Blatherings overheard…and…you know…

The professor overheard a very interesting conversation lately. Of course, I just happened to overhear it, since it took place right in front of me. I wasn’t eavesdropping, just listening.


An older gentleman was speaking with a gentleman maybe 20 years his junior. For our purposes, the older gentlemen will be Mr. O, the younger, Mr. Y. I do not believe I am at liberty to reveal the names; otherwise, the professor might be hunted down and slaughtered.


Mr. O spotted Mr. Y standing alone. A smile quickly spread across Mr. O’s face as he approached Mr. Y.

“So, are you growing one?” Mr. O asked.

“Pardon me?” Mr. Y returned innocently.

Mr. O became flustered immediately and gesticulated wildly in Mr. Y’s face. “Have you decided to grow a beard?”

“Oh,” Mr. Y murmured, his hand instinctively rising to his chin. “No, it’s not that. I just haven’t had a chance to take care of the problem. Grows too quickly, you might say.”

Mr. O laughed and slapped his portly belly. “Reminds me of the time I grew my full beard. Yes, sir, my wife, she didn’t like it at all. But did I let that bother me? Absolutely not! I told her I’ll do what I want with my face! If I want to be lazy and not shave, that’s my choice. Of course, my wife could do nothing but accept what I said.”

“I see,” Mr. Y seemed quite uninterested. “Well, I’ll keep that in mind. I was really going to shave, and—”

“Reminds me of the time my sister’s husband decided to shave his beard! Man-o-thunder! You would have thought that my sister was going to die! She was so mad and shocked that she really didn’t know what to do!”

“I see,” Mr. Y said.

Mr. O smiled broadly. “Reminds me of the time—”

“See here,” Mr. Y interrupted, “if I’d a known you were going to carry on so, I would have taken the trouble and shaved to save myself from your vexing dissertations!”

“Interesting you should bring that up. Reminds me of the time I—”

Mr. Y held up his hands. “I can’t take anymore, I’ll have you know. Maybe I should have cut my head off, that way I wouldn’t have to listen to you!”

With that, Mr. Y stormed away, and Mr. O attacked someone else.

I left too—I really couldn’t bear another ‘dissertation’ myself.


Man-o-thunder… Nice expression. Perhaps, I should put it together like this: Manothunder! Ah, much better. What do you think?

I would also like to inform you that a new character profile was added to The Hut: Ruber Salami’s. You may want to check out all of the profiles.

Of course, if you have any questions concerning the Punchy Lands, specific characters, or any Punchy question in general, feel free to ask! I’d love to answer. The land is quite real, and I know details about it from my many visits. If you’re curious about a specific nation or—well, you know, just ask.

Before closing, I’d like to share a photo that’s both beautiful and troubling:



36 Responses to “Blatherings overheard…and…you know…”

  1. 1 Nancy Loderick July 18, 2013 at 16:07

    Hey Professor,

    I can always count on you to give me my laugh for the day. :)


    • 2 Professor VJ Duke July 18, 2013 at 16:08

      Thank you, Nancy! That means a lot to this professor! The PL is pure humor–hopefully!

  2. 3 krugthethinker July 17, 2013 at 18:46

    Man-O-Thunder! Yes! I am going to start saying this now:)

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 18:49

      This is great! I’m almost sure that Mr. Magi would say it! (I’ve added a proverb that you suggested from a book review!)

  3. 5 The Hook July 17, 2013 at 16:52

    My new catchphrase is “Manothunder!”

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 17:08

      That’s awesome, Hook! Use it often–use it wisely! ;)

  4. 7 L. Marie July 17, 2013 at 16:11

    I like Manothunder. And what a great conversation. Reminds me of so many I’ve heard, though I don’t possess a beard.

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 16:20

      I do too! It was definitely an interesting conversation–and slightly odd too. Imagine, having speaks about beards!

  5. 9 sknicholls July 17, 2013 at 13:39

    OH now I am so very embarrassed! I have a habit of going “Oh I remember when…,” whenever my kids come to visit. I actually do it on my blog and in comments sometime…lol

    • 10 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 13:41

      :) I think we all do it from time to time!

      You have no reason to feel embarrassed with book reviews like that!!!

      • 11 sknicholls July 17, 2013 at 13:50

        It does show my age though, which I try very hard to hide sometimes because I have grandchildren at the tender age of 52. I am constantly reminding my children of things they did in their youth :)

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 13:55

        :D That’s fine! It’s good for them to be reminded. ;) This professor is always reminded about electrocuting his bobcat–which is not a good thing to be reminded about! Och!

      • 13 FictionFan July 17, 2013 at 18:27

        :lol: Poor Professor!!!

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 18:29

        Thank you! But it’s true. Some people can be so heartless–like D. Salami! ;)

  6. 15 FictionFan July 17, 2013 at 12:45

    :lol: I can’t help but feel that Mr Y shares some verbal mannerisms with our own dear Professor…

    Must be a coincidence, though, or surely Mr O would have mentioned your excessively hairy moustache?


    • 16 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 12:59

      :lol: Ah, FF, you are so intuitive! But I shan’t say anything else.

      I told you the professor was superior to MT. Maybe that meant…no moustache?

      • 17 FictionFan July 17, 2013 at 14:29

        How disappointing! I thought you meant you were wittier, more intelligent and more charming…and it turns out you’re just more clean-shaven… :(

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 14:31

        No, no, no, no! All of those too–I assure you in the Punchyish degree! Maybe not charming though…

  7. 19 MissTiffany July 17, 2013 at 12:36

    Manothunder! (what a phrase). That picture just made my morning. :)

    • 20 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 12:56

      Thank you, Tiffany! Personally, I have to add Manothunder to my vocabulary… Now where can I use it first…

      • 21 MissTiffany July 17, 2013 at 13:53

        You’re welcome. I am now making it my goal to use that phrase at least once today.

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 13:56

        Great goal. I’d love to know when you finally get to use it and all the details!

  8. 23 Masks of Ivory July 17, 2013 at 12:27

    The many tales of punchy land. Glad you could share. Cheers

    • 24 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 12:55

      Absolutely! Sometimes it gets even more Punchy! ;)

  9. 25 Elina July 17, 2013 at 12:19

    Haha I can’t almost believe that conversation actually took place :D Sounds like something from Professorland. At least the O sure sounds like one of those strange old professors. Manothunder is cool! I love the photo, especially the smiling sun!

    • 26 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 12:55

      But it did, I assure you! ;) Maybe O does, but this professor is an interest.

      Thank you. I think the phrase was rather snappy myself. The photo was taken in the PL!

      • 27 Elina July 17, 2013 at 13:33

        I belive you Professor! And you are definitely one of the cool ones :) PL looks wonderful.

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 13:34

        Thanks, Elina!

  10. 29 deanthefish July 17, 2013 at 12:00

    OK… that was weird.

    • 30 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 12:54

      Thank you, Mr. Fish, I appreciate your sentiments!

      • 31 deanthefish July 17, 2013 at 13:10

        I always say exactly what I think! On the bottom of the sea, we refer to it as sediments (rather than sentiments) or as you landlubbers are fond of saying: sand, grit, etc. I don’t muddy my opinion to suit others.

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 13:18

        You have a keen wit, deany boy!

  11. 33 Jackie July 17, 2013 at 11:47

    Amazing capture! I have only heard by way of rumor that the sun had a face just like the moon.

    • 34 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 12:53

      :D The photo was taken in the PL!

      • 35 Jackie July 17, 2013 at 13:11


      • 36 Professor VJ Duke July 17, 2013 at 13:18

        Thanks, but they don’t compare with yours!

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