The Professor and Merlin

NOTE: The professor is quite proud. Have you noticed that I destroyed the smileys? They no longer work.

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And I said what I thought—which is always a good practice: “I’m not sure what would live in there, really.”

Merlin didn’t like this professor’s answer. “Boy, how horribly dull-minded of you! I’m beginning to think you lack discriminating wit.” (In the PL, discriminating wit equals brain power.)

I looked towards the cave again. Here it is, by the way:

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“Perhaps some polar bears live in there?” I tried.

Merlin looked astounded. “Polar bears don’t live in caves. Especially those kind of caves!”

The professor didn’t really believe Merlin. He’s not…an overly good source for information, you know.

“Guess again,” Merlin prodded. “Guess what lives in that cave.”

The professor thought hard—and I don’t do that sort of thing often. “Penguins?”

“NO, BOY! Use your head!”

“Arctic foxes?”

Merlin shook his head. He seemed disappointed.

“Then what?” I asked. “I must needs know what lives in there!”

Merlin met my eyes. “Nothing.”

“Nothing? Goodness. What a worthless exercise.”

“Not at all,” Merlin countered. “It’s a mind exercise.”

“Well it just killed mine.”

PF, do you suppose anything lives in there?

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264 Responses to “The Professor and Merlin”


  1. 1 ladycheetah7 April 11, 2014 at 18:35

    Discriminating wit. I haven’t heard that in a while. I must use it. Plenty of opportunity where it might be true.
    As for who or what lives in there, who knows. Could be someone’s ancestor’s seeking for treasure and became frozen along the way,

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 19:06

      Me neither! I think I’ve talked about it before, but I can’t remember. I know! Isn’t it just an awesome phrase?

      That sounds like something the professor might do.

  2. 3 bardictale April 9, 2014 at 09:33

    That’s my great-great-great aunt Lina’s house. How’dya find it?

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:37

      *laughing* Really? Could I go in?

      • 5 bardictale April 9, 2014 at 19:13

        Um, maybe? It’s not my house you’re looking at~^

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:04

        But it’s your aunt! Is she friendly?

      • 7 bardictale April 10, 2014 at 03:47

        Great-great-great aunt. And yes, she’s nice. I suggest you knock on the door before going in though.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:39

        Would you go with me, Bard?

      • 9 bardictale April 11, 2014 at 06:22

        Bit busy at the moment trying to keep my department from falling into the pit. Another time, perhaps.

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 18:41

        Oh, okay. Well…I must be brave, then. Is it vexing, Bard?

      • 11 bardictale April 12, 2014 at 18:04

        You’ll do fine, professor^~

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 13:15

        Many thanks, Bard.

  3. 13 Amy Pinkrose April 9, 2014 at 03:42

    Firstly, how is LadyP supposed to keep up over here if the Professor is always playing with her?Secondly, Merlin is wrong. It is not possible NOT to have anything in the cave because energy exists all over. Even in caves. So there you have it. And lastly, I am never talking to you again because you destroyed the smilies. What do you have against smilies for Pete’s sake! Darn! Respectfully, LadyP

    • 14 Me, Myself and DIY April 9, 2014 at 11:28

      I know LadyP – with all due respect, why does the Professor have to hate on smileys? Also, I agree about the energy. But also maybe strange fish or something – because you know there’s water in there!

      • 15 Amy Pinkrose April 9, 2014 at 15:05

        You are absolutely right. Of course there are fish in that cave! Good thinkin’! I still am NOT talking to Professor. I am formally on a silence strike! HUH! Taking the smilies off. 😁

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:48

        The professor wipes the smiles off faces.

      • 17 Amy Pinkrose April 9, 2014 at 18:57

        Phooey ON YOU! *silence* *arms across chest*

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 19:04

        Now what should I do?

      • 19 Amy Pinkrose April 9, 2014 at 19:15

        Put the smilies back. Or *silence*…

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:04

        Okay, they’re back.

      • 21 Amy Pinkrose April 10, 2014 at 01:09

        NO!

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:32

        Oh dear. Why all the no’s?

      • 23 Amy Pinkrose April 10, 2014 at 01:33

        Cause I am on a silent strike until you put the smilies back on. That’s why.

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:34

        But we still have the professorish smile.

      • 25 Amy Pinkrose April 10, 2014 at 01:35

        You call THAT thing a SMILE? Good GriEF! Yuuze in BIG trouble. (sigh) Must I have to teach to talk and NOW smile too?

