September 4th, 2012
by Wayno & Piraro
Bizarro is brought to you today by Parking Lots Without Stripes.
Many readers of this blog are not native English speakers and/or reside in other countries so they might not get this gag. It is based on an idiom that people use when there is a large issue that is purposely being ignored or avoided. For instance, let’s say Bob and Betty are a married couple whom you and your friends have known for years. You hear that Bob and Betty are divorcing, but you have already invited both of them to a party. They arrive individually, but Bob shows up in drag. This makes everyone uncomfortable, so all of the attendees ignore it and pretend it isn’t happening. That’s called “ignoring the elephant in the room.” Later in the party, Betty pulls a pistol out of her purse and shoots Bob. That’s called “assault with a deadly weapon,” but this cartoon has nothing to do with that.
For a more detailed explanation of this idiom, here’s what Wikipedia says about it.
Here’s another cartoon about a common idiom, albeit a much more recent one. Women (especially those with large kajungas) who notice that a man with whom they are conversing is staring at her chest instead of her face will say, “My eyes are up here.” If you find yourself in this situation but are too tired to talk, you can just wear this T-shirt.
I’ve probably done too many Facebook gags but it is such a ubiquitous part of our lives these days that I can’t seem to stop. Below are two older Bizarros about Facebook that are probably better than this one but that’s a matter of personal opinion.
My last cartoon today is a simple one that shouldn’t need explanation. A few people have asked me if the guy holding the sign is supposed to be anybody particular. The answer is yes, but it’s not anyone famous so you can stop wondering. It’s a friend of mine named Robb who inspired this cartoon one night while we were chatting at a party. If you’re a part of the vegan/animal rights crowd in LA, you likely know him.
This is one of those ideas that I was certain had been done before but I couldn’t find any on the Intertubes, so I went ahead and used it. If it has been done before, my apologies to the cartoonist.
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