A resurrection this week because of real-life work commitments. The irony meter first appeared in December 2008, and enjoyed a short period of popularity before fading into oblivion. They were poorly made.

This strip was based on a true story.

Discussion (29)¬

  1. QuineDuhem says:

    Author, I’m astonished that you couldn’t source a better manufacturer for your irony meters. I understand that that the E-meter used by scientologists works perfectly, so why not check with them?


  2. pete says:

    I’m sure he just wants to keep the cross selling within the church

  3. Haven’t American Christians also got their garments in a twist over Disney’s “Lone Ranger” film, saying it’s anti-Christian and shows them in a poor light? (I think they’d rather a “rich” light – as that would be more accurate).
    Because of this, I was rather hoping that Disney had “not gotten faith” and that this was a more non-faith based leaf that they’d turned over.
    Must say, I’m hopefull that we’ll be seeing “Mickey Mouse & the end of faith” by the end of this year.

  4. HaggisForBrains says:

    Good to welcome back the old irony meter. Are they making a new industrial strength version now? Nothing less will survive in the current religious climate.

  5. Hobbes says:

    How can you not love this one! Author, you are the Michelangelo of ironic toons :D.

  6. machigai says:

    We all still love our irony meters.
    and the word ‘spoing’

  7. Nassar Ben Houdja says:

    These days irony meters tend to explode
    They are not up to contemporary preposterous code
    Bizarreatrons are much tougher
    They tolerate absurdities much rougher
    And aren’t as easy to overload

  8. Twin forms of child abuse–it is hard to say which is the more entertaining. But Disney is more fun and doesn’t require such a grudging suspension of disbelief. Us elders really enjoy “Up,” while a Biblical ascension strains our brains. The witch in “Snow White” scared children into the spaces beneath the seats; Sunday School doesn’t even give ’em a place to hide.

    I hope to have ready for Xmas a new photo of the Devil (he IS such a beauty!), but so far he refuses to sign his name to it. I think he wants his money up front, and he knows my soul is worthless.
    The famous photo of Jesus will be available as usual, with big discounts for early batch orders.

    photo of Jesus will be available as usual, with big discounts for early batch orders.

  9. John The Geologist says:


    I have to disagree with you most vehemently.

    Far from being poorly made, a J&M manufactured or tuned Irony Meter© is a work of the utmost craftsmanship and engineering quality.

    It is exquisitely engineered and will last you a lifetime (or many lifetimes if you are a Buddhist).

    My life would be empty without a J&M IM2000t to cut through the cant, bullshit and mumbo-jumbo of the dog-botherers.

    Even the Spoing Generator© will never run short of battery life, despite going off several times a day for all eternity.

    I commend you for achieving Total Quality Management, Sigma 6 and all the other gubbins for Excellence in Product Manufacture.

    Long may your sporadic testimonials continue to sing the praises of the IM.

    Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten. The IM shall never fade into oblivion.

  10. Dalai Llama says:

    The difference between Disney films and the Bible being of course that the former are actually suitable for children.
    Also, Disneyland, unlike Heaven, is demonstrably a real place.

  11. Love this one so much. And, considering all the times they’ve broken mine, the Catholic Church owes me about five billion irony meters by now. 🙂 Also, “obliviousness” is such a perfect tag here.

  12. maggs says:

    Spoing, and Spoing again! There is no point to an Irony Meter if it doesn’t burst and throw it’s innards in the air for all to see when ever the strain is too great. Lewis Carol told us about the White Queen learning to believe six impossible things before breakfast in Alice Through the Looking Glass. His Irony Meter was going great guns, but it didn’t have to contend with much of what we have to contend with nowadays. I am sure the Spoing and nuts and bolts and gear wheels explosions are necessary safety valves.

  13. maggs says:

    Wow! I was able to affirm instead of swearing! I haven’t posted for quite a while, so this is a nice surprise.

  14. JoJo says:

    Hmmmm…. Star Wars Episode VII: Dawkins Strikes Back…..?

  15. sauls says:



  16. Mary2 says:

    Yay. Bring back the irony meter.

  17. hotrats says:

    Perhaps IMs might last longer if they were recalibrated to reflect that past a certain point, the relationship between the intensity of irony and its applicability becomes inversely proportional. Damping down the input sensitivity, and extending the scale to include ‘Paradox’, ‘Test of Patience’ and ‘Indisputably Taking the Piss’, would result in a much more robust machine, though even that would have its work cut out coping with the pronouncements of the Catlick Church.

  18. HaggisForBrains says:

    sauls – WTF?

  19. Omsacras says:

    I don’t remember this one being published before. Or maybe it’s a too current topic to consider it from yesteryear.

  20. Sam Huff says:

    Irony meters are no longer good enough. Today one needs UNobtainium meters and its better to get the log log versions

  21. AngryIronyMeter says:

    Is this another remake of an old title? I just got done finishing the entire backlog of the pre-style change comic.

  22. I’ve found that keeping my irony meter wrapped in a thick layer of low expectations keeps it functional far longer. Damped down like that it can even withstand a creationist, a person who believes that the entire universe was created for his benefit with him the ultimate reason for everything, calling me arrogant. Every once in a while I remove the damping just to hear the wonderful “spoing” and watch the parts fly. Then I get the fun of putting it back together again. Endless hours of entertainment, and an essential tool for any atheist.

  23. John the Geologist, there’s a comment for you on the last thread.

  24. Kevin Alexander says:

    The best way to extend the life of your irony meter is to remember to set the gain to the lowest possible level. Look on the back. There is a small screw marked ‘WTF’
    Set that to zero, then ease it up until the phrase,’The Pope warns against superstition’ just makes the needle bounce a bit.

  25. hotrats says:

    Kevin Alexander:
    Great advice, and it worked beautifully – until His Holiness said, of gay people, “Who am I to judge?” – and Spooiiing! it’s in pieces on the floor again.

  26. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Dalai Llama says:
    July 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    The difference between Disney films and the Bible being of course that the former are actually suitable for children.

    And, of course, the Bible doesn’t demonise all Jews.

    hotrats, I think I laughed for a day after hearing Popey say that.
    “Who am I to judge?” Does he not understand his job description?

  27. hotrats says:

    I should have been more specific – he was talking about gay priests, not gay people in general, but who knows, at least he said ‘gay’ and not ‘sinful homosexual’. Perhaps he’s ready to cut the whole LGBT community some slack – after all who is he to judge? He’s only a Pope, after all.

  28. Friendly Extremist says:

    That Catholic priest needs an irony meter so bad…


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