Frazz by Jef Mallett



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  1. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 1 year 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, about 1 year 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, about 1 year ago

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

  4. rshive

    rshive said, about 1 year 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, about 1 year ago


    Some did, and paid for it, Dearly!

  6. rshive

    rshive said, about 1 year 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. Fairportfan2

    Fairportfan2 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Richard S. Russell

    Can’t recall the specific instances, but i’ve caught “The Straight Dope” in more than one error over the years.

  8. strickmaedel

    strickmaedel said, about 1 year ago

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

  9. Ronald Davis

    Ronald Davis said, about 1 year 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

  10. Ewal Doh

    Ewal Doh GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago


    Amen! I don’t have the complete reference, but a book called THE PRICE OF FEAR documents the actual process carried out by corporations and Congress to judge the cost basis in designing or legislating safety. Included is the historical rise in the “Price of a Single Life”. Example: redesigning a car will add $16 million and save 4 lives. So a life is worth $4 million if we decide to do it. Conversely, if it cost $16 M and only saved two lives, no go. Good read.

  11. olddog1

    olddog1 said, about 1 year 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.

  12. no1scouse

    no1scouse said, about 1 year 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!!!!

  13. abbatis

    abbatis said, about 1 year 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.

  14. DutchUncle

    DutchUncle said, about 1 year 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.

  15. Tacopielvr

    Tacopielvr said, about 1 year ago


    Atitudes change?? How about better research caused the changes. Do you RELLY want to be exposed to radiation so frequently and freely??

    @olddog1 Chemists & chemistry teachers have a history of dying young. Every chemist & chemistry teacher I’ve known, all of whom led healthy lives (runners, swimmers) died young.

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