From the PreHistory of the Far Side (p. 156):
The “cow tools” were supposed to be just meaningless artifacts—only the cow or a cowthropologist is supposed to know what they’re used for.
The first mistake I made was in thinking this was funny. The second was making one of the tools resemble a crude handsaw–which made already confused people decide that their only hope in understanding the cartoon meant deciphering what the other tools were as well. Of course, they didn’t have a chance in hell.
“If I want to take a vacation and relax, I do a drama. But if I want to work hard and be very serious, I do a comedy.”Gene Wilder, 1978
Souce: Eyes On Cinema
What a ball of energy this man was! He would have been 55 today.
This was one of my better subtle jokes in high school.