Over the Hedge by T Lewis and Michael Fry

Over the Hedge

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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 4 years ago

    Sure be nice if it actually warmed up. After 4 years of winter lasting 2 months later than normal, it’s really starting to affect the plantlife in the forests.

  2. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 4 years ago

    Many people have the wrong idea about “global warming”. The theory (and I’m neither endorsing or discounting it) is that more heat (energy) in the system makes subsystems more active, causing instability. This chaos can cause extremes of every kind of weather, including colder temperatures, in any given area.

  3. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, about 4 years ago


    That’s the correct way to interpret the proposed situation. It is the causation of increasingly unstable weather systems by the increase in total heat content of the planet’s atmosphere.
    Ice does not raise in temperature until it absorbs enough heat to complete the phase change from solid to liquid.
    An iced drink stays at 0 C (32 F) on a warm day and then when all liquid suddenly increases in temperature. it can be a long time before the actual global temperature shows a substantial increase.

  4. uncorked

    uncorked said, about 4 years ago

    Looks like Santa’s section is about to crack ….

  5. Keith Russell

    Keith Russell said, about 4 years ago

    That’s the night Santa went crazy, that’s the night St. Nick went insane. Realized he was getting a raw deal…

  6. kea

    kea said, about 4 years ago


    Well put – concise and accurate.

  7. Norbert Ginsel

    Norbert Ginsel said, about 4 years ago


    Totally incorrect. A chunk of ice can exist at 30dF, or at -30dF. The colder block requires more heat to reach melting point of 32dF than the other one. This is “heat capacity”. Only when ice hits 32dF does the additional energy NOT raise the temperature more, because it’s used in “phase change”, which, when complete, allows for increase in temp again. (but not as “ice”, but as “water”). Ice acts as a temperature buffer, a sort of heat sink in reverse. So, ice (as ice) can exist at any temperature between 32df and absolute zero, depending on ambient. Your first sentence is wrong.

  8. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, about 4 years ago

    Serves him right for living in one of the least hospitable places on Earth.

  9. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 4 years ago

    Please observe the distinction between climate and weather. Weather is the temperature, barometric pressure, wind velocity and direction, precipitation, etc. at a given instant. Climate is the long-term condition vis a vis the past. Climate had its ups and downs over eons, but now there is a human input (which includes deforestation, urbanization, and such as well as carbon release into the atmosphere) which is trending in one direction overwhelmingly – upward temperatures. Just as one cannot witness tectonic plate movement until there is an earthquake, so this climate temperature change is too slow to notice in weather, but dendrochronology and ice core records go back millennia.

  10. Black4dder

    Black4dder GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Santa should obviously set up shop at the North Magnetic Pole. That’s on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian North.

  11. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 4 years ago

    Well, like I said, I don’t claim the theory is true. But it is a sound theory.There is some evidence that it may be right, but nothing that totally convinces me. I’m keeping an open mind about it.

  12. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 4 years ago

    And, even if it is correct, whether mankind has anything to do with it is another argument altogether.

  13. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 4 years ago

    The story of Elizabeth meeting Mary tells us how far along they were in their pregnancies. We know about when Elizabeth became pregnant. We know that her husband (Zechariah) was a priest “…of the course of Abia”. This tells us the general time that Elizabeth became pregnant. Do the math and it takes you to late September. That makes perfect sense when you look at other factors. Herod would have expected the people to pay their taxes after the harvests, while they had the means to pay and the time off from working the fields to make the trip, and before the cold weather set in.

  14. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 4 years ago

    Pardon me, my slip is showing. That should be “Elisabeth”.

  15. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 4 years ago

    bhinckle: Any religion (other than your own) would you want crammed down your throat and/or indoctrinated on your kids at your tax expense? Check the mirror to see who is the sanctimonious hypocrite in this. Not so incidentally, I have real ordination – from a bishop and major denomination, not mail order. I don’t like your religion being crammed down my throat, and was one of the founders of the Dallas Civil Liberties Union for that reason.
    thewbird55: Good points, but you didn’t necessarily slip; the name is transliterated from the Greek anyway. You slipped more in that it was Augustus who ordered the taxes, although Herod had to collect them.

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