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Zeptos cartoon
He was glad the Zeptos were Christians, of course, but he wished he was sitting somewhere else for parish lunch.

 

The Zeptos were originally called the Zippos because I thought that sounded like a good fictional clown name. For years they appeared in the church annual report with a succession of feeble gags about what would happen if a clown couple joined our church. I was going to have a series of people with unusual jobs and their reaction to Christian stuff, but somehow I got stuck with clowns.

Anyway, I was walking to the tube station one day and noticed a poster for Zippo's Circus. Oh no! The name I had thought of as a good fictional clown name was a good real clown name! Clearly the name Zippo had entered my brain without me noticing and I thought I had made it up. So, in order to avoid the real Zippos being upset about associations with feeble jokes, I changed my clowns to Zeptos.

   

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He was glad the Zeptos were Christians, of course, but he hated baptising their children.

 

Zepto is one of those prefixes that get attached to units of measurement, like milli or micro. As you probably know, a millimetre is a thousandth of a metre, and a micrometre is a millionth of a metre. But you probably didn't know that a zeptometre is a thousand million million millionth of a metre. That makes a Zeptojoke a thousand million million millionth of a joke, which sounds about right.

   

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He was glad the Zeptos were Christians, of course, but he hated them serving Parish lunch.

 

You have probably noticed a bit of a theme developing with the captions. Originally people only had to put up with one Zepto joke a year, which was probably bearable.

   

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He was glad the Zeptos were Christians, of course, but he hated them playing in the music group.

   
   

Zeptos cartoon
He was glad the Zeptos were Christians, of course, but Horace wished someone else would give him a lift to church.

 

I've never liked the look of that elephant. One day I'll draw it again.

   

Zeptos cartoon
He was glad the Zeptos were Christians, of course, but he wished someone else had made the advent wreath.

 

Best thing for an advent wreath.

   


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