Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. win

    win said, over 1 year ago

    And yet the air in your head weighs nothing, Janis.

  2. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 1 year ago

    It is said that there are as many as 1 septillion stars (10 to the 24th power, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) in the universe.

  3. finale

    finale said, over 1 year ago

    @AshburnStadium

    ,,,and what are the odds of the Krashdashians ending up here?

  4. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @AshburnStadium

    And that’s just this [uni]verse.
    Omniverse


  5. BradyB66

    BradyB66 said, over 1 year ago

    @finale

    That’s if you consider the Kardashians stars. I know I don’t.

  6. poihths

    poihths said, over 1 year ago

    It’s not stars in the universe. It’s human cells in the body. Bacteria are so much smaller than human cells that it takes more of them to weigh 3-5 pounds than enough human cells to weigh 150-200 pounds. It’s one of those gee-whiz stats that only impresses people who have a low level of numeracy and a poor level of scientific understanding.

    What really matters is that the commensal bacteria that live in and on the human body have important roles to play in our physiology. They make direct and important contributions to our health. We need to be aware of that when we dump a pile of antibiotics into the system without thinking through the fact that doing so will have costs as well as benefits.

    In recent months Scientific American has run some good materials on this. I’m sure a little Googling will turn up more good stuff as well among the usual welter of web-based dreck.

  7. prrdh

    prrdh said, over 1 year ago

    For those who do enjoy gee-whiz stats, the 100 trillion or so bacteria in the human body are about ten times as numerous as human cells, and about a thousand times as numerous as the merely ‘billions and billions’ of stars (as the innumerate and easily impressed Carl Sagan used to say) in the Milky Way galaxy.
    It’s certainly true that everyone should be more aware of the implications of antibiotics, especially the broad-spectrum kind; certainly physicians in my experience are grossly ignorant of the issue, and in this as in so many areas of health care the caveat emptor principle applies more than is generally acknowledged.
    By the way, the effects of bacteria in our bodies may go beyond their interaction with our individual selves. They seem to have swapped genetic material with the human genome over the millennia.

  8. JDS

    JDS said, over 1 year ago

    @poihths

    Huh?

  9. JDS

    JDS said, over 1 year ago

    @whmIII

    The strip I understand . . . it’s some of the comments that baffle me.

  10. Dr Fogg

    Dr Fogg said, over 1 year ago

    @AshburnStadium

    Robert Heinlein’s theory… 6 to the 6th power to the 6th power..

  11. kea

    kea said, over 1 year ago

    @win

    Actually, air does have weight.

  12. water_moon

    water_moon GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @win

    Does too! air has mass, and there is a source of gravity nearby so it weighs the same as outside air.

  13. water_moon

    water_moon GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    RE: comment/strip understanding
    Yes, lots of probiotics in and on us. We’d die without them. So while Janis is happy to think that “she” is scale -3 lbs, she might as well say that without a liver she’d weigh 3 lbs less.

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 1 year ago

    @poihths

    I’ve got to build up my level of numeracy.

  15. win

    win said, over 1 year ago

    @water_moon

    @kea

    I sit corrected. Engaged keyboard before putting brain into gear.

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