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  1. hippogriff commented on Pluggers about 5 hours ago

    I was recreation director in a parasitic suburb. There was a half hour lull between scheduled activities and after school free play. I would ride around then and a postie just off work would come by. Two men in their 20s dropped by and wanted to learn to ride. I told them walking is leaning forward and putting a foot out to keep from falling, repeat. Riding a unicycle is the same but pedal under to keep from falling. It is easier than a bicycle because there is no frame to tangle up in. I took a ride around to demonstrate. The postie demonstrated riding backwards, staying in place and such. One of the visitors volunteered to give it a try. He did everything short of turning cartwheels on it, a real ringer. Then he handed the unicycle to his friend, “Try it, it’s easy.”

  2. hippogriff commented on Rose is Rose about 5 hours ago

    While don’t know of any, there is probably some sect somewhere that has that as a central doctrine. Jesus never wrote anything other than one recorded time in the dust. Most theologians consider a factor in “the fullness of time” that there was a central government with excellent transportation systems controlling a large part of the world, and despite that the culture came from a previous empire, it was largely Hellenistic. Deviations are normal – evolve or die. Now the anti-evolutionists can jump in.

  3. hippogriff commented on Steve Benson about 6 hours ago

    I could see that and never requested that it be shown. Je suis un demi-Canadien (have landed immigrant papers).

  4. hippogriff commented on Pluggers about 14 hours ago

    We called a bicycle with training wheels a tetracycle. When my daughter first decided she no longer wanted a tetracycle, I told her, “If I take them off, they are never going back on.” She thought and decided not yet. A month later, she was ready and never had any problem – even eventually learned to ride a unicycle well enough to ride it in a high school play.

  5. hippogriff commented on WuMo about 14 hours ago

    Bill The Nuke
    The best pun on Board of Education: A Speaker of the House gets an apartment in the capitol building. Sam Rayburn would invite a member to a dinner at his “Board of Education”. He knew more about each member’s district than frequently the Representative did, a most effective means of arm-twisting.

  6. hippogriff commented on Pickles about 14 hours ago

    I prefer to bag my own. I put frozen food together to retard thawing (and it goes to a freezer in an ex-garage), thus saving having to unload in the house, then repack in a bag to take to the freezer.
    When I read “milk in a bag”, I thought of the Canadian (first seen in Washington) practice of packaging milk in bags so it spills more easily.
    We have to request our gallon milk be put into plastic bags before putting in our canvas bags because it is over 40 miles from the store to home, otherwise the condensate escapes even the canvas bag. They are the nearest Kroger with lower milk prices even before their “geriatric discount”.

  7. hippogriff commented on Over the Hedge about 15 hours ago

    Probably as edible as a full grown bamboo.

  8. hippogriff commented on Rose is Rose about 16 hours ago

    Christianity has a considerable Hellenistic component, otherwise it would be a Jewish branch.

  9. hippogriff commented on The Argyle Sweater about 17 hours ago

    Bill Koenig
    No it won’t. The part with the girdle (the unsegmented part) might survive, the rest won’t. As MeGoNow correctly pointed out, planaria have this ability, but they are a totally different phyla. The girdle contains the hearts and reproductive organs (both, but they cannot self-fertilize).

  10. hippogriff commented on John Deering about 18 hours ago

    Either that, or has a deadline making publication two or three days behind events. What’s that about yesterday’s newspaper? On his web page, Clay Jones is about three cartoons ahead, just for that eventuality.