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eat the rich
(text) Front: Eat the Rich; U.S.L.F.
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(description) Skull with knife and fork
(background) green
(iconic elements) Thing - Skull Thing - Knife Thing - Fork
(subject) social issues;;humor


real men recycle
(text) Front: Real men recycle
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(description) Text on white shirt
(background) white
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) environment;;humor


scot tissue towels - really dry
(text) Front: Is your washroom breeding Bolsheviks? Scot Tissue Towels - really dry!
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(description) Image of tight-faced man with Is your washroom breeding Bolsheviks? on image, and rest of text below in advertisement-style format.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Man
(subject) radical politics--general;;humor

inflatable diapers
(text) Front: Inflatable diapers.
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(description) Four toddlers in play room floating in the air.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Baby Thing - Duck Thing - Plane
(subject) humor;;children;;diapers,

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scenes from the class struggle in beverly hills
(text) Front: Scenes from the class struggle in Beverly Hills.
Back: Sexy. Sophisticated. Outrageous.
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(description) Text on shirt.
(background) white
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) humor


Happy Groundhog Day
(text) Front: Happy Groundhog Day Gobbler's Knob Punxsutawney, PA
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(description) image of a groundhog with text
(background) green
(iconic elements) Thing
(subject) humor


Weather Capital of the World
(text) Front: Punxsutawney Weather for today Weather capital of the world
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(description) image of a groundhog with text
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing
(subject) humor


Cadillac Ranch
(text) Front: Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, texas 1975
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(description) image of cadillacs stuck in the dirt
(background) white
(iconic elements) Place
(subject) humor


Mister Rogers
(text) Front: You are special Mister Rogers
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(description) image of Mister Rogers with text
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) pop culture;;humor


aalvin and hobbs
(text) Front: I WONDER WHERE WE GO WHEN WE DIE. PITTSBURGH? YOU MEAN IF WE'RE GOOD OR IF WE'RE BAD?
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(description) cartoon strip with three frames of Calvin and Hobbs
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - boy, Thing - tiger
(subject) humor


jim and tammy show
(text) Front: The Jim and Tammy Show
Back: THE MUSEUM OF CONTENPORARY ART CHICAGO ROGER BROWN
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(description) Drawing of smiling Jim and Tammy Baker
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Jim Baker, Person - Tammy Baker
(subject) humor

mad dog ranch
(text) Front: mad dog ranch
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(description) truck loaded with dogs driving into a ranch called Mad Dog Ranch, cow pattern border
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Dog Thing - Truck Place - Ranch Place - American West
(subject) humor


Fuck
(text) Front: FUCK LANDLORDS FUCK DISCO FUCK WAR FUCK INFLATION FUCK GIRL SCOUT COOKIES fuck virginity fuck gas fuck credit cards fuck hard times fuck Taxes
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(description) Neon lettering on black background, proclaiming: fuck...(variety of issues)
(background) black
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) humor

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Your Brain
(text) Front: BrainWaves SPORTSWEAR
Back: THIS IS YOUR BRAIN... THIS IS YOUR BRAIN IN SANTA CRUZ. ANY QUESTIONS? LOBOTOMY BEAR JACKSON DID THIS
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(description) Drawing of two brains: one plain and one colorful, in sunglases, on a beach chair under palm trees
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Brain Thing - Sunglasses Thing - Beach chair Thing - Palm tree
(subject) humor;;pop culture


moona lisa
(text) Front: Moona Lisa
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(description) Spoof of the Mona Lisa as a cow
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Cow
(subject) humor


elvis i'm dead
(text) Front: IM DEAD
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(description) Image of young elvis, with neon green highlighting on the eyes and profile.
(background) yelllow
(iconic elements) Person - Elvis
(subject) humor

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monday
(text) Front: OH, NO... MONDAY AGAIN?!
Back: LS 200 SURVIVOR
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(description) an astonshing duck with texts above
(background) blue
(iconic elements) Thing - Duck
(subject) humor


milk
(text) Front: Milk. HAVE YOU SEEN ME? (see note field)
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(description) A white shirt with a faded picture of a milk carton with the following words: General Noriega. Age: 51. Occupation: Strong man. Nick name: Pineapple face. Last seen kicking cute little puppy dogs. If seen please contact G. Bush at 1-202-674-7310.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) radical politics--general;;humor


appealing bananas
(text) Front: After bathtime, mom would let the youn bananas run around with their peels off
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(description) colored drawing of mother banana and two small naked bananas
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing--Banana
(subject) humor


holy cow
(text) Front: Holy Cow 1986
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(description) American flag with fifty cows in place of stars
(background) White
(iconic elements) Symbol--Flag
(subject) humor


elephants
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(description) Three elephants, decreasing in size, smallest with red hi-tops and mohawk
(background) pink
(iconic elements) Thing--Elephants
(subject) humor


Radical Dude
(text) Front: BART SIMPSON RADICAL DUDE DON'T HAVE A COW, MAN!
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(description) Bart Simpson, cartoon character.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Bart Simpson
(subject) humor;;pop culture