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:24

        Yes, you must. I thought it was rather nice.

      • 27 Amy Pinkrose April 10, 2014 at 20:16

        Well, so did I. That is why I did what I did.

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 20:22

        Great! So you like the professorish smiley.

      • 29 Amy Pinkrose April 10, 2014 at 20:33

        *horror* NO! Oh NO! Not in the least! *must sit down*

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 17:53

        *cries*

      • 31 Amy Pinkrose April 11, 2014 at 20:56

        *hands you a tissue* It’s pink.

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 22:43

        *refuses* I only take red ones.

      • 33 Amy Pinkrose April 11, 2014 at 22:46

        Well! Then let your tears get you all wet then. I ONLY have pink ones. Pink is kinda like red … just lighter. You sure???

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 22:55

        Isn’t pink a ladies color?

      • 35 Amy Pinkrose April 11, 2014 at 22:58

        Well……OK! So what if it is? I offer you a tissue out of the kindness of my heart and you turn me down! Dadblammet!

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 12:23

        I’m sorry, LadyP! *the professor decides he will take it*

    • 37 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:34

      I enjoy wiping the smiles off people’s faces. What do you think of that? Including Merlin.

      • 38 Amy Pinkrose April 9, 2014 at 18:55

        *silence*

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 19:02

        Will there always be silence?

  4. 40 Catherine April 9, 2014 at 00:08

    If I didn’t know any better, I would say polar bears…but I guess I’m wrong.

    • 41 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:10

      And you know, that’s an awesome guess too. Would you be game for going in to see? *smiles at the possible adventure*

      • 42 Catherine April 9, 2014 at 00:20

        Totally! I’ve always wanted to go spelunking. *smiles because of the word “spelunking”*

        And maybe there’s treasure to be found in that cave, if not polar bears! *smiles again because now there are two reasons to go spelunking*

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:32

        That is an awesome word, Catherine! *loves the word a lot*

        *laughing* We sure do! Would you like to meet a polar bear?

      • 44 Catherine April 9, 2014 at 04:16

        Hmm…I think so!
        Unless, of course, it’s a mother polar bear protecting her cubs. Might want to stay away from those.

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:35

        Very true. We should run the other way, then.

  5. 46 icedmocha34 April 8, 2014 at 23:28

    Miss the smileys. :lol:

    • 47 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:08

      Oh, you do not! Do you? You couldn’t! Weren’t they awful?

      • 48 icedmocha34 April 9, 2014 at 00:30

        They are…but I still like them. Better than nothing. :lol:

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:33

        Isn’t better to put thoughts inside asterisks. *really thinks it may be* *smiles like the moon* See?

      • 50 icedmocha34 April 9, 2014 at 01:35

        Or….you could do a smiley face, even if it doesn’t look as good as it did. XD

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:35

        They all look the same. I rather despise them. Now that face you did there is nice. That’s not a smiley, is it?

      • 52 icedmocha34 April 9, 2014 at 01:38

        It’s a person laughing so hard that their eyes cross. I do that to myself all the time. XD or XP

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:22

        Oh! That’s what it is. I always thought you were sticking your tongue out at me…

      • 54 icedmocha34 April 11, 2014 at 00:38

        That’s what XP is for!!!

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 18:34

        Oh…I wonder why I’m so confused but these things. How do you do a mad face?

      • 56 icedmocha34 April 12, 2014 at 01:05

        ><

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 12:52

        And I think I’ve seen that before. You must have used it on me.

  6. 58 evamarasca April 8, 2014 at 21:00

    Hibernating aliens?

    • 59 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:06

      Oh dear! Do you think they may attack?

  7. 60 Julie Harris April 8, 2014 at 19:58

    The abominable snow man perhaps? I am so sad to see the smiley faces gone :(

    • 61 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:06

      Why for the smileys? Weren’t they a bit ugly?

      Yes, could be a snowman. Should I fear?

      • 62 Julie Harris April 9, 2014 at 01:11

        Yes, I suppose the smileys were a bit creepy! Fearful? Maybe. I would definitely proceed with caution!

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:34

        Yes, I should! Do you use the smileys?

      • 64 Julie Harris April 9, 2014 at 01:35

        Yes, I use them all the time…. Because I am always smiling!

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:36

        The professor is too,I think. Doesn’t that seem to be the case?

      • 66 Julie Harris April 9, 2014 at 01:48

        I think so. You can never smile too much!

