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Ah. I knew this imagery reminded me of something.


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: October 6, 2010, 9:20 pm

Awesome!! I’m stealing!

Comment from Gromulin
Time: October 6, 2010, 9:28 pm

Enviromentalists are the most open minded people you will ever meet. As long as you don’t challenge their religion and agree to submit to their agenda 100%.

If not, well..nice kids ya got there. Be a real shame if something happened to them.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: October 6, 2010, 9:51 pm


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: October 6, 2010, 10:06 pm

Sick bastiges, there ought to be a law…

Comment from Tesla
Time: October 6, 2010, 10:33 pm

National Lampoon for the win! God , do I ever miss that magazine. It was too funny for words. Used to wait with baited breath for the latest issue to arrive.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 6, 2010, 10:37 pm

Me too, Tesla. There was absolutely nothing funnier in the early 70s. I lived on a farm out in the middle of sweet fuck-all, and that subscription was SWEET.

Meanwhile, it’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: October 6, 2010, 10:44 pm

They’ve really lost their nut.

The funniest stuff in National Lampoon was the letters. Stuff like

Jesus Christ that little sucker stinks, no wonder we called him Pooh.
-Signed, Christopher Robin.

Comment from Allen
Time: October 6, 2010, 10:49 pm

Good one Weasel. This National Lampoon Cover always gave me the laughs.

“The USSR Women’s Olympic Team, Strong like bull.”

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 6, 2010, 11:58 pm

The all-time no-contest absolute best National Lampoon bit was:

“If Ted Kennedy drove a Volkswagen, he’d be President today”

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 7, 2010, 12:05 am

No doubt at all, Some Vegetable. And the Kennedys were dumb enough to demand an apology — which NatLamp did as only NatLamp could.

Comment from Tesla
Time: October 7, 2010, 12:22 am

FWIW P.J. O”Rourke’s books are a pretty good approximation of the old Nat Lamp. But any Nat Lamp fan already knew that so this is just preaching to the choir. So to speak.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 7, 2010, 12:36 am

So much so that you wonder how much NatLamp was O’Rourke, Tesla.

Though, being an artard, I particularly adored the comics.

Comment from Delta
Time: October 7, 2010, 12:47 am


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: October 7, 2010, 1:00 am

Hm. I suppose it would be gauche to mention “Blazing Saddles”: “Am I that smart? Or are they that dumb?”

Comment from embycil
Time: October 7, 2010, 1:01 am

That cover was the first thing I thought of! Agree with Tesla. Old cynical bastard that I am now probably owes a lot to the young cynical bastards they were then.

Comment from Tesla
Time: October 7, 2010, 3:39 am

Must now go on a big ole web search for Cheech Wizard and relive my youth. Maybe Bonnie and Trots and Dirty Duck for good measure.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 7, 2010, 5:23 am

WAAAAAY off topic, but does anyone know a site where one can upload one’s creations to put them in the public domain? (NB Mme. Belette* I ask nothing of your resources other than a plaintful WTF to your audience.) It’s just I’m feeling more than usually nerdy tonight and I recalled I created a data file of the US a while back and never really used it. It’s an XML file with a private DTD, and basically a list of (x,y) polygon vertices for each state with some ancillary data like state capital and area, etc.. Seems a bit of a shame to let it go to waste. It’s only 16KB zipped (it’s XML, ergo text and very compressible.) Anyone who has the slightest proclivity towards writing software could use it to drive dynamic maps of the upcoming elections, for example.

I also have it as a large Mathematica List object but that is less likely to be useable by hoi polloi.

I have a Dropbox account, but if anyone thinks they might have a use for this, in the immortal words of the Young MC: “you want it, you got it!”

What’s the opposite of a bleg? A blog offering? A boff? I do those for free as well, you know.

*hehe: that’s French for weasel. I know that ‘cos I is English and I have da cultcha! Also because it’s a soup (which by dint of not containing actual weasels, tastes better than it sounds, although not by much.)

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: October 7, 2010, 5:39 am

David. Maybe I’m missing the point, so forgive me if it’s not what you are looking for, but what about http://www.scribd.com/
? I think you have some degree of control over whether it is public domain or not when you upload it there. . .

Comment from DJMoore
Time: October 7, 2010, 5:50 am

Weasel, oh Weasel, that may be the single best thing I’ve seen on the watermelons.