Underachiever
(text) Front: BART SIMPSON UNDERACHIEVER AND PROUD OF IT, MAN!
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(description) Bart Simpson, cartoon character, with a slingshot
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Bart Simpson Thing - Slingshot
(subject) humor;;pop culture


psycho-therapist
(text) Front: By day a Rogerian counselor at night, she turned into...Pyscho-Therapist
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(description) woman cartoon character with text balloons
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person -- Woman
(subject) humor


redmeat deadmeat
(text) Front: RED MEAT = DEAD MEAT DON'T HAVE A COW, MAN!
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(description) cartoon man sitting on picnic blanket with hamburger and cow looking on
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person -- Man Thing -- Hamburger Thing -- Cow
(subject) humor

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monday again
(text) Front: OH, NO...MONDAY AGAIN?!
Back: LS 200 SURVIVOR
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(description) N/A
(background) blue
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) humor


in weed we trust
(text) Front: IN WEED WE TRUST - CANNABIS SATIVA - LEGALIZE TODAY
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(description) large 4-color image parodying the eagle on the dollar bill to promote the legalization of marijuana
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Eagle Thing - Marijuana Thing - Star
(subject) humor;;social issues


elvis presley postage stamp
(text) Front: RETURN TO SENDER - ELVIS - ROCK & ROLL SINGER, 1935-1977 - AMERICA VOTES FOR THE WINNING STAMP
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(description) large reproduction of the commemorative 29 cent elvis presley stamp
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Elvis Presley Thing - Postage stamp Thing - Microphone
(subject) pop culture;;humor


television is furniture
(text) Front: Theatre is Life - Film is Art - Television is Furniture
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(description) a grainy black and white television with the words Theatre is Life Film is Art Television is Furniture on the screen
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Television
(subject) humor;;pop culture


I can't get my phil
(text) Front: I Can't Get My Phil of Punxsutawney
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(description) A green groundhog named Phil, the official one watched on Groundhog day, is pictured in shades, wreathed by the text
(background) black
(iconic elements) Thing - Groundhog
(subject) humor;;places--us


mink wearing man
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(description) mink wearing a stuffed man with a tree in the background
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Mink Thing - Tree Person
(subject) humor;;social issues

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nuclear fish
(text) Front: NUCLEAR FISH
Back: design by brett freedman
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(description) three fish skeletons bearing the legend, nuclear fish
(background) black
(iconic elements) Thing - Fish Thing - Fishbone
(subject) environment;;humor

howard
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(description) pixelated howard
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Howard Besser
(subject) lis -- computer-related;;popular culture;;humor;;art -- postmodern


incredible shrinking woman's right to choose
(text) Front: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE - AND SHE THOUGHT IT WAS HER BODY
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(description) presented like an old movie poster. additional text includes, Opening in State Legislatures Nationwide! A Reagen/Rehnquist Production - Starring the Gang of Five, Boy George Bush and a Cast of Millions of Unwanted Children - Featuring the hit song 'She's Having My Baby' - Rated PG: Papal Guidance Suggested
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Judge Rehnquist Person - Woman Thing - Bible Place - Womb-Unit Protective Custody Center Symbol - United States Supreme Court
(subject) social issues;;humor


fine herbs of ohio
(text) Front: FINE HERBS & SPICES OF OHIO
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(description) Below the text is a simple drawing of pepper and salt shakers and a packet of sweet-n-low on a salmon pink background.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Pepper Thing - Salt Thing - Sweet-n-low
(subject) humor;;places--us


indian
(text) Front: ROTISKENHRAKETE
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(description) characturized native american
(background) purple
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) humor


portrait
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(description) A montage of pop icons including: Ronald Reagan, a smurf, a Botticelli, a pink flamingo, a cherub, a cupie doll, pizza and mighty mouse
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Ronald Reagan, Thing - screw, Thing - animal - flamingo, Thing - cartoon - Mighty Mouse
(subject) pop culture;;humor;;art -- postmodern


dinosaur library
(text) Front: Read. Avoid Extinction.
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(description) Four dinosaurs sitting and reading.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - dinosaur, Thing - book, Thing - computer
(subject) lis -- library-related;;lis -- computer-related;;humor


eat rich
(text) Front: eat the rich
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(description) ronald mcdonald being suspended mid-air on the tines of a fork
(background) black
(iconic elements) Person, Thing
(subject) radical politics--anarchism;;pop culture;;humor


slingshot
(text) Front: slingshot
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(description) young boy posed with slingshot drawn
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) humor


america
(text) Front: america;;where ordinary people still dream great dreams
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(description) stereotypic 50's housewife dreams of fur coat
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person, Thing
(subject) pop culture;;humor


evolution
(text) Front: EVOLUTION
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(description) Depicts evolution of flesh blob to upright human on top line. Depicts devolution from human to flesh blob in chair watching television on second line.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) social issues;;pop culture;;humor


X-Ray Vision
(text) Front: x-ray vision, pop-up tie
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(description) five lines of repeating images each line has a different image (sunglasses, men shaking hands, the sun, man with pop-up tie, head and shoulders of a man
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing, Person
(subject) art -- postmodern;;pop culture;;humor


