I assume Bradley saw demonstrations of the “funnies” before rejecting them.
Plus, the midterm campaign delivered its share of funnies, verbal souvenirs which will take with us into the new year.
The “funnies” were a weird assortment of odd-looking beasts.
"humorous," 1756, from fun + -y (2). Meaning "strange, odd" is 1806, said to be originally U.S. Southern. The two senses of the word led to the retort question "funny ha-ha or funny peculiar," which is attested from 1916. Related: Funnier; funniest. Funny farm "mental hospital" is slang from 1962. Funny bone "elbow end of the humerus" is 1826; funnies "newspaper comic strips" is from 1852.