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… a few tea bags shy…

Aunt Mary is a few tea bags shy of a full pot and uncle Jack is a few sandwiches short of a picnic. What kind of family is this?

Lunch, tea time?

Lunch, tea time?

Filed under: 1►TO DO, ■ Comics & Doodles, ■ Ha, ha, ha!

15 Responses

  1. atma says:

    it seems that aunt mary is trying to have fun with her family…but maybe she’s a little crazy. or even just mentally challenged! is that right?

  2. Alina Alens says:

    What about old uncle Jack?

  3. Magda says:

    Aunt Mary is a charming, delicate and caring person – it’s the first idea which came to mind. She takes care of home, but she isn’t a little housewife. Uncle gives a family sence of security and makes a final decisions… woman is a neck, man is a head.

  4. atma says:

    nice comment. so these ‘ sayings’ are semi sarcastic ways of saying that someone is a litttle bit crazy…

  5. Pawel says:

    To continue the food analogies: Jack O’Neill from Stargate

  6. Alina Alens says:

    Husband: “My niece has had a tough life.”
    Wife: “I hear the violins playing…”
    Husband: “But she’s just a poor girl…”
    Wife:”Yeah, one dead dog away from a country song.”
    (adaptation from “Desperate Housewives”)

    What do you make of the wife’s last reply?


  7. Agnieszka Kow. says:

    Similar expressions can be found in the song “I’m going slightly mad” by Queen:
    “I’m one card short of a full deck
    I’m not quite the shilling
    One wave short of a shipwreck”

  8. Alina Alens says:

    Here’s another one from the “Cybill” comedy series:
    “One Moroccan short of a mariachi band.”

  9. featherline says:

    Or from “Law & Order”:

    “She has a short fuse…”

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