Now You Know

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I hope you had a good holiday! I did. Today’s old cartoon is a bit premature, because Rosetta Stone Day isn’t until July 19, and no, there isn’t really such a thing as “Rosetta Stone Day.” If I remember correctly, the message of the Rosetta Stone was a statement of rules and instructions for a communal bath house. That’s not as laughable as it seems to us today, for the ancients performed all manner of personal ablutions in one another’s company. It wasn’t just hot-tubbing. I should think it was important for everyone to know the rules.

101 responses to “Now You Know”

  1. Sounds like the communal male/female bath houses that were news to us when we occupied Japan in ’45. Do they still have those?

  2. Today’s Rosetta Stone would be the instructions that come with almost anything in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese and sometimes Russian and German.

  3. Did a search. They still exist but are fewer since more homes have their own baths. They are still valued as places for spacious long soaks. Generally, males and females are separated by a high screen. Lots of sites.

  4. Rosetta Stone slips in oddball stuff occasionally when you’re learning whatever language. they use pictures, but you also write, hear and speak. I’ve learned in German, “the mans newspaper is on fire” and “the little girl screams when her teddy bear’s arm comes off”

  5. Jimmy missed out on one. Today (July 7) is National Macaroni Day. So stick a feather in your hat. (Yesterday was National Fried Chicken Day. Yum.)

    Although as usual he nailed it, cartoon subject matter-wise. At last count, I had five nice cardboard shipping cartons on hand which I’m conflicted about disposing of.

    [Psst…Jimmy. If you’re stuck now, National Rat Catchers Day is coming up in a couple of weeks. You should be able to get a Ludwig cartoon out of that. Also coming up is National Take Your Pants For A Walk Day. Would there perhaps be a Janis cartoon in those pants?]

  6. Sadly, Wikipedia says that the Rosetta Stone is “inscribed with a decree that established the divine cult of the new ruler”. But “It is the most-visited object in the British Museum.”

  7. Maybe if you turn the stone over the bathhouse rules are on the other side.

    Good thing they made this though, before becoming a stoneless society.

  8. A small lad in Alaska was observed to repeatedly throw rocks at birds on the beach. When asked why, he stated he was attempting to leave no tern unstoned.

  9. There’s an old Sydney Harris cartoon [New Yorker or maybe Playboy, not naughty] about what’s on the back of the Rosetta Stone. Did a search, cannot find it .

  10. Another sign, the amount of dialogue. Jimmy is normally a sparse user of spoken words. utilizing more “action” with illustration.

    Now, back to what I said yesterday—-How many of us could be funny AND draw for a full week, a full month, for 365 days a year which for 25 years came out to more than 9,000 Arlo and Janis days?

    He does darned good!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  11. Jackie, a few years ago, Jimmy solicited questions about the cartoon and answered a few of them. As I recall, the first one he addressed was the very same one you have raised, about how he maintains his creative juices, day in and day out. When I have time, I will try to find his post on the subject for you. Unless someone beats me to it, which they would be welcome to do.

  12. The other problem, the amount of dialog. When you are trying to educate your readers, you have to use words. How many of the original Sunday readers DIDN’T know the origin of the term Rosetta Stone? Bet you most think it is just computer language software and don’t know why the name is linked. Many might not know it is software either, and have no clue as to the origin or meaning of the term. (Without Jimmy, that is)

  13. Rosetta is also a robotic spacecraft launched by the ESA in 2004. It is scheduled to land on an asteroid in August 2014 and complete a detailed study.

  14. Jackie, I found it. Click on December 2010 in the Archives at the bottom of today’s post, and then click on “Next” at the bottom of Jimmy’s posts until you reach the one for Dec 20th 2010, captioned “A real paint”. You will perhaps find it interesting and enlightening.

  15. Doesn’t everybody learn about the Rosetta Stone in school, even up through the present day? It is an outstanding historical fact, and not complicated or hard to understand. Especially since mummies, pyramids and heiroglyphics seem to be very popular with the elementary school crowd.

  16. The only time I used the bath house in Japan was with a few other GIs. We used it like a swimming pool, diving in. I don’t think it was appreciated. It was not repeated.

  17. MarkTT, thanks for the link to those cartoons; most are quite good. I think I shall keep the link until I can view them all.

  18. cxp, you’re welcome. I just did a quick search under his name during my lunch break and found that link. I thought even if you don’t find the one you mentioned, there are plenty more gems in that mine!

  19. Thanks, Ghost. I once had a friend who taught with a similar philosophy except I think his conclusion was that if there were 500 listening and three got the real message, he was happy to have reached those three. Of course he was not trying to be funny.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  20. The Rosetta Stone was a blow dryer on the wall of that bath house and worked just as well as the ones I run across. Archeologist of the future finds a blow dryer and interprets the directions. “It’s some kind of prayer box. It says to place your hands beneath it.”

