When Business Goes South on You

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I wish life were more like Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Remember that show? It’s the one where three smart alecks watch a bad movie and make fun of it. I’ve watched a lot of it, and often I’ve wished I could talk back to life’s soundtrack without bystanders thinking I was crazy.

This cartoon came during a meeting (as they often did) when we in sales were being lambasted. Amid the motivational idioms and cliches was “sales have really gone south lately.” Immediately I wanted to say “somewhere down in Texas we think.”

My bank account was glad I refrained, and I squirreled the idea away for later.

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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, Andertoons.com, 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, Andertoons.com.

7 Reactions
  1. Cute. You probably bite your tongue often and tuck those comments under your hat to save for later use. 🙂

  2. This is a good laugh for a Friday morning. I don’t think some people know what to do with their business as they are watching it just die.

  3. This is cute. I especially love your use of “squirrel” as a verb. Good one

  4. This is hilarious! I always enjoy your humor on Fridays here at the site 🙂

  5. I am a huge fan of MST3K, so I sympathize. Its hard not to shout out comments when you see how ridiculous some things are. Very funny and made my day a little brighter. Thanks.

  6. As they say in the lone star state: “Don’t mess with Texas!” 😉

  7. This is ridiculous. Use of “Squirrel” is awesome. Like that.

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