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June 09, 2020

TUESDAY NIGHT OPEN THREAD

In honor of the late, great Jeff MacNelly, tonight's theme is favorite cartoon strips, past or present. One of ours is of course Jeff's Shoe strip; another is Walt Kelly's brilliant Pogo. Over to you, commenters.

FINNISH GUYS IN ACTION

The Finnish space program involves using dynamite to launch a taxi into space.

(Thanks to Godot 51 and John Lobert)

SO FAR IT'S NOT TALKING

Donkey arrested on charge of gambling in Pakistan.

(Thanks to Peter Metrinko)

A RÉSUMÉ PERFECTLY SUITED TO POLITICS

Former Hernando commissioner charged with running a brothel files to run for his old seat

(Thanks to Allen at Division)

'AWARD-WINNING' IS ONE WAY TO DESCRIBE IT

This award-winning office design with sealed individual pods is what returning to work could look like

(Thanks to Asher Scheiner)

FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION

Police find flamethrower in car after traffic stop

(Thanks to Ann)

Related: Throwflame, a company that makes, well, flamethrowers, is poised to release the TF-19 WASP on Thursday, according to The Verge. That’s a $1,499 fully-functional flamethrower attachment for drones that can shoot a 25-foot stream of fire for 100 straight seconds — which is troubling news for those of us who enjoy not being on fire.

(Thanks to Allen At Division)

THIS IS HOW WE GOT THROUGH COLLEGE

Primary school kid attempts to scoop up knowledge from textbook and put it in his brain

(Thanks to Ralph)

THIS IS SURE TO GO WELL

A hotel on Germany’s North Sea coast has banned overweight guests due to worries they’ll break the resorts ‘elegant designer furniture’

(Thanks to Barry Nester)

GET THAT NOBEL PRIZE READY

Silent karaoke.

(Thanks to Unholy Slacker)

HOW LOW IS THE STANDARD FOR WHAT QUALIFIES AS 'NEWS' IN NEW SOUTH WALES?

Pretty low, evidently.

By this standard, this blog's teenage years were HUGELY newsworthy. 

(Thanks to maryann)

JEFF MACNELLY

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the death of Jeff MacNelly, a fantastically talented cartoonist, a great guy, and my good friend. I am unforgivably late with this post, but I don't think Jeff would have minded. Aside from winning three Pulitzers and drawing the comic strip Shoe, he illustrated my column for years, and between the two of us, we were always at least a little bit late. The Daily Cartoonist posted a nice tribute to Jeff yesterday.

I have his drawings on my office wall. I still miss him every day. A lot of people do. I guess that's as good a legacy as you can hope for.

 
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