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How To Make An Apple Walk The Plank

July 16, 2012

A 2006 illustration for Washington Law & Politics, for the following news item:

And They Can Keep Their Apples, Too

Angered by Washington State senators’ opposition to oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an Alaskan state rep introduced a resolution in the Alaska State Legislature to cut Washington off by ending the four-decade-old
ferry service between the two states.

Why did I use apples to represent Washington State? Because Washington produces most of the eating apples consumed in the United States.cartoon illustration for law and politics magazine showing pirate ship as ferry, pirate captain as Alaska with sword and Yes To Oil sign, making Washington State apples walk the plank and fall in ocean

What do you think? Know your apples? Can you name the top 9 varieties grown in Washington State? How can an apple walk the plank when it doesn’t have any feet?? Hope you’ll leave a comment.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2012 7:23 PM

    Ah, Mark, this cuts me to the core. I do love the expressions on your apples’ faces. Priceless.


    • July 17, 2012 8:39 PM

      Ha! Judy, I knew you were a person with strong core values, and I do hope the damage wasn’t too severe… : )

      You certainly had me laughing with that one, ol’ punster. You are quick out of the orchard, no doubt about it!

      Yes, one doesn’t often see an apple emote. I think that’s really why the pirate’s so sore– he knows they’re upstaging him.

      A bushelful of thanks to you for your support! : )


      • July 18, 2012 9:53 PM

        Thank you, Mark. It’s wonderful to know that my “appealing talent” of punsterism has been truly appreciated.
        Keep up the great work.


        • July 18, 2012 10:11 PM

          Appealing, appealing… oh, no!… as in… a-peeling!!! Folks, folks– she’s done it again!! (I’m happy to say… : )


  2. July 16, 2012 9:14 PM

    Fascinating, fascinating information.

    Mark, I have to say I love your music-background and American history posts almost as much as your illustrations. Always informative and compelling.

    That wouldn’t be good old’ Representative Stevens, would it? It would make sense, using the teenybopper “2” nonsense, explains why he doesn’t get science either! 😉


    • July 17, 2012 8:48 PM

      Thanks Amelie, I certainly do appreciate that very kind comment, delighted you’re enjoying the posts.

      You’re thinking of the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens? No, this was an Alaska state representative. He was upset with Washington State’s U.S. senators, but he was only acting at the state level.

      Thanks as always for your spirited feedback! : )


  3. July 17, 2012 3:54 PM

    I learned in Monty Python and the Holy Grail that apples float. So I’m sure they’ll be okay “walking” off the plank 🙂 They look so stressed though Mark, good job!!!


    • July 18, 2012 8:18 AM

      Ah yes, Monty Python– I remember their public service videos very well… : )

      But you’re right: no need for little life vests, those apples didn’t have to worry about sinking. Perhaps some of them had previously been involved in “bobbing for apples” contests at children’s parties– no wonder they looked stressed!! : P

      Many thanks, Tracey, for all your good-humored support!


  4. July 17, 2012 4:26 PM

    HA HA! Mark! Alaska should make Washington Senators bob for those apples!

    You’d think I’d be able to name some Washington apples being from Washington myself, but all I can think of is Delicious and that’s all. I do remember how wonderful they were and how I always looked forward to them in the fall. They were just as fresh as can be and you just can’t get them that fresh any place else.

    We lived about 3 hours away from Yakima where lots of apples were grown. I remember one in particular that had the same expression as the one third in line on your plank right before I bit in! 😀


    • July 18, 2012 8:25 AM

      Thank you for that Delicious comment! You could only think of that one kind, eh? Ha! I can think of two: red and green. So there!

      Your quip about an apple having the same terrified expression before you bit into it made me roar with laughter.

      Thanks for the great support. You’re a peach, and you and 37 are certainly a pear!! : )


  5. Robpixaday permalink
    July 18, 2012 9:43 AM

    HAA! Brilliant!!

    Avast, ye Pixies and Prairie Spies! We’ll skin ye and put yere crabby cores in the scuppers!

    Mark this is a TRIUMPH!!!!


    (you inspired me to look up apple names. Pixie and Prairie Spy are two of the thousands I never heard of…LOL)


    • July 18, 2012 1:01 PM

      “… put yere crabby cores in the scuppers!” I must tell you that when I read that, I durn near shivered me timbers!! HA!!

      Pixie and Prairie Spy… sounds like a vaudeville act! Or the Daily Double at Saratoga! Or a couple of undercover agents!

      The only apple I can name is Macintosh. But everyone thinks that’s a computer, so I’m not saying a word… : P

      Thanks for your kind and seaworthy comment, yer welcome onboard the Good Ship Lollygag anytime!! : )

      ::cries arrrr, dances on pegleg, falls overboard::


  6. July 19, 2012 6:17 PM

    Everyone knows that apples walk like penguins, don’t they? I mean, they’d waddle to the end of the plank, feigning fear then jump off and swim for their little penguinapply lives.

    Are there many penguins in Washington State? Are there many states in a penguin? Do penguins eat apples? Weird minds want to know.


    • July 20, 2012 8:21 AM

      Well, I’ve learned a new word today: penguinapply. I think it means a red-faced guy who walks funny and wears a tuxedo with a little bowtie… : )

      I believe penguins do migrate north to Washington State in the fall to help pick apples. They’d prefer to pick fish, of course, but fish don’t grow on trees, you know, at least not in Washington State… : P

      Thanks for the laugh, Val– you and your weird inquiring mind are always welcome here!! : )


  7. July 27, 2012 10:35 PM

    hahahahahahahahahaha…Excellent idea by representing Washington with apples!

    Great job!


    • July 30, 2012 8:53 AM

      Thanks, Inge! Luckily for me, many American states are famous for certain products. If the southern state of Georgia had been involved, I’d have had peaches walking the plank. If it had been the far northeastern state of Maine: potatoes. And if it had been my own state of New Hampshire, I’d have used cans of mixed nuts– because we’ve got so many nutty people around here!! : )


      • July 30, 2012 9:30 AM

        hahahahahahahahaa…You totally are very good at humour!


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