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  1. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Betty 4 months ago

    “Real” soap I can just about understand from a kid. “Soft” is not an appropriate description for liquid soap, though.

  2. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 4 months ago

    Why has nobody asked how he got there without putting his legs out of his shell?

  3. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Candorville 4 months ago

    I’m not sure why Mr. Bell didn’t answer this point. Lemont is in his thirties. He often gives his age as “mumblety” something, but it’s occasionally made clear that thirty is the age he’s embarrassed about passing. (For example, he once remarked on what Christ had achieved by his age.)

    As for whether he ages in real time, I wouldn’t like to comment.

  4. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Rudy Park 5 months ago

    What makes this comic implausible is that he isn’t claiming it. He both says “we’re going to have to” followed by “whether he needs to or not” and adopts the extended version of the “cut the fat” metaphor that left-wingers use to criticise the approach.

    It’s a shame when Messrs. Bell and Heir cross the line from clever satire into strawman arguments.

  5. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Candorville 7 months ago

    Where do you get the idea his advice is worthless? It’s far less valuable than that.

  6. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Rudy Park 8 months ago

    I was wondering that because of the “especially in men” line, but the term HRT refers to treatment for women as I understand it. Confusing.

  7. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Candorville 8 months ago

    Is Lemont actually right? Although the last offer does sound desperate, I would have suspected an attempt to close the blog down as a competitor, rather than confidence that it would grow profits.

  8. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Betty 8 months ago

    It’s not that bad. He is not a professional basketball player. She’s saying “off the bottom of the scale”. Bub may enjoy playing basketball, but he wouldn’t claim to deserve to be paid for doing so. The question is, is the same true of Alex’s writing?

  9. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Rudy Park 8 months ago

    That took me a moment to work out… He’s implying she’s about 96, isn’t he…

  10. Neil F GoComics Pro Member commented on Candorville 9 months ago

    One of the main reasons it took Columbus so long to get funding was that the royal advisers (etc.) had access to more accurate figures than the ones he was (by all indications deliberately) quoting.

    The crew was close to mutiny because he was (again presumably deliberately) quoting underestimates of the distance they had sailed, and, based on wind strengths, they suspected that the wouldn’t have enough food and water to get back.

    There may well have been peasants in1492 who thought that the world was flat (though, as indicated, @Richard S. Russell could just as easily have been talking about 1000BC, or people now who have never been more than 2 miles from home) but all sailors would have noticed that they hadn’t fallen off the world on previous trips. (No, that’s not my anecdotal observation or inference, it’s something I read in a book… somewhere.)