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April 02, 2005

Cox and Forkum April Fools

I'm not sure what, exactly, is April foolish about yesterday's Cox and Forkum weblog entry, but its definitely different:

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In addition to the missing dialogue, they also opened up the comment feature of their weblog (which I have never seen opened in the time that I've been visiting) allowing for others to share their own dialogues for the characters. It was pretty worthwhile.

In my mind, the ape - the 800 lb gorilla - represents social security. It think it's bizarre to apply anything else to it. Nevertheless, most people are hung up on the Terri Schiavo thing (a subject which will be completely forgotten in about six months, while social security is going to be an issue for...well, forever), so lots of people gave it Schiavo interpretations. However, while I consider the gorilla to refer to social security, there were much more funny interpretations. Here are my two favorites:

DEMOCRAT: I love him! And marriage is our human right!
REPUBLICAN: Well, as long as you're both not gay, it's okay with me.
GORILLA: P.E.D.A. People for the Ethical Dressing of Animals.

GORILLA'S SIGN: Democrats Hate America
DONKEY: For God's Sake! That is UTTERLY RIDICULOUS!
ELEPHANT: I know...I TOLD him to lose the tutu.

Another rather fitting interpretation was, "Democrats are always screaming about something, Republicans are always responding with measured condescension, and there's always somebody/something in the middle that represents the truth." As an interpretation of the comic, I'm not sure that I agree with that bit about something in the middle representing the truth (actually, I'm quite certain that I'd disagree with it), but he certainly got the characters of the Democrats and the Republicans right.

Read more interpretations. Posted by Jeff at April 2, 2005 12:56 AM

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