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  1. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop 6 days ago

    This is an old comic-strip tradition, not at all unique to “Alley Oop”. Some people only read the strip on Sunday, and some read only the dailies, and both sets of readers have to be accommodated, along with those who read every day. With a gag-a-day strip, it’s easy, but for an adventure strip, either the Sunday is a recap of the rest of the week, or the dailies and the Sundays have to follow completely different stories. (“Alley Oop” did this until just a few years ago, in fact.) In some old titles, the Sundays are practically a different strip. “Gasoline Alley” has always had a continuing story in the dailies and unrelated material on Sundays. In “Buz Sawyer”, an adventure strip about a two-fisted pilot, Sunday starred Roscoe Sweeney, the hero’s WW2 gunner, and was all about his postwar experiences as a farmer; after the war, the two met only rarely. In “Brick Bradford”, the hero had a time machine—but only on Sundays; the rest of the week, he was an Indiana Jones type.

  2. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Wizard of Id 10 days ago

    The cold never bothered her, anyway.

  3. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Graffiti 15 days ago

    LIEUTENANT: And how came you to leave your last employ?

    JACK POINT: Why, sir, it was in this wise. My Lord was the Archbishop of Canterbury, and it was considered that one of my jokes was unsuited to His Grace’s family circle. In truth, I ventured to ask a poor riddle, sir—Wherein lay the difference between His Grace and poor Jack Point? His Grace was pleased to give it up, sir. And thereupon I told him that whereas His Grace was paid £10,000 a year for being good, poor Jack Point was good—for nothing. ’Twas but a harmless jest, but it offended His Grace, who whipped me and set me in the stocks for a scurril rogue, and so we parted. I had as lief not take post again with the dignified clergy.

    —W. S. Gilbert: “The Yeomen of the Guard”, 1888

  4. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Fred Basset 15 days ago

    By the mystic regulation
    Of our dark Association,
    Ere you open conversation
    With another kindred soul,
    You must eat a sausage-roll!
    You must eat a sausage-roll! A sausage-roll!

    If, in turn, he eats another,
    That’s a sign that he’s a brother –
    Each may fully trust the other.
    It is quaint and it is droll,
    But it’s bilious on the whole.
    Very bilious, very bilious on the whole.

    It’s a greasy kind of pasty,
    Which, perhaps, a judgement hasty
    Might consider rather tasty:
    Once (to speak without disguise)
    It found favour in our eyes.
    It found favour, it found favour in our eyes.

    But when you’ve been six months feeding
    (As we have) on this exceeding
    Bilious food, it’s no ill-breeding
    If at these repulsive pies
    Our offended gorges rise!
    Our offended gorges rise! Our gorges rise!

  5. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 17 days ago

    As C. S. Lewis points out somewhere, it’s a long road from Phoebe’s boots to Phoebe’s God, with plenty of stops along the way.

  6. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 20 days ago

    There have been a good many English words spelled “pink”, many of them unrelated, with meanings like “a small stab” or “to cut cloth with a special pair of shears that leave a jagged edge that makes it hard for the fabric to unweave”. It’s not clear where the word “pink” (flower; later color) came from.

  7. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 22 days ago

    The thing in Bolivia is silly, but it’s partially sound, and has nothing to do with the Coriolis effect one way or the other. The reason that clocks go clockwise is that sundials go clockwise—in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, sundials go counterclockwise, and if mechanical clocks had been invented in the southern hemisphere, they’d probably go counterclockwise, too.
    Of course, mechanical clocks /weren’t/ invented in the southern hemisphere. I’m sure it’s just another piece of so-called “anticolonial” political theatre done to make headlines in spite of Latin America having been free of Spanish (or Portuguese) rule since long before any living Bolivian was born.

  8. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann 23 days ago

    Two summers ago, I spent a few days in Cuenca, Ecuador, and had to get there by flying into Guayaquil and taking a van into the Andes. (Cuenca is a pretty big city, but it’s like this village in all the physical ways.)

    A) Rosa just doesn’t want to take that van ever again. They’re terrifying. When you’re looking down at the clouds below you (literally) and the driver is going around blind curves on a narrow road with no rails or fences, while he’s devoting all his attention to cleaning some gunk off the inside of the windshield with one hand, things start to happen to your brain.

    B) Yes, the weather in these places isn’t at all what a Norteamericano expects. Here in New Jersey, the summer of 2012 was mostly in the 90s, but Cuenca was in the low 70s.

  9. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 25 days ago

    This is only counting main color words X such that a native speaker will generally say, “Y is a shade of X”, but not “X is a shade of Z”, so “vermillion”, “brick”, etc., don’t count, because you can say, “Brick is a shade of red,” but you can’t say, “Red is a shade of—” what, actually? Sometimes they change. Only a few centuries ago, “orange” and “pink” were a fruit and a flower; they still are, but now they’re colors, too.

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

    Just as Russian has two blues, English has two reds, “red”, and “pink”. Some languages have only two or three colors, counting black and white (and the third one is always red). No one knows why. It’s not that they can’t tell the difference. Americans can tell the difference between the traditional color of IBM mainframes and the color of the sky, but we don’t have two different words for them, while Russians do.