Indeed they don’t…
I definitely agree with Mom here.
You know that a kid is sick, when is not making any sound at all…
Fer Lefer, you are so right!
Make him go play outside. When I was a boy I went out the banging screen door and mom didn’t see me again until suppertime….which is the way I wanted it.
Just wait til he gets his first trumpet. The whole neighbourhood will know he’s coming.
Is that an American siren or a British siren?
consider it an early warning device!
Is the Pope going to Canonize Mom on Sunday?
What Calvin needs is a muffler.
Good morning, Marg, Mike & ♠Lonewolf♠
A 15th century clergyman came up with a phrase we know as “Children should be seen and not heard.” That’s never been more true for Calvin!
<< Monday, Yukoner said: “Dogsniff, what’s with the x?” >>
Hi Yukoner. When the new strip appears for the day, Dogsniff immediately types in an “x” as his comment and saves it, in order to hold the first comment space, all within a few seconds, before there is time for anyone to read the comic. Then he comes back later, after Marg or others have posted, and uses “Edit” to replace the “x” with his comment. So he is not the first poster of the day to put in an actual comment, but he appears to be. The first time I saw this happen, I didn’t realize what was going on, and I assumed that he was doing it in honor of his “X.” The funny thing is that the second time I saw it happen, his “x” appeared as the first comment initially, but then when Marg posted a minute or two later, Dogsniff’s “x” got bumped to second place. There is a flaw in GoComics, and sometime the comments change order after they are posted, if they are posted within a few minutes of each other.
Did I miss a strip? I thought he was grounded after pelting Susie with apples.
That is what plastic bags are for lady.
He thinks this will get him out of the house, Hasternator*
This has been a test of the Calvin Broadcast System.
I seriously want little ones to make noise. Last year a 3-year old went outside while his mother napped, and wandered away in the back-country of Arizona. He didn’t survive the trip. Maybe, if he’d made noise, he could have been found. Sorry.
As a teacher, I get suspicious if my kids are NOT making noise… What an odd paradox.
When I was a kid, my Dad did not allow me and my brothers to scream loudly. His reasoning (Which I agree with now) is that if we scream all the time, he wouldn’t be able to tell when something was wrong - like snake bite or abduction. Our neighbor kids today scream constantly - which travels up my spine and attacks what few nerves I have left after teaching all day!
When they’re (too) quiet, they’re either sick - or up to something you better investigate.
I enjoyed my childhood, like @kreole. Out the door and gone for hours, in the orchard, up the hills, at the library, or wandering the storm drains. Of course, that was not at Calvin’s age, but not much older (from today’s perspective).
Thanks for spilling the beans on @dogsniff, @hobbes. I’m way too late to ever see his “x,” but I had been wondering what happened to the comments he had apparently been referring to. I did finally figure out he was editing an earlier one - but a placeholder, a stub! Oh you clever dog!
The best gift Calvin can give his mother on Sunday is a hug and a day of peace and quite.
(like that would ever happen)
@dogsniff - Kindly leave your racist babble out of my enjoyment of a thoughtful and brilliant comic strip.
oooooooooeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeefffffffffffffffffffff……………..any guess whats this?????????
actually its the siren alarming me about the coming of my mom………….
I agree JymDyer. I did wince when I read that first post of the day.
Hey, JymDyer, Why don’t you keep your PC coments to YOURSELF and allow ALL people their right to express themselves.
I agree with JymDyer and 41 keys … I too winced when I read the Dogsniff post.
RE Dogsniff and the x …. none of my business. Who cares.
The kids on the schoolyard will love learning to do the siren. Ms Wormwood, not so much.
Isn’t it cute how Calvin doesn’t even know how noisy kids are naturally?
i’ve never understood why it’s so important for some to be the first commenter. using tricks and gaming the system to assure that spot is really really dumb and lame. did i mention dumb and lame? and it’s even dumber when that first comment is really really lame, which is usually the case.
Remember the time I started the chain of trying to be the last poster for the day? That got to be a hilarious exchange!
Calvin might get as good as a fellow I met from the east coast,airforce.
He could stop people in their tracks his siren was so good,I never thought of how he got so good
Maybe he was a homeless child like Calvin could become.
dahawwk, I guess you won’t be trying that again.
Dogsniff, that got a groan and a chuckle from me.
I remember when they were trying to get Ebonics taught in schools as a serious language. It didn’t make it. Hmmm…
Hobbes (the poster), being the first poster carries no special meaning to me, unless the comment is something relevant. I simply scroll by the uninteresting ones, and they are immediately forgotten.
