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Thank you all. I now understand it. Laura Mercier is a line of make-up, and there actually is a lipstick in that line called “Tunisian Moon.”
Debari is in India, in the state of Rajasthan, near the capital, Jaipur. So this makes sense of Columbus’ confusion, that is, thinking that he was in India. Of course, had he reached India by sailing west, he’d have touched the east coast, whereas Rajasthan in in the northwest, bordering Pakistan… and landlocked. So we shouldn’t overthink these jokes, I guess, just laugh and read the next one. Cheers.
In the early 20th century there was “duck” tape. In the ’50s there was an adhesive tape, originally called “duck” tape as well. But since it was so often used on air ducts, it began to be termed “duct” tape. Either Expression should be judged as being O.K., I think. Cheers.
“… or rather the sun, and not the moon, for it shines bright, and never changes, but keeps his course truly.” Henry V, Act 5, Scene 2, King Henry describes himself to his intended bride, as not so good-looking, but steady and loyal.
A horse would have been useful to him as a young man in 1705, when he famously walked 250 miles, from Arnstadt to Luebeck, to hear Buxtehude. The next year he walked back.
A recent survey revealed that there is a predilection for Chinese food on Xmas by Jewish people in America. Es gezunderheyt!
The homunculus being dipped is obviously a baseball player; and the baseball image on the apron reinforces the reference. The surname “Swift” calls to mind Bill Swift. I believe that he retired about 2 years ago. For more, type his name into your search engine. Cheers.
Oy, veh! (oder, Eu, Weh!) The Shiites have traditionally been more tolerant of images of Muhammad than the Sunnis. Today, there is little pattern. See the article “Depiction of Muhammad” on wikipedia for, of course, depictions of Muhammad, as well as homicidal reactions.
I note the title “Principal.” I’d have expected the phrase “Head Master.” Either is fine with me. Of course, my sister visited the antipodes 3 times last year, and one impression surprising to her was that North American influence was greater and British influence less than she had expected. In particular, American television was very widespread.
Moon Phase, Initially, this comic was mostly concerned with the interactions between Eno (and his dog) and the girl Mitzi (and her dog). Each lived in one half of a duplex. If you wish, go to wikipedia and type “The Duplex” to learn more ofthe background. Cheers.