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(Wikipedia)   Happy 61st birthday to the funniest newspaper cartoonist of all time, Gary Larson. From talking cows to chubby women in beehives, he brought absurdity into our homes. Share your favorite cartoons if you've got 'em   (en.wikipedia.org) divider line 251
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2011-08-14 11:13:23 AM  
I have had a "Midvale school for the gifted" moment.

One of my favorites is from Prehistory of the Far Side, a comic he couldn't get past the censors or didn't even try to. It involves a crib and a worried snake. Maybe somebody can find an image to link here.
 
2011-08-14 11:17:07 AM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Can't believe this wasn't posted yet:

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My fave. Reproduced (sorry Larson) and displayed for my "gifted student" sons. Note to TFers: Just because you are "smart", doesn't mean you can't act like a retard.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2011-08-14 11:19:28 AM  
Thanks, MaudlinMutantMollusk, that's the one.
 
2011-08-14 11:21:05 AM  
I'm too lazy to find, host and link, but I loved the dog hanging out of the window of a car and bragging to a neighbor dog, "I'm going to the vet to get tutored!".
 
2011-08-14 11:25:18 AM  

miss diminutive: Oh I think I'm going to like this thread. Please go green....please.[jasonbrooks.files.wordpress.com image 350x545]


i1125.photobucket.com
 
2011-08-14 11:26:59 AM  
I like the boneless chicken ranch one but it's difficult to post it from a phone.
 
2011-08-14 11:42:46 AM  

calbert: TheDumbBlonde: I'm too lazy to find, host and link, but I loved the dog hanging out of the window of a car and bragging to a neighbor dog, "I'm going to the vet to get tutored!".

[chrisoncars.com image 319x474]

/there you go


Bless your heart. It still cracks me up. I also loved the one where the caption is what humans say vs what dogs hear. GINGER, GINGER, GINGER.
 
2011-08-14 11:48:01 AM  

calbert: TheDumbBlonde: calbert: TheDumbBlonde: I'm too lazy to find, host and link, but I loved the dog hanging out of the window of a car and bragging to a neighbor dog, "I'm going to the vet to get tutored!".

[chrisoncars.com image 319x474]

/there you go

Bless your heart. It still cracks me up. I also loved the one where the caption is what humans say vs what dogs hear. GINGER, GINGER, GINGER.

now in color:

[farm1.static.flickr.com image 400x492]


You're wonderful.
 
2011-08-14 11:48:27 AM  
i0.peperonity.info
 
2011-08-14 11:55:29 AM  
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

I'm walking a fine line here.

On the one hand, I confess to finding it quite flattering that some of my fans have created web sites displaying and / or distributing my work on the Internet. And, on the other, I'm struggling to find the words that convincingly but sensitively persuade these Far Side enthusiasts to "cease and desist" before they have to read these words from some lawyer.

What impact this unauthorized use has had (and is having) in tangible terms is, naturally, of great concern to my publishers and therefore to me -- but it's not the focus of this letter. My effort here is to try and speak to the intangible impact, the emotional cost to me, personally, of seeing my work collected, digitized, and offered up in cyberspace beyond my control.

Years ago I was having lunch one day with the cartoonist Richard Guindon, and the subject came up how neither one of us ever solicited or accepted ideas from others. But, until Richard summed it up quite neatly, I never really understood my own aversions to doing this: ''It's like having someone else write in your diary, he said. And how true that statement rang with me . In effect, we drew cartoons that we hoped would be entertaining or, at the very least, not boring; but regardless, they would always come from an intensely personal, and therefore original perspective.

To attempt to be "funny" is a very scary, risk-laden proposition. (Ask any stand-up comic who has ever "bombed" on stage.) But if there was ever an axiom to follow in this business, it would be this: be honest to yourself and -- most important -- respect your audience.

So, in a nutshell (probably an unfortunate choice of words for me), I only ask that this respect be returned, and the way for anyone to do that is to please, please refrain from putting The Far Side out on the Internet. These cartoons are my "children," of sorts, and like a parent, I'm concerned about where they go at night without telling me. And, seeing them at someone's web site is like getting the call at 2:00 a.m. that goes, "Uh, Dad, you're not going to like this much, but guess where I am."

I hope my explanation helps you to understand the importance this has for me, personally, and why I'm making this request.

