Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 2 years ago

    “I just wanted to transmute lead into gold…”

  2. suevanv

    suevanv said, over 2 years ago

    In just a few short years brainy Caufield can get into the nuclear physics program at MSU and then they’ll let him play with their cyclotron.

  3. sonorhC

    sonorhC said, over 2 years ago

    They might not let him in the room unsupervised, but if he contacted the people who actually use the cyclotron ([i]not[/i] the university administration), he could almost certainly arrange a tour of the lab, and probably even watch it in operation. Nerds like showing off as much as anyone else.

  4. usafmsgt

    usafmsgt said, over 2 years ago

    You are already a taxpayer.

  5. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 2 years ago

    Man, is this one ever Frazzishistic …

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    “Come on! You won’t let me into your genetic-engineering department for just half an hour? I’ve always wanted a pet kangopossum!”

  7. PoodleGroomer

    PoodleGroomer said, over 2 years ago

    The entertainment value of cyclotrons is over rated and anything you make will kill you by radiation poisoning.
    The chemistry lab is uncooperative because everyone tries to make rocket propellant, explosives or drugs.
    You want to take a video camera, balloons, and explosives over to the laser lab. They’ll help.

  8. paul brians

    paul brians said, over 2 years ago

    When I was in high school one of our math teachers quit to become a maintenance technician at the Berkeley cyclotron. He gave a tour of the facility to a small group of us who were interested in nuclear physics. We weren’t in elementary school, but Caulfield is an unusual kid.

  9. wbtthefrog

    wbtthefrog said, over 2 years ago


    Yeah, that’s for sure. In college, I went to one unnamed private university for a cyclotron tour with a professor, that was supposed to last about 45 minutes, but I went with a physics major. 3+ hours later we were still there and the professor showing us around was still just as excited; my tour partner later went on to the PhD physics program at that university.

  10. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    That’s an MSU or Michigan State University with a green “S” t-shirt Frazz is wearing today.

  11. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    Physics was the most inexplicable subject for me.

  12. patlaborvi

    patlaborvi said, over 2 years ago

    Actually Frazz is set in Ann Arbor Michigan so Caulfield was probably trying to use the cyclotron at the University Of Michigan. It would be much harder for him to try and borrow the cyclotron at Michigan State since it’s in Lansing Michigan and he wouldn’t really have a way to get there.

  13. Boots at the Boar

    Boots at the Boar said, over 2 years ago

    I used to have a job at a university department. One of my duties was to answer the main dept number, a holdover from my student hourly days. The crazy calls I would get were just astounding. The guy on welfare who wanted to take a PhD exam so he could take his slumlord to court over the mold in his apartment. He swore he new the science, but couldn’t tell me the difference between a eukaryote and a prokaryote. The old woman with dementia who kept calling on the status of her application to grad school. Apparently she applied in the 60’s and was rejected; but never gave up on the dream, and she kept re-applying every couple of years since then. The public school teachers (plural) who would call up looking to borrow or have equipment that costs hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Precocious children looking to intern in the labs. “Your parents know there are labor laws right?” People with mental illness who wanted to pay for tissue sample testing to prove to doctors that there were bugs crawling under their skin. They almost all had the “but I’m a taxpayer” mentality. “Listen bub, despite what you may think, unless your tax bill is above a million dollars every year, you aren’t paying for squat around here.”

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    @Boots at the Boar

    I hope I don’t wind up like them.

  15. CountAnton

    CountAnton said, over 2 years ago

    @Boots at the Boar

    The people with the bugs under their skin turned out to be right in the end. It wasn’t a mental illness. Or so my future wife told me… ;)

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