Weekend Threesome – 5/1/22

After a month where I didn’t have much to feature here, this week was giving me all kinds of inspiration for the Weekend Threesome!  Some of which will have to be held over for another week…

I’ve mentioned a few times before that I grew up on the Three Stooges.  The 190 short features produced by Columbia Pictures for theaters from 1934-1959 were a staple of Saturday afternoon and late night television in the US from the 1960’s until their popularity began to wane after the turn of the millennium.  It was a longtime Saturday night tradition for me and my sisters that my Dad got us hooked on… and since I hadn’t seen many of those Stooges shorts in over 25 years, I began seeking them out to watch on YouTube.  On Thursday evening, I caught up with “Flying Saucer Daffy“…

Not so LOUD!!!!

“Daffy” was one of the very last Stooges shorts made, and one of only seventeen with Joe Besser as the third Stooge.  Besser, while a fine comic actor in his own right, was most definitely not a slapstick performer in the mold of his predecessors Curly and Shemp, and his “sissy boy” act not gel with Moe and Larry at all.  For this reason, he’s rightly viewed as the weakest link of the five men who stooged it up during the short picture era.

Anyway, one of the main plot points of this short is that Joe accidentally takes a picture of a paper plate blowing in the wind, which Moe and Larry use to win first prize in a photo contest claiming it’s the first conclusive picture of a flying saucer.  The paper plate gag was one of those Stooge references that lived on with me and my sisters every time we heard a story of someone claiming to see a UFO… so I remembered it well despite not having seen it for so long.

But what I didn’t recall at all, and what caught me completely by surprise while watching it again, was just what Joe was really trying to take a picture of…..

Joe Besser, squirrel photographer!!!

Squirrels weren’t even on my radar prior to about 2008, so my memory had completely forgotten he was trying to photograph a squirrel!  In fact, the squirrel even appears in the famous prize winning photo!

Hey, I imagine Photoshop wasn’t all that great in 1958…

So there’s another squirrel appearance in classic television I can put up there with the stuffed squirrel that appears in the Twilight Zone episode “Stopover in a Quiet Town.”  And Besser, despite still being a terrible Stooge, wins a few points in my heart for trying to take squirrel pics with a film camera!

Those of you who chide me for not carrying that work phone around with me to use as a camera will be very happy I don’t after this short tale….

As I was taking my Mom to a doctor appointment Thursday, we were stopped at a red light downtown and she drew my attention to the hideous sight right out her window.  A very…… “fluffy” man (Think my blog’s infamous XXXXXXXXXXXL Man) was sitting on a bench, back to the street, with his pants exposing plenty of asscrack.  I laughed and told her she needed to hurry and get a picture before the light turned green.  She looked at me like I was nuts…

Before we got our green light, a police vehicle stopped and a couple of officers approached the guy.  I guess someone called 911 on the “crack dealer!”

I’ve always wanted to take a picture of this….

Sorry folks! Wally World’s closed!

This logo appears on a lot of the cases we get at work for the toy department.  The logo for Moose is quite cute, is it not?

But sometimes, the boxes aren’t right side up.  And in that case….

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Skeleton crab!!!!  Kill it with FIRE!!!!!!!!!

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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11 Responses to Weekend Threesome – 5/1/22

  1. Skeleton crab or maybe even just plain SKULL and weird crossbones! Wonder what the cops were gonna tell the guy letting his sideways smile stop traffic? Pull-em up, you’re stopping traffic? So the Stooges were photographing squirrels before you made it epically popular huh? Way to go!

    Pam

    • I definitely would have wanted to hear that conversation between the cops and the crack dealer! As long as none of the stooges try to eyepoke them, I welcome seeing them try to take pictures of squirrels!

  2. mydangblog says:

    All hail Esoow and his minions! And crack dealer? You crack me up!

  3. ghostmmnc says:

    haha! Cool about the squirrel photo from long ago. Crack man and upside down moose were so funny! 🙂

    • I’m glad I was finally able to get a picture of the moose logo, because the first time I ever saw it many years ago, it was upside down and I was like “WTF!?!?” I’m sad I wasn’t able to get a picture of crack man, which shows how much I appreciate disturbing images!

  4. How funny-I saw an upside down skeleton on the moose logo right away. It took me a sec for the crab part to register. Maybe I was still traumatized at the thought that Joe Besser was a Stooge at all. He really was the weakest of all the Stooges and kind of made me stop watching them.

  5. draliman says:

    That upside-down moose is like those songs where you play them backwards and hear the voice of the devil himself.

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