I didn’t have anything constructive to do this afternoon, so I thought I’d have another look through my ring binders of insanity.
As discussed in this post, the back pages of Rainbow Comic were a weekly delight, providing eager readers with jokes that made little to no sense. Here are some more I found, featuring accidental porn, statements of fact, and massive rage.
1: Inappropriate reactions
One of the most common reactions to someone telling a joke in the Rainbow house is “Oh no!” I’ve thought about this for about 17 hours in total, and I still can’t figure out how it’s an appropriate response.
However, even going “Oh no!” might not be as ridiculous as just gasping with fright.
They all seem prone to this:
They manage to be simultaneously awed and terrified by the the idea of horseshoes, and also by seeing Zippy holding a basket of eggs.
Don’t even mention to Bungle that he can move his feet.
In this one, Bungle and George are shocked that Zippy has made a joke about a door. To be fair, they’ve both been in a strange mood throughout the entire thing – why are they furious with Zippy before he’s even said anything? Bungle is especially menacing.
Seriously, try this yourself. Next time someone tells you a joke, just react with a horrified gasp, and see what kind of reaction you get. At the very least you’ll make the joke teller really paranoid, which is always fun.
I did spot a “Gasp!” which was justified, however. I’d have that reaction to seeing a fully grown man in a bear suit riding a donkey. That poor donkey.
2: Anger management
Right seriously, what the hell is Bungle’s problem?
I assume the “madness” part of “Musical Madness” refers to Bungle’s steroid-induced rage. At one point he’s about to punch Zippy in the face –
I can understand Bungle having the occasional meltdown, but Geoffrey should know better. Here he’s angry because he can’t do maths, or because the others didn’t give him enough time to do the sum, I’m not sure. Anyway, he’s gone so far into his pit of rage that all he can say is “FUME!”
That fucking escalated quickly.
3: When is a joke not a joke?
A: When it’s just Bungle pointing out that something’s a bit annoying.
B: When it’s Bungle failing to understand something as usual.
C: When someone asks what that noise is, and someone answers, and that’s it.
Is Bungle meant to have a massive hard-on in this one? Because that’s the vibe I’m getting thanks to all that strategically placed stuff:
No wonder George is scared.
5: Really Geoffrey? Shoes?
This joke isn’t actually bad. At least Bungle’s attempt at a pun makes sense, so he gets a ‘Well done for trying’ ribbon.
My problem isn’t with Bungle’s joke. My problem is with Geoffrey suddenly deciding to give a fuck about Bungle wearing shoes. Geoffrey, let’s not be a hypocrite here. You don’t seem to have a problem with Bungle failing to wear anything, including shoes, the rest of the time. I think you ought to concentrate on Bungle wearing underpants before you introduce exotic things like shoes to him. He already knows what a jacket is, so that’s a start anyway.
And to those who would argue that this is merely a contrivance to set up a joke, I say the following – piss off.