Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, about 12 hours ago

    The best way to deal with reality: ignore it.

  2. Susie Derkins Returns D:

    Susie Derkins Returns D: said, about 12 hours ago

    Nighttime feels more relaxing when your on a plane. (In my opinion that is.)

  3. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 11 hours ago

    Just in our galaxy alone, it is considered there are millions of Terran type planets with thousands that would have intelligent life on them.

  4. Liverlips McCracken

    Liverlips McCracken GoComics PRO Member said, about 11 hours ago

    If you really want to see a night sky in all its magnificence, go out into the desert away from any settlement. The absence of light and the absence of moisture in the air will produce the clearest view you have ever enjoyed. You will be overwhelmed by the sight of the Milky Way. Even more so when you consider that it is but one, and an unremarkable one at that, of billions of galaxies in the universe. We are utterly insignificant in the grand scheme of things; an incredibly fortunate species that came into existence at just the right moment in time, in just the right place in all of Creation, under just the right set of circumstances. If we screw it up through war or stupidity, there will be no memorial, no regret, no memory of us whatsoever. Nothing and no one will care that we are gone or that we ever existed.

  5. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 11 hours ago

    Wasn’t this the strip that was recently posted for a bit and then pulled down?

  6. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, about 11 hours ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    There’s a wide diversity of opinion among scientists re the prevalence of intelligent life in the Universe. For good books on opposite sides of the issue, read Rare Earth and What Does a Martian Look Like?.
     
    The problem, of course, is that we’re trying to generalize from a sample space of 1: us!

  7. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, about 11 hours ago

    @Liverlips McCracken

    The night view from “Down Under” (or anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere) is particularly spectacular ‘cos we look out right towards the centre of the Milky Way.


    I’ve been in both Hemispheres and it’s nice to be in the North to see features that can’t be seen from the South – like Polaris and The Big Dipper – but the sheer volume of stars visible from here is breathtaking.


    Please come and visit us sometime …

  8. LeadingEdge

    LeadingEdge said, about 10 hours ago

    @dukedoug

    I’d love to see the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds – the closest galaxies to the Milky Way, visible to the naked eye only in the southern hemisphere. The Australian outback would be perfect. My ancestors come from Australia. Maybe you’ve heard of Gregory Blaxland? I’m a direct descendant of his.

  9. LeadingEdge

    LeadingEdge said, about 10 hours ago

    I’ve been an amateur astronomer for over 35 years and often find myself feeling like Calvin in the first panel. Whenever I point my 8" Newtonian telescope at a seemingly empty part of the nighttime sky, I discover it’s not empty at all. It is filled with hundreds of stars, galaxies and planetary nebulae in just that one small patch of nighttime sky the size of a green pea held at arm’s length. There is so much more out there than meets the eye.

    The odds are in favor there’s other intelligent life out there and we humans are arrogant if we think we’re the only ones.

    Calvin and Hobbes must be in orbit wearing gravity shoes. Notice how all the appliances are floating around as if they’re weightless?

  10. nosirrom

    nosirrom said, about 10 hours ago

    Happy 25th Hubble Space Telescope!

  11. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, about 9 hours ago

    @LeadingEdge

    They’re visible very faintly from my back garden on clear nights. I live in outer suburban Melbourne where the light pollution is not too bad yet – but deteriorating every year as new housing is built around us.


    Friends have a property down near the coast on relatively sparsely populated land. When we visit with our dogs I usually take a dark of the night stroll outside when the dogs feel the “call of nature” … very little light pollution and “dark adapted” eyes from being asleep.


    The view into the sky is spectacular … both Magellanic Clouds fully visible and well-defined and stars of many magnitudes fainter than can ever be seen from home.


    I’ve also been to “The Outback” – but typically to towns so the view has not been so great.


    Any kid who has been schooled in Aus knows about “Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson” and the expeditions to explore inland Australia. There are towns named in their honour and all descendants would be rated “Australian Royalty” … maybe not as much as descendants of The First Fleet – but up there with Dukes, Earls etc. 8~)

  12. ragtime78rpm

    ragtime78rpm said, about 9 hours ago

    @Liverlips McCracken

    Usually quantity and quality are at odds with one another; i.e. we are not “insignificant in the grand scheme of things”. In fact, we are the whole point of Creation!

    Your argument is often voiced because it conveniently absolves one of any responsibility. I mean, if we’re just an accident, and an “insignificant” one at that, then it doesn’t matter what one does with one’s life, or how he/she behaves. We’re just the product of randomness, after all.

    This is a double edged sword, however, because then there’s really no problem with “screw(ing) it up through war” or anything else, for that matter. Random molecules bouncing off each other do not carry with them morals or ethics!

    If what you say were true, then the only thing one can say about bad behavior is that you personally don’t like it. My insistance that I DO like it would cancel your feelings out, since there’s no objective right or wrong residing in random molecules.

  13. LX013

    LX013 said, about 8 hours ago

    It’s better outside!!

  14. LX013

    LX013 said, about 8 hours ago

    @thebird55

    Yes, it was this strip!!

  15. LeadingEdge

    LeadingEdge said, about 7 hours ago

    @dukedoug

    WOW, dukedoug! I really enjoyed reading your reply. I can imagine your skies at night. The best “naked eye” viewing I had was in a small isolated mountain village called Telluride, Colorado; no light pollution. I could see the Andromeda galaxy with just my bare eyes!

    As for being rated “Australian Royalty”, I will just have to endure the 22 hour flying time to Australia from Atlanta, Georgia and find out for myself :-)

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