Agnes by Tony Cochran


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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    Be the first to get a disease, they’ll name it after you.

  2. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 3 years ago

    Gary Larson has a bug named after him.
    Having an STD named after you .. wouldn’t be much of a honour.

  3. Pharmakeus Ubik

    Pharmakeus Ubik said, over 3 years ago

    More likely they’ll name it after the researcher, like Dr E. Henry Thripshaw’s Disease.

  4. win

    win said, over 3 years ago

    Huzzah, Trout!

  5. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    If Agnes were to follow Trout’s suggestion,
    and her question ended up someplace like Yahoo Answers or WikiAnswers….


    people might think she’s asking about “giant pointy feet” or “huge noses” instead of some invisible disease.

  6. rshive

    rshive said, over 3 years ago

    Hi. My name is Agnes. I have this disease. It is caused by
    sea slugs
    hyena fur

    Its symptoms include
    death when the word aardvark is mentioned
    incurable hiccuping

    If you want to help, please send

    my website
    my PO box
    my numbered Cayman’s account.


  7. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, over 3 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    I never knew that: since we’re looking at an afternoon of icky cold weather, “I feel a Search Engine Party coming on…”

  8. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Rhinomegaly, with pedeshyperplyasia.

  9. jadoo823

    jadoo823 said, over 3 years ago

    …since my marriage went kablooey, if you google “oblivious, gullible idiot,” my picture and bio will come up…

  10. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 3 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    syphilus was named after a character in a poem

  11. rshive

    rshive said, over 3 years ago

    Yeah, there was a St. Agnes. Can’t really remember her story.
    But in the ethnic group that included my Mom’s family, Agnes was a second-tier name for girls. The top tier was Anna, Mary, and Elizabeth. A number of others, of which Agnes was one, ran distant seconds.
    Granny bears more than a passing resemblance to one of my several Aunt Marys. Except Granny is wealthier.

  12. Hunter7

    Hunter7 said, over 3 years ago

    It would be Agnes Syndrome. Sounds better. AND! It encompasses sooooo much more than a simple one hit disease. Allowing one to have….
    Rhinomegaly, with pedeshyperplyasia or just one
    spots – any where, any colour
    fever, or not
    breathing – definitely
    sniffles with or without the runny nose
    aches- somewhere, sometimes at night and sometimes just before school. And far to many more to mention.

  13. Hunter7

    Hunter7 said, over 3 years ago

    With much thanks to prior posters. :)

  14. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 3 years ago


    “Except Granny is wealthier.”
    That’s baaaaad.

    Oh well, no matter how well off you are, someone seems better off, no matter how bad off you are, somone has it worse.

  15. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 3 years ago

    “Yes Virginia, people’s lives do have a price.”
    Mainly it is a relative price. If it costs more than the average life-time earnings of a person to save one person, you are backing up, effectively taking more than one life per life saved. (On the other hand, a billionaire might be willing to spend more of his own money to save the life of himself or someone else he valued highly enough and a drug addict might not be willing to spend $20 to save another life if it meant not being able to by his drug of choice.)
    You could save tens of thousands of lives by lowering the speed limit to 30 mph, but would be taking the lives of hundreds of millions by making them take so many more hours per person per year to drive the same distances. The problem is that you would be backing up — taking more lives than you saved.
    The president has mentioned some measures being worth doing if they just saved the lives of one child but that does not take into account the balance if those same actions took the lives of two other children who would otherwise be alive. And that isn’t even considering the worth of personal rights and freedoms.
    Again, it is a balancing act and too many factors to take into account sometimes. The highway department used to say any road modification measure which cost less than half a million dollars per life saved was worth doing. That number might change but the idea is sound.

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