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The Carbolic Smoke Ball publishes every Monday in the Trib p.m., the afternoon edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

You can read this week’s edition here, or you can browse our archives by clicking the links below.

SEPTEMBER 2009

September 28 |  The G-20 Special Edition

September 14 |  Outbursts, Wildfires, Obama’s Speeches

AUGUST 2009

August 31 |  G-20 Airs, Martian Lake, Pope’s Break

August 24 | The Judge at Woodstock, G-20 Names

August 17 | Nixon Prank, Beatles, Town Halls

August 10 | Beer Summit, Bush, Clinton

August 3 | Kenyan Birth Certificate; Crowley Arrests Obama

JULY 2009

July 27 | Cronkite, Kennedy, Lansbury

July 20 | Sotomayor’s Mood, Mt. Rushmore Defaced

July 6 | Warren Commission, Heat Miser, Hot Dogs

JUNE 2009

June 29 | North Korea Lost, Obama Perturbed

June 22 | Sotomayor’s Warriors, Ancient Pottery

June 15 | Obama, Jerry Lewis, Sotomayor’s Ankle

June 8 | White House Photo-Op, Digital Statues

June 1 | Biden’s Bunker, Dowd’s New Title

MAY 2009

May 18 |  Photo-Op Panic, Vatican Rules, Torture Timeline

May 11 |  SCOTUS Anonymous, Awareness Awareness

May 4 |  Dracula Speaks, Horse Leaps, Swine Veep

APRIL 2009

April 27, 2009 |  Child Loses Trial, Men Fail Study

April 20, 2009 |  Bailout Penalties, Peanut Arrests

April 13, 2009 |  Special Pirates Opening-Day Edition

April 6, 2009 |  Earth Hour Zombies, Beggar Consultant

MARCH 2009

March 30, 2009 | Sun Day, AIG Volcano, Geithner’s Powers

March 23, 2009 |  Recession: Even Statues Fired, Repossessed

March 16, 2009 |  Pope’s Ticket, Pit’s Stimulus

March 9, 2009 |  Ice Age Tools, City Surveillance

March 2, 2009 |  Clintons’ Cat, Ted’s Head, Noah’s Freezer

FEBRUARY 2009

February 23, 2009 |  Best Actor, Worst Bill, Last Cabinet

February 16, 2009 |  President’s Day News, Shockers

February 9, 2009 |  Valentine’s Day, Transition Woes

February 2, 2009 |  Groundhog Surprise, Slumdog Sequel

JANUARY 2009

January 26, 2009 |  Hero Pilot’s Cart, Obama’s First Days

January 19, 2009 |  Bush’s Last Days, Inaugural Safety

January 12, 2009 |  Burris, Kennedy, Consumer Tips

January 5, 2009 |  Pardons, Calendars, Inaugurations

DECEMBER 2008

December 29, 2008 |  The Year in Review

December 22, 2008 |  The Christmas Edition, Vol. 2

December 15, 2008 |  Blur-Face Man, Almost-Famous Lines

December 8, 2008 |  Ralphie, Scotty, Big Three

December 1, 2008 |  Terrorist Deer, Beggars, & Vampires

NOVEMBER 2008

November 24, 2008 |  Trouble w/ Foliage, Shuttles, & Turkeys

November 17, 2008 |  Famous Words, White House Visits

November 10, 2008 |  McCain/Otzi, Obama/Taxes, Pres. Gore?

November 3, 2008 |  Layoffs, Apologies, Early Votes

OCTOBER 2008

October 27, 2008 | Halloween, Powell at UN, Palin in Russia

October 20, 2008 |  Joe the Plumber, ACORN, Obama’s Library

October 13, 2008 |  Debates, Palin’s Wink, Rosebud’s Revenge

October 6, 2008 |  Pirates, Serta Savings, Bush’s Last Days

SEPTEMBER 2008

September 29, 2008 |  McCain’s Plan, Palin’s Skirt, JFK’s Killer

September 22nd, 2008 |  Fox Reality, Ghost Town, Obama Stop

September 15th, 2008 |  Big Bang, Losing Genes, Pork Problems

September 8, 2008 |  Obama’s Miracle, Lost VP Short Lists

AUGUST 2008

August 25, 2008 (Uncensored)  |  Obama & The Dark Knight

August 25, 2008 (as Published) |  Incline Thrills, Michael Phelps

August 18, 2008 |  Lunar Rover, Edwards’ Love Child, Olympics

August 11, 2008 |  Cliffs Notes, Antarctica, Atomic Fireballs

August 4, 2008 |  K-Fed Custody, Olympic Torch, Saggy Pants

JULY 2008

July 28, 2008 |  McCain Stone, Osama Driver, Corleone Casino

July 21, 2008 |  McCain in ‘Nam, Brangelina, Jesse Jackson

July 14, 2008 |  Panhandlers, Hot Dogs, Hand Transplants

July 7, 2008 |  Taliban Blasting, Pigeon Registry, Polar Ice Melts

JUNE 2008

June 30, 2008 |  Exxon Valdez, NY Yankees, Al Gore Eats Dogs

June 23, 2008 |  Pooh Dies, Judges March, Bush Drills for Oil

June 16, 2008 |  PBS & NASA Cut Costs, Bush Pleads for Oil

June 9, 2008 |  Obama & McClellan Explain, Crosby Plagiarizes

June 2, 2008 |  Saint Spock, McCain Ineligible, Sex and the City

MAY 2008

May 19, 2008 |  Bikers’ Code, Hillary’s Bio, Narcissists’ Marriage

May 12, 2008 |  Smith Bros., Sinatra Stamp, Polygamist Ranch

May 5, 2008 |  Gas Saving Tips, Stonehenge Stolen, WVU MBAs

APRIL 2008

April 28, 2008 |  Noah’s Ark, Take Your Child to Work Day

April 21, 2008 |  The Pope & Steinbrenner, Surprise Pulitzer

April 14, 2008 |  Time Machine, Olympic Torch, Pope Trip

April 7, 2008 |  Catholic Schools, Obama & the Liberty Bell

MARCH 2008

March 24, 2008 |  Self-Help Book, Subpar Vernal Equinox

March 17, 2008 |  Bernanke, Dentists’ Secrets, Obama’s Poster

FEBRUARY 2008

February 25, 2008 |  Urinal Monologues, Beautiful Arenas

February 18, 2008 |  Homework Dogs, Astronaut Women

February 11, 2008 |  Turnpike, Fashion Tips, Society Scene

February 4, 2008 |  Tunnels, Groundhogs, New Musicals

JANUARY 2008

January 14, 2008 |  The President Changes, The Pope Protests

DECEMBER 2007

December 24, 2007 |  The Christmas Edition

December 17, 2007 |  The Debut Edition

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