Please send my "kids" home. I'll be eternally grateful.

Most respectfully,
Gary Larson


/oblig
 
2011-08-14 11:57:17 AM  
i135.photobucket.com
 
2011-08-14 12:00:11 PM  

real shaman: [i135.photobucket.com image 233x320]


LOL. Oh, crap, I'm crying.
 
2011-08-14 01:31:00 PM  
I thought he would have been much older.
 
2011-08-14 01:35:37 PM  
And #3
www.tgfa.org
 
2011-08-14 01:41:47 PM  
Ok, Walt Kelly's birthday is 8/25. You kids get off my lawn and start reading up.
 
2011-08-14 01:50:23 PM  
Confabulat

that one has always gotten a good laugh from me
 
2011-08-14 01:52:05 PM  
My Google-fu is broken today & I can't find my favorite. It's a big dog talking to a little dog while an old lady is in the next room, watching TV. The big dog points to a closet door and says something to the effect of, "I'm going to bark & growl at that door. Then we'll see some excitement!"
 
2011-08-14 02:06:59 PM  
Lorelle: ...and this has a place of honor on my living room wall:

! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Very, very cool.
 
2011-08-14 02:09:00 PM  
www.infowireblog.com
 
2011-08-14 02:10:18 PM  
Gary Larson and Bill Waterson should have a cage match.
 
2011-08-14 02:11:57 PM  
"We caught big one, Thog! Biiig one!"
 
2011-08-14 02:12:57 PM  
Larson is such a fan of Science, and scientists such Larson fans, he's one of the very few non-academics to get invited to the back rooms and basements of the Smithsonian.

Being a geek myself, I consider that the ultimate honor.
 
2011-08-14 02:13:16 PM  
I'm just going to ask: Does posting his cartoons violate his copyright?
 
2011-08-14 02:14:57 PM  
Aphids, Henry! Aphids are loose in the garden!
 
2011-08-14 02:15:21 PM  
I loved the Far Side when I was a kid, still do.
I have a bunch of his books and still take 'em out from time to time.

I remember trying to do a GIS search for far side cartoons, but oddly enough it didn't come up with many. if only there was a website devoted to them or something.

One of my favourites is the one about Psychologist Dr. ______'s controversial treatment of fear of snakes, claustrophobia, and the dark all at once.
 
2011-08-14 02:15:59 PM  
blondezilla.files.wordpress.com
 
2011-08-14 02:15:59 PM  

dionysusaur: Larson is such a fan of Science, and scientists such Larson fans, he's one of the very few non-academics to get invited to the back rooms and basements of the Smithsonian.

Being a geek myself, I consider that the ultimate honor.


You can tell that Larson had a lot of exposure to anthropology.
 
2011-08-14 02:16:28 PM  
What I thought was awesome about last week's episode of Breaking Bad?

The out-of-nowhere appearance of a Far Side cartoon.

I geeked the hell out.
 
2011-08-14 02:17:48 PM  
Tiny fist -> @LoneDoggie
 
2011-08-14 02:17:55 PM  
i209.photobucket.com
 
2011-08-14 02:18:04 PM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: [i56.tinypic.com image 409x502]


My favorite one as well.
 
2011-08-14 02:18:37 PM  
Many of mine have already been posted, but here's a classic.

i1126.photobucket.com

And this one always made me chuckle. Especially after reading that Jane Goodall loved it.

i1126.photobucket.com
 
2011-08-14 02:18:47 PM  
I had to pull my complete Far Side off the shelf. Damn. I love that book. Best birthday present I've ever gotten.
 
2011-08-14 02:20:02 PM  

George_Spelvin: I'm just going to ask: Does posting his cartoons violate his copyright?


A) yes
B) may increase book sales
Depends on the copyright owners point of view.
 
2011-08-14 02:22:14 PM  

Arachnophobe: Many of mine have already been posted, but here's a classic.

[i1126.photobucket.com image 409x500]

And this one always made me chuckle. Especially after reading that Jane Goodall loved it.