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:23

        Couldn’t it get permanently stuck like that?

  8. 68 technophile9 April 8, 2014 at 19:09

    The new smileys were horrible. I have also destroyed them. :P

    Perhaps Grendel and his mother? From the epic ‘Beowulf’.

    • 69 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:05

      That’s awesome. Glad to have someone who feels the same. The laughing smiley was atrocious. Have you seen that thing?

      Now that would be scary. But I would want to hunt and destroy Grendel. Would you come with me?

      • 70 technophile9 April 9, 2014 at 09:23

        Maybe you should call up Beowulf himself. ;)

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:36

        Is he a mean chap?

      • 72 technophile9 April 9, 2014 at 19:35

        I haven’t read the actual poem, but I think he’s one of the toughest warriors there is – in fact, he killed Grendel and his mother once, so he should be able to do it again. ;)

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:10

        *laughing lots* Okay, then… I must hunt him down. You don’t think he charges a lot, do you?

      • 74 technophile9 April 10, 2014 at 11:23

        It depends on whether or not he’s fought the dragon yet. If he hasn’t, he’s probably on some quest. If he has, he’s dead. :P

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:43

        Does he die when he fights the dragon? Rats. Well, we must find him soon, then.

  9. 76 Debbie April 8, 2014 at 19:07

    No clue. But I’m really looking forward to The Rest of the Story (the part where you tell us just what does live in that cave!)

    • 77 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:05

      Oh! I suppose I should investigate, then!

  10. 78 TheCrazyBagLady April 8, 2014 at 16:31

    It could be a portal to another world :)

    • 79 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:03

      Ooo-sweet! But where?

      • 80 TheCrazyBagLady April 9, 2014 at 03:06

        Straight into a warm tropical island with blue skies and happy people ;)

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:33

        Now that sounds nice! Can I go?

      • 82 TheCrazyBagLady April 10, 2014 at 03:03

        maybe you can take Amelia there :)

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:25

        Now that’s an idea! And throw her in the cave?

      • 84 TheCrazyBagLady April 11, 2014 at 02:22

        Throw her in and she will be pleasantly surprised to end up in the other world? Maybe the portal will make her like you :)

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 18:39

        Ah…throw her in and she might not come back. It’s a great idea.

      • 86 TheCrazyBagLady April 12, 2014 at 03:51

        ya ahahahahahaaaaaaaaa! ;)

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 12:55

        *laughing* Awesome and thanks!

  11. 88 Angeline M April 8, 2014 at 16:18

    Nothing sounds about as good an answer as any.

    • 89 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:03

      Yes, but wasn’t it wrong of him?

  12. 90 maryamchahine April 8, 2014 at 15:23

    Well, that was much ado about “nothing” ; ) Of course, nothing lives in there except ice. However, it is more likely that some water made an escape from the watery clutches of the sea, and had to go into disguise as ice to elude the sea hunters. On really warm days, its disguise melts.

    • 91 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:02

      I so love that response! I should have said it to Merlin, huh?

      • 92 maryamchahine April 10, 2014 at 16:08

        Thanks, Professor! I’m normally dull, but glad you liked that response. No, I think you did a good job of handling Merlin : ) He’s a tough guy to grasp.

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:27

        You’re not dull at all! The professor is. He sure is! And very old, you know.

      • 94 maryamchahine April 12, 2014 at 11:36

        Most definitely not. If you are dull, then I am a dullard ; D Are you really that old? When I first read your blog, I thought you might have been retired because it seems like a blog like this would take a large amount of time to create.

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 12:59

        *laughing* Oh dear… Well–you ask hard questions, M! Let me see… Yes, it takes a lot of time to create!

  13. 96 walt walker April 8, 2014 at 14:29

    Walt: That place… is strong with the dark side of the Force. A domain of evil it is. In you must go.
    P.VJ: What’s in there?
    Walt: Only what you take with you.
    P.VJ: *reaches for katana*
    Walt: Your weapons, you will not need them.

    • 97 walt walker April 8, 2014 at 14:59

      By the way, those are the nuttiest tags I’ve ever seen.

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:59

        Haha! Yes, I know. Whatever pops into my mind, you know.

    • 99 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:58

      *laughing lots* Walt, this comment rocks! But I must take the katana! Can I?

      • 100 walt walker April 9, 2014 at 04:03

        *sighs, shakes head full of wisdom*

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:34

        Walt, you need to give me more wisdom.

