One of the funniest things I have ever seen was an unsigned sheet of doodling we found back in the files of an art house in Salt Lake City, clearly the workings of an unhinged projectionist. It was a series of little portraits neatly labeled by age – Age 1, staring baby, Age 3, cute tot and so on. The gag was that at intervals the row of heads was interrupted by a caption “THE CHANGE!” and then when the dating resumed the person would have gone through puberty, changed sex, became maniacal, grown an extra eye, mutated into a hippo or whatever. Between CHANGEs, the aging process went on as normal but the heads got smaller as they got closer to the bottom of the page. I seem to remember it ending with panel after panel of tiny hippo skulls (Age 245 … Age 257 … Age 269). My God, that was the best cartooning I’ve ever seen.
This was especially amusing for me because we had THE CHANGE in my high school too, only we called it the science of climacterics. This has since been turned into genre fiction by John Crowley but the basic idea was that the typical person goes through long-wave cycles that take you from crisis to peak every 14 years. I am not a big fan of this theory but people around me find it funny so I laugh along. Actually this is all preliminary for a POLL!
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