Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    It’s not going to be a leisurely, pleasant trip over the top. To keep the chains taut at the top of the arc, you’ll have to be swinging at a scary high rate of speed.

  2. Igor Smetlavich

    Igor Smetlavich said, over 4 years ago

    A concussion?

  3. davidh48

    davidh48 said, over 4 years ago

    I tried this many times, loved it.
    Acceleration stops as you near apogee, then it’s all downhill.
    Since we can’t play “Crack the Whip” or “Red Rover”, what shall we do, being “old”?

  4. LameRandomName

    LameRandomName said, over 4 years ago

    When I was a kid I discovered that you could get the swing up REALLY high, with the chains almost horizontal and jump off while you were still accelerating in an upward arc; which when combines with the acceleration downward would cancel out most of your velocity by the time you hit the ground, resulting in a landing with about the same force you’d get from jumping up in the air and coming back down again.

    Interesting demonstration of vector mechanics, but the really great part was how much it freaked out the teachers.

  5. frightenup

    frightenup said, over 4 years ago

    LOL! I totally tried to see if I could swing around – a great childhood memory!

  6. Mstreselena

    Mstreselena said, over 4 years ago

    I thought of Mythbusters also, even with rockets it didn’t quite work.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 4 years ago

    I vividly recall swinging so high the chains lost tension and instead of the smooth glide down, I dropped several feet until the slack was gone. Thank goodness for a strong grip as more than once the seat went out from under me and it was only blessings and/or luck I didn’t break my back. Still, the comic gave me a big smile for the memory. Ahhh…the adrenaline addictions of youth.

  8. Cartoonacy

    Cartoonacy said, over 4 years ago

    Think of the first four panels as consecutive frames on a filmstrip. The girl is trying to talk Frazz into pushing her hard enough so that she’ll swing all the way over the top and around (i.e., the first four panels aren’t really happening, they just represent her description of what she’d like to happen). His response is in the final panel.

  9. No Habla

    No Habla said, over 4 years ago

    You only need 2 G if you want full body weight tension over the top. Much less will do, 1.05 G would generate 5 lbs tension for a 100 lb kid…

  10. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 4 years ago

    Mythbusters left out one important thing. They forgot it was a child who goes over-the-top. They have stated in the past that “Buster” weighs 185 lbs., the size of an adult. I have seen several children accomplish the over-the-top swing. Granted, never with the smooth perfection of the one described above. As C Downs said, there’s always an abrupt drop after crossing the bar.

  11. burleigh2

    burleigh2 said, over 4 years ago

    While that may be true, how much force would you have to shove her at the bottom of that to ensure 17 mph throughout the entire top arc? THAT’S the part that makes it scary…

  12. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 4 years ago

    surfstuff, Mstreselena, I bet they blew it up anyway, right?

  13. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, over 4 years ago


    I’m thinking a=f/m .So mxa=F

  14. Unca Jim

    Unca Jim said, over 4 years ago

    Whatever… I bawled like a 9-year old while they bandaged up my bloodied body. Matter of fact, I WAS 9 years old.

  15. tigre1

    tigre1 said, over 4 years ago

    We DID have fun with the swings, didn’t we? there’s even fun that two adults can have. This reminds me I still want one of those. Maybe you can still google loveswing…

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