Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. Tony 

    Tony  said, almost 3 years ago

    I don’t get it. Is the bologna supposed to represent America, or Columbus’ discovery of it, or something else or nothing? Does he even mean American bologna, or maybe it’s Italian mortadella? And why does he say he made antipasti when there’s only one antipasto in evidence?

    I think I should go to bed. Maybe everyone else will have left obvious explanations by morning.

  2. Tandembuzz

    Tandembuzz said, almost 3 years ago

    @Tony:
    Bologna is an Italian city; radicchio is also known as “Italian Chicory”. Columbus was, in fact, Italian, sailing from Portugal, financially backed by, and in the name of, Spain. No lox, though (he was also a Jew).

    Good catch on the antipasti. I saw that one right off, too.

    Hope you slept well!

  3. frumdebang

    frumdebang said, almost 3 years ago

    I think balogna represents the arguable “baloney” that Columbus was the first to discover America.

  4. runar

    runar said, almost 3 years ago

    Later versions of this recipe were served in a smallpox wrap…

  5. runar

    runar said, almost 3 years ago

    @frumdebang

    If Columbus “discovered” America, what about the people who greeted him when he arrived?

  6. James Lindley

    James Lindley GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I celebrated Leif Erikson day which just happens to fall on October 9 so I celebrate it the same weekend as Columbus Day.

  7. richardelguru

    richardelguru GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Runar There is no need for “scare quotes” around the word discovery because discovery is essentially a European activity. Peoples have been wandering all over the world being the first to do something, or go somewhere, probably as long as there have been people, however it is a purely European weirdness to then go around claiming that you did it first. Note, for example, that the most important act in the claim that Columbus discovered America was the printing and wide dissemination of a letter claiming that he’d done it.

  8. toppop52

    toppop52 said, almost 3 years ago

    The “Native Americans”, of course were here, and they were a mixed lot of likely Minoan, Asian and some Caucasoid and Jewish (many, myself included, believe the Cherokee or a mix of a native tribe and Jews) ancestry depending on the region. The Minoans, Jews, Chinese, Japanese, (the Caucasian original Japanese not the Chinese/Korean blend that occupy the islands now), and Polynesians were all here long before Columbus.

  9. George Alexander

    George Alexander said, almost 3 years ago

    Samuel Elliot Morrison’s 2 volume classic on the discovery is titled “The European Discovery of America.”
    Spare me the bs that Columbus was Jewish. The Tribe has enough burdens to bear.

  10. guyzie174

    guyzie174 said, almost 3 years ago

    The arguments about Columbus are silly. Clearly he was not the first nor even the first European to visit the Americas. He was, however, the traveler who unleashed the inclusion of the Americas into the the then known world’s orbit made up of Asia [yes, China] and Europe. As for the the old trope that Columbus was Jewish, a book by the scholar Carol Delany shows that Columbus was hoping that his journey would bring riches that could be used for evangelization of the Catholic Church. Also, I take use of Bologna in the antipasto to allude to all of the baloney his travels have accreted.

  11. Matthew Davis

    Matthew Davis said, almost 3 years ago

    The word “discover” does not mean you were the first to find something, it means you found something for the first time (for you or your group). If I say I’ve discovered a new band, I am not asserting that I was the first to discover them.

  12. Lee-Anne Griffin

    Lee-Anne Griffin said, almost 3 years ago

    Yes, Columbus did discover America in the sense that the leading civilization of the time did not know about it. Of course other people had been there. Not quite as extensive as the silly Cherokee/Jewish thing alluded to early here, but certainly the Asians (Native Americans) had come here. However, the knowledge of the New World had been lost. The constant attempt to tear down these explorers is quite ludicrous. After the Dark Ages, so much information had been lost, we had to discover things which were known in antiquity. I salute Columbus and the rest of the explorers. Their views on race and slaves certainly is disgusting to us now, but that is a much more recent development of civilization and we should not judge them too harshly based on what we know now.

  13. gaebie

    gaebie said, almost 3 years ago

    After the discovery of America, estimates of as high as 90% of the indigenous peoples of the Americas died from the diseases the Europeans brought over.

  14. finale

    finale said, almost 3 years ago

    No anchovies!?!?!?

  15. bevgreyjones

    bevgreyjones said, almost 3 years ago

    @guyzie174

    " a book by the scholar Carol Delany shows that Columbus was hoping that his journey would bring riches that could be used for evangelization of the Catholic Church."

    I think you mean evangelization BY. “Of” would mean that the Catholic Church was the subject of evangelization. Unless you are saying the Jews were going to try that, and no one then would have been that stupid.

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