Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, about 17 hours ago

    I hate to see how he handles multiplication problems.

  2. hariseldon59

    hariseldon59 said, about 16 hours ago

    You can if you’re adding negative numbers.

  3. Zero-Gabriel

    Zero-Gabriel said, about 16 hours ago


    Put some REAL Money on the table, they’ll get his attention.

  4. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, about 15 hours ago

    Maybe he has A.D.D.

  5. srmcd1

    srmcd1 said, about 15 hours ago

    I think he’s just flat-out determined not to learn anything.

  6. watmiwori

    watmiwori said, about 15 hours ago

    I too was/am mathematically challenged by the four basic operations of so-called Simple Arithmetic. I can just about manage to balance a checkbook. To this day I don’t know
    how to solve the problem of cars starting at different times
    and speeds, nor of tanks filling at the top and emptying at
    the bottom. I didn’t care, and it was not taught in a way that
    engaged any interest. Nor was Plane Geometry. Algebra
    lost me completely; looking at equations made my head spin,
    and being told that one of the basic rules was that a negative
    multiplied or divided by a negative equalled positive struck
    me as complete insanity. As I understood it, algebra had
    been invented by some crazy wog, who had been out in the
    sun too long, and who had nothing better to do than invent
    intellectual games for which I had no interest or aptitude…
    If math CAN be made interesting, it certainly WASN’T. I
    know just where Calvin is coming from.

    This was many years ago. From what I hear of New Math,
    [via Tom Lehrer], I’m glad I missed it. Shudder to think how
    traumatic that would have been. Old Math is confusing

  7. TASKmaster001

    TASKmaster001 said, about 14 hours ago


    I have the same problem with foreign languages…

  8. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 13 hours ago

    You can’t add things and come out with less than you started with?

    What if you start with a balloon and add too much air?

    What if you start with a computer and add a virus?

    What if you start with a firecracker and add a lighted match?

    What if you start with excess weight and add dieting and exercise?

    What if you start with the belief that the postings on this site are logical, and then you add this one?

    Here is Linus in the early days, before he became an intelletual:

    Click here: Peanuts (August 27, 1957)

    Peanuts (August 27, 1957)

  9. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 13 hours ago

    What if you start with a passing grade in Miss Wormwood’s class, and then you add a noodle incident?

  10. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, about 11 hours ago

    Then, just to mess with his head, there are the origins of the trigonometric functions to consider later on in trigonometry.

    Click on the image for full size.

    The image comes from here.

  11. LadyKat

    LadyKat said, about 11 hours ago


    Thank you for ensuring I will go to my stepson’s wedding later today with a migraine. My hubby remembers the above graph, though, from when he did surveying for the environment and high-rise construction.

  12. biglar155

    biglar155 said, about 11 hours ago

    I was no fan of math at Calvin’s age – and not real good at it either. Somewhere around my Junior year in high school something “clicked” and I started to “get it.” Imagine my surprise one day when the teacher put ME in the “mentor” group helping the struggling kids. I would go on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering – which involves a LOT of advanced math both in theory and in practice.

    Now when my kids struggle with math I can help them look at problems from a variety of different approaches. I’ve “been there” myself and I believe that if I just keep throwing things at them SOMETHING will eventually click with them too.

    The best part is, they have come to trust me as their “real” math teacher. I’ve heard every one of them tell the next-younger one “Don’t get frustrated. Trust Dad and you WILL learn to do it.” There’s no better feeling.

  13. MUGger86

    MUGger86 said, about 10 hours ago

    Dad! It’s the new math! Adults aren’t supposed to understand it.

  14. fdhefty

    fdhefty said, about 10 hours ago

    core educator originator

  15. Harold Williams

    Harold Williams said, about 10 hours ago

    Government math?

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