Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 3 years ago

    So what did they do for the rest of the hour?

  2. runar

    runar said, almost 3 years ago

    One of my grade school teachers was a nun in her 70s who used to fall asleep in class. We let her, then someone would “accidentally” drop a book and wake her up in time for the bell.

  3. Ronald Davis

    Ronald Davis said, almost 3 years ago

    … because of the strange asymmetry of time by which we can remember the past but not the future. We know when we see the first robin that it is the first, but not when we see the last robin. There is no full explanation of that asymmetry, but I think it’s because the Big Bang imposes a boundary condition on the Schrödinger equation of the Universe. An analogy is that we perceive an asymmetry between up and down, but that is only because we live on the surface of a body, and not an inherent feature of space.

  4. jessegooddoggy

    jessegooddoggy said, almost 3 years ago

    I am very happy when I see the first white crowned sparrows in the fall (they have a lovely song and sing all winter!), and sad when I am down to the last one or two in the spring.

  5. pumaman

    pumaman said, almost 3 years ago

    And coincidentally, the last robin was in the last place I looked.

  6. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, almost 3 years ago


    Something alot more productive than the lesson plan.

  7. olddog1

    olddog1 said, almost 3 years ago

    @Ronald Davis

    Or it could just be that changing seasons aren’t necessarily a reason to be sad.

  8. Strod

    Strod said, almost 3 years ago

    @Ronald Davis

    Actually, down is the direction of the net force of gravity, and up is the opposite direction. Those directions depend on the location of you and all the other objects in space, but they are still quite real.

  9. Doctor Toon

    Doctor Toon said, almost 3 years ago

    I may not even notice the first Robin of Spring

    The bird that signals Spring to me is when I hear the first song of the Meadowlark of the season

  10. wwh85cp

    wwh85cp said, almost 3 years ago

    “forgot about her lesson plan?”

    Hmmm. Perhaps she saw a teachable moment there, as in, “I just learned this kid drives me NUTS!”

  11. Bandit

    Bandit said, almost 3 years ago

    @Ronald Davis

    The first is unchanged by seeing more robins later in the spring, but the robin in fall “may be” the last unless we see another one and then that one become the possible last robin. It is only later that we can look back and determine when we saw the last robin. Therein lies the asymmetry.

  12. starlady1

    starlady1 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Towards is the direction of the net force of gravity. There is no down or up.

  13. ncalifgirl58

    ncalifgirl58 said, almost 3 years ago


    Same here jesse! Love my white crowned sparrows. And the Robins stay all winter too here in N. Calif.

  14. doctorwho29

    doctorwho29 said, almost 3 years ago

    It’s a miracle. One of his questions worked!

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Ronald Davis

    For those of us who live in climes where there is change of seasons, and where robins are known to frequent it must be due more to factor of latent inconsistency in weather patterns. A certain amount of chaos in a system can make it difficult to time the last of something versus the first.
    Even so the “first robin of Spring” isn’t a certainty just a perceived first. We have no way of knowing which one is first and will it be over all or regional or by state or by town or city? Just a mean quantity with no regard for reality.

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