Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. jnik23260

    jnik23260 said, over 3 years ago

    Why would Noah have lost ALL the dinosaurs? Seems he might have saved a pterodactyl or two.

  2. Ravenswing

    Ravenswing said, over 3 years ago

    Yes… Yes… This is a fertile land and we will thrive. We will rule over all this land and we will call it… This Land.

  3. nomadicus

    nomadicus said, over 3 years ago



  4. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, over 3 years ago

    If you need an (almost) clear slate, postulate a singularity; from there, you can go (almost) anywhere!

  5. GrimmaTheNome

    GrimmaTheNome said, over 3 years ago

    The Greeks had flood myths too.

    The Unicorns were fine – ‘unicorn horns’ produced by travellers to amaze the gullible of former times were narwhal tusks.

    >Why would Noah have lost ALL the dinosaurs? Seems he might have saved a pterodactyl or two.

    Pterodactyls aren’t strictly speaking dinosaurs…but the flood myth doesn’t explain the demise of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. Noah wouldn’t have had to save them. And no, sadly there are none lurking in Loch Ness.

  6. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, over 3 years ago

    This thread is sounding amazingly like a Republican debate.

    From William Falkner, “The Reivers”

    A Republican is a man who made his money, a Liberal is a man who inherited his; a Democrat is a barefooted Liberal in a cross-country race, a Conservative is a Republican who has leared to read and write.

  7. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago

    The direct descendants of dinosaurs are all around us, and there were quite a few on the legendary Ark. They are called “birds”.

  8. pksampso

    pksampso said, over 3 years ago

    Birds? Ah, yes, but you have to believe in evolution to get from dinosaurs to birds!

  9. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker said, over 3 years ago

    As with most myths, there is usually a grain of truth in the story.

    About 5 millions years ago, (a bit before Noah’s or the Babylonian’s time), the Mediterranean “Sea” was a desiccated basin cut off from the Atlantic by a land bridge across the Gibraltar strait. Then the Zanclean mega flood occurred which filled the basin in a very short time: estimates run from two months to two years. It was caused by a breach in the land bridge which rapidly eroded the dam and resulted in flow rates of up to 100 million cubic meters per second and sea level rises of up to 30 meters per day.

    10^8 m^3 is a mind boggling quantity. It is about one third of a cubic kilometer or a volume equal to eleven football fields on a side by one tall. Per second!

    IIRC, I think I calculated that the flow rates reached 150 km/hr (90 mph). That would be one hunkin’ rafting trip!

    Hmmm. Although this is an interesting and fun bit of info, and might seem a basis for the flood myth, there is one minor little problem: humans (or pre-humans, ~Neanderthals), didn’t exist until about 300,000 years ago. Oh well, it was a good exercise in refreshing my memory. Enjoy it anyway.

    Zanclean flood references: BBC Newsand Wikipedia

  10. Beleck3

    Beleck3 said, over 3 years ago

    ah that old time religion, way to control the masses and get them to kill for you.

    American’s right to be stupid. now that is a right the Right proudly displays and pushes for all of us to be. and thanks be to God the Republican St. Reagan, we are all blessed with teh fruits thereof. encouraging Stupidity, Hatred and Fascism/Feudalism. the Republican Way!

    ah to be a Republican! dumb, stupid and led to the slaughter. and watch the Democrats follow, eagerly. No American like a stupid one.since 1980.

    as Thatcher said, There is no such thing as Society.

  11. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, over 3 years ago

    Right idea, wrong strait. The Bosporus (the strait connecting the Black Sea and the Mediterranean at Istanbul, Turkey) is apparently not all that deep. During the last ice age, sea levels were low enough that it was dry. The Black Sea basin was mostly dry, fertile land with a small, freshwater lake at the lowest point. When sea levels rose, about 7500 years ago, the Black Sea filled, quite quickly, with salt water. The level would have risen by more than a foot a day, moving the shoreline by a mile or more each day in the process. Since there were modern, agricultural human societies in the region, it’s fairly clear how this would have led to the story of a great flood.

    Source: PBS “Scientific American Frontiers: Beneath the Sea: Noah’s Flood”"

  12. Larry

    Larry said, over 3 years ago


    Ancestral memory.

  13. John Pike

    John Pike said, over 3 years ago


    What a fabulous reference. I’ve got a kot of time on my hands these days. I had back surgery quite recently am an invalid for a while. References like yours are truly a lifesaver. I come on here for the entertainment, the comics and the troll wars. Sometimes the troll wars are more fun. Thank you for this and I will do some more research on my own. Blessings

  14. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, over 3 years ago

    In lterature, floods (and the Red Sea) may be metaphors for times of uncertainty. Then a mighty leader arises to resolve the crisis.

  15. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, over 3 years ago


    Good description; that’s what I think was the root of the story, too. If all ancient civilizations have a flood story, it’s a copout to say they just cribbed them. Remember, these people were writing what they considered holy books and wouldn’t have just taken myths from other lands as their own.
    In all likelihood, the people who lived on the shores of the sea probably spread out and told everyone about the event that had traumatized them and sent them fleeing. In my own experience, people who’ve had to move suddenly tend to talk a lot about how things were in the old place.

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