I’ve been looking through old OZ magazine PDFs that I found archived on the University of Wollongong’s
website. This nice four-piece panel on Norman Normal was a wonderful gem. I love the cut-and-paste feel of it. The line art in the background reminds me of the rings of an insane spiralling tree that has learned to travel through time in irregular ways, and its warped age is layered line by line behind Norman the Normal human.
As I look at these pictures I remember not to become simply a synonym of everyone else. Humans are animals and we must realize that our existence is inherently senseless. So let’s accept our absurdity and leave one button unbuttoned. Store strange things in your kitchen drawers. Spend your energy being kind to everyone else, they need it so badly.
I found all these postcard images on
this Wikipedia page. I had to run the descriptions – which were in German – through Google Translate, which explains the choppy translation. Regardless, the images and stories behind them are still hilarious.
Once Munchausen rode in deep winter night inland , was tired and tied his horse to a pointed stick. After a deep sleep , he woke up in the bright morning in the middle of the cemetery , while his horse was tethered at the Steeple. In the evening the village was in fact been snowed in and melted together on the night of snow . The tree Plug , whom he believed to tie his horse had been the weathercock . Then he took out his gun , shot through the halter of the horse and was able to continue his journey at a gallop .
Munchausen Master Reinicke looked at a tree trunk on a fox hunt . He pulled his ball out of the shotgun and invited a board nail , fired and hit the tail of the fox . He nailed the animal firmly on the tree . He made the fox is a section through the face , whipped up to him , and this jumped out of his fur .
On a stag hunt Munchausen were once run out of bullets and was already the most beautiful deer in front of him . Then he took a handful of cherry stones , and shot them to the animal on his forehead . Two years later he met on the hunt a capital deer who carried between its antlers a cherry tree with beautiful red berries . With one shot he felled him and so had venison and Kirschtunke.
In a battle with the Turks Munchausen had fought at the forefront and pursued the enemy to the market square of a small town . His horse rushed to the well, and drank an inordinate amount . As he looked around , he noticed that his animals in combat throughout the buttock was cut off , and the water ran out the back again . Outside the city , however , he found the other half of the wonder horse and a Kurschmied pinned the animal back together .
On another expedition Munchausen wanted to ride on a swamp , but got so deep into it that he would have perished . Through the strength of his own arm he retired on Bunches and the animal , wedged between his knees , out of the morass out .
At the siege of a city , one should inquire what was going on in the fortress . Munchausen stood next to a cannon and jumped on the plane fired bullet . From the air out he looked at the fortress and jumped , as just a ball of the fortress was shot and flew past him on this over . So he got safely back to the camp of his people .
As Munchausen was in Turkish captivity , he came again with bears in battle . He flung his silver ax after them . But she flew into the air and fell on the moon . And immediately he planted a Turkish bean up grew rapidly until they entwined on a horn of the moon . Munchausen climbed to the moon and brought his ax . Since the sun had dried up but the bean , he had repeatedly cut off a piece of the slipping and tie down .
During his Turkish captivity Munchausen had to maintain the bees . The Bears sought but after the honey . He therefore bestricht the pole of a wagon with honey . During the night a bear came and began to lick , until the whole tiller went through throat , stomach and abdomen . When she looked back , Munchausen put a large nail through the bar and had caught the bear . Dre Grand Sultan had to laugh almost to death about it .
In a severe Russian winter of Postillon von Munchausen could not signal to blow on his horn . As they sat on the kitchen fire , it sounded at once : Tereng ! tereng ! teng ! teng ! The sounds were outside in the Horn frozen , and now came the thaw splendidly heard. Entire songs and marches sounded from the horn.
On a sea voyage Munchausen came to the island of Ceylon . Set on the banks of a raging river , he was surprised by a huge lion . When he tried to escape , he saw before him a crocodile which unlocked its jaws to devour him . Fright he fell stunned to the ground . When he looked up again , was the lion that losstürzte on Munchausen , jumped into the jaws of the monster . Now Munchausen could both succumbed .
On another occasion, fortified Munchausen to catch a piece of bacon on his leash ducks . Soon a duck swallowed the fat lumps together a leash . This was very soon out undigested back and already grabbed another duck afterwards . Finally Munchausen had a dozen on his leash . This he tied around his waist . When the animals flapped their wings , they wore Munchausen over the city . He expressed a duck after another his head and landed up the chimney in his house .
The first things to go are our noses. They tear off our faces like they’ve been stolen by a giant invisible uncle. Then, unable to smell, we lift off the ground, propelled by our own stink lines. We are calm and civil about it. Not even our vehicles are safe from this rapture.