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  1. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 1 day ago

    “Mumbletypeg” is the way I generally hear it. Of course, kids don’t carry knives these days, so most of the people that I know who play it are medieval re-enactors who play it with their misericordes.

  2. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Wizard of Id Classics 3 days ago

    Two brothers coming to be executed once for some enormous crime, the eldest was turned off first, without speaking one word; the other mounting the ladder, began to harangue the crowd, whose ears were attentively open to hear him, expecting some confession from him. Good people, says he, my brother hangs before my face, and you see what a lamentable spectacle he makes; in a few moments I shall be turned off too, and then you will see a pair of spectacles.

    —Joe Miller’s Joke Book, 1739

  3. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Thatababy 10 days ago

    Actually, they’re all tortoises, and turtles are birds. But English sailors, two or three centuries ago, mixed up the French word “turtur” with the English word “turtle”.

    Handy Hint: When Shakespeare uses the word "turtle”, he is always talking about the bird. Same for the King James Bible.

    “A word cannot be too careful about the phonetic company it keeps.”—C. S. Lewis

  4. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 12 days ago

    “The lord high steward drew a deep sigh of conviction. ‘I believe it!’ he made answer. ‘I have always declared you were a wonderful dog, and now you prove I am right. Why, you are the only dog I ever heard of who could talk.’

    “‘Except in fairy tales,’ said Ruffles calmly. ‘Don’t forget the fairy tales.’

    “‘I don’t forget,’ replied Tallydab. ‘But this isn’t a fairy tale, Ruffles. It’s real life in the kingdom of Noland.’”

    —L. Frank Baum: “Queen Zixi of Ix”

  5. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Frazz 25 days ago

    Ron Dante was also “The Cuff Links”, who had the hit, “Tracy”.

    Can’t speak to the pop hits of 1924, but, just off the top of my head, in Vienna it was the year of Emmerich Kálmán’s “Countess Mariza”, and, in Milan, of Arrigo Boito’s posthumous “Nero”.

  6. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 26 days ago

    During WW2, my mother ran the quality control lab on the only working penicillin line in the world. The problem was that fermenting something on an industrial scale while keeping it sterile at the same time is a bitch. Nowadays, antibiotics are mass produced by chemical synthesis or by mDNA, but it took years to work out how to do the first, and the second wasn’t even theoretically imagined then.

  7. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 28 days ago

    Nah—in Wesley’s day, the Church of England needed a good kick in the pants. Check out Mr. Collins in “Pride and Prejudice” for a good example of the kind of “Christianity” the Wesley brothers were fighting against.

    I remember that cheese; it filled the entire semitrailer of a custom-built refrigerated glass 18-wheeler.

  8. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Nancy Classics about 1 month ago

    Even in 1955, I doubt Sluggo would have appreciated being called “Queen for a Day”.

  9. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics about 1 month ago

    mwbarr—these strips were originally drawn to fill a full broadsheet newspaper page, and the lettering was plenty large.

  10. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not about 1 month ago

    And the Pig War, between the United States and Vancouver (later, British Columbia), over the San Juan Islands east of Vancouver Island. In this case, only the pig was a casualty, even though the war technically ran from 1859 to 1872.