Screencap/The New Yorker: Lunch Special
In a special segment of The New Yorker’s Cartoon Lounge video series, cartoon editor Bob Mankoff offers viewers the chance to eat lunch with him right at his desk.
Bob, who has macaroni and cheese and chicken, shares advice for staying slim: eat dessert first. Bob does. “If you had somehow made the mistake of ordering a salad, you would never get to that,” he offers as a weight-watching tip.
“Aristotle claimed that man is the only animal who laughs,” Mankoff writes in this week’s Cartoon Lounge. “We now know that this is not true: it seems that apes and chimps get the giggles now and again, and even rats think being tickled is a riot. What really separates us from our animal brethren is lunch.
“Even among humans, lunch historically came quite late. Not so late as to be dinner, of course, but lunch wasn’t institutionalized until the onset of industrialization, in the nineteenth century, when factory workers on long shifts were eventually given an hour off from their labors to eat a meal in the middle of the day.”
If you’d like a lunch companion, Bob Mankoff is your guy.