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No. 4870: Heavy Meta, Or Choose Your Own Punchline

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Heavy Meta, Or Choose Your Own Punchline

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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=4870

Strip by: Lubaf

Garfield: I enjoy reading absolute trash
Garfield: {picking up a book} For example:
Garfield: [SEE BELOW]
{Below is printed the following:}
I'll be honest with you, you could pick one of three different kinds of books to put here, and the joke would work perfectly fine.
-First, books that have aged very poorly for one reason or another. For example, LEADERSHIP, by Rudy Giuliani, or DOW 36,000.
-Second, the usual "Twilight" or "Fifty Shades of Gray" Take That. (I find it boring, but an easy laugh is an easy laugh.)
-Third, we can go for something whose title is the joke; for example, "Why Haskell is the Best Programming Language", or
"Great Memes of 2017, Volume 7: Pickle Rick to The Ting Goes Skrra", or "Garfield Listens to His Gut: His 62nd Book".
Since I couldn't actually choose between them, I'll leave the choice up to you, the reader.
- Lubaf, July 27th, 2019

The author writes:

I wanted to go one more layer of meta-commentary deeper, but thought better (or worser, depending on how you look at it) of it, so here we are.

For the uninitiated, DOW 36,000 is a real book, written in 1999, predicting the DOW would hit 36,000 by 2004. For the record, the DOW dropped from a high of 11,000 shortly after the book was published to a low of around 7,200 in October 2002. It took until 2017 for the DOW to hit 23,000 (halfway between where the market was when they published the book, and where they predicted it would go). And Rudy Giuliani... let's just say he's probably earned this Take That in the years since the book was written, and leave it at that.

Original strip: 2019-07-27.