Back in 1995, when Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House, we applied Sir Issac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion to Speaker "Newton" Gingrich's political career. The results were groundbreaking. With Gingrich’s recent sudden emergence as the front runner for the GOP Presidential nomination, we went back and took another look at our original presentation. We were stunned at how well our hypothesis held up and what little updating was required to once again scientifically and conclusively prove that Newt is an arrogant, two-faced buffoon.
From MAD #336, June 1995
Writer-Artist: Al Jaffee
With his campaign in shambles, we rush through this special edition of "Cause-of-Death Betting Odds" before the Cain Train goes off into the Tunnel of Doom.
Okay, pay attention because there will be a test at the end of this. According to Wikipedia, "an ambigram is a typographical design or art form that may be read as one or more words not only in its form as presented, but also from another viewpoint," like upside down. (Don’t feel bad; up until yesterday, we didn’t know what it was either...) Anyway, MAD fan Michael Irving recently sent us an ambigram that he created for the MAD logo!
We think it’s pretty good, but do you think YOU could do better? If so, spend every moment of your waking hours designing a better ambigram for the MAD logo, then send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to try using other MAD-related stuff (i.e. the Spy vs. Spy logo, the word "potrzebie"), go for it!
Be sure to put the word "Ambigram" in the heading of your email! We’ll post the best of them (if anyone is actually crazy enough to take on this ridiculous challenge) on The Idiotical. Good luck!
Allegations against Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine continue to surface. With wild new accusations every day, who knows where it will all lead? Possibly to a courtroom scene like this…
Courtroom photo: Ken Cole | Dreamstime.com
When MAD Founder and Publisher Bill Gaines died in 1992, MAD editor John Ficarra asked his widow, Annie, if he could have Gaines’ shoes — a pair of size 13 desert boots that Gaines always wore. (Ficarra felt he had no choice since Gaines, inexplicably, cut him out of his will, despite Ficarra’s years and years of dedicated service. Sometimes staying as late as 5 P.M.) But Ficarra showed no bitterness and immediately had the shoes bronzed and proudly displayed them on his desk. Recently, LIFE.com found out about the shoes and asked if they could include them in their “Shoes of the Very Famous” photo gallery. The collection, which includes the footwear of Princess Di, Derek Jeter and the 18th century Pope Clement XIII, can be found here!
Birthday milestones: seventeen is when you get to drive, eighteen is when you get to vote and, apparently, nineteen is when you get to announce to the whole world that you smoke “too much f—kin’ weed!”
Now that she dropped this bombshell at her birthday party, will the former Hannah Montana star’s career go up in smoke? We don’t know, but if it does, we’re sure she'll inhale.