Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. Leeky

    Leeky said, about 2 years ago

    love how hobbes usually is the wise one

  2. Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist said, about 2 years ago

    It’s funny that you’re either shrinking to Liliputian size, or scary that the grass is growing fast and will swallow you, Calvin.

  3. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Today’s topic is a complex one, leading to profound reflection……..

    ……….. or not……

    Part 1: Evolutionary Interpretation

    Maybe somewhere, way back in time, life expectancy was so short that it was difficult for humans to live long enough to reproduce (much less, live long and prosper). But, just by random chance, a few early humans happened to have a “sense-of-humor” genetic mutation. This allowed them to lead less-stressful lives than the totally humorless, sad, and depressed early humans (who only had “blue” genes). As a result, the humans with a sense of humor were able to live longer and reproduce, increasing their numbers. Pharmaceuticals were quite rare in those days, so laughter was the best medicine.

    Meanwhile, the humorless early humans tended to die of stress-induced strokes, heart attacks, and foot injuries from kicking things, before they could reproduce. This was the origin of the expression, “deadly serious.” Before long, most of the humorless ones had disappeared, and nearly all of the surviving early humans were laughing every time a piano fell on someone’s head.

    (To be continued…….)

  4. Dogsniff

    Dogsniff said, about 2 years ago


  5. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Thanks, @Dogsniff. You’re just in time for my first dissertation of the Spring.

  6. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Part 2: Christian and Jewish Interpretation

    Christians and Jews share the Old Testament of the Bible, which teaches that we were created in the image of God. From this it would seem to follow that God, like us, has a sense of humor (provided that we are talking about genuinely funny humor, as opposed to “humor” at the expense of others.)

    This, of course, leads to speculation as to whether there is humor in the afterlife. For example, one might pause to reflect upon whether or not the entire Heavenly Host bursts out laughing every time an angel burps.

    (To be continued………)

  7. LX013

    LX013 said, about 2 years ago

    Laughing that feels good, laughing encourages us, laughing makes us fit, laughing is a hit, it’s a hit !!!

  8. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Part 3: Evangelical Christian Interpretation

    Many Evangelical Christians believe that we were created in the image of God several thousand years ago, during a literal six-day creation, with no evolution before or after. From this it would seem to follow that our earliest ancestors were created with a full-blown sense of humor.

    As the primordial couple began to explore the new Garden on their first day of life, one might imagine Eve giggling uncontrollably every time Adam tripped over a root or accidentally walked into a tree. Dazzling sights greeted the first couple, as well as a whole lot of funny odors, which came to be known as “scents of humor.” And Adam was probably greatly amused by the appearance of his first footprints, otherwise known as “laugh tracks.”

    At least God was able to relax on the seventh day, even though the Sunday funnies had not yet been invented.

    (To be continued……..)

  9. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 2 years ago

    With degrees in both bio and geo, there’s no way I could ever believe in the religion of Evolution. There’s simply too many problems with it.
    The typical method of dealing with problems like irreducible complexity, geo dating’s “daughter product” problem or the lack of intermediary forms, or the lack of actual “missing links” (which should be commonplace if they existed because of proximity to us in time), is simply to irrationally assume there is no problem and continue to bull through, hoping no one will question one’s methods. 30+% of geo dating is immediately dumped merely because the person didn’t like the results.
    When the scientific method of test and prove, is all but ignored in order to promote a theory, it’s not science. Evolution should have been tossed as an idea a hundred years ago, when it was plain that it wasn’t the case in the fossil record even then, nor could be observed in nature.
    Instead, we have had scientist after scientist desperately trying to make it work. The claims constantly change, and it’s almost fun to watch the leaps of illogic in the claims.
    Why would a person accept an idea that 200 years ago to the present has simply been assumed to be true, despite extremely serious breaches of physics, chemistry, biology, etc.?

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  11. Ervin Johnson

    Ervin Johnson GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    I’d go with the fear, Cal.

  12. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Part 4: Mainline Christian Interpretation

    Many Mainline Christians believe that we are created in the image of God, but that God’s creation process includes evolution over millions of years, with creation and evolution working hand-in-hand. The six “days” of creation in the Bible are figurative, not literal, referring to long periods of time. Perhaps this implies that humor also has evolved gradually over a long period of time.

    In this case, one might imagine archaeologists someday discovering extremely crude representations of Calvin and Sabertooth Hobbes strips on the walls of the oldest caves, with no fourth panel because the punch line did not yet exist.

    Perhaps the frequency of humor also evolved gradually. Maybe the first humans only laughed once every few decades, but a million years later, things were a laugh a minute.


    So, where am I going with all of this?

    Funny you should ask.

    Humor me.

    This is all that I have created so far.

    My thoughts are still evolving.


  13. bigpianoguy

    bigpianoguy said, about 2 years ago

    I don’t get it…

  14. formally known as doc white

    formally known as doc white said, about 2 years ago


    Could you list the flavors of icecream again?

  15. JoanHelen

    JoanHelen said, about 2 years ago

    Welcome back, Hobbes. I’ve missed you!

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