Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Camping one year, we had a cloudburst. A red rainbow appeared. Never have seen one that color before or after.

  2. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 3 years ago

    Same reason I climb the mountain rather than looking at pictures of it…cameras just cannot capture the full majesty of God’s creation.

  3. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    Which end of the rainbow has the pot of gold?

    The other end.

  4. Leslie Barks

    Leslie Barks said, over 3 years ago

    When I lived in Oregon (where it rains a lot) I’d always be on the alert for when the sun was shining into falling rain. I’d put the sun at my back and look for the rainbow. Sometimes it would be so gorgeous and intense, I’d pull my car over to the side of the road and just drink in the beauty until it faded. Sadly, the ones I’ve seen in CA aren’t the same.

  5. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    I’m lucky enough to live on a lake, and there was a rainbow one time, (I have a photo), it came down in front of the hills on the other shore….That meant that it was only 400 feet away, maybe a little more…. I always thought that rainbows were high in the sky…But I should have known better, because I always like to make rainbows with the garden hose on wide spray when I’m watering something…….

  6. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    I’m a teacher, but not a science teacher, but I have come up with an illustration that helps to understand particle/wave theory…..Put that garden hose on a narrow stream, and move it back and forth. It looks like the stream becomes a wave pattern. But every drop is going in a straight line, except for gravity…

  7. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    In 1984, I saw, on TV, “The Wave” go around Tiger Stadium, lower deck and upper deck in opposite directions..Awesome!.
    But seriously, the perceived movement from left or right was really individuals standing up and sitting down…Particle or wave? Or both?

  8. abbatis

    abbatis said, over 3 years ago

    Love the artwork.

  9. Otera

    Otera said, over 3 years ago

    I remember seeing a double rainbow on my aunt’s wedding day as a little kid. I was probably about six at the time and it’s one of the few memories I have from that day because it was so beautiful and so wonderful, and what a perfect day for that to happen. we all walked outside and there it was, this beautiful, really clear double rainbow. I can’t remember seeing another one until a few months ago, on my way home from work. it wasn’t nearly so clear as that one I remember from all those years ago, but even so, they are a sight.

  10. GSJ Olé

    GSJ Olé said, over 3 years ago

    When I was 13 we moved from Des Moines, Iowa to the Canary Islands. The weather on the drive to the East Coast was miserable: thunder, pouring rain. Then, late afternoon on the 2nd day out, the weather started to clear, and a beautiful full double rainbow arced right in front of our road. I made me think things couldn’t be too bad.

  11. Jim Cos

    Jim Cos said, over 3 years ago

    And for those of you that haven’t noticed, on the double rainbows, the colors are reversed. I am regularly surprised at the number of folks that don’t know that.

  12. sonorhC

    sonorhC said, over 3 years ago

    Jef Mallett did a lot better on the science in this strip than most science journalists or textbook writers do. Bravo!


    The analogies given for wave-particle duality in the comments are sadly lacking, though. When we speak of wave-particle duality, we’re not talking about the particles that comprise the medium the wave is passing through: We mean particles that actually are the wave itself. Thus, for instance, the speed of the particles are the same as the speed of the wave, and if the wave stops waving, the particles cease to exist.


    And I don’t know about rainbows in Oregon, but I’ve seen some absolutely amazing ones in Montana. They’re often near sunset, so reach nearly 180 degrees, and almost always include a full primary and secondary, plus often anticrepuscular rays ( ).

  13. Gee Man

    Gee Man GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I suspect Montana enjoys great and frequent rainbows for much the same reason your neighbour to the north (Alberta) does – frequent late-day summer thundershowers form on the lee side of the Rockies, and then as they move east, sun returns low in the sky to shine on the receding showers as they move across the plains – ideal conditions.

  14. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, over 3 years ago

    Sounds like Calvin’s dad

  15. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, over 3 years ago

    How do you pronounce “shaka”?

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