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Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

Wizard of Id

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  1. markmoss1 commented on Non Sequitur 3 days ago

    Cap’n Eddie does not need any chemical enhancement.

  2. markmoss1 commented on Over the Hedge 3 days ago

    Shildkrote = Shield toad = turtle. This is how the Germans name things.

  3. markmoss1 commented on Pearls Before Swine 3 days ago

    Not exactly “stepdaughter”, since Allen never married Mia Farrow or lived with her, but still quite creepy. It’s not clear when the affair with Soon Yi started, and her birth date is unknown, but she was very young for a man in his 50’s. Bone scans when she was rescued put her birth from 1981 and 1983, so she was 19 to 21 when Farrow discovered the affair in 1992 – and it may have been going on for several years, which would possibly put the beginning of it into statutory rape territory.

  4. markmoss1 commented on Pearls Before Swine 3 days ago

    The Maginot line did work. The Germans went around it (via Belgium and Holland, where the French couldn’t build fortifications) instead of through it. It funneled the Germans into a narrower and longer route; defending that route was the field army’s job. It’s the French field army that failed to even slow down the Germans.

  5. markmoss1 commented on Calvin and Hobbes 5 days ago

    Disposable diapers weren’t invented when Mozart was four. They weren’t even invented when I was four. When Mom has to wash out cloth diapers, the kid gets toilet trained young, or else!

  6. markmoss1 commented on Wizard of Id 7 days ago

    It depends on how good the cavalry and the pikemen are. In medieval Europe, knights (professional soldiers who spent their whole lives training as heavy calvary) regularly charged right over masses of peasants with pikes. OTOH, English blocks of well-trained professional pikemen were a nasty surprise for French knights, especially when supported by longbowmen (who spent their entire life training with that weapon, so much that their upper skeleton grew asymetrically to support the bow and their massive arm muscles). The Swiss – who were mostly peasants risen in revolt – developed a different version of the pike block with crossbows in support, and because they trained hard, they dominated battlefields for a while. At the end of the middle ages, other countries copied and adapted the Swiss and English weapons and tactics in “pike and shot” formations. One notable variant was the Spanish Tercio – so-named because it mixed 3 types of troops – muskets or crossbows, pikemen, and lightly armored swordsmen that could destroy an opposing pike formation by ducking between the pikes. Then in the 17th century, muskets improved with flintlocks, better gunpowder, and paper cartridges with pre-measured powder plus shot, and socket bayonets were invented, so the musketeers became pikemen also. War became simpler – except for the introduction of field artillery – and bloodier.

    Almost the only thing a medieval war leader would have recognized on an 18th century battlefield were the ensigns or color sergeants with flags hung from “pikes” and the squire-like subalterns scampering around on horseback carrying messages.

  7. markmoss1 commented on Pearls Before Swine 16 days ago

    Scandinavians who were desperate for land of their own were once able to farm a small area of the south coast of Greenland. Eric the Red named it that so he could sell farm land. He may have been the world’s first real estate promoter, and was about as honest as modern day promoters that will name some overbuilt parcel with no water in sight “Brookview”. OTOH, fraud was definitely a step up for Eric, who had twice been exiled for murdering his neighbors.

    So Greenland was never green – but a 1,000 years ago it was barely possible to scratch out a living from the best spots in Greenland, probably with a lot of fish to bring the diet up to minimum nutritional requirements. And I don’t see anyone taking up farmland there now.

  8. markmoss1 commented on Wizard of Id 20 days ago

    And finally, there were the medals I received in the Air Force: a Good Conduct medal for staying out of trouble for 3 years and a Longevity medal for 4 years of service – as ground crew in peace time. But at least I didn’t get one just for completing boot camp – that one started later, sometime in the 1980’s.

  9. markmoss1 commented on Wizard of Id 20 days ago

    What would fit Sir Rodney even better is the Purple Heart – a medal for being wounded.

  10. markmoss1 commented on Wizard of Id 20 days ago

    Participation medals have been around for a long time. For instance, the Civil War Campaign Medal. This wasn’t issued until 1905,40 years after the Civil War ended, but every major military operation after that had it’s own medal