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Entry from May 30, 2018
“A television can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer”

"A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. The saying is from the Frank and Ernest comic strip, by Bob Thaves (1924-2006), published on November 16, 1998.


Wikipedia: Frank and Ernest (comic strip)
Frank and Ernest is an American comic strip created and illustrated by Bob Thaves and later Tom Thaves. It debuted on November 6, 1972, and has since been published daily in over 1,200 newspapers. The humor of the comic is based almost exclusively on wordplay and puns.

Cartoonist Group—Frank and Ernest
Cartoonist(s): Bob Thaves Tom Thaves
Comic/Cartoon: Frank and Ernest
Viewable Date: 1998-11-16 Pub. Date: 1998-11-16
Image Number: 70032
Caption: A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Google Groups: alt.tv.x-files
Whom? 
Lawyergrrl
12/28/98
(...)
A television may insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Google Groups: alt.2600
a little humor in a humor-challenged world
gmo...@my-dejanews.com
4/23/99
(...)
A television may insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Google Groups: rec.humor
WORLD ACCORDING TO FRANK & ERNEST
dcoble
11/8/00
(...)
A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes
By Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2004
Pg. ?: 
A television may insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Twitter
the JoshMeister
@theJoshMeister
“A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.” -Anonymous
2:12 AM - 23 Jan 2008

Funny Status
A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs…
May 26, 2011 Computer Status Updates
A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer

Google Books
5,000 Great One Liners
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London, UK: Biteback Publishing
2012
Pg. ?:
A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Google Books
Whimsical Witticisms
By Arlean Rosemore
Xlibris LLC (Xlibris.com)
2013
Pg. 39:
A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Reddit—ProgrammerHumor
What’s in your bugzilla quip list? (self.ProgrammerHumor)
submitted January 21, 2015 by Gubru
(...)
A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Reddit—Puns
Computer Puns (self.puns)
submitted May 12, 2017 by Punsville
(...)
A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRadio/Television • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 • Permalink