In This Economy Anything Can Happen

business cartoon about carpal tunnel and making money hand over fist

My wife gets this one, and that’s a good sign.

Occasionally I’ll do a cartoon on a more obscure or specific idea, like carpal tunnel syndrome, and that’s when I ask my wife “do you get this?”

My wife is a great writer, and good humor editor, but she’s not a pop culture fan, political junkie, or sports aficionado.  She’s pretty much right in the middle of the zeitgeist road, and that makes her perfect for judging whether or not the general populace will get a gag.

Of course, I still retain veto power, but for the most part, she’s right.  (Nobody show her this.  Please!)

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website,, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

9 Reactions
  1. Hahahaha, I get it too! Oh no, now your wife has proof. If I was her, I would print this page out and hang it on the fridge. 🙂

  2. Great cartoon, but your commentary on it is even better!

  3. Yes, I’m sorry. Face up to it: your commentary far outshines your cartoon. Time to put down the Sharpie and go into the world of cartoon commentary. I look forward to the Andertoons series of scholarly articles, with titles like: “Marmaduke: Big Dog or Creature from the Id?,” “Snoopy: The World War One Flying Ace or Joe Cool? The Sexual Dichotomy of a Beagle,” and so on.

  4. I’m so glad you guys like it so much. And Mike, you’re comments had me howling!

  5. Ha ha! Good one. I have to forward this to my SO.

  6. Great cartoon. Illustrates that how well we think we have a handle on things, there are things outside of our control that can have major influences on us and our future.

  7. I have to admit that I don’t get it, but it could be that I am not familiar with the idiom “making money hand over fit,” but that’s okay with me. It got me curious and I will search the net and find an explanation. Thanks for the food for thought! 🙂

  8. Ha. Unfortunately, I have already developed my own case of “carpal tunnel” just trying to complete an effective marketing plan.

  9. @Larkland…I feel your pain…when it comes to my family budget! 🙂