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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Joylion

    Joylion said, over 3 years ago

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

  5. tagteam

    tagteam said, over 3 years ago

    I just love it when engineers reminisce!

  6. 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.

  7. UsernameUsername1234

    UsernameUsername1234 said, over 3 years ago


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

  8. 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.

  9. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 3 years ago


  10. 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.

  11. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    this looks fun but would take more pre-planning.

  12. 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.

  13. 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. ;>)

  14. Maxi_Haha

    Maxi_Haha said, over 3 years ago

    @tacop.. Nope

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