BAD POTATO! BAD POTATO!
June 23, 2022 6:57 AM   Subscribe

 
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posted by jquinby at 7:02 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]


This is the strip in question, I think.
posted by sagc at 7:03 AM on June 23 [7 favorites]


Look closely at the potato. Jon has not yet taken a bite of it. How does he know that it is bad. i think the server's reaction is entirely rational
posted by saturday_morning at 7:07 AM on June 23 [9 favorites]


yes. thanks, I borked that somehow. have asked the mods to fix. It's also here if you don't like GoComics.
posted by chavenet at 7:08 AM on June 23


Stupid surrealist humor is basically my favorite humor. Similarly, I would recommend this Muppets sketch, "At The Hop".
posted by Frowner at 7:10 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Ooh. An early Irma before she started calling everyone "Hon".
posted by hwyengr at 7:50 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]


How does he know that it is bad.

It said a swear word.
posted by The_Vegetables at 7:51 AM on June 23 [4 favorites]


A lot of people don’t know, but for the first few years, Garfield was really funny. I got my son the omnibus collection of the first few books of strips when he was around 7 (which definitely include this one, which is hands down my favorite) and then had a real debate over whether to gently warn him that after a while that lasagna-loving Monday-hating Nermal-tormenting cat was going to let him down.
posted by Mchelly at 8:02 AM on June 23 [11 favorites]


Garfield is a GMO potato experiment gone horribly right. Prove me wrong.
posted by lalochezia at 8:12 AM on June 23 [1 favorite]


In Minecraft, fully grown potato crops drop 1 to 5 potatoes (about 3 per crop harvested on average) and have a 2% chance of dropping an additional poisonous potato.

I'm thinking Jon got one of those unlucky 2%.
posted by Naberius at 8:14 AM on June 23 [1 favorite]


This post is about the Supreme Court, isn't it?
posted by mazola at 8:20 AM on June 23 [3 favorites]


for the first few years, Garfield was really funny.

It's true. In July '79 I started at my first real job, and I remember tacking a Garfield strip up on my office wall. Which means my eyes didn't instinctively avoid it but I was rather actually reading it then, and thought it cool/funny enough to post that way. It jumped the shark not long after; can't recall the circumstances (possibly just became too popular, ergo no longer cool - sorry Jim).
posted by Rash at 8:21 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]




Is it already Potato Month and I missed the memo?
posted by key_of_z at 8:32 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]




for the first few years, Garfield was really funny.

There are a few guideposts you can determine whether the strip in question might be funny, and they all are based on how Garfield is drawn.

1) Garfield's nose. If his nose is a more-or-less cat's nose, the strip is probably funny. If, however, Garfield sports the "jellybean" nose, the probability of it being funny drops to around 75%.

2) If Garfield is depicted walking on all fours, or just sitting, the strip is probably funny. If Garfield is walking upright on two legs, the chance of funny, again drops to roughly 70-75%.

2a) If Garfield is walking upright on cat toes, the funny probability is lifted back into the 80+% range.

2a I) If Garfield standing upright on cat toes is a crucial part of the gag, the strip is guaranteed funny.

2b) If Garfield is standing upright on human-like feet, the strip is likely no better than 50% funny.

2b I) If there is no damned reason for Garfield to be standing upright for the gag to work, it's not going to be funny.

Obviously, there will be exceptions to these guideposts. These are offered merely as a way to help you monitor your expectations.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:01 AM on June 23 [11 favorites]



Is it already Potato Month and I missed the memo?


If you want a vision of the future, imagine a potato pie hitting a human face – forever.
posted by lalochezia at 9:04 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]


relevant Anchorman2 gif
posted by logicpunk at 9:09 AM on June 23


There is a Dan Quayle joke in here somewhere.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:28 AM on June 23 [1 favorite]


Thorzdad:
"2a I) If Garfield standing upright on cat toes is a crucial part of the gag, the strip is guaranteed funny.
...
2b I) If there is no damned reason for Garfield to be standing upright for the gag to work, it's not going to be funny.
"

I don't mean to impugn the obvious authority of your framework, but aren't those two mutually exclusive?
posted by signal at 10:08 AM on June 23 [1 favorite]


Ooh. An early Irma before she started calling everyone "Hon".

It's actually Irma's debut.
posted by chavenet at 10:56 AM on June 23 [1 favorite]


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