Cory Doctorow at 1:31 pm Fri, Apr 16, 2010
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Christ, It Works for Everything
Didn’t Aristophanes do this to Euripides in the Frogs with “He dropped his lamp”? It was the perfect deflator. Christ hadn’t been born yet, so he had to work with what he had.
That’s some great font matching!
that’s what I was thinking! how did he do it so well…?
In before: Christ, what a fucking asshole magnet. How do they work?
Well replacing the ALL the punchlines of Family Circus with “Christ, what an asshole,” probably only reduces the total number of gags by three. It never ceases to amaze me that the strip doesn’t even have a weeks worth of gags in rotation.
CORRECTION: not very funny with New Yorker cartoons, but extremely funny with Family Circus. It may be the first laughs that Family Circus has delivered in its history.
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Christ, what an asshole.
i think, with the right font & spacing, that it might look sharp on my tombstone also
Something with Snarf and Lion-o would be good.
It works because that’s what you REALLY are thinking. It’s not what you’re going to say, but you know it crossed your mind.
Much like wanting to punch someone in the face. Sure you’d probably never do it. But that scenario plays in the background a lot.
(Or maybe that is just in my world…?)
Most days, Family Circus would be funnier with “Qwerty” as the punchline.
Well that link sure nuked the site right quick.
He hosted at Yahoo? Christ…
I love how the error message carefully places all of the potential blame onto the user’s computer, browser, and/or their ISP… but not Yahoo.
BB clogs up the intertubes again!
Well, Family Circus is by far FUNNIER than usual with that caption.
I’m not sure if i believe this works for every comic strip, but i GUARANTEE that it works for every Marmaduke.
Well, personally, I think “That’s what the Rabbi/Priest said” works just as well and is much more kid friendly. My son says “Christ, what an asshole” enough to me already without you guys fanning the fire.
Looking at the source for the Google cache, it looks like in addition to Family Circus, he did Garfield, FoxTrot, Dilbert, Peanuts, Marmaduke, Lockhorns, Perry Bible Fellowship, xkcd, Batman, Calvin and Hobbes, and Penny Arcade.
Wonder if it works for Narbonic?
Site overloaded already?
There used to be a website dedicated to corrupting Family Circus cartoons. It was the “Dysfunctional Family Circus”. Every day a new one would be posted and then people would leave their own captions. As you might guess the majority of captions revolved around scatology, incest, and violence. Though some of them were still pretty funny. Bill Keane finally got sick of his creation being the target for that much abuse and had it shut down.
It looks like the yahoo site is dead. The coral cache version is here:
actually, for maximum ha-ha — “christ, what an asshole (in bed). That’s what she said.”
Funny thing is…
It’s not funny.
Robert Mankoff of the New Yorker was asked about “Christ, what an asshole.” at a recent lecture: http://torontoist.com/2010/04/culture_club_2.php
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