Thursday, April 25, 2024

Stop me before I pun again


I was at the office in person yesterday and it dawned on me that I couldn't seem to help myself when it came to using puns. Okay, this isn't the first time I realized this, but I used to think it was charming. And maybe in limited doses it is. But I have come to the inevitable conclusion that it is just annoying.

I think part of it was being around people in person. Just talking was something novel for me and I just started talking in puns the way I keep cranking out t-shirt designs. But in person people don't have the luxury of just groaning and clicking to a different webpage.

That is kind of where Paul the Punster came from. He is a parody of Jack the Ripper. Instead of a knife he uses the written word (thus the pencil). I realize he looks a lot like the Joker. But that is Art AI's take on it and I kind of like the image.

I also created one based on Fuzzy Wuzzy the bear from the kid's tongue twister (Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy was he?). We drove by a Fuzzy Wuzzy Dry Cleaner today that inspired me. Though I for the life of me have no clue why Fuzzy Wuzzy is associated with dry cleaning. 

ChatGPT tells me Fuzzy Wuzzy was originally an unflattering name for the Hadendoa,  a group of warriors from the eastern Sudan who fought the British during the late 19th century. They apparently had fuzzy hair. Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem about them.  How that got to be Fuzzy Wuzzy the bear is a mystery. But it still inspired me.

I took a bit of my usual literary license. I originally envisioned a bear totally devoid of bear. Art AI couldn't seem to fathom that. So I settled for a bear who looks a bit like Smokey the Bear after being caught in a forest fire as a cub. Still it makes for a unique t-shirt design that no one would likely buy or wear (or understand).

I find it unbearable.

See, I can't help myself.

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