Chez Ptooey
(text) Front: Chez Ptooey Deep in the heart (we serve that too) of Berkeley's Gournet Ghetto
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(description) a fly, a beat up pigs head on a platter, a heart and brain on a platter, a pizza with bones, a knife, cigar, matches, claws, and a snake all on red and blue checkered backround
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing
(subject) places--us;;humor;;review


San Francisco College of Mortuary Science
(text) Front: San Francisco College of Mortuary Science
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(description) a lamp, a book and a pyramid are inside a a cirular garland - text on outside of circle
(background) blue
(iconic elements) Thing
(subject) academic;;humor


Bonjour Montreal
(text) Front: Bonjour Montreal
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(description) 4 cartoon depiction of Montreal Canadians, a hockey player, man with bertet, wine, and cigarette, an eskimo, and a mounted policeman
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) places--non-us;;humor


Seducktion
(text) Front: Seducktion
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(description) one duck is holding another duck in its arms
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - duck
(subject) art -- general;;humor;;pop culture


jsbc campus days
(text) Front: JSBC CAMPUS DAYS THE WEEKEND THAT CHANGED MY LIFE JIMMY SWAGGART BIBLE COLLEGE
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(description) Graduation cap and college banner
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Cap
(subject) humor


west virginia
(text) Front: WEST VIRGINIA
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(description) depiction of a bear roasting a hotdog by moonlight
(background) blueBlue
(iconic elements) Thing - bear;;Thing - hotdog;;Thing - moon
(subject) places--us;;humor


garfield
(text) Front: ATLANTA
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(description) garfield leaning on the word Atlanta
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - cat
(subject) places--us;;pop culture;;humor

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howard the duck
(text) Front: HOWARD THE DUCK
Back: PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE University Art Museum U.C. Berkeley Benefit Premiere July 30, 1986
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(description) advertisement for Howard the Duck film
(background) blue
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) film;;pop culture;;humor


hysteria and indecision
(text) Front: NEW MUSUEM OF HYSTERIA AND INDECISION SEATTLE WA. 82
Back: OFFICIAL EXHIBIT
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(description) text only
(background) pink
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) humor


poodle with a mohawk
(text) Front: He knew what people thought of his kind: High strung. Spoiled Rotten. French. But in the next 24 hours...
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(description) Cartoon depiction of a poodle set on a mock movie poster
(background) pink
(iconic elements) Thing - Dog - Poodle
(subject) humor


cowsmopolitan
(text) Front: COWSMOPOLITAN THIS MONTH'S INTERVIEW WITH THEO SLAVE TO FASHION
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(description) Cartoon cow wearing a floral dress on the cover of a mock magazine Cowsmopolitan
(background) pink
(iconic elements) Thing - Cow Thing - Dress Thing - Magazine
(subject) humor


pull my daisy
(text) Front: PULL MY DAISY!
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(description) Smiley face logo above text
(background) black
(iconic elements) Symbol - Smiley face
(subject) humor


i'll fly 15,000 miles
(text) Front: I'LL FLY 15,000 MILES TO SMOKE A CAMEL [text also includes geographical names from a map of Middle East]
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(description) Two US Air Force bombers depicted flying over map of Middle East dropping bombs on Iraq with text across map
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Jet aircraft Thing - Map Thing - Bombs
(subject) humor


work
(text) Front: I DIDN'T GO TO WORK TODAY...I DON'T THINK I'LL GO TOMORROW: LET'S TAKE CONTROL OF OUR LIVES AND LIVE FOR PLEASURE NOT PAIN
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(description) Woman sleeping
(background) blue
(iconic elements) Person - woman
(subject) humor


mr. rogers asks a question
(text) Front: Can you say FUCK IT?
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(description) A black and white portrait of Mr. Rogers asking, Can you say FUCK IT?
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Mr. Rogers
(subject) humor


salvador dali's dairy cows
(text) Front: SALVADOR DAIRY
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(description) Dairy cows lounged out in a Salvador Dali fashion in a bleak field
(background) white
(iconic elements) Place
(subject) humor


minnie on safari
(text) Front: Minnie Republic on Safari. Chicago
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(description) A dipiction of minnie mouse on safari with the words Minnie Republic on Safari and Chicago.
(background) brown
(iconic elements) Thing
(subject) humor, place--us


work is hell
(text) Front: work is hell
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(description) cartoon with title
(background) white
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) humor


Fowl Play
(text) Front: Fowl Play
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(description) cartoon
(background) white
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) humor


cactus
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(description) a cactus in the shape of a western boot with a heart at the top
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - cactus Thing - boot Thing - heart
(subject) humor


too mean
(text) Front: Too MEAN To MARRY
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(description) snarling dog with studded collar
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - dog
(subject) humor


virgin mary
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(description) image of the virgin mary with roses
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Virgin Mary Thing - Rose Thing - Angel
(subject) humor


george bush
(text) Front: Separated at Birth
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(description) photograph of George Bush and an image of a brain
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - George Bush Thing - Brain Thing - Scissors
(subject) humor

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