Experts concerned that “she’s gonna blow”

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A local Westdale pediatric research center, the Vandens Institute, is alerting its neighbors to prepare for eruptive activity in the days to come, as the eight-month-old baby in their research facility has not defecated for a week.

“We just want everyone in the area to be vigilant,” said John Vanden, Co-Director of Research, as he walked up to a neighbor’s door with a flier advising of the growing threat. The flier warns of noise, air, and even visual pollution the neighborhood may experience when the explosion and its subsequent cleanup efforts occur. …

Editor’s Note: Rejection Without Review

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4, 3, 2, 1…Elimi-Play-Date!

The 5th Wheel (Universal), ElimiDate (Warner Bros), Change of Heart (Telepictures), The X Effect (MTV)

Whether you’re a three-month-old who can finally see beyond twelve inches or a parent who needs a digital babysitter, these reimagined turn-of-the-century dating shows will make everyone cry for more screen time!

What happens when one kid with cake and pony rides for two meets four possible new friends? No, this isn’t a word problem — it’s Elimi-Play-Date! Contestants will need more than words to be the last friend standing when we lock the parents out and let the hurt-feeling-hilarity fly! But we don’t let everything fly, because we don’t mean that kind of elimination.

X-Toy-Effect Looks like your…

There’s a hole? There’s a hole! There’s a hole, hole, hole.

child holding a book with eyes and mouth open wide with surprise
child holding a book with eyes and mouth open wide with surprise
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1. “Could you, would you, on a train?”

2. “She tugged and pulled and pulled and tugged and slowly, slowly, slowly they started off.”

3. “Did you ever milk this kind of cow?”

4. “There’s a hole? There’s a hole! There’s a hole, hole, hole.”

5. “That’s it. Now make your fingers wiggle.”

6. “Sometimes you feel two feelings at the same time and that’s okay.”

7. “Something’s moving big and slow. Something’s growling loud and low.”

8. “He uses his big tail to keep his balance, so he won’t fall.”

9. “I see a teacher looking at me.”


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You turn to us when you want to speak volumes without saying a word, so you’re probably thinking, what do we have to say? This Valentine’s Day? We’re giving ourselves the gift that says forever: we announce the formation of our union, the United Statement Jewelry Piecefitters of America.

Our employers recognize we are an integral part of humanity’s greatest holidays and milestones. I mean, would parents even remember they have children without a tiny, birthstone-encrusted shoe delivering periodic kicks to their jugular? …

Do keep an eye on her, she’s a digger!

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Springdale Zoo
Adopt-an-Animal Program

Dear Mr. Hartman,

We write to thank you for your past generous support to the Springdale Zoo through our Adopt-an-Animal Program. Pepita the capybara thrived through your family’s financial support last year, but unfortunately pandemic closures continue to challenge the mission of the zoo and our ability to feed and take care of over 500 animals representing 138 different species. Because of our limited finances we must exercise clause 15B of the Adopt-an-Animal program agreement and request that you pick up Pepita by 5 p.m. on February 10. …

Marthea Webber

Humor writer and all-around human. Published in Slackjaw, Frazzled, and Paper Darts.

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