It was on April 21, 1782 that a city named Rattanakosin was officially founded with the erection of the traditional city pillars. What’s so interesting about that to warrant its inclusion for my SYW This Day in History series? That would be because the city is known by a much different name today….
Yes, today is the birthday of the city whose name you just can’t say with a straight face, Bangkok! How the hell did it get that name? Even the all-knowing Wikipedia isn’t sure. But one thing’s for sure…. it’s much less of a mouthful than Bangkok’s full official name:
Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit
Yeah, that’s gonna be a hard one to fit into that tiny blank on a return address envelope…
And now it’s time to Thai one on with Melanie’s Share Your World questions for this week!
In your opinion, what do you buy way more of than most people?
The only thing I could answer here and be reasonably sure I’m a top buyer among regular people is sno cone syrup. I can go through bottles of cherry syrup like some people go through bottles of wine…
Which workers have the worst jobs?
Some people might point to me. However, I think we should consult an expert on the subject…
Hey Troll, you get stuck with a lot of the shittier jobs around the Shelf. Care to tell us about some of the worst?
TROLL: Hey, I like my work! Well, except when they’ll let me collect unemployment and I can call in sick! I’m sure you all know I maintain the commode in Mr. Squirrel’s private privy!
EVIL SQUIRREL: Have you got that pot unclogged yet, Troll?
TROLL: I’m trying my best, sir! This one’s a real toughie! Say sir, would it hurt to get a little more fiber in your diet?
ES: What was that!?!? Maybe I should take that plunger away from you so your mouth could be put to better use!
TROLL: My cleaning duties don’t end there, though….
BEARCAT: Yay! We’re the dodgeball champions of gym class again!
APPLEJACK: Your sis sure has quite the arm on her, Sugarcube!
TROLL: Did someone page for the school janitor…… oh shit! Not again!
AJ: Hey, watch your language in front of the children!
ZEEBA: Yeah, you MOFO!!! Just clean up the BLOOD!!! BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD!
TROLL: Then there’s my side job in the medical profession….
TROLL: Um, doc. I can’t tell if that’s a tumor or a hemorrhoid. Can you take a look at this?
DR. SHADOW: I did not spend half my life studying to be a proctologist just to look in critter’s assholes. That’s why I hired an assistant. Maybe you should take a closer look…
TROLL: Sigh. (Puts on his miner’s helmet) Alright, I’m going in!!!!
BUSTER: Hey, that hair tickles!!!!
TROLL: I also have a job in national security!
TROLL: Gee, it looks pretty appetizing to me, sir.
UNCLE SAM: Nonsense, son! I have a lot of enemies out there who’d love to eliminate me, and I’m positive one of them poisoned that food! So you’ll taste it first!
TROLL: But sir, this was takeout from Hung Lo’s! It’s already poisonous!
SAM: Eat up, Troll!
TROLL: (Scooping up a spoonful of dog loaf) Right, sir….
TROLL: But when it comes to my worst job on the Shelf….
RAINBOW DONKEY: Is this really necessary?
TROLL: Sorry, but Evil Squirrel demands that I milk your….. um……. stuff because unicorn semen fetches a high price on the black market.
RD: Can’t I just ask Mitzi to do this? I’m sure she wouldn’t mind…
TROLL: The boss doesn’t like that she eats up the profits. Come on, why is it still so soft?
RD: Sorry, but I saw Sparklepony naked this morning and I’m still suffering PTSD down there….
TROLL: Dammit! (Cracking knuckles) I guess it’s time to use the ol’ magic fingers…..
Opinion. John Cage is a composer who composed a piece named 4’33” for any instrument. The performance are instructed not to play their instrument for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Is this music or is this art? A combination of the two? Neither, it’s stupid. Your opinion?
Perhaps we should ask John Cage’s biggest fan….
That particular (cough, hack) music helped Mr. Fox upset Shadow on Shelfardy in Shelf Critter Theatre three years ago!
How good are you at drawing?
Eh, you be the judge…
That’s probably my most re-published comic in my collection, but a fitting one for this week. I’m proud of it for two reasons….
1. Marilyn paid me the ultimate compliment by comparing me to Walt Kelly (Pogo) after I first drew it…
2. The message isn’t about the environment, but how hypocrisy is everywhere…. and my belief that hypocrisy isn’t a human fault, but something we all do because strict adherence to principles is impossible in life…