[i1126.photobucket.com image 278x375]


From Larson's wiki entry in case people don't know:

"One of Larson's more famous cartoons shows a chimpanzee couple grooming. The female finds a blonde human hair on the male and inquires, "Conducting a little more 'research' with that Jane Goodall tramp?" The Jane Goodall Institute thought this was in bad taste, and had their lawyers draft a letter to Larson and his distribution syndicate, in which they described the cartoon as an "atrocity". They were stymied by Goodall herself, who was in Africa at the time, when she returned and saw the cartoon. She stated that she found the cartoon amusing, and later personally met Larson. Since then, all profits from sales of a shirt featuring this cartoon go to the Goodall Institute."

"Goodall wrote a preface to The Far Side Gallery 5, detailing her version of the "Jane Goodall Tramp" controversy.[5] She praised Larson's creative ideas, which often compare and contrast the behavior of humans and animals. In 1988, Larson visited Gombe Streams National Park and was attacked by Frodo, a chimp described by Goodall as a "bully." Larson escaped with cuts and bruises."
 
2011-08-14 02:23:33 PM  
lh4.ggpht.com
 
2011-08-14 02:25:09 PM  
I can't find the image but it's the one with the dog eating a sandwich and the wife dog is at the sink...the husband dog is saying "Another chicken leg bone-I think she's trying to kill me"


I laughed for days the first time I saw that one. That and the boneless chicken ranch...still makes me laugh
 
2011-08-14 02:26:26 PM  

Julieahni: [lh4.ggpht.com image 500x656]


Hm.. I don't get that one, if there is any kind of reference. Someone explain, please?
 
2011-08-14 02:26:34 PM  
My fave has to be the "where minute steaks come from" one..

But I love almost all of his work, esp any involving cattle..

/grew up with cows..
 
2011-08-14 02:27:08 PM  

Johnny Bananapeel: [i.imgur.com image 500x649]

Larson has tried for years to disavow the obvious here.


I always wondered if my dog ever caught whatever he was chasing in his dreams.
 
2011-08-14 02:28:01 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Very, very cool.


It sure as heck doesn't go with the furniture, but I love it. And yes, I did attend that exhibit.

damn, I'm old

dionysusaur: Larson is such a fan of Science, and scientists such Larson fans, he's one of the very few non-academics to get invited to the back rooms and basements of the Smithsonian.


I once took an "insider's tour" of the Natural History Museum...I wasn't surprised to see Larson cartoons all over the place. In the Ichthyology section, it seemed that every staff member had a copy of the cartoon featuring a dying goldfish and people saying, "Yes, I'm an ichthyologist!"
 
2011-08-14 02:28:33 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Can't believe this wasn't posted yet:

[farm1.static.flickr.com image 273x394]


The gifted program teacher I had in elementary school told me that she has an entire cupboard full of coffee mugs with this strip that have been given to her over the years.
 
2011-08-14 02:31:45 PM  

Rex_Banner: [i764.photobucket.com image 383x480]


(The Hopeful parents one.)

Except now, there are actually professional gamers who get paid top dollars.
 
2011-08-14 02:57:56 PM  
These are great. I sure miss Larson's cartoons. 61 is too young to retire!
 
2011-08-14 03:08:33 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: What I thought was awesome about last week's episode of Breaking Bad?

The out-of-nowhere appearance of a Far Side cartoon.

I geeked the hell out.


I watch Breaking Bad like a religious man but I missed that. Was it in Gale's notebook? Seems appropriate.
 
2011-08-14 03:10:37 PM  
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: What I thought was awesome about last week's episode of Breaking Bad?

The out-of-nowhere appearance of a Far Side cartoon.

I geeked the hell out.


I watch Breaking Bad like a religious man but I missed that. Was it in Gale's notebook? Seems appropriate.
 
2011-08-14 03:11:38 PM  

somemoron: [www.fitnessandspice.com image 500x638]

I always thought this one was sickening. Which is why it's may favorite...

\Hot


We have a winner. Damn, I cannot stop laughing. Perfect.
 
2011-08-14 03:14:32 PM  
I'm glad we're celebrating a funny man before he dies. Thanks for the laughs funny man.
 
2011-08-14 03:18:15 PM  

real shaman:


My favorite Far Side ever.
 
2011-08-14 03:29:58 PM  
Confabulat: I watch Breaking Bad like a religious man but I missed that. Was it in...? Seems appropriate.

Yes, it was!

If I remember correctly, it was the Far Side strip of the scientist carefully working on a nuclear missile with a hammer, and we see another scientist behind him ready to bust a blown-up paper bag.
 
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