  14. 102 Bethy April 8, 2014 at 14:03

    haha! I was on the edge of my seat and then…nothing. :D When you said you weren’t going to use smileys anymore I’m afraid I didn’t quite believe you, but I should have known better!

    • 103 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:57

      Haha! Isn’t that how the PL goes at times? Yes! I banned them. The professor is still upset about it, you know. Aren’t’ they rotten?

      • 104 Bethy April 14, 2014 at 22:13

        They are quite rotten. But I can’t talk without smiling, so what am I to do?

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke April 15, 2014 at 19:18

        Yes, that’s my problem. So I say it like this: *smiling bigger than the moon* See how much more detail?

      • 106 Bethy April 16, 2014 at 20:08

        I do see the greater detail. That’s pretty Plumbtastic. I’ll have to see what I can do.

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke April 16, 2014 at 20:26

        And I’m sure you’ll do better than the professor.

      • 108 Bethy April 16, 2014 at 20:31

        Oh maybe. Maybe not. I bet it will turn out to be something like you will have a really Wowawee day one time and I’ll have a humdinger day another time.

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke April 16, 2014 at 20:35

        *laughing* I’ve always considered humdinger the opposite of wowawee as well. Love how you put that.

      • 110 Bethy April 17, 2014 at 14:29

        well you know…it’s great when you have Plumbtastic adjectives to work with.

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke April 17, 2014 at 16:17

        Hahaha! Well…awesome, then!

  15. 112 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 8, 2014 at 13:59

    You totally destroyed the smileys. You, Duke, are a powerful force. Where did you put them? I didn’t like them anyway…

    What lives in the cave? Snowflakes and ice? Rocks and air? Cold and crisp? Maybe I do?
    Merlin is a smart fellow. You must needs to think harder, Duketh.

    • 113 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:56

      I did! And yes I am! *smiles proudly and takes out a red pocketbook* I banned them! Isn’t that great?

      You, Audith? But why? I bet it’s cold in there!

      Did he make the professor look…well, look dull?

      • 114 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 9, 2014 at 02:49

        You are… *what are you going to do with the pocketbook?* Well, I think it’s kinda sad how we all followed right after you, as if you knew best. I think I’ll use them again just because…

        I’m not sure. I may be suited best for it, though. Very. *grabs all her coats and suitcase*

        No, I loved how the professor tried his best to figure it all out. Your desire to know the truth shows that you don’t give up.

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:26

        I write things in my pocketbook all the time–and I gave it a wrong name. The smileys…spit-tooey to them! I’ll never use them again, unless I die.

        No coats allowed!

        Never give up, unless I’m tired.

      • 116 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 9, 2014 at 20:04

        What is the right name? Yeah, those smiles were a waste of time. *spits* *then looks around because she can’t believe she did that…* You cannot die, Duke

        But I’d freeze if I didn’t have my coats…you want me to die in that cave?

        And we all know a mind can tire. *straightens her ponytail and heads over to her blog*

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:25

        You know, I’m not sure. *spits as well to make all well* Oh yes I can!

        You can have MM’s fur coat. Don’t tell him, though!

        *waves after her and conceals the water ballon for later use*

      • 118 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 10, 2014 at 02:07

        How about your trusty diary? *pfft..she’s funny, I know* *aww, so sweet!*
        No you cannot!

        Thank you. *starts off on her journey*

        *tee hee hee* *figures he’ll forget he has it*

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:25

        Only girls have diaries! Why not? Why can’t I die?

        You can’t go…yet!

        *laughing* I probably will!

      • 120 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 10, 2014 at 20:14

        Men have journals, I’m sorry. Well, cause I’d miss you. Die, die? Or die…?

        *stops and turns around* Yet… *asks why?*

        *laughs bunches* ….hiccup….

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 20:21

        And I’d miss you! What’s the difference, Audith?

        Well, because…I have to come!

        So, I should probably use it now.

      • 122 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 10, 2014 at 20:43

        *eye lashes flutter and she blushes* One means you are deader than dead. The other means you’d never recover, I think, if that makes sense.

        You’re coming, too!!! *jumps for joy* *sits and waits on her suitcase for you, while you finish working on tracks*

        *shocked* *points left while turning and running right*

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 18:05

        *offers to help you rid yourself of eyelashes* Ah, I do see. I do.

