Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

Off the Mark

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  1. Linux0s

    Linux0s said, about 4 years ago

    Just wait until you get hauled before Queen Isabella.

  2. Woody 157

    Woody 157 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
    He jumped into the grass
    And tickled his…
    Never mind. Besides, Eric the Red got here first.

  3. chireef

    chireef GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Woody 157

    Eric never made it past Greenland… his son Leif seems to have made it along with his sisters. the First Nations beat everyone by at least 15,000 years though. they should call the 12th Invaders Day and try and pass comprehensive immigration reform.

  4. Superfrog

    Superfrog said, about 4 years ago

    @Woody 157

    Was Eric the Red a Norse of a different colour?

  5. mrbribery

    mrbribery said, about 4 years ago

    maybe Kennewick Man or the Solutreans got here first…

  6. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 4 years ago

    re: chireef
    Actually, the Solutrians of southern Europe (the Clovis Culture) made it before the “First nations”. It’s also of interest that the Clovis disappeared about the time that the American Indians appeared. (Despite my own background including tribes from North Carolina, I’d never presume to call anyone “First Nations” except perhaps the oldest civilizations in the archeological record in the Fertile Crescent.)
    It’s noteworthy that the Norse were the first to Greenland and it was actually green then. The climate is much colder than then, with the remnants of farms from Greenland and Northern Canada. The crops grown from ~1000 to ~1350 indicate the warmer temperatures. The invasion of the Innuit, combined with the start of the Little Ice Age causing crop failure, caused the Norse to leave Greenland. (I get a kick out of “experts” claiming 100,000 years in Greenland ice that didn’t exist 650 years ago.)
    15,000 years? Carbon dating goes back to about 9,500 with tremendous errors starting around 7000. Were it not for bristlecone pines and fungal rings in places like the Mojave giving us a record going back that far, we wouldn’t know about those problems. Anything before 9500 years is literally anyone’s guess as nothing exists as a reference and given the problems that start around 7000 years, a 15,000 year reading could easily 10,000 or 20,000. The accuracy just isn’t there and the remnant C14 is so small as to invite error.

  7. David Bethke

    David Bethke GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Meanwhile, congratulation to Mark Parisi for making the only comic in my reading list on GoComics to feature Columbus Day!

  8. dheine1971

    dheine1971 said, about 4 years ago


  9. blackman2732

    blackman2732 said, about 4 years ago

    The first tropical depression?

  10. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, about 4 years ago

    It hardly matters which European came here first; Columbus’s crew was first to return and tell about it. If you want to criticize him, focus on his brutality.

  11. abilyeu

    abilyeu said, about 4 years ago



    You seem to be implying that carbon-14 dating is the only method available to science for dating prehistoric finds. You’re conveniently “forgetting” about numerous other methods, such as dendrochronology, glacial varves, coral reefs, etc. Not to mention the various other radioisotopes such as aluminum-26, iodine-129, samarium-147, uranium-235, potassium-40, uranium-238, thorium-232, rhenium-187, rubidium-87… which are useful for different age ranges extending back to the billions of years (and which agree with each other nicely where they overlap). And I’ve barely scratched the surface. Someday you might try reading an actual science book that wasn’t written by one of your religious leaders.

  12. BostonTerrier

    BostonTerrier said, about 4 years ago

    I’m with you, abilyeu. Well said.

  13. pinkx

    pinkx said, about 4 years ago

    yepper abilyeu:)

  14. bmonk

    bmonk said, about 4 years ago

    Columbus was an astute observer of weather—which made him confident that even sailing west so far with the winds behind him, he could return further north later in the year and find the winds still behind him.

  15. comicnut4636

    comicnut4636 said, about 4 years ago

    I have always felt sorry for Chris.
    First he did not know where he was going
    Second when he got there he did not know where he was.
    Third when he got back home, he did not know where he had been.

    Also he really had four ships, The Nina, The
    Pinta, The Santa and The Maria.

    The Maria fell off the edge of the Earth. So he renamed The Santa as The Santa Maria.

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