Don't get it? New Yorker explains itself

November 2, 2009 in News

“Marsha!”, a New Yorker cartoon by Julia Suits

Ever been totally baffled by a cartoon in The New Yorker? Or do you like to feel smug in the knowledge that you understand some of the more mind boggling gags? Either way you may find the Cartoon I.Q. Test on their website useful.

Could the answer to this one be that the plug is shocked to see someone using a Type A socket with no ground slot, thus increasing the chances of an electrical fire? Or is it simply funny because it’s a talking plug? Either way, it’s definitely an “only in the New Yorker” type of cartoon.

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6 responses to Don't get it? New Yorker explains itself

  1. My understanding was that this is a husband-coming-home-to-cheating-wife gag. The outlet, Martha, is the wife.

  2. I think it means that the plug is appalled that his wife is plugging into a socket without him, as in cheating on him. It doesn’t quite make sense (why can’t he just plug in as well?), but that’s the best i could do.

  3. For an explanation and variation of the above cartoon see my own plug and socket cartoon published last March 13 on my cartoon website This is not an “only in The New Yorker” type of cartoon. My cartoon appeared before the New Yorker cartoon.

  4. A speech bubble coming from the enraged plug would help. A bit.

  5. What I don’t get is how such singularly unfunny cartoons should be given the light of day by any magazine, let alone the New Yorker. As an ex-Punch regular, I am I’m no stranger to the concept of ‘sophisticated’ humour but by publishing such dire material, I think New Yorker is ‘avin’ a laff’ for the wrong reasons.

  6. I got it straight away, and it did give me a smile. More than many of the New Yorker ones do, I have to admit.

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