Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Internet Ronin

Gotta keep an eye on those bananas!


It's not so much the deep "fruit analysis", but when you ladies try to combine your trenchant cultural analysis with political discourse...

Somehow I suspect the troops aren't "winning" so much as you'd like to see here, and it's not just the media and good majority of the population calling this out. This is not Vietnam, amba. The "insurgents" or al-Quaeda, or whatever you're calling those conducting guerilla warfare in the MidEast these days, are not packing it in. Giving "we're just about to turn the corner!" false hope has gotten us in thus far... it's drawing to a close though, that blind-faith blank-check no-real-results-except-failures-to-anticipate. Even the serious, some say honest, Republicans are starting to come out and say it. You're sadly in the wrong camp here again, amba, for some reason. Middle-age reckoning for post-Vietnam hippie guilt? (I won't suggest an alternate reason why you might prefer to cling to hope and good buzz for that reason; such honest wondering got me called a "bigot" here before, but to me it's noteworthy that so many who share your (seemingly false) hope and optimism for easily bettering the region, also share an ancestral tie to that particular reason... 'nough said...

Stick to talking the fruit salads... this kind of combining just doesn't mix, isn't digestable, and offers no real sustenance. Of course, it probably makes you move your (mental) bowels and at some ages, that's good enough, eh?


Puts a whole new slant on putting the weekly groceries in the back of the 57 Chevy! Especially if the fruits and vegetables are not fully matured. Can't stop at the drive-in on the way home either.
Damned Al Quaeda won't "lettuce" enjoy anything.


I can't wait . . . I was just waiting for someone to say, "How can you say Althouse is not crazy for suggesting that vegetables have sex, and then say al Qaeda is crazy for the same thing?" But I can't wait ...

It's not crazy to point out that vegetables have sex -- it's crazy to try to stop them!

Ruth Anne

So vegetables have a gender. That's not the same as they 'have sex' unless you have a hidden a-gender.


But, Ruth Anne, why would you want to separate them if not on the suspicion that they'd be having sex if you left them alone together?

Ruth Anne

Some cultures separate men from women for worship. Not every instance of commingling leads to sexual intercourse.


Yeah, but why do they separate them for worship? So that irresistible thoughts of the women's sex a-peel won't distract the men from their focus on the Divine, and they will stay cool as cucumbers. (Trying out an homage to your style ... you're better at it.)

Kevin Fleming

But isn't it, er, gay to have the cucumbers all together like that?

I say stone the vegetables and end thier mockery of God's laws.


So, Kevin, there's nothing else for it: solitary confinement! And here I thought all those posh grocery places which individually wrap every piece of fruit were just being silly. It never occurred to me that they were actually run by religions fundamentalists. ;-)


We're comparing Apples to orange alert(tm).


That wrapper on the solo cucumber (note -- only the Italian kind) -- that's just for safe sex.


Oh my, what would they do with poor Rick


Oh, man, slap an XXX on it quick! Squeez-Eez! That wee green pepper overwhelmed by its harem of tomatoes! (You knew the WWII generation used "tomato" for a broad, right?) The California-blond pubic hair of cornsilk!

Matt B

Was the "toss a salad" line an intentional double entendre?


I feel really bad for leftoids like ThinkItThrough up above, so obsessed with politics that they can't just enjoy a hilarious story without launching into a whiny, multi-paragraph rant about a vaguely related topic. Seriously: get a life.

And on topic, what about Chiquita Bananas? Obvious phallic symbol, but the label has a scantily clad harlot on it! Al Q would go mad trying to decide which side of the market it goes on.


Was the "toss a salad" line an intentional double entendre?



Jeff: here's a deep thought for you:

In quite a few languages, the word for "penis" is feminine.


So I guess AQ wouldn't like VeggieTales even if it weren't overtly Christian. (The two stars of the show are Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, which seems in conflict with the "gender" theory.)


Bob the Tomato?! How can they instill gender confusion in children like that -- and good Christians, too! I'm shocked.

Well, the letters L, G, and T are all in "veggie tales," and all the letters of GLBT are in "vegetable"! Along with V, no less!

It's all code . . .

The Unknown Professor

Thanks a pant load -- I'll never look at Veggie Tales the same way again. But does this mean that Junior Asparagus has two fathers (or mothers as the case may be)?

Al Bee

My aren't we superior! Everyone else is enjoying a giggle or two and Stinkitupnow goes off the deep end. Hope he has ankle weights.

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