Thursday, January 22, 2009

This is for you Si! More GANEFS!

As you may recall, last Sunday I had a post uniquely named SUNDAY FUNNIES. I only displayed the opening splash of GANEFS! which was a story illustrated by Will Elder in the first issue of MAD Comicbook.

In the comments Si wanted to know more about the story. So, without further ado, here's the rest of the story:

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Blogger Si's blog said...

A great one. Now we can add "Phud" to "Ganefs".

A great story of why I did not become a good dirty rotten thief. Can relate to Bumble. Like me in too many ways.

Thanks. Your magazine library must be second only to your family photo library.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

You are welcome... or as once someone said in an email to me: :"Your welcome."

I have a few original MAD Comic books which I never let see light. They are worth too much. And, I probably have over a hundred MAD magazines, which are not worth much at all.
HOWEVER, a few years ago, I bought a MAD CD set which has 5 CDs and at least the first 300 issues of MAD, maybe the first 500, I forgot which.... but that is where I get my MAD stuff from.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Si's blog said...

Do you know that "Ganefs" spelled backward is "Sfenag"? And "Phud" is "Duph"? Potsrebie !

6:55 PM  
Blogger Si's blog said...

Mispelled it. Potzrebie!

Mad magazine equivalent of the computer programmer's foo, that is, a word which can be used to stand in for any other (as in, for example, fictitious brand names, etc.)
The label said to induce vomiting, so I applied the Potzrebie maneuver.

I'm sorry, Ms. Jones, we're going to have to charge you $500 dollars for this repair... your, uh, Potzrebie device was broken. Yeah.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Si's blog said...

Went to Google Blog Search and looked for "ganefs". Lots of entries, most of them Jewish. Did you ever hear of the Eight Iron Ganefs?.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

No, I never heard of the eight iron Ganefs. It must mean what it really doesn't mean.
Harvey Kurtzman, the editor and only writer of MAD Comicbooks used the word Potzrebie a lot. I think it is a Yiddish slang word. Another word he used was Flusherburgering (I probably misspelled it).

8:02 PM  
Blogger Si's blog said...

Always liked potzrebie. Along with shazam. And Eccc. You are expanding my vocabulary.

4:21 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

That reminds me, Anna received a tear-a-page-a-day calendar of a word origin each day. For the first several days I looked at it each day and learned how a some words were developed or derived from and worked themselves into our language then I forgot the calendar existed. I haven't looked at it in over a week. Thanks for the reminder.

4:44 AM  

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