Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Editer63

    Editer63 said, almost 4 years ago

    That’s awfully divisive.

  2. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 4 years ago

    Meanwhile, in science class, cells are multiplying by dividing……

  3. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, almost 4 years ago

    Funny – it must be something to do with Hard Sums – I knew a mathematician and he invariably used a 4H pencil because “it didn’t need sharpening very often”. However, you couldn’t read what he’d written – fortunately, it sliced through the paper like a blade leaving indentations on the esk that could then be read by putting a sheet of paper over and rubbing gently with a very soft pencil (a la CSI).

    (This story is only mildly exaggerated)

  4. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker said, almost 4 years ago

    And nobody caught the pun??? …very sneaky! Pastis would be proud.

  5. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, almost 4 years ago

    And then she can explain to his parents why she failed him when he did his work and she did not.

  6. prrdh

    prrdh said, almost 4 years ago

    Scan Caulfield’s paper and goose the contrast.

  7. jessegooddoggy

    jessegooddoggy said, almost 4 years ago

    Awww, Caufield is brilliant! We need MORE Caufields in this dumbed down society.

  8. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, almost 4 years ago

    Wait, 98% of the time, this kid spouts stuff that would go over the heads of most postdocs. He’s at genius level in every discipline. And yet today, we are to accept that he has a hard time with third grade math? All in the service of a clever joke, I’ll admit, but still. Another clumsy set-up.

  9. Captain Kiddeo

    Captain Kiddeo said, almost 4 years ago


    Given your stated taste in humor, you might consider dropping “Frazz” and looking for reprints of classic “Nancy” by its original artist Ernie Bushmiller. He has been quoted as saying that whenever he thought one of his jokes might go over somebody’s head, he would just “dumb it down.” And before anyone jumps to conclusions, I like both “Frazz” and “Nancy”.

  10. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, almost 4 years ago

    @Captain Kiddeo

    Not once have I stated my taste in humor here, only my DIStaste for the rampant intellectual elitism of “Frazz”. Just because I agree with the proverb, “Nobody likes a know-it-all”, that is not the same as saying I want to see everything dumbed down. Seems a very difficult concept for most to grasp, but I’m all for smart. What I’m against is show-offs.

    In any event, what does your comment have to do with today’s strip, or my comment on it? I was remarking that the set-up is dumb. If anything, I wanted today’s strip to be smarter!

  11. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, almost 4 years ago

    @Captain Kiddeo

    By the way, I do appreciate the civil tone. Not everyone’s nice here. (I can be a crank myself.) And I learned something new, so thanks for that, too.

  12. Captain Kiddeo

    Captain Kiddeo said, almost 4 years ago

    Actually, I was responding to: “this kid spouts stuff that would go over the heads of most postdocs”. And I have great difficulty in detecting the “intellectual elitism” you frequently deride here. I just assumed your stated distaste for “Frazz” on an almost daily basis might be an indication of your taste in humor. I apologize. Please list examples of strips that are smart but not examples of intellectual elitism. I am, as you say, finding this a difficult concept to grasp. (And I get and enjoy most of the humor in “Frazz”).

  13. ealeseth

    ealeseth said, almost 4 years ago

    He said hard to read – not impossible. I’ve graded a lot of papers that were hard to read. Most teachers manage to read whatever they receive unless there is a foreign language problem. Spanglish – ok. Cambodian? beyond my skills.

  14. annieb1012

    annieb1012 said, almost 4 years ago

    I get how Caulfield can come across as way advanced in knowledge while having to work hard at his math assignment. As an adult, I once remarked to my mother that I had a great fondness for math because it was the one subject at which I had to work the hardest. She expressed surprise and said that it had looked to all the adults as if everything came easily to me. At age ten, I was reading pretty much everything in my parents’ library, including Margaret Meade, Balzac, Thorstein Veblen (no idea what he meant by anything, but I persevered through some of it), a book on the Great Barrier Reef (loved that one and read it many times), and so on. But I struggled to learn the multiplication table just like all the other kids. I didn’t have a Frazz with whom to discuss literary ideas the way Caulfield does. But math, even at the arithmetic level, involves acquiring and applying new knowledge and skills with the requirement that the results be correct, while batting around ideas is completely fluid and subjective.


    My intention above was not to toot my own horn, but to illustrate that there are real kids who are at least somewhat like Caulfield.

  15. annieb1012

    annieb1012 said, almost 4 years ago

    Balzac’s “Droll Stories” was my introduction to pornography. My dad knew where every book lived on the shelves, and he used to have to come to my room to get that one back in order to fill the space. He never did make it go away, which, as a parent today, I would definitely have done.

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