Saturday, May 26, 2012

#38 - Speak truth to power

              God: Andy, tell me, do you believe in me?
              Andy: I believe in you.
              God: Then why don't you go to church? Why don't you pray to me?
              Andy: Because I don't like you.

Andy's dress and background terrain identify him as a góral, a Polish highlander. I don't know what that has to do with the joke as I'm not familiar with góral culture. Perhaps they are reputed to be extremely frank, even to the point that they'll tell God exactly what they think of him.

This cartoon makes me laugh every time.

UPDATE: A góralka friend has informed me that highlanders in Poland are said to be feisty, belligerent, impudent, and so forth. They are also perceived to be extremely religous folk.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

#37 - What's a country to do

First woman: Poland is a woman.
Second woman: But all the countries nearby are chicks too.

Second woman: Russia, Sweden, Slovakia...
First woman: Ukraine, Lithuania, France, Netherlands...

First woman: Or they're unknowns like Germany, Czech, Hungary...
Second woman: Italy...

First woman: There's a lack of men. Ones like Mexico or Egypt...

First woman: Nearby there's only Liechtenstein, Luxembourg...
Second woman: And the Vatican.

First woman: They're so small.

I find this joke pretty funny, even though it's entirely dependent on the grammatical gender of the names of countries in Polish. "Poland" is feminine - you can tell by the "-a" ending of "Polska" - and so are the other "-a" countries mentioned in the second panel. Note that the Netherlands are the singular feminine "Holandia" in Polish. Plurals are usually of indeterminate gender in Polish and the countries mentioned in  the third panel are all plurals. Their names probably derive from names of tribes or peoples. The name for Germany is especially interesting as it comes ultimately from a word meaning "mute, unable to speak", so in Polish Germany is "The Mutes". Mexico and Egypt are masculine, but far away; the only men nearby are "small" - a dick joke is always a guaranteed laugh. 

Poland has poor dating prospects!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

#36 - The harmless kind

       Father: So! You're downloading pornography?!        
       Son: It's only child porn, dad.

This will probably send my incoming searches into the red zone but the joke is funny.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

#35 - Can't think of a funny title

"We caught him reading between the lines!!!"