        *comes skipping along and hands Audith a new red pillow*

        *backs into a tree while aiming* Dadblameit!

      • 124 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 11, 2014 at 21:34

        *hands him the pliers*

        Skipping? Okay, then. *accepts the pillow and smells it to see if it is fresh*

        *laughs* *Goes to grab her ice bucket* Two for cursing…

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 22:50

        Ooo, that would hurt!

        Yes, I skip, you know. Like DS. He does sometimes, too. *notices a slug in it* That’s our new pet.

        *laughing and runs*

      • 126 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 12, 2014 at 00:58

        You had a terrible idea. Who chooses pliers?

        Ahh, yes, I do know this… *sighs* He’s perfect. What shall we call him. Will he survive the cave, Duketh?

        *waits for him to sneak back around*

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 12:52

        Well, it was a new method, I think.

        How about…Max? Or Charley? Or Berta?

        *goes in the cave*

      • 128 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 14, 2014 at 18:39

        Interesting one, I’d say.

        Max is nice, but I love Charley.

        *lays a blanket over Charley and scurries behind you*

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 18:40

        And horrid.

        That’s the one I liked too!

        *begins to look about*

      • 130 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 14, 2014 at 19:27

        I like your using horrid. Tis a great word, Duketh.

        Now to decide on the proper spelling…

        *tightens her ponytail and straightens your hat*

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke April 15, 2014 at 18:59

        I like it, too!

        It’s completely up to you.

        I should get a ponytail…

      • 132 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 15, 2014 at 19:14

        You should just stuff your hair under you hat.

      • 133 Professor VJ Duke April 15, 2014 at 19:46

        But how?

      • 134 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 15, 2014 at 20:16

        *Shows you* Gathers up her hair and places it on top of her head, then slides the cap on.

        What? Why are you staring at me? Yes, now it’s a tall hat…
        When you do it, you should look fairly normal.

      • 135 Professor VJ Duke April 16, 2014 at 00:45

        Aha! Do you wear baseball caps, Audith? I’ve been told girls don’t like such things.

        What sort of hat?

      • 136 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 16, 2014 at 04:08

        No, I don’t wear caps. I have too much curly hair. The hat would stand 10 feet tall!

      • 137 Professor VJ Duke April 16, 2014 at 20:05

        That would be a problem–but rather unique. You might get on the news that way.

      • 138 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 16, 2014 at 20:47

        Just what I need.

      • 139 Professor VJ Duke April 17, 2014 at 16:00

        For sure, yes.

      • 140 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 17, 2014 at 17:17

        Don’t encourage me

      • 141 Professor VJ Duke April 18, 2014 at 15:39

        The professor is an encouraging sort of chap.

      • 142 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 18, 2014 at 16:13

        Look! You’ve turned into that adorable proud peacock again, Duke.

      • 143 Professor VJ Duke April 18, 2014 at 16:42

        Like Shen!

      • 144 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 18, 2014 at 16:53

        Yeppers!

      • 145 Professor VJ Duke April 18, 2014 at 17:29

        *smiles really bigly*

      • 146 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 18, 2014 at 17:30

        *she knew he’d like that*

      • 147 Professor VJ Duke April 18, 2014 at 17:58

        I did!

      • 148 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister April 20, 2014 at 05:59

        *smiles*

  16. 149 L. Marie April 8, 2014 at 13:41

    My guess is a colorful Punchy Lander lives there, who will eventually be made known. Perhaps this individual wishes to take over the world or at least a small part of it.

    • 150 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:54

      Perfect guess, for sure! Do you suppose it could be the Veezler then?

  17. 151 John W. Howell April 8, 2014 at 13:26

    The first bowl of ice cream

    • 152 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:28

      *laughing* But what flavor?

      • 153 John W. Howell April 9, 2014 at 00:11

        Momma bear milk flavor. That’s why it’s still there.

      • 154 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:31

        *laughing* Rats and a Heifer! That would be tough to digest, huh? Would you try it?

      • 155 John W. Howell April 9, 2014 at 12:24

        How about the fist person to drink mile from a cow? “Oh and I squeeze this and drink that? You crazy?”

      • 156 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:40

        *laughing lots* I’ve always wondered about this. Do you suppose…well, how did it happen?

      • 157 John W. Howell April 9, 2014 at 19:36

        I think it was a truth or dare thing. “Tell us the truth about where you were last night or I dare you to drink that white stuff the calf seems to enjoy.”

