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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.”

JUNIOR (O.O.V.):
Pa! Pa! Come quick!

JOE:
Land o’ goshen! What is it, son?


JUNIOR:
Pa! I’ve found it! Come quick!

JOE DROPS HIS TOOLS AND RUNS TO HIS SON.

JOE:
What is it?

JUNIOR:
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.

JOE:
Is it true, son? Have you found it? Have you found the funniest cartoon ever?

JUNIOR:
Yup, pa.

JOE:
And have you seen it?

JUNIOR:
No, pa. I wanted to see it with you.

JOE AND JUNIOR EMBRACE.

JOE:
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.

JOE:
You utter tit.

ENDS

I blame myself. And Google. But mostly Google.

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A poll carried out on this blog has determined that the name Roderick is funnier than the name Ratan Tata.

The number of respondents reached double figures, which I reckon is quite definitive.
Good news for Rodericks everywhere, I think. I always like it when people in sitcoms are called Graham.¬†Imagine how many Rodericks will pitch up in them, now that we’ve firmly established the comedic value of the name.
In celebration, I am happy to republish The Funniest Cartoon Ever, which sparked off this debate.
Thank you to everyone who voted. Here it is . . .

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Right, you’ve got one more day to sort out, ONCE AND FOR ALL, which is the funniest name – Roderick or Ratan Tata.

Get voting. NOW!

I did not do an April Fool today, as I was abducted by aliens.

Ha! April Fool! I wasn’t really.

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Here is the cartoon again, as promised, but this time with the name Ratan Tata replacing the name Roderick.

Please click on the vote panel and put the whole Ratan Tata/Roderick question to bed, once and for all.
Thank you.

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I have had a number of comments about what I billed as the funniest cartoon in the world (which appears below, unless you’re reading this a week or two from now, in which case you’ll have to click on “Older Posts”).

A few, but by all means not all, of you said they disagreed with my assertion vis a vis the fact they didn’t get the joke.

So today’s blog entry will explain the joke in such a way that everybody will be able to enjoy the cartoon.

Right, the first thing you have to take into account is that, to human eyes, all sheep look the same. White sheep, that is. Obviously even humans can tell the difference between a white sheep and a black sheep.

So the joke rests on the fact that, to us, the idea that a sheep could tell the difference between two identical other sheep to the extent of fancying one for mating purposes and not fancying the other is ludicrous.

In a way, though, the joke’s on us. Of course, real sheep can tell each other apart, just as we can tell each other apart. Yet if an alien landed on earth, they would find it just as difficult to distinguish between, say, George Clooney and my colleague Fat Brian as we find it to distinguish between two white sheep.

There are other funny elements as well, chiefly the suggestion that sheep can talk, let alone speak colloquial English, and the name Roderick, which is inherently amusing, but these are very much the joke icing on the cartoon cake.

Now, have another look at the cartoon. I think you’ll now agree it IS the funniest cartoon ever.

On an entirely different subject, there’s an amusing amount of comment about the Indians taking over Jaguar, most of it based on A) their funny names, and B) fear of cars smelling a bit of curry. I don’t remember similar jokes when the Americans took it over, but I’m 100% confident that there’s no racism involved as it is now 2008.

That said, Ratan Tata is quite a funny name, though possibly not as funny as Roderick. Perhaps I’ll republish the cartoon, substituting the name Ratan Tata for Roderick, and see if it is any funnier.

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