the caption. I was wrong every time.
posted by Edgewise at 5:17 PM on January 7, 2011


"The pig says, 'My wife is a slut'?"
posted by EmGeeJay at 5:25 PM on January 7, 2011


My spoon is too big.
posted by contraption at 5:35 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


This comment was posted by Rock Steady at 4:39 PM on January 7
posted by Rock Steady at 1:39 PM on January 7



You have the wrong time.
posted by New Frontier at 6:01 PM on January 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ignore the following coment.
posted by zippy at 6:56 PM on January 7, 2011


Ignore the preceding comment.
posted by zippy at 6:57 PM on January 7, 2011


Whatever happened to zippy?
posted by iconomy at 6:58 PM on January 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


I want an entire literal New Yorker, where the ads all say things like "SHOP AT TARGET" and "BUY THIS CAR" and the fiction is all tell not show and the articles are all in the inverted triangle style. With datelines.

OBEY, CONSUME, CHRIST WHAT AN ...
posted by zippy at 6:59 PM on January 7, 2011


Since they were so literal, for about a dozen of them, I tried looking at the pictures without reading the caption, and guessing at the caption. I was wrong every time.

Huh. I had the exact opposite result. I was right every time. In about half the instances I even used the exact same wording.
posted by iconomy at 7:05 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


Me too! In about half the instances I even used the exact same wording.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:07 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


You had me at "I put the needles in me instead of in you."
posted by eyeballkid at 8:10 PM on January 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


This site is tricky, because you expect the "monkeys you ordered" to be the first strip, or at least on the first page of strips. But it's not. It's on the next to last page of strips.

Someone should draw a cartoon about this.
posted by Eideteker at 8:12 PM on January 7, 2011


I don't get these, either.
posted by Bokononist at 8:32 PM on January 7, 2011


This is my personal favorite "Christ, what an asshole" cartoon.
posted by brundlefly at 8:41 PM on January 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


contraption: "My spoon is too big."

I... just watched this video for the first time. Can someone please help me?
posted by Night_owl at 9:15 PM on January 7, 2011


Night_owl, the only thing that will help is for you to understand, finally and completely, that you are, in fact, a banana.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:17 PM on January 7, 2011


Christ, what an arsehole, literal image. Previously
posted by iotic at 3:46 AM on January 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Laughter is stranger than sex.
posted by kozad at 9:25 PM on January 7


You clearly have never had sex with me.
posted by Decani at 4:41 AM on January 8, 2011


No meat-touching, please.
posted by rxrfrx at 4:58 AM on January 8, 2011


Some of them are quite poor, I think, but others absolutely hilarious: in particular love the one with the unicorn.
posted by sandrach at 6:52 AM on January 8, 2011


Wow the jealousy in that cowboy's voice when he pleads with the other dude to please tell him "How are you levitating?".

Amazing. Cheers for this.
posted by Smegoid at 8:06 AM on January 8, 2011


I'm going to print the pirate bank teller saying "Next," and put it up in my cube. If anyone else thinks it's funny, I'll know I've found a kindred spirit.
posted by diogenes at 9:12 AM on January 8, 2011


I'm reading the wine list.
posted by mrgrimm at 8:44 AM on January 11, 2011


My husband can't get out of bed because he's scared.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:26 PM on January 11, 2011


Justice is bigger than lemonade.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:26 PM on January 11, 2011


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