Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    We used to buy surgical tubing from the local department store, tie a knot in one end, put the plastic housing that goes over a ballpoint pen at the other end, then use the yard tap to fill it up. This was before things like the monster squirt guns came along.

  2. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    At MIT, we’d use bunsen-burner gas hoses with one end bent over and wired off. Much sturdier rubber, reinforced with fabric. When you filled them up, they looked like Thuringer sausages and could shoot a .45 caliber jet up to 10 metres. Huge capacity, too. They were the semi-automatic weapons of water-balloon fights. (Yes, MIT. Same guys are probably making stealth bombers these days.)

  3. Maxi_Haha

    Maxi_Haha said, over 3 years ago

    Kudos to Mallett for today’s artwork. It goes above and beyond your typical daily strip. I really appreciate the effort.

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Re: Richard Russell

    sounds cool. OIT, here. We didn’t build stealth bombers, but before infrastructure was abandoned (the agency I worked for cut 8,000 engineers in the mid 1990s), I worked for the Corps of Engineers, what used to be the North Pacific Division. Projects like the American River Dam System and oddly enough, a dam in Colombia (Miel I Dam Hidroelectric). They shipped their rock, sand, gravel, etc. to us and we did concrete mixes, beams, etc. from it. One time Fort Huachuca did the same, including a very large black widow on the underside of the lid of one of the drums of 3/4-1/4. Every year we’d break one of Bonneville’s test cylinders and even after about 60 years (at that time) the concrete was still gaining strength. No worries about a 9 from a Cascadia quake knocking out that dam. Others like Lake Chelan Dam or John Day, not nearly so sturdy.

  5. Joylion

    Joylion said, over 3 years ago

    The winter version of a slip N slide, only a lot more painful i suppose!!

  6. tagteam

    tagteam said, over 3 years ago

    I just love it when engineers reminisce!

  7. Marko56

    Marko56 said, over 3 years ago

    We did the surgical tube/squirt hose thing where we’d hide the water-filled tubing in the sleeves of our jackets or long-sleeved shirts. Had a chemistry teacher who confiscated all of the rest of the class’s squrt guns on Sadie Hawkins day, then he thought he’d be cute and turned one of them on a few of the dis-armed students in the front row. We drenched him from the back of the room. Not a bad argument against gun control, actually. And he was a liberal, too. Lol.

  8. UsernameUsername1234

    UsernameUsername1234 said, over 3 years ago


    OIT? Cool! That’s my alma mater! (Software engineering, although I started in Civil.)

  9. Mark Jackson

    Mark Jackson GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    We used surgical tubing in the old Caltech waterfights also. Downside was that the tube would fail after an unpredictable number of use-and-refill cycles, instantly shrinking back to its original dimensions and often imparting a nasty “whack” to the user.

  10. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 3 years ago


  11. A.Ficionada

    A.Ficionada said, over 3 years ago

    These boys, it’s not slip ‘n slide, it’s slip and collide.
    Also, check out Tank McNamara today for more wintery goodness. Tank gets on a snowboard for the first time.

  12. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    this looks fun but would take more pre-planning.

  13. KasparV

    KasparV said, over 3 years ago


    You just have to get in your usual dig about 8000 engineers being laid of, or abandoned infrastructure, don’t you.

  14. Alp36

    Alp36 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Hate to let it be known but a friend and I did this on bicycles 60+ years ago. ;>)

  15. Maxi_Haha

    Maxi_Haha said, over 3 years ago

    @tacop.. Nope

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