      • 158 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:11

        Hahaha! Now that is something. I think I tend to agree with you, for sure. I’m sure everyone told the truth, too, you know.

      • 159 John W. Howell April 10, 2014 at 12:46

        Uh Huh. I know I would.

      • 160 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:25

        But here we are…centuries later drinking it. What should we make of that?

      • 161 John W. Howell April 10, 2014 at 20:41

        Well somebody somewhere decided it was good for you and put it on a list of must haves. (“Hey readers, I just tried this new milk thing and I was quite surprised. It actually tasted good. Of course, I had a small enhancement in mine courtesy of the local mead maker) The rest of humanity being of the follow persuasion figured if it was good enough to be on a list it was good enough to drink. The guy who did this originally also gave rave reviews to the book that was on a scroll at the Dead Sea bookstore and the rest as they say is history. The sequel to the book did pretty well and the mead enhancement was thought to be over doing a good thing.

      • 162 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 18:04

        *laughing* Okay, now that makes sense. Mead made it bearable in the beginning, then was eventually scrapped. I love this! But, we both know this now…so…I’m a bit…well, a bit scared of having any more milk.

  18. 163 E. April 8, 2014 at 13:23

    Ice giants, final answer.

    • 164 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:28

      Are they vicious?

      • 165 E. April 8, 2014 at 23:31

        According to Odin, yes. I haven’t met any personally, so I can’t say from experience. But I’ve heard rumors. Nasty ones.

      • 166 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:08

        Ooo! You mean those scary ones from the movie?

      • 167 E. April 9, 2014 at 00:09

        Yes, except bigger, scarier, and more Norwegian-like.

      • 168 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:11

        Oh dear! And they were brutal. Do you think I could kill one with a katana?

      • 169 E. April 9, 2014 at 00:15

        Maybe if it was a speciallly-adapted-for-killing-ice-giants katana. Or if it was some magical artifact, like Mjolnir.

      • 170 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:32

        The blade is specially crafted! Would you fight with me? I’d need help!

      • 171 E. April 9, 2014 at 11:29

        Hmm. If I was being attacked by these beasties, then yes. But I don’t think I would invade their home without good cause.

      • 172 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:37

        But what if they have treasure in there?

      • 173 E. April 9, 2014 at 19:40

        Unless the treasure was originally mine, then it’s theirs, and stealing isn’t very nice.
        Especially if they stole from me first.

      • 174 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:12

        Oh dear. But, then, wouldn’t you want me to still it back for you?

      • 175 E. April 10, 2014 at 10:57

        Only if it was mine to begin with. If they stole it from me first, then those frosty bastards are goin’ down!

      • 176 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:43

        I’ll help you–if you’d like!

      • 177 E. April 10, 2014 at 20:01

        Please do! If Ice Giants ever steal my treasure, you’ll be the first I call upon for help and vengeance!

      • 178 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 20:20

        This is awesome! We’d make sure they never crossed us again, too. I’d bring all my weapons and chariots….

      • 179 E. April 10, 2014 at 20:27

        I’ll bring a flamethrower. Legend has it Ice Giants don’t like flamethrowers.

      • 180 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 20:27

        Wowawee! That’d be cool. Could you bring one for me, too?

      • 181 E. April 10, 2014 at 20:31

        Of course!
        Hmmm. What are some other good weapons to bring?

      • 182 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 17:49

        Maybe a grenade of some sort? I know! How about mustard gas?

      • 183 E. April 11, 2014 at 17:51

        Oooh, good call… I wonder if we could we could get Helios to help out. Sun rays can certainly help with frigid icy monsters!

      • 184 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 19:02

        *laughing* If we could, we’d win, for sure. Perhaps we should visit his palace and ask? I do wonder where he lives!

      • 185 E. April 11, 2014 at 19:46

        Probably close to Mount Olympus is my guess, which means we must journey to the far edges of the earth! Hooray, adventure!

      • 186 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 22:29

        Nice! And hopefully we could catch some foxes on the way. I do hope Helios is a nice chap.

  19. 187 PorterGirl April 8, 2014 at 13:14

    I am surprised the Professor didn’t give Merlin a little smack – he is being dreadfully annoying here! As to what could lvie in the cave, well – it is my understanding that spiders live nearly everywhere, so if they had their socks on they could live in here, maybe.

    • 188 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:26

      *laughing lots* What an awesome comment! Spiders with socks. I think so! And you’re right about Merlin. Should I smack him next time?

