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Uncle B sent me this. He was particularly pleased there was a badger behind the counter. The one he sent had been shared so many times, though, it was falling to bits, so I set out to find a source copy.

And voilà. The artist is a greeting card illustrator named Bestie, and here he is tweeting this image in 2017 to announce its release in a limited 25th anniversary edition. So I guess it was popular. Huh.

Meanwhile, I’ve answered the most pressing question of the holiday season: cowboy or Viking? Yes, both Red Dead Redemption II and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla were 50% off in the game sales this week.

I chose cowboy. I’m really much more into Vikings and Medieval England, but from what I can tell, the game is about the Viking invasion of England and the English are the bad guys. That seemed a tad…disloyal.

Eh. I’ll pick it up in the Spring sale.

Here comes Christmas! Duck!


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 20, 2021, 9:03 pm

But why is it funny?

Comment from blake
Time: December 20, 2021, 9:17 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t get it. Apparently it’s a version of a well-known nursery rhyme:

Half a pound of twopenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle,
That’s the way the money goes
Pop! goes the weasel.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 20, 2021, 10:46 pm

Thank you, @blake. I’ll take myself off the “I don’t get it” roster and add my name to the “I didn’t get it before but Hey! now that IS funny” list.

I’d like to think that the weasel is merely enjoying some bubble gum.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 21, 2021, 2:39 am

I quite liked AC Valhalla, the story wove pieces of the franchise’s Eden story lore into Norse mythology and if you enjoyed Skyrim’s game play…well, Bob’s your uncle!

Steam sales are like buses, if you miss one there will be another along shortly.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 21, 2021, 2:40 am

No wonder the Weasel was concerned!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: December 21, 2021, 12:27 pm

It would have been more obvious maybe if it had been a hunter with a beagle talking to a game warden?

now that’s a verse I hadn’t heard, probably because tuppenny rice and treacle are mentioned, which aren’t big sellers at Wal-Mart or Costco here in ‘Merica.

Say! Is Tuppeny anywhere near Basmati, or is it another map location that’s been renamed since the decline of the empire?

In truth it’s also because we’re ashamed we over drilled and dried up all the Treacle wells and have been forced for over 2 hundred years to settle for molasses as a substitute.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 21, 2021, 2:01 pm

I must admit I didn’t get it either… I thought the joke must be about the confusion ( well, my confusion ) surrounding traditional English money and weight.

Half a pound (weight) of tuppeny (money) rice, and half a pound (weight or money?) of treacle.

I mean, I know the old saw, “A pint is a pound the world around”, which seems awfully expensive for a beer. I understand that tuppeny is ‘two pennies’ but I assume a single coin, and thruppence is ‘three pennies’ but I can’t imagine a coin worth three pennies. And farthings? I simply can’t fathom farthings. I know they are worth less than a Pound, but that takes me to my next conundrum: what’s the difference between a Pound and a Guinea? And Shillings? Who even knows what a Shilling is?

“Here, my good man, is a Pound for your Christmas dinner; nay I shall make it a new shiny Guinea so you may take your wife with you to dine.”

“Bless you Sir! Christmas is fast approaching and what with Miniscule Ted being so sick and all, we was going to have to feed six mouths on two Farthings, one Shilling, Thruppence and the odd ha’penny.”

Comment from OldFert
Time: December 21, 2021, 5:53 pm

Some Veg — Your commentary on Imperial weights and measures really cracked me up. Well done. I especially liked Miniscule Ted, by the way. (Mrs Fert was curious as to why I was chuckling here at the table.)
Still reminds me of how we sang the tune when I was a teenager —
Christmas is a-coming and the geese are getting fat
Would you kindly put a penny in the old man’s hat?
If you haven’t got a penny then a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then go to hell.

(We may have strayed from Bing Crosby’s original lyrics for the last four words.)
But for all the folks here, May God Bless You.

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: December 21, 2021, 8:50 pm

Valhalla is a lot of fun. Open world with beautiful environments and enough history nods to get me to research and learn something. I don’t care for the assassins creed stuff but so far it’s at a minimum. Ubisoft beats you up on extra content though and you have to use their overbearing services/ launcher. No Steam.
RDR2 is one of the best games eva, so I’ve been told. Been putting off buying it because I’m sure it’s true. I can only sink life into one game at a time. The first Redemption was most excellent.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 21, 2021, 9:27 pm

I never played the first Redemption, Surly. I have very little game time, and I like to play a game to death. Epic’s Steam clone is VERY irritating (everybody wants to be Steam) and it’s mandatory. I’m a few hours into RDR2. Faces are still not great, but the landscapes are gorgeous. It’s a little more story and less open than I prefer so far, but I’m liking it.

I’m sure I’ll love Valhalla. I’m not a great fan of the Assassin’s Creed brand, either, but the last three have just been meticulously crafted ancient worlds for me to walk around and gawp at, and I’m adoring that.

Oh, and Syndicate. I loved swooping around Victorian London.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 22, 2021, 4:32 am

Veg – It’s farthing, ha’penny, penny, tuppence, thruppence, sixpence, and 12 pence to the shilling, or ‘bob’. Don’t call it Robert, please. It’s heard the joke before and really doesn’t think it funny. A shilling is a coin, but the next denomination is the five bob note, as mentioned in Mean Mister Mustard, who keeps one up his nose. Not to be confused with Colonel Mustard (in the library, with the candlestick). 20 bob make a pound, a pound and a shilling make a (proverbially shiny) Guinea. So: Base 12 for teh cheap stuff, base 20 for the less-cheap. Did you hear me say there would be no math? I don’t think so.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 24, 2021, 2:36 am

@Stoaty…me too…I like to wander and the costumes are awesome. I think I mostly faffed around on the rooftops of Paris in Unity, but Creed II is still my favorite cuz Firenze.

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