Headline of the day: Teacher OK after crashing into bear on a bicycle

How the bear got onto the bicycle, I’ll never know.

cf: Marx, Groucho: “I once shot an elephant in my pajamas.”

I am chagrined to see that this is my first ever Groucho reference here at Collateral Damage. I apologize to my readers and promise to do better in the future.

PS:  Walt Kelly’s birthday was last month and I forgot to mention it. Again, my apologies. Why is it this book title never goes out of date?


Happy Birthday, Walt Kelly!

porkypineSaturday will be the 94th anniversary of the birth of Mr. K who graced us with Pogo, the first graphic novel IMHOP. Huzzah for Albert Alligator, Miss Mam’selle Hepzibah (which was the name of one of Professor Biggest Brother Collateral Damage’s wonderful, wonderful dogs), Churchill “Churchy” LaFemme, Porkypine (my personal role model) and so many others!

Some favorite Pogo quotes:

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

“Sometimes I don’t always follow you and sometimes I’m not that lucky.”

“Friday the 13th came on a Wednesday this month.”

And of course the best version of Deck The Halls ever:

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash., an’ Kalamazoo!
Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

Don’t we know archaic barrel
Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don’t love Harold,
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Polly wolly cracker ‘n’ too-da-loo!
Donkey Bonny brays a carol,
Antelope Cantaloupe, ‘lope with you!

Hunky Dory’s pop is lolly gaggin’ on the wagon,
Willy, folly go through!
Chollie’s collie barks at Barrow,
Harum scarum five alarm bung-a-loo!

Dunk us all in bowls of barley,
Hinky dinky dink an’ polly voo!
Chilly Filly’s name is Chollie,
Chollie Filly’s jolly chilly view halloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, woof, woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, goof, goof!

(Big thanks to Mark Evanier and his great blog for reminding me of this. Hey Mark, how long until National Dress Like A Gorilla Day?)