  21. I used a communal bath in Sakai, Japan several times. It was across the street from our apartment and a welcome change from our apartment’s shower room which had too little insulation to make it useful on windy, wintry days.

  22. TruckerRon – It my dream to visit the pyramids some day. Honestly, poured or carved blocks, they are still fantastic engineering feats. In it’s own way, if it turns out to be true years down the way, that’s almost more impressive. Ancient concrete has (if my memory serves) only been surpassed in its durability on within the past few decades ago: modern concrete also utilizes rebar for structural integrity.

    I just find it sad that so many scientists limit their point-of-view without looking into all possibilities. Actually, that is true for all of the human race. Can you imagine where we might be as a species if we were willing to suspend our preconceived notions and prejudices? How many great scientists, artists, philosophers, or technological, medical, and social advancements have we missed because they didn’t fit the status quo?

  23. Ghost – No, extraterrestrials built the ones in South America; they then moved to Arizona to retire. 20th Century Fox built the ones in Egypt for Elizabth Taylor and Richard Burton for Cleopatra. 🙂

    And Arlo is right; with the advancements in cell phone camera technology, you’d think you’d see more UFO pictures.

  24. Good morning Villagers….

    I always loved Marvin the Martian:…. 🙂

    Indy Mindy….we got more storms coming in.

    GR 😉 thanks for Little Feat, bookmarked. But I just may wake the boys to “Rio”. Or water….getting tired of repeatedly telling them to get up.

    Speaking of community bath, I won’t get into a hotel’s swimming pool, let alone get in their hot tub. Worked at a hotel where they had both, and I saw the kind of people who would get in them. Even though in the set of rules, it stated to take a shower before entering the pool and spa….no one ever did. The worst ones were the golfers….straight in from the golf course.

    Too tired to think this morn….

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  25. Good one today Mr. Johnson. Let the fingers dance across the keypad.

    Ms. Debbe, all of the stone turning talk yesterday sounded silly. Being the day after a long weekend it sounded loonie. Loonie, get it now?

  26. GR6, go figure this; sandcastler™ is a tweeter on Twitter, while Loon is not. Neither are on Facebook, one is on Linked-in and the other on Pintrest. Both own tablets and only one works on a laptop.

  27. I just stumbled over a blog called the Comics Curmudgeon that makes snippy comments about strips. It interested me that he had not made any about A and J?

    Although I have to confess I agreed with him about the entries I read. I had NO idea some of those strips were still in existence. Like Apartment 3-G and Mary Worth and Rex Morgan, MD and the Phantom and on and on. The examples he picked on were pretty pitiful!

    Does anyone here read this guy?

    Love, Jackie Monies

  28. Remember that story about my male friend and his male cat going to be neutered? The cat. Who he told all the way to the vet’s that he was having an appendectomy and would be just fine?

    Love, Jackie Monies

  29. David, that was funny! I once wrote a fictional “plot” for the ultimate sailing story which like the ultimate country and western song had every element that kept wives from ever wanting to go out in a boat.

    Mine had great whites biting off the end of the bow, icebergs and hitting reefs, washed ashore on a deserted unknown island.

    But this was funny! Love Arlo, who is real.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  30. Thanks, David. It appears Arlo may have mastered the old “unhook-the-bra-with-one-hand” trick. Which, with practice, can even be performed with a blouse worn over the bra. I believe that’s been referred to as “a conversation starter”. 😉

  31. Thin line between “conversation starter” and “sexual assault.” Practice with extreme caution, lest you want the courts to define where you can live and go.

  32. Disclaimer: That particular “conversation starter” is not to be practiced with strangers or casual acquaintances. Of course.

    Ref today’s (7-8-14) cartoon (which I assume is NOT about werewolves outside the house)…

    Based on previous cartoons which establish that Ludwig has had a certain surgical procedure performed, I don’t think it would much matter to him what “is going on out there”.

    A friend that works in a urology practice tells me they often get calls from women wanting to know how to go about getting their husbands “fixed”. Meaning a vasectomy. Not the more drastic procedure Ludwig has had. She thinks.

  33. OK, so I am browsing around and was just on CIDU/Comics I Don’t Understand, where A and J appear to play an active part.
    What exactly makes the strip so hard to understand? I seldom read the Dark Side comments for same reason.

    Is it simply that I relate so much to how A and J themselves relate? I just don’t have a problem getting Jimmy’s jokes.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  34. I don’t follow the comics curmudgeon, but I do read Mary Worth, Rex Morgan, the Phantom, Prince Valiant, and several other older strips. I’ve followed them since discovering them in high school.

