Bark If You Want A Present

I like the
holidays –

though,
they don’t
seem really
as much fun
or festive
as they used
to be….

I’ll admit.

That is….

Until
my dogs
get involved.

Then,
well, any
Grinchey
inclinations
on my part
are washed
away in a sea of
flying, shredded
gift wrap
concealing
things like plastic
chew toys and
smelly pig ears.

Sorry, but my dogs
are more into
gift-getting than
anybody else in
the house –
so,
of course,
they get
spoiled rotten.

Oh yes,
you might
have noticed
the plural
on the
term ‘dogs’ –

(notwithstanding
our resident
she-that-is-never
-seen-except-at
-mealtimes-and
-poopy-field-trips)

– it was decided
a couple months
ago, at board-room
level, that our
dear Daisie-Doggie
needed a canine
co-conspirator,

—so, there’s
a new puppy
in the house
for the holidays
this year.

Her name is
Byng-Bong,
and the pinball
reference is not
only intentional
but also
completely
relevant.

I’ve never seen
anything that
wasn’t being
moved around
by flippers and
bumpers jump
around as much as
this little dog does.

Daisie-D
just looks
at her like she’s
out of her mind.

It’s like
she’s saying:
“Calm down, man!”.

Ten minutes
of crazy is
then followed
by 45 minutes
of blissfully calm
and quiet napping,
while mother nature
renews her supply
of quarters,
I guess.

Then you get
a replay
of the whole
thing again.

I know one thing…..

I wish I could sleep
that soundly or fall
asleep that quick.

Yow.

Anyhoo….
today we bring
you some real,
albeit pretty
over-the-top,
gift ideas
for your doggie.

Although the canine
high-chair might work
in my house with a
certain self declared
Queen of Pomerania.

!!! HOY !!!

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I Want A Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia For Christmas

You really don’t
have to take it
from me that
the big word
in the title –

(sorry, but I’m
just not typing
that whole damn
thing again)

– is a real word —
cause it is,
and
it’s in the
dictionary
somewhere.

It’s not even
the longest
word in the English
language, although
someone who’s afraid
of long words probably
wouldn’t know that.

(And that’s exactly
what it means…. )

Would you have
to be a bit on the
pedantic side
to use such
a word in a
real world
conversation ?

Well,
duuuuuuh.

I can’t even
imagine a
situation that
would ever
come up where
it would be
appropriate.

But then,
I don’t know
many words
that have
more than
two syllables,
and I’d never
be able to
pronounce it,
anyway.

Which, of course,
explains the lame
reference to the
Gayla Peevey hit
of the 1950’s in the
title of today’s post.

Don’t know it ?

Awwww.
shame on you.

Click here and
you will, buddy,
…. you will .

Just don’t blame
me for any
instances
of ” Involuntary
Musical Imagery ”
(or ‘INMI’ for short)
that listening might
thereby occasion.

Hmmmmm….

… maybe
I need a
waiver or
somethin’.

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!!! HOY !!!

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Cards Of Few Words

With the large
varieties of
available designs
on the market,
picking out the
perfect postcard
back in the
1900’s for an
occasion or message
was often a very
daunting task –

– anyone who’s had
to pick out just the
right Valentines Day
card probably knows
exactly what I mean.

But, even more so
in the case of a
turn-of-the-century
postcard –

– there were strict
postal service rules
that regulated the
size, not to mention
where and how
much space was
left for a personalized
message by the sender.

( of course, users were
free to write all over
the design, and they
frequently did. )

So, while cramming
a lot into the display
area on the card
might be one
approach for a
publisher, while
another might be to
keep the selling point
of the card –
– the joke, or subject –
as generic and simple
as possible.

By doing that,
the seller had
an opportunity
to appeal to a
wider market –

– buyers could get
creative and choose
to send a particular
design under a
variety of different
circumstances.

But, in order for that
to work, the punch line
has to make sense and
match the art, it has to
have eye appeal, and it
has to tell a story.

There were thousands
of possible themes to
work with..

.. and could be drawn
from everyday life,
art, theatre, history,
even gardening, and
of course, LOVE. 

I’ve seen a lot of
great early-20th-century
cards like that, and
today, we’ll feature
a few of the more
interesting ones.

I’m not at all sure
some of the
one-liners
would sell today,
but they are all
charming in their
own way.

!! HOY !!

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Li’l Folks

I’m a Snoopy fan
from way back.

I consider Charles
Schulz not only a
pioneering cartoonist
but a genius at
exemplifying the ins
and outs of human
nature in his
characters.

And some of these
characters seem to
have an interesting
history of their own.

Three years before
the first “Peanuts”
cartoon strip
appeared,
Schulz was drawing
a weekly strip for
the St. Paul Pioneer
newspaper called
” Li’l Folks ”  —

— starting in 1947,
which featured a
few characters
that seem very familiar
indeed.

Schulz’s strip soon
gained popularity,
and in 1948, the
Saturday Evening Post
published 17 pieces
of his work.

