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September 21, 2007

Pining Away

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Non Sequitur, Pinocchio, Rhymes With Orange — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


Okay, I’m just not seeing the logic here.

And  making this a Pinocchio double feature…


What does any of this have to do with Pinocchio?


  1. I can’t figure out the second, but the first makes sense. It’s not funny, but it makes sense.
    When he was made of wood, he couldn’t get splinters. Thus, a splinter proves that he’s no longer made of wood, and is a real boy.

    Comment by Arthur — September 21, 2007 @ 12:38 am

  2. Anybody else immediately think of an Arlo Page-worthy explanation to the first cartoon?

    Comment by Charlene — September 21, 2007 @ 1:16 am

  3. I concur with Arthur, both on his explanation, and the fact that it’s not funny.
    As for the Non Sequitir gag, it has NOTHING to do with Pinocchio, except that he is the only fairy tale fibber–but he doesn’t fit the joke at all.
    And Charlene, I can’t think of an Arlo-worthy take on the first strip. Did you have one in mind, or do you suspect there might be one?

    Comment by Jim — September 21, 2007 @ 5:28 am

  4. Jim, there’s an old joke about Pinocchio and his girlfriend and him giving her splinters when they … you know. That might be what Charlene had in mind.

    The Non Sequitur strip seems like just that — a non sequitur. I got nothin’.

    Comment by Powers — September 21, 2007 @ 7:01 am

  5. There’s an even more-popular joke about Pinocchio getting splinters in the palm of his hand — but neither of these, of course, make sense in the context of him being “a real boy”

    Comment by Cidu Bill — September 21, 2007 @ 7:12 am

  6. …for the fjords?

    Comment by S. P. Charles — September 21, 2007 @ 7:17 am

  7. Sigh — I guess my Arlo! reputation will get a boost here.

    How about this for a ARLO! explanation for the first cartoon

    Going with Bill’s joke about getting splinters in the palm of his hand –

    Now as a real boy, he can get splinters from his woody ?


    Comment by Nicole — September 21, 2007 @ 8:07 am

  8. The most recent well-connected person to receive a pardon was Lewis Libby. Libby was accused of being a liar. Pinocchio is a liar in the fairy tale.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — September 21, 2007 @ 9:13 am

  9. Yes, NonS was directly about Libby. As for the first strip, I’m not seeing the connection to Italy, so that might be what we’re missing.

    Comment by Rasheed — September 21, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  10. Well, Pinocchio is an Italian name, Rasheed.

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — September 21, 2007 @ 9:27 am

  11. My take on the first cartoon is the same as Arthur’s. Nothing Arlo-worthy at all.

    As for the second, it isn’t specifically about Pinocchio; he’s just a fairy-tale character who, in the creepy dad’s version of real life, would have received a pardon instead of the magical transformation that occurred in the original story. Note that, although it could in concept have been any of a number of fairy-tale characters, in practice there aren’t that many that meet the cartoon’s demands: well-known, male (“she got a pardon” doesn’t work, and a surprising number of well-known fairty-tale protagonists are female), working toward some sort of achievement or transformation that could be replaced by “he got a pardon.” Ali Baba might have been a better choice, though.

    Comment by John — September 21, 2007 @ 10:14 am

  12. I figured the Libby joke was based upon Pinocchio’s inability to tell a lie and get away with it. Since he couldn’t lie, and you couldn’t let him tell the truth, you had to silence him. Thus, you have to either have him “whacked” or pardon him.

    Comment by src — September 21, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

  13. Everyone seems to have the second comic figured out better than I did since I don’t keep up with the news. As for the first one, I think it’s a joke about Pinocchio now getting splinters instead of giving them. I don’t think it’s Arlo page, since he was in a sandbox outside with a couple kids nearby. And as for why it’s in Italy, Pinocchio’s story took place there, of course. Come to think of it, the first one could be a different boy by the name of Pinocchio who believes he just reached manhood by getting a splinter.

    Comment by bAT L. — September 22, 2007 @ 3:47 am

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