Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sporky the Pig

Bizarro is brought to you today by Holiday Crafts.

This is a cute gag with a fun picture that I'm sure some of my readers enjoyed. Pretty much anything featuring a "spork" is humorous on some level: Mr. Spork of the Starship Enterprise, born with a silver spork in your mouth, etc. But it wasn't until the day after the cartoon ran in papers and a reader emailed me that I realized my grievous error.

When I wrote this cartoon I confused the term "spoonbill," which normally refers to certain birds, with "duck-billed," which refers to platypuses. I knew the difference but because my brain is overworked and underpaid, I made a mental error in the beginning of the joke writing process and never gave it a second thought.

The next day another reader wrote to correct me, as well. I thanked both of these kind folks, both of whom were gentle, polite and informative, and told them that the kind of lunks that typically read Bizarro wouldn't know the difference anyway.

Readers of this blog are excepted, of course. I'm sure all of you caught my error and am quite certain that none of you are lunks.

13 comments:

Pagani said...

Is it true that my mouth breathing will kill me?

Jodie said...

Those readers are too critical. I love it! KFC is the only restaurant that I can think of that gives out sporks. I hate 'em.

Jan Dreier said...

Lunk here! Never caught the mistake!

Chakolate said...

Whether or not you were confused when you drew it, it worked extremely well. It's the only comic today that made me laugh out loud.

Scared the cat, I did.

Jessa said...

Oh well. The comic is still cute, regardless. We'll just pretend they're called spoon-billed platypus's...platypi?

FUZZARELLY said...

Interestingly enough, although people make sport of it, I have spun and knit with dog fur, or chien-gora.

It isn't really weird at all. Or bizarre.

FSM_Ed said...

I'm a lazy lunk too because I didn't think twice about the error in the joke. I think it stands on it's own even after knowing of the "error."

Bib said...

As a biologist, I immediately knew the gag didn't work as a pun, but as a visual gag it's terrific, so I forgave you instantly. The roseate sporkbill gag would have worked just as well, but I'm guessing the general public doesn't know a roseate spoonbill from a northern shoveler. Maybe publish that one in a birdwatching magazine?

And Fuzzarelly.... non-sequitur much?

ojeano said...

Wait.


What?

ArtisticPlatypus said...

I'm sorry, but I do believe correct plural form of 'platypus' is 'platypi'.

By the way, i completely forgive your blunder. I can't be angry about any cartoon that features platypi.

patrick said...

Until you confessed your mistake, I hadn't noticed. I thought it was a funny comic.

Bogie Biker said...

Dan, I've read the whole string and still don't have an issue with the origin. It must be the local temperature which is - 20C here in Calabogie. Now, that should set a number of your followers to searching!

Ahcuah said...

It's still funny.

By the way, the great thing about "spooning" is that it often leads to "forking".

Just try to work that into a cartoon!