Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, almost 4 years ago

    The middle school that I attended (back then, a grade 7-9 junior high school – I did part of the research for the principal to convert to a middle school) actually had a well-heated pool. It was built in 1970, and I was there from 1977-1980.
    On the other hand, special-needs kids swam there before the regular swimming classes, and one of them had defecated one day in 11 feet of water. Our swimming teacher tried to make us swim with the piece of feces very visible on the bottom of the deep end of the pool.
    We all refused. The teacher tried to discipline us, but the administration refused to pursue the discipline saying that we had a right to refuse to swim in that water in that condition.

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 4 years ago

    re: Richard S

    If I remember rightly, bismuth metal does. Forms crystals that are less dense than the liquid, which sounds weird.

  3. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 4 years ago

    Bet the middle school is now the "Alternative/ Adult Ed " school…They always get the hand me downs…

  4. win

    win said, almost 4 years ago

    Water polo is tough enough without sticks much less a heated pool.

  5. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, almost 4 years ago

    watching the water polo matches this summer olympics. am wondering it is like wrestling in the pool. splashing, hitting, jostling, etc…am surprised no one drowned or had some serious injury.

  6. smoore47

    smoore47 said, almost 4 years ago


    Jesus, TMI.

  7. CasualObserver

    CasualObserver said, almost 4 years ago

    The pool at the old middle school was 38% urine! Obviously it would be MUCH warmer!

  8. pumaman

    pumaman said, almost 4 years ago


    Maybe it was just a Baby Ruth bar ala Caddyshack! Anyway, any pool in which athletic competition takes place is kept pretty cool so the athletes don’t overheat. Those water polo players are sweating, you just can’t tell.

  9. bevgreyjones

    bevgreyjones said, almost 4 years ago

    I had a dentist who defected from the Czech water polo team duing one of the Olympic games that were held here in the States. He put himself through dental school hustling pool.

  10. bevgreyjones

    bevgreyjones said, almost 4 years ago

    Oh, and I recently heard that professional swimmers pee in the pool all the time. :)

  11. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, almost 4 years ago


    And fish pee in the ocean all the time.

  12. Konabill

    Konabill said, almost 4 years ago

    Swimming in the pool pee is nothing compared to snorkeling in whale poop.

  13. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, almost 4 years ago


    LOL! Sounds like a well run school. Actually your school was a lot better than mine because at my middle school they didn’t even try. No one was even allowed to use the pool except the swim and dive teams. Probably in part to avoid incidents like that. Also, no one could use the basketball hoops but the team. What did we do for gym class? Dodge ball – every day of the week. I wonder if those teachers and administrators at my school followed those saving principles in their personal life. Maybe they didn’t drive much order to save their cars. Most of them never wore good clothes, so if they had nice clothes they were saving them, too. And the text books? They saved $ by reusing the ancient, battered texts. And about teaching? Why they saved precious energy by not teaching at all! What a racket! The jerks! However, their interviews to the local newspaper were impressive and knowledgeable, so this behavior was not for a lack of ability.

  14. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 4 years ago

    Richard Russell: Antimony is another It was mixed with lead and zinc to make type metal, which neither expands or contracts with melting/solidifying. That way, the type stays sharp. Only ancients who worked with hand-set type or Linotype slugs [look them up] are familiar with that metal.

  15. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 4 years ago

    I am the inventor of the Eitherometer. Put a margarine tub on the picnic table or deck. Either it’s frozen or not….Answers the question, “Is it freezing out?” BTW, at 10º snow crunches when you walk on it, below 0º it sounds more like a screench or almost a squeak….

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