Free Range by Bill Whitehead

Free Range

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  1. Jarett

    Jarett GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    God, what a klutz.

  2. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    He did it on purpose.

  3. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t give religious schools ideas for their teachings now :)

  4. Pharmakeus Ubik

    Pharmakeus Ubik said, over 3 years ago

    @Tue Elung-Jensen

    Texas is adding this to their text books even as we read this strip.

  5. PICTO

    PICTO said, over 3 years ago

    Do you mean to tell us the flood was nothing more than an overflowing sink…

  6. Perkycat

    Perkycat GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    He’s now defrosting – which leads us to global warming.

  7. ABQJeff

    ABQJeff said, over 3 years ago

    Apparently God is too cheap to buy a frost free

  8. le-roy

    le-roy said, over 3 years ago

    I do NOT want to see the real reason for global warming!

  9. pinkx

    pinkx said, over 3 years ago

    Icy this as the gawddspill truth.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Yet again you jump whole hog in your need to poo poo science by using other parts of it. You should have read it more closely.

    Mlynczak is the associate principal investigator for the SABER instrument on board NASA’s TIMED satellite. SABER monitors infrared emissions from Earth’s upper atmosphere, in particular from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances that play a key role in the energy balance of air hundreds of km above our planet’s surface.

    “Carbon dioxide and nitric oxide are natural thermostats,” explains James Russell of Hampton University, SABER’s principal investigator. “When the upper atmosphere (or ‘thermosphere’) heats up, these molecules try as hard as they can to shed that heat back into space.”

    That’s what happened on March 8th when a coronal mass ejection (CME) propelled in our direction by an X5-class solar flare hit Earth’s magnetic field. (On the “Richter Scale of Solar Flares,” X-class flares are the most powerful kind.) Energetic particles rained down on the upper atmosphere, depositing their energy where they hit. The action produced spectacular auroras around the poles and significant1 upper atmospheric heating all around the globe.

    “The thermosphere lit up like a Christmas tree,” says Russell. “It began to glow intensely at infrared wavelengths as the thermostat effect kicked in.”

    For the three day period, March 8th through 10th, the thermosphere absorbed 26 billion kWh of energy. Infrared radiation from CO2 and NO, the two most efficient coolants in the thermosphere, re-radiated 95% of that total back into space.
    Footnote: (1) No one on Earth’s surface would have felt this impulse of heat. Mlynczak puts it into perspective: “Heat radiated by the solid body of the Earth is very large compared to the amount of heat being exchanged in the upper atmosphere. The daily average infrared radiation from the entire planet is 240 W/m2—enough to power NYC for 200,000 years.”
    (CO2 keeps the IF in as does NO.) Read more closely next time.

  11. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 3 years ago

    @Tue Elung-Jensen

    It’s actually the atheists who need some new ideas. They don’t have a workable one for the occurrence of the ice age.

  12. ujean

    ujean said, over 3 years ago


    It’s the Other Guy’s fault.

  13. ujean

    ujean said, over 3 years ago



  14. Zin Rosenblum

    Zin Rosenblum said, over 3 years ago

    Kudos to Gary Larson for this one!

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