This led the artist to
approach the influential
United Feature Syndicate,
which distributed comic
strips to hundreds of
major newspapers…

United Features agreed
to carry a new daily
Schulz comic –

— but since there
was already a national
comic called
Little Folks“,
to avoid confusion ,
the Syndicate
decided to use a
name derived from the
Howdy Doody TV show
that was popular at the
time –
Peanuts ” —
( as in ‘Peanut Gallery’ ).

Schulz didn’t like the
name – he considered
it meaningless and
irrelevant to the
characters- but the
success of the strip was
almost instantaneous.

And while the
kids in “Li’L Folks”
were nameless,
and the kids in
” Peanuts ”
developed
not only names
but distinct personalities
as well; one can see how
the 1947 strip represented
a fertile germination period
for Schulz, and paved the
way for characters like
Charlie Brown
and Snoopy.

I hope you enjoyed
this peek into their
pasts.

If you’d like to see the
whole set of strips from
1948-1950, check out a
book published by the
Schulz estate called
Li’l Beginnings”
by Derrick Bang .

!!!! HOY !!!

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The Ins and Outres

If you know
anything about
this here Muscleheaded
Blog, you know that I love
to mind-meld with my
friends here on WP and
swap (swipe) their ideas.

Of course,
after we’re
done with it around
here, they may not
even recognize their
idea anymore.

So we always
make a point
of crediting
( embarrassing )
them with a little
recognition for what,
before we got a holt
of it, anyway, was a
perfectly sane and
creative idea.

Jules
this one
is all
your fault.

Ahem.

Today, we look at
the many levels of
what makes us
laugh —

– from a secretive and
subtle tee-hee much
favored among the shy
inhibited type –
( inhibitions are like
putting cheez-whiz
on a steak  )

– to a mild titter –
(who could
argue with
a little titter
once in a while )

– and the semi-muffled
guffaw –
( some misunderstandings
might occur, depending
on the source of the
aforesaid muffling )

– through the unabashed
cackle –
( I knew a girl once that
could cackle so loud it
could hard-boil an egg )

– all the way up to the
full belly laugh –
(which isn’t all that
good for your
digestion right after
meals, especially steak
nachos with cheez-whiz. )

Now, while you
might wonder
what all these
cheez-whiz references
have to do with our
subject today ,
and clearly,
none,
other than a memory
of recent nightmarish
visit to Pat’s Steaks
with a distant relative
during a road trip ……

…. why anyone would
do THAT to
an otherwise
(barely) acceptable
“steak-um” with
sauteed onions
and peppers
is beyond me.

Funny?

Well, try to visualize
a very large drunk
person eating a huge
steak sandwich while
dripping bright
orange colored 
artificial cheese
all over his new
official Eagles
football jersey and
you might acquire the
image that I’m stuck
with the rest of my
natural life.

I think that’s the
kind of humor they
call ‘ droll ‘ .

Still, there’s plenty
of other choices for
things to laugh at
if you’re not into
droll trolls drooling…..

I’m a fan of slapstick 
humor,

( A girl I used to know
named Donna used to
do a version of that
whenever she was mad
at me, but it didn’t seem
very funny to me …. )

as long as it
doesn’t involve
permanent damage to
the spinal column
or two months in a
penile splint .

Stuff shouldn’t be
forced to bend in
certain ways, so just
try to keep your
taqaandan practice
to a minimum.

I dunno if you’d call
that reference an
example of ‘jocular’
or ‘side-splitting’
humor……

Lost, yet ?

Ah well….
this blog is a good
example of another
kind of humor —

what my Aunt Sarah
used to call waggish

by which she meant
that nobody else ever
got my jokes, and that
I was simply amusing
myself.

She was so wise,
that lady, that I
wanted to marry her
when I was young…..
but she wouldn’t wear
that purple teddy
I bought her.

Alright —
that, there is called
outré humor….
and refers to jokes
that might shock folks
because they fall outside
normal propriety .

Yes, we really do like
that stuff around here.

Which points as straight
as an arrow to why we
chose the cards we did
to go along with our
little head trip today.

Enjoy.

!!! HOY !!!

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Mary And Her Monkey

edAs I have been
heard to say
more than once…..

Our Edwardian
predecessors could
get downright weird.

Their postcards
show this
tendency very clearly.

Oh sure, I know — monk
it’s just harmless fun, sure.

Until somebody puts
an eye out or something.

Alright, so I don’t know
what I’m talking about.
monk2
That’s never stopped us
around here before.

The truth is that sometimes,
their humor has completely
lost it’s meaning to us
modern-day in-the-know folk,

monk3— and we really don’t know
what the hell they
were talking about.

I’d LOVE to say
I get the joke,
but a lot of references
just get very lost in
the fog of history
and changes in language.  4

So, even a seemingly
simple, dirty spin
on a nursery rhyme
requires a PhD in
cultural anthropology
to really be understood.

As far as the naughty
symbolism 5is concerned,
I’m thinking that we
we might have simply
switched animals over
the course of a century……

And I’m betting she woulda
had a lot more fun with
that monkey if she had
just gone ahead 6
and shaved it.

Just sayin’.

!!!! HOY !!!!!!!