Why are all of the comic strips (except maybe “Fred Basset”) hilarious one day . . . and “bordering on lousy” the next?

Today’s helpful hint
Leading to: Comedy Meets Science

D. Ziner writes: “Subject: Comics and their consequences.

“Many years ago, a dental hygienist said my gums would be a lot healthier if I just spent more time brushing my teeth. I took her advice, but became increasingly concerned that boredom would have me returning to my old habits — so I began putting the comics section of the Pioneer Press next to the bathroom sink and would read all the cartoons and strips on one page while brushing my uppers and all the comics on the opposite page doing the lowers.

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On the road to Cairo, Jacksonville, Macon and Atlanta. Where in the world are you?

What’s in a (city) name?

Horntoad of White Bear Lake: “Subject: Traveling where?

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“You thirsty, Pops? What’ll you have?”

Fellow travelers
And: The Permanent Fatherly/Daughterly Record

Big Eek of Southeast Minneapolis: “The middle daughter had just finished college and had some time before she left for her Peace Corps stint on the Dark Continent. We decided to take a short trip to Billy the Kid territory in New Mexico. On our second night out, we stopped at a Red Roof Inn. There was a nightclub, Sherlock’s, across the parking lot. We sauntered over.

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“Grandma Ecker sure was a beautiful girl, wasn’t she?”

The Permanent Grandmotherly Record

Grandma Paula remembers: “Subject: The twinkle in Grandma’s eye.

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“This picture hung on a wall in Grandma Ecker’s house for years. When her grandchildren would ask ‘Who is that, Grandma?’ she would smile and say: ‘It is me when I was younger.’

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“. . . and that’s when I swear I saw Elvis walk across my living room in blue suede shoes.”

Just a coincidence?
Or: There’s a signpost up ahead . . .

Zoo Lou of St. Paul: “There are moments in life that ask: ‘Is it a mere coincidence or something deeper, beyond the understanding of humankind?’

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How many summers do you have with your children? Is it ever enough?

The Permanent Motherly/Daughtersly Record

Skatermom of Woodbury: “Subject: 18th summer.

“We have a tradition, the girls and I, of getting into the pool for the last few hours of Labor Day. When we jump in, it’s still summer; when we get out, it’s time to get ready for school the next day. The page has turned.

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