  35. David, I began reading at an early age, about 4 or 5 apparently, and cut my teeth on the comics, which I have loved all my life. I do miss the old Sunday comics which were pages and pages and pages of comics. I used to follow ALL the story strips, the ones with continuing plots like soap operas.

    Does the Austin paper still carry a lot of strips? Even Houston had cut back I thought before I left 20 years ago. I loved the Miami Herald when I was a young teen and they had a huge list of comics then.

    I am baby sitting grandson today and browsing what people say about comics on blog or websites. I think what we say here is a lot better comments than what I have read elsewhere!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  36. Jackie, one of the fondest memories of my childhood is stretching out on the floor after church and Sunday lunch, reading page after page of color comics. A pleasure I suspect few youths today have ever enjoyed.

    I have heard of Comics Curmudgeon, so I must have seen it at some point, but I honestly don’t remember anything about it. The proprietor of CIDU is (was?) a semi-regular commenter here, and I sometimes visit his site. I have seen some cartoons there (not A&J ones) that are so enigmatic and/or ambiguous that I suspect the author designed them to be unfathomable, just to p.o. readers. Which seems to me a silly thing to do.

    But if you are saying the cream of the crop hangs out here, I concur. 🙂

  37. The cream rises to the top when you let whole milk set. You skim it off and churn it to make butter.

    I’d say we’re the cream and some of us have also been churned, so there is butter with the cream.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  38. Here is the evil threat of a not too distant past. It sounds like this new fangled fad was going to cause the downfall of civilization. I know some in the Village still partake of this activity.

    GR6, that section of Sunday comics became the Saturday morning cartoon shows. The cartoon shows were outdone by Nintendo and Game Boy. Later came Wii and Play Station. How far we have come from the age of playing with rocks and sticks. Today, eyes are safe, it’s the rest of the body that is in danger.

  39. GR6- I must concur with the joy of reading the Sunday coloreds. Sad that they are near extinct.
    My birthday is only a couple of days after Christmas. As a child my mother would always wrap my b-day presents in the Sunday funny papers to distinguish them from my Santa gifts. I usually enjoyed reprising the old comics pages as much as I did the gift within.

    Funny, Jackie, but I don’t feel very buttery. Maybe I’m the curds that develop when said milk is left to separate just a bit too long?

  40. Some years ago, I got the idea of using sheets of the Sunday color comics for Christmas gift wrapping paper, along with fancy bows. I got many compliments from family and friends on my distinctive packages. Little did they realize I was just being cheap. 🙂


    I’m the salty butter. 😉

  41. For those willing to give it a try:

    Non-fat, plain Greek-style yogurt is fairly thick. If you spoon it out from one side of the 24- or 32-oz. container, the whey drains into the hole, and the yogurt above the whey line gets even thicker. I commonly do unsweetened, unsalted, unhomogenized peanut butter [kept in the fridge to prevent separation] and low-sugar cranberries for a lunch sandwich, instead of pb and jam. But, if I expect to indulge in more fat than usual otherwise, I use the ‘yogurt-cheese’ from the partially drained container instead of the pb. It’s not bad, tastes not much different than unsalted butter.

  42. I thought about mentioning the whey or “buttermilk” but then thought better about it. Of course, the buttermilk is flecked with bits of butter if it is homemade.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  43. Wow, you folks are peeking in my windows for sure! I just posted on Facebook less that half an hour ago that I had gone a few yards from my back door and picked a whole lot of lucious berries and that was my lunch. A few hours ago, lunch was; it’s now nearly suppertime in NH. I was mad at Facebook so I didn’t go on it for a while. We call these “Thimbleberries”; they are really black raspberries; they are wild, we never planted them. I just stayed at the berry patch, ate and ate until I could eat no more berries!
    Back in the kitchen, I ate some plain, lowfat yogurt (I buy quart containers and do the same thing eMb suggested) … you have the right idea, eMb! I buy the same peanut butter you do, also keep in refrigerator. Wonderful flavor.

  44. Debbe:

    “What if you could ‘reboot’ your life….just where would you start off at?” To do that, you’d have to turn back the universe’s clock to that time. If you choose anytime before your last descendant was conceived, your last descendant[s], if any, would be different. Wrote a column about that once.* My last descendant, who will arrive here this coming weekend if all goes as planned, is a 17-year old grandson.

    The ‘reboot’ I’d choose, of course, would be > 4 years ago, in time to catch a case of leukemia in time to cure it. But that would change the genetics of all kids on earth, and the equivalent throughout the universe, from that time on.

    *That column, as submitted, had a one sentence final paragraph: “What if Adolf Hitler’s mother had ‘had a headache’ on or about 20 July 1888?”

