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  1. markmoss1 commented on B.C. 2 days ago

    The Edsel failed due to a combination of factors:

    1. Terrible styling.

    2. Management problems – McNamara (the guy who later fouled up the Vietnam war) appears to have foisted that vagina-grille on the company over the objections of nearly everyone with eyes, and one wonders what other mistakes he made.

    3. Brand dilution. The original goal was to create a “better than Cadillac” brand for Ford, because Lincoln was generally perceived as almost as good as Cadillac. But then they also stuck the Edsel marque (and ) on mid-range cars. Basically they stuck the Edsel name and the distinctively terrible grill on a Mercury. That lost the full-out luxury car sachet that was the whole point of the project, and gave the Mercury management reason to hope it failed.

    4. The full-out luxury cars were lemons. They tried every bit of new technology their engineers could dream up, all at once – and a lot of it didn’t hold up. Only the military can afford to handle the problems created by deploying too many new ideas in the same project, and as a former F-111 tech I can tell you that it’s a bad idea even then. (The F-111 was a McNamara pet project when he was Secretary of Defense.)

  2. markmoss1 commented on Dogs of C-Kennel 5 days ago

    Not if the cat aims for the nose. I have seen a cat put deep bleeding gashes in a curious puppy’s nose.

  3. markmoss1 commented on Dogs of C-Kennel 6 days ago

    It took me a while to get this too, but once I recognized the red semicircle sticking out of the ground in frame 2, it became clear. He threw low and hard. Very low.

  4. markmoss1 commented on Pearls Before Swine 15 days ago

    “My diet restriction is that I can’t eat anything that outruns me.”

    Too restrictive. Deer can outrun me, but they can’t outrun a rifle bullet. For that matter, cows could outrun me if not for the fences.

  5. markmoss1 commented on Marmaduke 18 days ago

    Like Smaug (the dragon in The Hobbit) sleeping on his heap of treasures. How else can you guard them while you sleep?

  6. markmoss1 commented on Calvin and Hobbes 24 days ago

    Someone who doesn’t need a helmet on a motorcycle has nothing up there to protect.

  7. markmoss1 commented on Bloom County about 1 month ago

    The boosters have nose cones.

  8. markmoss1 commented on That is Priceless about 1 month ago

    Probably not that many; normal people neither want to take an avoidable risk of being killed nor want to kill. At least in literature, there were many cases of drunken challenges followed by mutual apologies the next morning when both men were sober. But mostly, the code duello just meant that gentlemen learned to be elaborately polite to other gentlemen. (Unfortunately, the code was generally not held to apply to the lower classes, so “gentlemen” often felt free to insult and abuse them…)


    Flintlock or even cap-and-ball pistol dueling came with a large element of chance, so idiots who probably averaged only one victim before they were killed themselves – or much less if the duel was conducted before they sobered up. Skill counted much more in sword duels, but the challenged got to pick the weapons, so a famous swordsman who went around finding excused to issue a challenge would usually be facing a pistol. The biggest problem with the system was it basically gave leave for extreme rudeness to two types of people:


    1) Psychopaths, because they have little fear of death.


    2) The best swordsmen, because if they were challenged over their rudeness, they picked the weapons. Not that the swordsmen had to take advantage of this, and those without some trace of psychopathy generally wouldn’t. For that matter, the better swordsman in a sword duel would nearly always have the choice of whether or not to take a life.

  9. markmoss1 commented on Diamond Lil about 1 month ago

    And now he’s spreading joy in Sam’s digestive tract.

  10. markmoss1 commented on Pearls Before Swine about 1 month ago

    Probably that venison was from a hunter that didn’t know how to properly field-dress the deer. Besides the guts and organs, there are scent glands that have to be removed immediately or they’ll spread a bad taste through the meat.