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Help choose the March Big Bad World cartoon

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I often get stuck with cartoons when they branch into two, subtly different jokes. It’s the classic “can’t see the wood for the trees” dilemma, so I thought I’d ask visitors to the site to choose…

Monkey See Monkey Do - Two Versions Which Is Better?

Is the one on the right adding anything of substance, or is the additional element just pointless clutter?

Does the subliminal message in the right-hand version work? (If you can see it, please don’t give it away!)

 Anyway – I’ve no idea any more, so any help you can give in deciding which version goes to print is welcome! Just post a comment below.


Many thanks to all for their help - the monkeys have spoken, and elected the banana as their supreme ruler! It’s good to know that including it wasn’t just adding needless bells and whistles…

For those that didn’t spot the ‘subliminal’ gag, the banana is shaped like a dollar. Sometimes it’s good to be able to add layers like this- if the joke doesn’t rely upon them, they’re nice little additions.

My latest book, ‘Speechless: World History Without Words’ has hundreds of such hidden gags - you can see some of them at

Thanks once more, we’ll do this again next time a cartoon gets ‘stuck’…


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  1. #1 ciderpunx 07 Jan 11

    Right Hand Side ++

    Hey Polyp,

    Well, I reckon the one on the right does add something. I love the subliminal bit. I think my appreciation comes from being a computer geek or something.

  2. #2 dozydenise 07 Jan 11

    Ugh... now I'm annoyed because I don't know what the subliminal bit is meant to be! But the one on the right made me chuckle while the one on the left didn't. Is it ok to laugh at cartoons with a serious message, I wonder?

  3. #3 penguin 07 Jan 11

    Right +1
    Subliminal bit is good, but not sure I would have spotted it unless I knew there was something to look out for.

    @dozydenise - ’Is it ok to laugh at cartoons with a serious message, I wonder?’
    Yes - I see it as the tradition of the court jester who uses humour to bring unpleasant truths to light. I have to believe that, or I'll have to burn my Bill Hicks CDs.

  4. #4 Giedre 07 Jan 11

    The one on the right.

    Loving your Big Bad World series!

  5. #5 onedaywonder 07 Jan 11

    right on

    Definitely the right hand one - funnier by a factor of... ooh, I dunno.

  6. #6 Wiggiehuggy 07 Jan 11

    Monkey magic.

    Defo the one on the right. I don't exactly know why but that makes me even keener on it.

  7. #7 steve 07 Jan 11

    a banana skin might make more obvious sense. The banana and subliminal are a bit opaque. I'm marginally in favour of no banana.

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