Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 4 years ago

    If a kid doesn’t seem to be getting the concept, and gets frustrated, just remind him that you can’t learn what you already know…But you can learn this,,,sayin’

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 4 years ago

    What is weird is that small amounts of radiation appear to have some benefits. No one has ever tried to find the help/harm threshold, though, as far as I know.
    Sitting here at elevation, during the day, I get about 15% more UV than sealevel. Presumably other wavelengths as well.

  3. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, almost 4 years ago

    heard that marie curie’s notebooks are still radioactive and that it will be a very long time.

  4. rshive

    rshive said, almost 4 years ago

    It’s interesting how attitudes evolve. In my youth, every shoe store had an x-ray machine. You put on the shoes and stuck your feet in; so you could see where your toes came to. Now just to get a dental x-ray, you get the lead bib. And the technician stands in the next county. I’ll bet people got more radiation exposure from buying shoes than they have in a lifetime of dental x-rays.

  5. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, almost 4 years ago


    Some did, and paid for it, Dearly!

  6. rshive

    rshive said, almost 4 years ago

    Well, I don’t need to get into a debate because I don’t have any numbers. But out of the multitude of things that expose us to various types of radiation over a lifetime, someone can pick a single culprit for something? More likely that culprit will be the designated “bad stuff”’ of the moment.
    IMO certain segments of our society are paranoid and like it that way. Zero risk has become a mantra. But there’s a price for everything in this world, even “good”. IMO we’ve paid heavily, both in money and in stuff available to us, for the zero risk mantra. And continue to.

    This is not to say that we should go about deliberately courting all sorts of risk. But I certainly think we need more appreciation of what costs are involved in avoiding it. Seems to me that we get an excess of sensationalization on the “risk” side and not nearly enough info about what we’ll pay to avoid it.

  7. strickmaedel

    strickmaedel said, almost 4 years ago

    “A little learning is a dangerous thing,” actually.

  8. Ronald Davis

    Ronald Davis said, almost 4 years ago


    “If a little learning is a dangerous thing, then where is the person who has enough to be out of danger?” – Thomas Henry Huxley

  9. olddog1

    olddog1 said, almost 4 years ago

    I remember when a school science teacher would open a jar of mercury and let students play with a small amount, hold it or push it around on the desk. Now the same amount would call for an evacuation of the whole building and a shutdown.

  10. no1scouse

    no1scouse said, almost 4 years ago


    I remember that as well. Run a little on our palms from hand to hand, student to student. I’m 65 now and don’t seem to have any ……erk!!!!

  11. abbatis

    abbatis said, almost 4 years ago

    Ahh yes… palming the beads of mercury, smelling the various burnt chemicals and compounds… all so very toxic, and yet we lived. Now some towns are so paranoid, they won’t even allow actual cooking in a home-ec class for fear someone might smuggle in nuts or other potential allergens.

  12. DutchUncle

    DutchUncle said, almost 4 years ago

    Mercury: I remember having a drop in a little bottle, that had come from a maze – the kind of thing that would have a ball bearing now – oh, wait, it would be a plastic ball now.. It was considered acceptable for a child’s toy.

  13. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Shoe X-rays….Ooh! I bet THAT’S what’s wrong with my feet!

  14. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    My mom had a sugar creamer set made of pewter full of lead….we used it every day…I poured milk on my cereal from it, and of course tons of sugar…as no1scouse said,…..erk!!!!!

  15. defunctdoormat

    defunctdoormat said, almost 4 years ago

    Mercury never actually leaves the body. So if you took medicine with mercury in it 60 years ago, it’s still in your body. You will die with it in you. I’ve heard of one instance of a faster that got mercury to leave the body, but he was quite the devotee to fasting. After fasting several times, he was able to get it to leave, but he’s the exception. Most people would ‘die’ if they tried to fast, even once. Interesting, too, that every single lake in my state is mercury poisoned.

    And as for x-ray radiation? Some of you people actually consider it good for you and that getting radiation from shoes x-rays is fine?? Wow. Seriously so glad you have NOTHING to do with modern health problems. Amongst other things it can cause is sterility, and birth defects. Let’s only hope you took yourself out of the gene pool ages ago.

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