The Faces That Launched a Thousand Quips


The Nut Family Climbs a Mountain to See the Pretty Leaves.

Feeling a little blue?  I’ve got just the thing.  Cheapest therapy your $6.95 can buy.  It’s  Googly Eyes by the editors of Klutz.  Not only is the book a hoot, with hilarious pictures and clever captions, but it comes with oodles of googly eyes.  (Wow, that phrase is really fun to say!)  Yes, you too can instantly bring common, ordinary household objects alive!  Be the life of the party!  Thrill to the silliness!

It is particularly fun to surreptitiously apply these little googly eyes to items in the homes of friends and family for them to find later after you are gone.  I like to imagine someone finding them after a long, hard day at work and laughing out loud with delight.   (One important caveat:  You shouldn’t have these in a home with children present under the age of three.  The googly eyes are definitely a choking hazard.)

Below are the pictures I took of my own googly-eyed critters.  Yes, those are my groaningly silly captions, with the name of the transformed ordinary object below it.  (I make no apologies for my puns! Read at your own risk!)  The pictures (and captions) in the book are even funnier than mine, but it was more fun to come up with my own, even if they’re not as humorous.  At least they made us laugh.  A lot.  But then, we are easily amused.


Leaf me alone!

(Leaf.  Duh.)


Its bark is worse than its bite.

(Knot in tree)


A flowering friendship.

(A coneflower.  Duh again.)


“I’ve just gone to seed.”

(Dead coneflower.)


An enlightened fellow.



Just handle it!

(car door handle)


I am knot!

(Knot. In tree.)


I’m a little gaseous!

(Propane tank cover.)


Oooh, my eyes are watering!

(Watering can.)


Hair today; gone tomorrow!

(Downy seeds of bull thistle.)


You turn me on!

(That’s right.  A lamp)


A well-matched pair!

(Salt and Pepper shakers)


Orange-Crested Sharp-Beaked Cutterbird



Socket to me!

(O.K.  I’ll let you guess on this one.  Hee, hee)



24 Responses to “The Faces That Launched a Thousand Quips”

  1. fred1st Says:

    My wife would see this and tell me: you and your internet friends have too much time on your hands. I say NAY: the EYES have it!

  2. June Says:

    What fun!

  3. marion Says:

    delightful! I esp liked the pink flower-face. Don’t know if this will work, but I was sent a link to a blog that makes me laugh & laugh. Let’s see if I can copy & paste it here…

    Be sure to watch it for the bows at the end. You may have to click more than once on the Start arrow.

    Click here: Bird Lovers Only Rescue: May I have this dance?

    or this link:

  4. colleen Says:

    This looks like more fun than magnetic poetry and is right up my alley! I’m not kidding, I’m going to head over to Schoolhouse fabrics and get me some of my very own googly eyes. I agree that leaving googly eyes in unlikely places could be likened to a healing mission. You certainly had me smiling!

  5. CountryDew Says:

    That’s hilarious! Definitely made me smile this morning. Very clever, too. I esp. liked the ones with the flowers.

  6. marion Says:

    Sorry you couldn’t access the bird that dances on a chair back. He was on TV this morning, but all the lights & the audience & two talking hosts apparently made him nervous, as he would only take a few tentative steps.

    Yes, I remember Dial-up. AKA how to shake up a marriage! Now we have satellite service. Cheaper than divorce…

    BTW: I bought a 96 cent rubber dog toy, purple & pink, with huge eyes, for my Yorkie mix pup. We call it her Googlie; it makes multiple squeaky noises & is her very favorite toy. We even have to put it up high when one of us wants respite from her tossing it around.

  7. wesleyjeanne Says:

    I agree with Fred: you have too much time on your hands! That empty nest must be getting to you 😉

    Very cute and looks like fun. You did so well on the photos!

  8. Catherine Says:

    you are so awesome! those are the best photos I’ve seen in a long time 🙂 Oh, the joy!

  9. bluemountainmama Says:

    love it!!!! very clever captions….

    i think i may have to go find some googly eyes!

  10. Shannon Hodgins Says:

    I love google eyes! As for the safety hazard, they also make rolls of sticker eyes that I use frequently with smaller kids. Fun! Shannon

  11. ben (aka guitar maniac) Says:

    It gives “Toy Story” a whole new dimension. I’m going to be pretty much immobilized from now on imagining all that *watching* me!

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  16. johnwateringcan Says:

    hey I like this images

    can I use for my profile on you tube?

    thanks john

  17. blueridgebluecollargirl Says:

    Sure, John, I’d be happy for you to use my picture. Thanks for asking.

  18. johnwateringcan Says:

    Thanks a mil! 🙂
    Really really nice!
    all the best


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  21. ritesh Says:

    hi, i would like to use one pic of on this page on a non-commercial facebook page. permission needed . thanks. ritesh

  22. blueridgebluecollargirl Says:

    Hi, Ritesh,
    I’d be glad for you to use my picture…thanks for asking!


  23. Juliane Deberg Says:

    Didn’t see this until that Daily News put it on their website–Photoshop or not, it’s funny!

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