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How A Single One-Night Stand Can Lead To Nine More

March 5, 2014

I was plowing thru the clutter recently, and came across an idea I’d jotted down on
the back of an envelope (most of my ideas seem to wind up on the backs of envelopes).
I decided to draw it up.

It was a visual pun on the unfortunate phenomenon know as the one-night stand.
It features a hat stand that only sees overnight use. By the time the sun comes up, its “occupant” is gone.

4-panel cartoon one-night stand hat stand day becomes night hat appears on stand overnight then gone by sunrise

Here’s the interesting part: as I looked at my scratching on the envelope, I had a much funnier idea. See if you agree.
poster showing nine medieval King Arthur era knights standing wearing armor chain mail with swords spears joke caption succession of one-knight stands

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cartoon one-night stand hat stand by window day becomes night hat on stand overnight but hat gone by time sun comes up

cartoon one-night stand hat stand by window day becomes night hat on stand overnight but hat gone by time sun comes up

funny medieval King Arthur era knights standing wearing armor chain mail with swords spears

funny medieval King Arthur era knights standing wearing armor chain mail with swords spears

funny medieval King Arthur era knights standing wearing armor chain mail with swords spears

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Do you think visual puns are funnier than verbal puns?

What is there about a suit of armor that always makes one smile?

Do you think I’ll ever be knighted for outstanding contributions to illustration?

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2014 1:04 PM

    Personally, I was more entertained by the knights.


    • March 6, 2014 12:08 PM

      Your kind feedback is noted and appreciated, my dear fellow– many thanks! I’m also awarding your a knighthood for your loyal support!! : )


  2. March 5, 2014 1:44 PM

    My vote is with the first.


    • March 6, 2014 12:16 PM

      Many thanks, Jak! It’s chilly here, and I’m serving as my own hatrack. I’m tipping my cap to you, and replacing it on the rude peg that serves as my head. Thanks as always for your support! : )


  3. March 5, 2014 2:18 PM

    Ahhh! You SO got me with the headline and I loved the illustrations. The knights in armour are absolutely fantastic!


    • March 6, 2014 12:23 PM

      A comment from the wonderful Cross-Stitch Queen always leaves me in, um, stitches! Well, with a great big smile on my face, anyway! Thanks for the feedback on the post title– I always wonder whether any of them are striking an intriguing chord! : )

      Thanks for that lovely comment, my dear Ramona– your cheery and vivacious support is mightily appreciated!! : )


      • March 6, 2014 12:55 PM

        OMG you’re such a brilliant man that gives the gift of art, laughter and intrigue! I so LOL’d and smiled after reading your response. :0)

        Thank you Mark-ster!


        • March 6, 2014 9:23 PM

          Oh my garsh!! You are too much, my dear Ramona! No wait, I take that back, you’re just right, perfect, don’t change a thing! I’m sure this bright red flush that’s appeared on my face will start to fade in a day or two… : )

          You’re the kindest, and a total delight– thanks ever so mucho!! : )


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  4. March 5, 2014 5:51 PM

    Of course it is possible! This is the home of wonders – anything can happen and in a most amazingly beautiful way! 😉 …”one knight stand”!!!! 😆 😆


    • March 6, 2014 12:33 PM

      The Home of Wonders?? Goodness gracious me!! I must make a note to dust and tidy up more often. Well… maybe next week… : )

      Don’t know about wonders, but I do know this is a place where Wonderful People show up and leave Wonderful Comments– and you, my dear Marina, are proof positive that this is so… : )

      Thank you!– and if you ever have trouble with dragons, this rusty knight and his trusty Indian Paintbrush are at your service… : )


  5. soul . to . earth permalink
    March 7, 2014 10:06 AM

    I’ve said it before…..You lance it with your pen, Armstrong!

    [Overheard as the dark (k)night rises: The hat: “Stand by your maaaaan.” Night stand: “Don’t let the sun go down on me. Wake me up before you go-go. Put the hat on and leave!”]


    • March 9, 2014 12:09 PM

      Haw!!! Did you ever think about a career as a comedy writer?? You be mucho delicious, my dear Radhika!! Your hat-stand dialogue really had me laughing. There is lunacy, and then there is inspired lunacy. That was inspired!!

      Thanks for a wonderfully supportive and very funny comment!! : )


      • soul . to . earth permalink
        March 10, 2014 9:29 AM

        Comedy writer? Funny idea….I’d be laughing so much I’d never get any work done. Inspired lunacy is how I live on laughter (aka LOL).

        And since we’re on the same page…….

        I hereby dub thee knight, Sir LOL (Lance-o-lot) for mighty services rendered to make us all LOL. Rise, Sir LOL, draw forth thy pen and render away. 😀


        • March 17, 2014 10:33 PM

          The same page– ha! See what I mean?? You’re a compulsive comedy writer, my dear Radhika! You can get treatment for that sort of thing, but I hope you won’t. Besides, it’s incurable. I speak from experience… : )

          Your Sir LOL made me do just that. Really made my soup cans rattle! Sometimes I wish I’d made my suit of armor out of something else– or at least taken the labels off first. I hate it when people call me Sir Chicken Noodle… : (

          Your kindness, wit, and inspired lunacy are becoming the stuff of legend here in Blogalot– I thank thee, Lady Quipster!!


  6. March 8, 2014 6:35 PM

    Oh pun the door – love your humor and your illustrations. Truly inspired, Mark. 😉


    • March 9, 2014 12:14 PM

      Oh-pun the door, and don’t let it hit you in the puns on your way out– haw!!

      Thanks for your usual witty quip, Judy, and, as always, for your wonderful support! : )


  7. March 10, 2014 6:11 AM

    I’ve a very big kitchen-knife, almost as big as a sword.Herewith I knight you for the most outstanding comments 😉 From now to ever you my hold the title ‘knight of the one night’. Good knight ☾


    • March 17, 2014 10:08 PM

      Yow! When I read that part about the big kitchen knife, I got shaking so bad my suit of armor fell off and turned back into a thousand sardine cans. I knew I should have used something stronger than chewing gum to hold them together… : (

      Thank you, my dear Tutti!! I can think of no greater honor than to be knighted by Queen Tutti of Wisenheimer!! : )


  8. March 12, 2014 6:08 AM

    The Knights are all smiling back to me… so I go with the Knights 🙂


  9. March 13, 2014 3:59 AM

    I’m late, but I love the knights. Especially the last one. If I was a knight, I’d walk around with a flower in my hair, whilst standing on one foot. 🙂


    • March 19, 2014 4:27 PM

      Thank you, my dear Rara! I’m rattling my suit of armor in appreciation. Yes, a flower in your hair would suit you. A red hibiscus, perhaps, or a nice cauliflower. Also, you’re one of the few people I know who could walk around gracefully on one foot… : )

      Thanks for your very spritely comment!! : )


      • March 20, 2014 5:39 AM

        I’m honored that you would consider me worthy of a cauliflower. 😀


        • March 21, 2014 8:18 AM

          You are one of very few people who could wear a cauliflower in her hair, and make it look right. Start a new trend, maybe. Anyway, next time I’m at the flower shop, I’m ordering you a dozen… Rawr!! : )


  10. Anna Louise permalink
    March 21, 2014 2:40 AM

    I also like the 1st one, but all are really good to see!


    • March 21, 2014 9:01 AM

      Thank you for that very kind comment, Anna. I’m delighted to meet you– thanks so much for stopping by! : )


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