But, the Ebonics comment did raise my eyebrows.
I suppose one could copy “Hurray, I am the first poster.” in their clipboard and simply “paste” it and post. That, I would also forget almost immediately. :-/
dogsniff: That never happened. They were teaching it to teachers in order to give them some idea of what the kids were saying.
We could have a “first poster” contest – pick a day when we will all gather at our computers just before 1:08 am Eastern time, all constantly refresh our screens until we see the little arrow for the next day’s comic appear, and then see who can be the fastest to click on the little arrow to go to the new strip, type in their “x”, and get the first comment space. Since the earthshaking issue here is who gets to post in what order, we could all make chaos out of order!
Looking forward to my first cartoon
I’m with the Prfesser.
First might be nice but best is better.
(good, better, best - strange sequence of superlatives here).
Hobbes, thanks for clearing up that “x” business. I had no idea what the comment was referring to and even tried to find the comment being referenced. (I don’t read the comics until late.)
dahawk, that “last comment” race WAS pretty funny. :D
For what it’s worth regarding Nigh_Gaunt49’s comment:
Ebonics: The True Language of Black Folks is a 1975 book written by Dr. Robert Williams, an African-American psychologist, who had coined the term “Ebonics” two years earlier. This book provided a definition of the term as the “linguistic and paralinguistic features which on a concentric continuum represent the communicative competence of the West African, Caribbean, and United States slave descendant of African origin.”
While this comes from Wikipedia as a stub (making it perhaps as trustworthy as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), I find it most interesting that an African-American invented the concept.
“Ebonics.. is a term that was originally intended to refer to the language of all people descended from enslaved Black Africans… Over time, and especially since 1996, it has been used more often to refer to African American Vernacular English (distinctively nonstandard Black United States English), asserting the independence of this from (standard) English. The term became widely known in the U.S. in 1996 due to a controversy over its use by the Oakland School Board.”
Some here are rather quick to judge the intentions of others without considering the facts. Is anyone here going to tell me they haven’t heard some Americans speaking what seemed to be a different language, although it was supposedly English?
Sorry, I reject the notion of African-American, the same as I do Italian-American, French-American, Polish-American, et al. If you’re here, and a citizen… You are a citizen of the USA. Nothing more nothing less.
To dismiss “Ebonics” as a white racist concept evidently misses the whole point of the coinage - it was originally, and for a long time, Afrocentric. Later it took on a meaning with regard to African American Vernacular English. It only became really familiar to the rest of us in the context of a teaching controversy.
Ebonics (Wikipedia) looks to be a good starting point. Conservapedia has a less accurate, but perhaps more telling, “take” on the subject.
I can usually tell my brother is nearby when I hear the music from his MP3 player.
My sister and I were raised by an active alcoholic for whom screaming at us was a normal way of life. I learned to play in silence. After some 30 years of the practice of that while being an extra in the movies here in SLC, I have been constantly amused and astounded at the extraordinary drivel that comes out of people’s mouths in the course of normal conversation. Keeping one’s mouth shut for long periods of time is an excellent and informative discipline….
Hey, is Northern New England as acceptable as any other dialect? I could talk to Cap’n Eddy for days.
Mom got it slightly wrong:
Kids are sirens!
When Calvin was a baby, his parents probably couldn’t wait until he could walk and talk. Now they probably wish he’d just sit down and shut up!
Meanwhile, Mom looks as though she’s about ready to suffer yet another one of her (daily?) migraine headaches brought on by Calvin and his obnoxious antics. Now we finally get the full scope of why his parents are always tossing him out the door and telling him to go place somewhere else … poor Mom is probably constantly having to go lay down in a darkened room and pray for her head to quit exploding!
You’re playing the game wrong, FerBurger. You should make a comment now and come back later and change it to an X
(Because we like you!)
Had a z, but you’re good!
JP, what makes you think I didn’t?
Don’t answer, I gotta be last …
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like seeing marg at the first post position. It feels right and she is a sweetie on top of it all.
Mind if I dance with your date……?????
Yes : (
How about ZZ Top …
Or a gentleman named Zane on a Zepher Zipping through the skies listening to Zebop by Santana!
That would make it: ZZZZ!
(And to all a Good Nite!)
∞ + 1
That’s right, kids don’t need sirens…they need a mute button!
calvin always with own idea//