On the Rebound

On the Rebound

I’m running a bit late this morning, and I don’t have a lot of time, so I’m leaving you with this classic from 2003.

13 responses to “On the Rebound”

    • See if I get it right this time.
      Co-joined twins?
      When Go Comics is behind like yesterday – just hit the forward button
      under the cartoon strip.
      This is not the first time the delay has happened.

  1. OB:
    “Co-joined twins” is synonymous with what used to be called Siamese twin, legitimately no longer PC. Term arose because [I think] a surviving pair from Sri Lanka were exhibited decades back by Barnum & Bailey or some such. I hope there are no longer freak shows, and will not get political.

  2. emb-

    It was actually brothers from Siam, Chang and Eng Bunker. Co-joined at the chest and sharing a liver, they made a fortune in the antebellum era in the side-shows and exhibitions. Interestingly, they married sisters and each had several children. Their families lived in separate houses, where the twins took alternating three-day stays.

    • Some of the performers went with the shows voluntarily because it was the only way they could earn a living with their disabilities. It also gave them a chance to travel, meet new people, including others with disabilities, and live better lives than they could have if kept at home. Of course, there were those who were taken advantage of and abused, but they were not in the majority. Check out a book called Very Special People by Frederick Drimmer.

  3. The subject of freak shows reminded me of an article I read a long time ago about the photographer Diane Arbus. She did a lot of work with what we now refer to as “marginalized groups”. One of her comments that struck me then and has stuck with me was (roughly) that the “freaks” were mentally healthier than many so-called “normal” people because the worst possible thing had already happened to them and they had survived, while the rest of us have to live with not knowing when or if the worst might happen.

  4. Panel four: Jimmy’s drawing, of Janis’s toes and knee, reminds me, for the first time, of James Thurber’s drawing. It’s the correct angles and all, but a little bit rubbery and thus very, very slightly sketchy.

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