Main Page | See live article | Alphabetical index


A shmoo is a cartoon creature, created and first drawn by the cartoonist Al Capp in his newspaper comic strip L'il Abner. The shmoo is shaped like a plump bowling pin with legs, but no arms. Shmoos are delicious, and are so eagar to be eaten that if they are looked at by someone who is hungry they will gladly jump into a frying pan, after which it tastes like chicken, or into a roasting pan, after which it tastes like beef.

Shmoos feed on air and breed very rapidly.

The frolicking of shmoos is so entertaining that people watching them feel no need to go to movies or turn on television to relieve their boredom.

Because of these facts, the leaders of government and big business spend great amounts of energy trying to exterminate the shmoo as a dangerous threat to civilization as we know it.

A small colony of shmoos live in the Valley of the Shmoon near Dogpatch; some occasionally escape, causing havoc.

In the semiconductor memory-testing field, a shmoo plot is a graphical display of the response of a memory to varying voltages and refresh rates. The shapes of some responses can be irregular enough to resemble Al Capp's shmoo.

Shmoos are also projections from yeast in response to mating pheromones.