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Confusing Images - Qualified Perceptions
Confusing Images
Normally, I'm not the Comics I Don't Understand person. I don't always think that they're funny, but I can usually tell what the point is. Today, I encountered these in the Globe, and I am starting to think that maybe the Quaker Foods Alien has replaced my normal newspaper with a strange alien publication.

What does it mean that his date has disappeared? The woman is still there... has she declared that she is no longer on a date with him? She seems mad. Is she mad that his trip to get popcorn did not result in him actually getting any popcorn? Is she mad that he's licking the seat? Or maybe it's a different woman - his date disappeared to be replaced by this other person (who is saving his seat by sitting in it). Is the second empty seat significant? Were he and his date sitting on opposite sides of this woman originally?

Is the woman the massage therapist? Or the receptionist for the massage therapist? Is it that the therapist was molesting the clients and is being arrested because they told? I don't think doctor-patient confidentiality extends to not telling people when your doctors molest you. Is being molested by doctors (or massage therapists) actually funny? Or is the woman being arrested because she confessed her criminal activity to her massage therapist, and the therapist told the cops? I don't think doctor-patient confidentiality applies to that either. Is the guy talking the massage therapist, or a detective with the cop? Is that a badge on his belt? Or a tape measure, or a cell phone?

Then, while I was getting these pictures to rant about, this ad was on one of the pages. It appears to feature an elderly showgirl squashed against the inside of my screen. Should I find this appealing? Is she melting? What is up with things today?

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mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: April 18th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bet he's licking the seat to "save" it! He hasn't got the popcorn yet, and that angry woman is his date getting ready to leave. Makes more sense than anything else; I think it's a "kids in large families" kind of thing.

Definitely a badge on the belt. And probably a receptionist -- there's curtains behind her, but I don't get the funny on this one. And the showgirl doesn't appeal to me either.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: April 18th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bet he's licking the seat to "save" it!
Ahah! Yes, that must be it. (If the caption had said "When Lance returned later with the popcorn" maybe it would have confused me less... but no, I don't think licking my seat to save it would ever have occurred to me. :) )
remcat From: remcat Date: April 18th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alas, it is what immediately occurred to me. Which is how you can tell I live with three little boys.
davehenry From: davehenry Date: April 19th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I imagine that anyone who ever goes to the movies with you is reassured by the thought that it's never occurred to you to lick a seat to save it....

firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: April 18th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, hmm, maybe it's "We're here to arrest the guy back there getting a massage, and we can just go in because confidentiality doesn't apply..."
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: April 18th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think that's it.

I agree with you, though, these were all very confusing.
From: csbermack Date: April 18th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought the masseuse was a masseuse with a happy ending and that's why they were busting in. I didn't get the saving a seat thing, either, but I don't have brothers.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: April 18th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I think the first is him licking his seat to save it, but he hasn't yet left to get the popcorn. And the comment is referring to when he gets back. But yeah I didn't get that until I started reading the comments.

The second I think is the detective (with badge) and the police officer going to question the masseuse about a client, like checking an alibi or whether he had an injured left arm. And she was telling them that she can't answer due to doctor-client privilege. But yeah, she looks more like the receptionist that the masseuse.

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