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The Slush Pile (DFC-404) (1998)
KAK Score: 66
KAK Under the Influence Density: 1.47
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*The Slush Pile* (DFC-404) -- Away goes humor down the drain

Two of the children watch their mom washing the dishes. A mixed message of domestic life. Raw captions passed along by an Editor.

A simple portrayal of domestic life becomes a traversal through the well-trodden portions of the Difficult Zone minefield.

The double-hyphenated commercial vocabulary is multiply presented. The most foul of foul "relatives" rears his useless heads (both the big one and the small) five times. And other Difficult material is plentiful although there is no direct parroting of the Spinnwebe site, at least none that I noticed. There are complaints about the quality of the drawing, and multiple redundant catchphrases, such as David Bowman's Exit Line and the four-letter locational descriptor. Presentation of various drugs and children's sexuality is prevalent. The brothers of the children are presented as having been killed. And the white space in the drawing appears both with and without the four letter descriptor a few times.

On the plus side, enumeration of a series was limited to a single instance this time. There was only one haiku, and in spiteof Thel's presence, we were not presented with the ten-letter maternal epithet, with or without the hyphenated descriptor.

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FINDINGS / SCORING: Slush Pile (DFC-404) KAK Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Numeration/ Series (N):

  • Numbered item in a series

    Uncle Roy/Oral Mouthing (U):
  • Five uses of the most foul of the foul "relatives"
  • Four uses of children's oral positioning

    Tritisms (T):
  • Two uses of Thel's history in an "adult" profession
  • Two suggestions of Thel as a non-biological simulacrum
  • Two instances of a parent under the influence
  • The ability to mesmerize with one's hair
  • Five references to the empty portion of the drawing, three using the four-letter vocabulary
  • The bipolar brothers from Highlights
  • A reference to dikplay, without any tripping
  • Two uses of the four-letter locational descriptor to situate a palindromic end-product
  • David Bowman's final words
  • Several mentions of lesbian themes, both direct and indirect
  • Five citations of commercials, four of which reference a soap product
  • Monty Python rewording
  • Three cases of the doubly hyphenated hygenic minimizer

    Spinnwebe Parroting (S):
  • Twice characters talk about the DFC
  • Reference to a DFC Editor

    Artistry with Language (A):
  • Haiku
  • Intentionally bad free verse poem

    Keane Play (K):
  • Three "cute" mispronunciations, one of which involved pasta
  • Eight references to Bil's drawing ability or how objects were drawn
  • An additional citing of misperspective
  • Scan imperfection

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