  20. 189 The Dancing Rider April 8, 2014 at 13:14

    Well you made some good guesses at what might live in that cave. Merlin drives a hard bargain. But he is probably right. Nothing lives in there. I bet it is used temporarily from time-to-time though — perhaps by Zez.

    • 190 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:25

      Which could be the case. Do you think I should go look? Maybe I should just push Merlin in.

      • 191 The Dancing Rider April 9, 2014 at 13:24

        Nah. There could be a spider in there. Just push Merlin in first to test the cave!

      • 192 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:40

        Haha! I like that one, DR. He deserves it, too!

  21. 193 FictionFan April 8, 2014 at 13:11

    It’s the Giant Ice-Monster, hideous offspring of a prehistoric mating between the Yeti and Nessie – a creature with only one source of food…befuddled and extremely rude old magicians. But don’t tell Merlin!

    The Professor has had an extra-special day for tags today – I feel this must be a world record! *laughing*

    • 194 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:25

      *laughing* Boy do I hope it comes and eats him, then! But I do find the creature fascinating. Do you think I should hunt it?

      Oh dear. Yes…it was hard working coming up with tags. So I just said things. But there’s a connection, I think.

      • 195 FictionFan April 9, 2014 at 13:24

        Don’t hunt it till after it’s had its dinner…

        Really? A connection to what – the mother ship?

      • 196 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:41

        That’s true. We do want rid of Merlin…Mr. Magi would be so mad.

        What’s a mother ship?

      • 197 FictionFan April 9, 2014 at 19:39

        I was thinking though…you could sneak up to it and whisper in its ear that Shnoddy is also a befuddled old magician – a little white lie perhaps, but so worth it…

        Where the aliens return to after they’ve baffled humanity with the brilliance of their tag connections…

      • 198 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:12

        Look how dastardly and mean that is! Would you be able to sleep after such an action–let alone a thought?!

        *laughing lots* There is a connection, dadblameit. I’ll explain it to you on the day I tell you everything else.

      • 199 FictionFan April 10, 2014 at 13:45

        Slept very well and had pleasant dreams! How’s Shnoddy?

        But if I keep visiting the PL will I still be sane enough to understand, should that day ever arrive?

      • 200 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:26

        With his wife in Scotland, I’m sure!

        Are you sane now, though?

      • 201 FictionFan April 10, 2014 at 21:57

        I’m not sure I’m the best person to judge…

      • 202 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 18:22

        I think I might be.

  22. 203 Simply Skeptical April 8, 2014 at 12:54

    Perhaps another abode of the Pez???

    • 204 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:18

      Ooo…definitely a possibility–which is scary, huh?

  23. 205 Susan P April 8, 2014 at 12:41

    Nothing seems like a good answer. I wonder if he meant it to be like a vacuum where nothing lives, or just there is nothing there? I mean, it looks like there is ice in there, but strictly speaking, unless we are talking about cryogenics, ice does not generally harbor viable life.

    • 206 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:18

      Wowawee! That’s a good point, Susan. A bit gardoobling, but nice. Could it be warm in there?

      • 207 Susan P April 9, 2014 at 18:16

        Rats and a heifer. That’s dadblamery. How can cryoenics be warm?

      • 208 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:58

        Haha! Yes…but…well, it’s a fancy word, isn’t it?

      • 209 Susan P April 10, 2014 at 17:22

        Fancy dadblamery is still dadblamery.

      • 210 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 19:27

        Haha. The professor uses fancy dadblamery!

      • 211 Susan P April 10, 2014 at 19:52

        Fancy schmancy dadblamery.

      • 212 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 20:18

        *laughing* That middle word is the special one, you know.

      • 213 Susan P April 11, 2014 at 15:26

        How is that?

      • 214 Professor VJ Duke April 11, 2014 at 18:59

        It’s just really cool. Don’t you think so?

      • 215 Susan P April 12, 2014 at 14:58

        Well, of course, else I would not use it.

      • 216 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 13:11

        Aha! I’m figuring out your philosophy on constructing sentences.

      • 217 Susan P April 14, 2014 at 14:32

        Hah! *snicker*

      • 218 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 18:25

        It’s true!

      • 219 Susan P April 14, 2014 at 20:48

        *tosses an ice cream cone to (not at) the professor*

      • 220 Professor VJ Duke April 15, 2014 at 19:14

        Is it cherry?