As to Nat Lamp:

Three spreads that I wish I could find again:
1. Cargo Cults
2. Nomadic Indian tribes building skyscrapers.
3. A spread where the reader was specifically challenged to figure out what the point was. Samples:
a) Girl’s bathroom with industrial fume hoods.
b) Girl’s sex ed class with naked anatomy lessons, and lessons on how squeeze money out of boyfriends and husbands.
c) “This was Henry’s only idea.”
(Picture of a flat bra with a wheel on each side-strap.)
“It’s a training bra. Thanks a lot, Henry.”

Yes, I memorized that last one. “Henry” is, I assume, Henry Beard.

Bruce McCall also did fabulous stuff, including the gorgeous ads for Bulgemobiles.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 7, 2010, 7:24 am

CHMC, Scribd didn’t play very nice with my Mac, but I think I got it, thanks. It seems to be more attuned to human-readable files, so god knows what I’d do with a SPICE simulation or its corresponding schematic and circuit layout in Eagle CAD.

Dropbox: USA XML data. Ya never know, might come in handy.

National Lampoon best ever: “How to drive fast on drugs while getting your wing-wang squeezed and not spill your drink,” by the master, P. J. O’Rourke (PBUH).

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: October 7, 2010, 9:08 am

The difference is, the NatLamp cover was funny because nobody really believed they’d shoot the dog. We already know the Greens believe there are waaaaay too many humans (not to mention their “filthy human babies”). So while the squeamish ones, or those pretending to be decent, will not spell out what that means in terms of their grand program, there are a few who are explicit enough and will go so far as to put a number on how many need to be culled.

Comment from Bill (now the .000357% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: October 7, 2010, 9:46 am

Though, being an artard, I particularly adored the comics.

Rick Meyerowitz is still around, doing ‘toons for Military History mag in that same NatLamp style. The copiously-illustrated narrative of his early struggles to realize his ouvre-de-vie is especially poignant…


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 7, 2010, 10:26 am

I had a brief email correspondence with M.K.Brown, who’s doing serious surrealist art now (if that isn’t a contradiction). She didn’t seem to want to be BFFs, though.

Comment from Number 6
Time: October 7, 2010, 1:35 pm

See, the latest 10/10 snuff video from tosspot Labour luvvie Richard Curts to see that the greens are totally anti-human.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 7, 2010, 2:06 pm

Another of my favorites from the glory days of the National Lampoon was “Bored of the Rings”.

I bought several copies over the years, which I always enjoyed lending to those who seemed to be spending a little too much personal time in the Shire.

I don’t know how many it cured but it sure as Hell quieted them down for a while.*

(Disclaimer: I love the The Lord of the Rings, and was thrilled when they finally did it justice in the recent movies.)

Still – Gandalf as “GoodGulf” and Frodo as “Frito” with his loyal companions, “Pepsi, Moxie, and Spam” does put the whole thing back into perspective.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: October 7, 2010, 2:12 pm

Don’t overlook Michael O’Donohoe’s contribution, I think he and O’Rourke were a team. And I agree with the plug for Bruce McCall, who also did hysterically funny layouts for other magazines. My favorite is one he did for Playboy about forgotten aircraft, which included the Humbley-Pudge Gallipoli heavyish bomber, or the Caproni-Maroni Italian fighter that had no room for guns.

Veggie, I believe Bored of the Rings was Harvard Lampoon. I still have a copy… along with my old National Lampoon High School Yearbook and Sunday Newspaper parodies.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 7, 2010, 2:26 pm

Did I remember to praise the on-point beauty of your poster above? It’s perfect. I had to really think to decide whether or not it is real or not….. as it is soooo in line with the two recent examples we’ve had of the ‘real’ stuff.

I’m currently reading about the French Revolution, and I have to say that the progression from the ideal to the terror followed a similar path:

Our philosophers,” says a good observer, “want to attain their ends by persuasion; which is equivalent to saying that battles may be won by eloquence, fine speeches, and plans of constitution. Very soon, according to them,.. if will suffice to carry complete copies of Macchiavelli, Rousseau and Montesquieu into battle instead of cannon, it never occurring to them that these authors, like their works, never were, and never will be, anything but fools when put up against a cut-throat provided with a good sword.”

Oh, and right you are Steve- Harvard Lampoon, not National Lampoon. Ah, well.

Comment from steve
Time: October 7, 2010, 3:06 pm

National Lampoon’s “Head” issue was pretty funny.

I mean, each month they had something bizzarre going on in the “From The Editor” column, anyway…. but in the Head issue, they said that someone had dumpped a bunch of acid into the ink, and…well, they weren’t sure which one….but some page in the mag was dosed.

So you should eat one page, sit down and wait 20 minutes…..if nothing happened, eat another page and wait another 20 minutes….

