I’ve been guilty of a bit of hyperbole. Last year, when this blog was in its salad days, I drew a lovely little cartoon. This one, in fact.
I must admit, it made me chuckle at the time. I might even have hooted. But after I’d patiently filled in all the colours and that I became a bit bored with it.
Then I realised, “No, Bandage! There’s an unspecified number of people out there who might chuckle upon first exposure to this cartoon. It might even enhance your reputation as a tremendous chap.”
So I posted the cartoon. But in a moment of hubris, I suggested “I think this might be the funniest cartoon ever.”
Let’s have another look at it.
See. It’s all right, isn’t it? I doubt you’ve been troubled by rib crackage. You’re probably bored by it already. And I don’t think it would travel particularly well.
But every day there’s a trickle of visitors to this blog who have come, drawn by Google’s promise of “the funniest cartoon ever” and they’re mostly from America. I can only imagine their disappointment. And here I am, imagining it…
EXT. PRAIRIE FARM – DAY
SUN SCORCHES THE VAST FIELD OF CORN. JOE, A LEATHERY-SKINNED FARMER, TENDS THE LAND. IT’S BACK-BREAKING, UNRELENTING WORK.
HE’S SINGING “THE OLD RUGGED CROSS.”
Pa! Pa! Come quick!
Land o’ goshen! What is it, son?
Pa! I’ve found it! Come quick!
JOE DROPS HIS TOOLS AND RUNS TO HIS SON.
What is it?
It’s back at the house.
THEY BEGIN TO RUN. WE SEE THEM FROM ABOVE, ANTS IN A SEA OF GOLD.
INT. FARMHOUSE – DAY
PANTING, JOE AND JUNIOR BURST INTO THE LIVING ROOM. A COMPUTER SITS IN THE CORNER, ITS SCREEN SWITCHED OFF.
Is it true, son? Have you found it? Have you found the funniest cartoon ever?
And have you seen it?
No, pa. I wanted to see it with you.
JOE AND JUNIOR EMBRACE.
You’re the best, son. Now, let’s take a look-see.
THEY WALK TO THE COMPUTER. JUNIOR SWITCHES THE SCREEN ON.
GRAHAM BANDAGE’S LOVELY WORLD APPEARS. IN THE CENTRE OF THE SCREEN IS THE SHEEP CARTOON.
You utter tit.
I blame myself. And Google. But mostly Google.