April 14th, 2013

Scratch But No Sniff

by Wayno & Piraro

Bizarro is brought to you today by High Speed Billionaire.

This gag is a collaboration with my good friend, Cliff Harris The King of Wordplay. His original joke was the grocery list, which may cause some problems for my readers in other countries for whom English is not their native language. All of the items on that list are also slang terms for money. (Regarding the title of this post, “scratch” is another slang term for cash.)

I added the rest of the magnets on the fridge, all of which either refer to money or one of my recurring icons, except for the cute frog, which I tossed in just because I found it amusing to think of Donald Trump considering anything “cute.”

Amusing behind-the-scenes story: When I drew the pile of random letters in the group of alphabet magnets, I gave no thought to their arrangement except for the word “dividends” at the bottom. Minutes after I sent it to King Features, my editor sent an email asking if I had intentionally added “F U K 2” to the top line. I laughed at the sight of it and changed the “F” to an “L” to avoid right-wing conspiracy theories about my attempting to corrupt America’s youth. And yes, that sort of thing has happened before and would have happened with this if I’d left it as is.

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