    [Hitler was born 20 April ’89.] The night editor took it out. The paper almost never does that to me now, though I’m treading on thin ice with one future column.

  45. Thanks for the old archives! I think I am thanking David in Austin?

    Have been reading entire years, read 2001 today. Did NOT know that Arlo and Janis went to Cuba? Or at least Arlo did. Really enjoyed that long series of strips. I cannot see why we do not just resume tourism with Cuba, we are all over Viet Nam, China, Japan, Russia, every country we have ever been at war with.

    I am 70 years old and I was in Cuba when I was 14 or maybe 15, then they closed off the country and it has been that way ever since.

    My cousin (deceased now) was stationed at Guantanamo Bay. I never figured that one out, he was an OB/GYN and I couldn’t see what a female’s doctor was needed there for? This was after we closed contact with Cuba.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  46. On July 19, 2009, a day that will live in ignominy, Jimmy was stuck for an idea.

    (Had to post it now because no one will remember to check here on 07.19.14.)

  47. Jackie – I have a rather scathing response to that question (not directed at you, obviously, but toward our “fearless leaders” in DC). As I try to minimize discussion of politics or religion on public forums, and shall not go further than point out two things: 1. We are, as a nation, not suppose to have economic relations with countries that commit human rights violations. 2. Cuba has no nuclear weapons to use against us.

  48. And yes, I am aware of the Cuban crisis.

    Stepping away from the soap box and back to more important matters of Village life:

    Jackie – How is Mike doing?

    Also, I am forgetting the poster, but isn’t there a Villager who lives in Japan? Hope everyone fares well with the weather.

  49. Great news (I think) on Mike, who just made it back after 12 hour day and bladder surgery in Tulsa. They are stopping any further chemo because they have decided it has done more harm than good as it was prophylactic in case microscopic cancer cells were in body. So, now he is to recover from all the problems like weakness, muscle loss, weight loss, try to regain strength. They will check frequently and should any cancer develop in future they will attack it fast.

    Since I was terrified for them to restart chemo, I should be happy. But I have found that with cancer, things come flying at you so fast it takes awhile to realize what has hit or missed you.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  50. Good morning Villagers…

    ….Jackie, prayers are still with you and Mike.

    running late…have to go in early and sew a canvass belt….


    Ya’ll have a blessed day

  51. Silly Arlo…. she wants the house to look good for the girls! Besides, as Grandma said, “a little extra effort because we love them.” I would reply “it’s family, they can take us as we are”. Grandma always wins. 🙂

  52. Debbe….why do the belts keep breaking? Has the boss tried to figure it out? Maybe the tension is too great? Finding a root cause would at least free you up from the sewing basket. 🙂 I was only allowed in the candling house so the gathering end of the business I don’t know. (And it was all a long time ago) If you feel like it, explain it to me? Or we could talk about plans for the next time the little girl comes to visit. 🙂

  53. Wow, Llee….thank you. I once noted here, that it is a sole, antiquated, proprietorship (houses also came with two feed mills. The house I work in…blue prints are 30 tears old, as is the building..and the canvass belts are “maybe” a little younger…

    Candling is now LED….by cracky 🙂

    Tension varies on each 40 lines. Had one stuck the other day…passing over a support beam, belt caught on a nail. causing the return to build up tension and d/a me started to pull out the belt away from the nail…and in an “OH NO, SECOND!!!!” Yup, belt snapped…won’t do that again.

    Showed my husband your website….great work on your “Lean on Me

    Buzzer just went off on the stove….. 😉

  54. Oh, and Llee, her father (Andrew) is going to buy Brooklynne a pink flashlight so she can help me with “get the dead”. Interested in seeing her reaction to a mummified, skeletal (sometimes you just can’t find them all out 75,00 clucks”.


  55. Debbe, there was a most definite reason I did not take poultry courses in ag school which has nothing to do with liking chickens and turkeys and ducks and geese. It actually has to do with liking them. I just could not handle all the dead which is silly because I eat a lot of chickens and I know how they got that way.

    Did however take some applicable courses in feeding them under the animal feeds courses. Don’t you use augers to bring their food from storage to the chicken coops? Or has that changed too?

    My fryer production friend has all computerized operation except for picking up dead chickens which is done by hand.

    Are the feeding troughs fed thru belts also?

    Love, Jackie Monies

  56. Jackie…we do use augers to bring feed in from the feed bins outside. The feed is then pushed from the outside auger through tubes into feeding shoots, where augers run through the feeding shoots and then push the feed into 1200 feet of trough. Each feeding/auger runs for about 15 minutes…enough time to fill the trough.

    Yup, I know there are more modern ways now, but one can never replace pulling the dead out by hand.

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