      • 221 Susan P April 15, 2014 at 20:53

        Yep, with cherries on top.

      • 222 Professor VJ Duke April 16, 2014 at 01:04

        Thanks much!

      • 223 Susan P April 17, 2014 at 20:11

        de nada

      • 224 Professor VJ Duke April 18, 2014 at 16:04

        Does that mean “no problem” or “you’re welcome”?

      • 225 Susan P April 18, 2014 at 16:43

        Translation: “It was nothing.”

      • 226 Professor VJ Duke April 18, 2014 at 17:08

        Aha. I like that.

      • 227 Susan P April 18, 2014 at 17:18

        They also say, “Não tem de que.” Which translates “There is nothing to thank me for.”

      • 228 Professor VJ Duke April 18, 2014 at 17:50

        I’d love to hear you say that.

      • 229 Susan P April 18, 2014 at 18:11

        How could that happen?

      • 230 Professor VJ Duke April 21, 2014 at 12:47

        We’d have to meet, huh?

      • 231 Susan P April 21, 2014 at 14:15

        Either that or I would have to figure out how to make a sound clip. Or, a non-video Skype session.

      • 232 Professor VJ Duke April 21, 2014 at 20:48

        I know that sounds clips aren’t all that hard.

      • 233 Susan P April 22, 2014 at 23:51

        Yes, well, making a dress isn’t all that hard, either.

      • 234 Professor VJ Duke April 23, 2014 at 00:47

        *shock* Oh yes it is!

      • 235 Susan P April 23, 2014 at 17:34

        It’s all in your perspective. grin

      • 236 Professor VJ Duke April 23, 2014 at 18:56

        I think you’ve trapped me…

      • 237 Susan P April 24, 2014 at 23:58

        I started with making an apron and went on from there.

      • 238 Professor VJ Duke April 25, 2014 at 13:02

        I wonder if professors wear aprons…

      • 239 Susan P April 25, 2014 at 14:51

        Chefs often do.

      • 240 Susan P April 25, 2014 at 14:51

        The professor could take cooking lessons from Ruber. I’m sure you would learn a lot. And definitely wearing an apron.

      • 241 Professor VJ Duke April 25, 2014 at 18:07

        Hmm…but you don’t like his cooking. So, then, you’d never eat my food.

      • 242 Susan P April 25, 2014 at 18:31

        I might….

      • 243 Professor VJ Duke April 25, 2014 at 18:49

        I’m not convinced… *laughing*

      • 244 Susan P April 25, 2014 at 18:53

        After you taste it…

      • 245 Professor VJ Duke April 25, 2014 at 19:01

        Oh, I think I would.

      • 246 Susan P April 25, 2014 at 19:11

        So if you don’t die, I should be all right?

      • 247 Professor VJ Duke April 26, 2014 at 15:43

        For sure, yes.

      • 248 Susan P April 26, 2014 at 15:58

        Whew. That is a relief.

      • 249 Professor VJ Duke April 26, 2014 at 16:15

        See? Safe it is.

      • 250 Susan P April 26, 2014 at 19:09

        That’s a mercy.

      • 251 Professor VJ Duke April 27, 2014 at 18:55

        I love when you say that!

      • 252 Susan P April 28, 2014 at 14:01

        great big smile

  24. 253 K. A. Brace April 8, 2014 at 12:34

    Plato’s frozen shadows on the walls.>KB

    • 254 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 23:17

      *laughing* I think you could be right. But what do the shadows depict? Professors?

      • 255 K. A. Brace April 9, 2014 at 00:29

        The shades of life, but they are uncast shadows, with no genesis in light. >KB

      • 256 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:33

        Would they be unnerving to look at?

      • 257 K. A. Brace April 9, 2014 at 01:35

        I don’t know does your shadow scare you? >KB

      • 258 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:35

        Yes, it does! What should I do about that, do you think?

      • 259 K. A. Brace April 9, 2014 at 01:36

        Turn off the light.>KB

      • 260 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 01:37

        That might help. But mightn’t be there still?

      • 261 K. A. Brace April 9, 2014 at 01:40

        Ask your shadow. >KB

      • 262 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 18:22

        He’s a mute, you know.

      • 263 K. A. Brace April 9, 2014 at 20:55

        Teach him hand signals or get rid of him altogether. you don’t need a shadow anyway. >KB

      • 264 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 01:28

        Hmm…good point. How would one get rid of a shadow? I’m interested in that.


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