A collection of Bizarro cartoons I've been accumulating for some time:
1. Currently topical, now that California is about to marry same-sex couples and New York to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions (like Massachusetts, Canada, and California). Then there's the old issue about different senses of gay.
And a bonus, from Candorville (hat tip to Ned Deily):
Both of these cartoons use the term gay marriage. News stories and other discussions sometimes go back and forth between gay marriage and same-sex marriage, though the latter expression seems to dominate heavily. (You can search on Language Log Classic, on "same-sex marriage" for earlier discussions of marriage in this expression.)
2. Somewhat out of season, but this will recall our annual discussions of "Merry Christmas!" and "Happy Holidays!":
3. Next, an adventure in (fanciful) etymology:
4. A play on the word capital, which I find funny on its own, though the "dumb blonde" theme makes me uncomfortable:
5. It's all about spelling as Batman confronts Bat Man (both names are noun-noun compounds):
6. A play on the formula donate one's body to science:
7. A play on widen vs. whiten:
Even people who lack the distinction in Wales/whales and Wight/white (as a great many people do these days) are likely not to have whiten/widen as homophones (for me, the first has a medial glottal stop, the second a [d] or a voiced "flap"), so for most people this is an "imperfect pun" (see here). Not that that's a bad thing.