Those buys were hysterical….

And PJ O’Rourke has lost nothing over these intervening years….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 7, 2010, 3:47 pm

Tim Tim Benzedrine!
Hash! Boo! Valvoline!
Clean, clean Clean for Gene!
First, Second, Neutral, Park —
Hie thee hence, you leafy Narc!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 7, 2010, 3:48 pm

I loved Bored of the Rings. And I hated myself for loving it.

Comment from Clifford Scridlow
Time: October 7, 2010, 4:46 pm

Although the movie of the same name was a bit of a flop, the O.C. and Stiggs issue was my all time favorite. . .

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Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 7, 2010, 9:08 pm

Ah, Frito and Dildo Bugger, the Sword That Was Broken and Hastily Re-Glued…

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: October 7, 2010, 9:24 pm

Let’s not forget that there were two badgers in the Bored. Two War Badgers and a cranky Cub Scout were all Arrowroot, son of Arrowshirt could find to lead to the final battle. I wish that book were made into a movie. I want to see Pepsi and Moxie do thier jig of despair at the loss of the carrots they knocked up.

Comment from harbqll
Time: October 7, 2010, 10:03 pm

I really need a bigger version of this, so I can print it out, and post it on top of those O-stika posters all over campus.

Please, Weas. Help a brotha out, wouldja?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 7, 2010, 10:12 pm

I’m afraid I slammed that together super fast, harbqll. Large chunks of it are hand-drawn, which sits uneasily on top of photos. I couldn’t even get it to look decent at this size in black and white without applying a grainy texture to it to even that out.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: October 8, 2010, 1:30 am

Bored of the Rings was gut bustingly hilarious, and usually I hate satires of fantasy or that kind of thing. It was just relentlessly funny.

Comment from no
Time: October 8, 2010, 2:28 am

waste your energy some more. this advertisement will surely sway people to your way of thinking. i’m sure this depiction of your goal outlines completely the heartfelt motivation you have to save the earth.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 8, 2010, 4:06 am

Ooh, ooh, the NL Dune parody. The Revved-up Mothers! The Kumquat Haagen Dasz! It was to die for.

What? We had to have something to sustain us in the 80’s. A Mac was a strange beige lump a foot on a side, instead of the sleek piece of techno-porn upon which I type, and you had to pay $1000 to attach a 20Mb hard drive to it. We got our laughs where we found them.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: October 8, 2010, 6:44 am

Comment from no
waste your energy some more. this advertisement will surely sway people to your way of thinking. i’m sure this depiction of your goal outlines completely the heartfelt motivation you have to save the earth.

What exactly is it we have here? Someone even more humorless than me? I mean, even I managed to figure out that the pitcher at the top of the page is not right, as in, supposed to be some kind of joke. And you could tell too, from all the references to humor in the comments. (Not that I would get the joke, mind you, but at least I knew there was one.)

Or could it be that I’m missing this one?

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: October 8, 2010, 8:39 am

EW1, I took that post to be tongue in cheek, addressed to hypothetical Greenies of the 10:10 ilk. But it could be a humorless scold – there are some of those about, you know.

We just don’t expect them to show up at Stoatie’s.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 8, 2010, 10:26 am

I know. The lack of good trollage here makes me sad 🙁

This post got Stumbled-Upon yesterday, so it was getting hella traffic from the sorts of people who don’t usually hang around and chat.

Comment from Bill (now the .000357% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: October 8, 2010, 10:44 am

We just don’t expect them to show up at Stoatie’s.

Those that do usually wind up wondering how they got killed and eaten so fast…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 8, 2010, 11:17 am

Fie, Bill! I cherish my few trolls and make sure they are well fed and looked after.

Comment from steve
Time: October 8, 2010, 2:33 pm

Bridges….trolls like bridges.

And if I remember correctly….Witches are made of wood. So you start with witches….you build a bridge out of them….and then the trolls will take up residence under the bridges…

Then you will have trolls for the cherishing…

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: October 8, 2010, 7:40 pm

Steve Skubinna~ At first glance I took it to be TiC as well, but for some reason, at second glance it DID look like kind of poster we duzn’t expect to see here. Like, seriously. For some reason, my hand was hurting, AND I’M NOT EVEN CATHOLIC!!

It could be editorial comment on the 10:10 campaign…but I’m having a hard time shaking the feeling of rapped knuckles.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: October 10, 2010, 5:24 pm

If that kid is the offspring of a Greenie, I say everybody stop recycling and let them shoot the kid. Even the longest journey begins with a single step, gene-pool cleaning-wise.

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