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  1. howtheduck commented on Luann about 1 hour ago

    While we can’t speak to Dez and Lectures, Finals, and Homework, we know that Dez solved her shopping problem by having people deliver things to her. As for the laundry, inactivity here could be the reason for Dez’ smelly incense.

  2. howtheduck commented on Luann about 1 hour ago

    From the Mystery Men movie:
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    Mr. Furious: Okay, am I the only one who finds these sayings just a little bit formulaic? “If you want to push something down, you have to pull it up. If you want to go left, you have to go right.” It’s…
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    The Sphinx: Your temper is very quick, my friend. But until you learn to master your rage…
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    Mr. Furious: …your rage will become your master? That’s what you were going to say. Right? Right?
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    The Sphinx: Not necessarily.

  3. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 hour ago

    You are a sad and silly entity.
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    Silly yes. I am not that sad. How about “happy and silly entity”? I think that would be more accurate.

  4. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 hour ago

    So let me see if I understand. ( I won’t use a certain word, because that would be interpreted incorrectly.)
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    That’s a good caution to take if you have trouble with word interpretation. Me personally, I use the dictionary. There are several on-line ones I can recommend to you.
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    If a person types a list of numbers, along with the wish that a poster on this site would stop posting, that would be sufficient incentive to motivate the poster to stop posting?
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    Ah, so this is a hypothetical question. I guess it would depend on the poster and their aversion to numbers and wishes. Does wish magic work that way in your world?
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    Just trying to understand.
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    Good luck with that, but I really don’t know anything about magical wishes, so I don’t know how much help I would be. Perhaps you should talk to a fairy godmother or a genie or some other wish expert. I don’t know any of these, but perhaps you do.
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    one, two, three….
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    It appears you are testing your hypothesis, but you have left out the crucial part of the wish. If you are basing your hypothesis on my comment above, then the ingredients missing are:
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    a. The person issuing the numbers is yelling the numbers directly to the recipient and not typing them. Yelling is key. Typing is just not as noisy and not as threatening.
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    b. The person is repeating the numbers more than once (and possibly a few more times than that, but that is left to the imagination.) You only wrote your numbers once. Repetition makes a difference. 3 numbers are hardly a threat. Repeat them a few times and it will be more effective.
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    c. The wish of that person is not that a poster quit posting, but that someone went to bed. Those are very different things.
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    By the way, this comment of yours was pretty clever. I liked it quite a bit.

  5. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 3 hours ago

    It is simply amazing that you can spend so much time inventing ways to attack a cartoon character because you dislike the writer of the ‘toon, and as soon as someone takes issue with your constant carping about the character, you accuse them of attacking YOU.
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    You could not be further from the truth. I have had e-mail conversations with Lynn Johnston over the last several years and we get along fine. I have a great deal of admiration for what she accomplished with the comic strip and in particular her openness to her fans that would allow me, who has never met her, the opportunity to communicate with her about her comic strip.
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    As for people attacking me, I am able to analyze language well enough to realize that when someone uses the word “you” in a communication addressed to me, it does actually mean “me”.
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    The world could be dissolving into nothingness, and you would still sit in front of a screen finding fault with ’Elly’ and anyone who dares to take issue with you.
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    I know you love and worship Elly Patterson the character as the bestest person in the whole world, but It seems to be affecting your ability to read. For example, the characters I mentioned in my first comment of the day were John, Michael, Lizzie and Brian. I even specifically mentioned that John (not Elly) was not winning father points in today’s comic strip. Naturally, you are defending Elly and not John, who should be the one you are defending against my vile comment, if comic strip characters actually needed to be defended.
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    I do my best to ignore you, but you make the blood of human boil…
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    This is your best? I would hate to see what you would write if you were going to do a shoddy job of ignoring me. However, I do like the way you phrased that “blood of human boil” as if perhaps you were not human and you liked boils. It’s twisted and funny. I wish more of your comments were like that.

  6. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 3 hours ago

    The kids have such innocent, curious smiles, and Elly lives every parent’s nightmare – what to do when the threat isn’t enough.
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    “or else” is not actually a threat if the kids don’t know what “or else” is as they revealed in Panel 4. What choices do they have? Last week, Elly threatened Mike with making him do chores, but that certainly would not fit this situation where she wants them to go to bed. Certainly Mike has been spanked often enough, but Lizzie never has been and never will be spanked, so that punishment would not work on them both. The other common punishment Elly has used is to send the kid to their room, but that won’t work because that’s what she wants them to do. She could try the method she uses with John, i.e.. throwing a coffee cup at his head. That might be successful in knocking them both unconscious so they could be dragged to their bedroom, but it might leave a nasty coffee stain and people do get a little suspicious of head wounds on children. Elly’s other primary method is to scream and shriek the children into obeying her, and she seems to be going for a variation of that with her loud counting. Perhaps if she counts at them long enough, they will obey her wishes. I know I would.

  7. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 18 hours ago

    Of course! It’s all Elly’s fault!
    Bet you can’t wait for the strips where we see Elly is responsible for Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, the Lincoln assassination, and the Titanic’s sinking, too!

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    Oh, you are talking about the infamous Elly Patterson time travel strips. Those have never been reprinted, and doubt they ever will be. You failed to mention the Hindenburg disaster, which was frankly my favourite.
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    Why do you insist on reading a comic strip you obviously (despite your claims to the contrary) hate? Do you also watch TV shows you don’t like?
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    We haven’t seen you in a while, NightShade09, which is another way of saying, “It’s been a while since you have come here to attack someone.” I kind of missed it. You won’t believe it but other commenters over the last few days have missed you attacking people too. There are some who speculated that defending Elly’s obsession with appliance poetry might have been too much for you, but I had faith you would be back. Vacation, maybe?
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    I mean that. Save yourself the aggravation.
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    There are a number of strips I used to read, came to dislike, and I avoid them. Saves a lot of money on antacids.
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    You know I can completely believe that there are comic strips you grew to dislike and that you spend a lot of money on antacids because of reading them. That is a remarkably honest confession. Thanks for that.

  8. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 21 hours ago

    I also remember John and a trainset and wearing a conductor’s hat…
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    Coming to a comic strip near you in a little over 4 years.

  9. howtheduck commented on Luann 1 day ago

    Here’s the question: Will Luann be stupid enough to reveal that her conflict is over spending time alone with Quill! at a drama internship in New York City? That’s a little like pointing a cat to where the catnip is.

  10. howtheduck commented on Luann 1 day ago

    Has Tiffany ever referred to Luann as “sweetie” before?