Benjamin Franklin, printer by trade, newspaper and book publisher by profession, civic leader (he organized Philadelphia's first fire department and founded the first public postal service, becoming the first Postmaster General of the United States), revolutionary and one of America's Founding Fathers was also an amateur scientist and inventor. Two hundred sixty two years ago, on June 10th, 1752, he performed an experiment which brought him international fame; "capturing" electricity from a bolt of lightning in a key suspended from a kite flown during a thunderstorm, thereby verifying the electrical nature of lightning. The cartoon below, originally drawn with the National Enquirer in mind, shows that behind every successful man, there is likely a woman...telling him exactly what he should do.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Mensa is the international high IQ society whose membership is limited to those who score in the top 2% on a standard intelligence test. One hundred ten thousand men, women and children worldwide call themselves Mensans with 57,000+ of these residing in the United States. This cartoon wrote itself one April about 30 years ago as I struggled to do my taxes. Mensa, by the way, is Latin for "table," the idea being that members would gather around a table to discuss, and perhaps solve, the problems of the world. Alas, that fine organization notwithstanding, we are still all confronted with the same problem every April 15th: the IRS.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Happy cat is overjoyed to welcome her mistress home after three days apart. I'm not generally a cat guy, but this video made me laugh out loud the first time I saw it and heard it. I think it was the long extended MEEOW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW that got me. You can HEAR every anticipatory step as she comes bounding down the stairs.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
There are 29 million duffers, old and young, in the United States today! If you're shopping for one of them, this Funny Golf Cartoon Mug makes an affordable Fathers Day choice. Could also work as a minor trophy in a friendly round or in a local charity tournament
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Sold this Mynah Surgery medical toon to a physicians leisure magazine called, Diversion, so long ago that I was still using my real name, instead of my pen name, SWISS. This was published in either 1979 or 1980. As I recall, I was paid $100 for one-time use. My drawing style has changed over the intervening decades. At least, I hope that's the case.
Cute Goldfish Baby Bibs feature happy little fish blowing tiny hearts instead of bubbles. Two of these are easily customized to include baby's name. Several feature blue eyes making them especially suitable for infants who share that eye color. Is your little kid smarter than average? Check the one depicting a whole school of fish including one who thinks for himself! He's swimming against the tide. Text says, "There's always one - BE the one!" Of course, this bib could also describe a baby who insists on doing things his own way. Find other cute bibs at my Zazzle shop.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Dark humor your cup of tea? Undertaker Funny Coffee Mug features a mortician watching his favorite TV show. Cartoon mug makes an unusual gift for anyone, especially on Halloween, but might be especially suited for anyone in the business of mortuary science--an undertaker, a funeral home owner, a hearse driver, a student working toward a degree or even a morgue worker...provided that person has a sense of humor.