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New Adventures of Queen Victoria

By Pab Sungenis
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Jan 12, 2013
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    Linguist  about 5 years ago

    And now… For something completely different…

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    runar  about 5 years ago

    Maybe she should have been trying Not Being Seen.

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    thesnowleopard GC Insider about 5 years ago

    It’s all fun and games until some bird craps in your eye.

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    KasparV  about 5 years ago

    The bird wasn’t pinin’ for the fjords.

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    John Davis  about 5 years ago

    Just be thankful it wasn’t a cow.

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    Richard Howland-Bolton GC Insider about 5 years ago

    Ah! Quercus maximus Bamber Gascoigneii

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    Tirasmol  about 5 years ago

    hahahaahahaahaaa

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    Coyoty GC Insider about 5 years ago

    It’s a good thing that’s an oak, saving you all from a Pythonic comment about felling conifers and floating the logs down a twisty river… Oops, too late.Punsman, spare that tree joke!

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    John Day GC Insider about 5 years ago

    Reminds me of the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

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    corzak  about 5 years ago

    Is that a condor up in that tree?

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    prrdh  about 5 years ago

    Your Maj, this is why professional educators deliver their lectures in classrooms instead of under trees.

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    ewalnut  about 5 years ago

    Shouldn’t she be picking up a shotgun instead of an ax? It’s not like the birds need to be sitting on something to poop on you.

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    prrdh  about 5 years ago

    The short answer is that hardness isn’t the only criterion for making a good bat.Oak used to be very popular for baseball bats, and there is still a niche market for it. But ash is almost as hard as oak, and slightly lighter.Hickory is quite a bit harder than either and used to be used for bats, but it’s very dense so bats from it tend to be too heavy. Sugar maple is also significantly harder, and about the same density as ash, but the grain is such that it splinters easily.Hardness is a measure of resistance to denting, not of breaking. Sandstone and quartzite are both silicon dioxide and so equally hard, but as I know from personal experience if you hit a block of sandstone with a geological hammer you’ll break it, while if you hit a block of quartzite you’ll just dent the face of the hammer. The difference between the two is the grain: quartzite is sandstone that has been compressed and heated to the point where the sand grains are fused together.

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    prrdh  about 5 years ago

    Apart from the question of whether the difference is a matter of end hardness, side hardness, or grain character, you’re right about oak not being the hardest wood. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janka_hardness_test.

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    Durak GC Insider about 5 years ago

    I’m going to see Spamalot week after next. I hope they do a NAQV crossover joke.

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    Sherlock Watson  about 5 years ago

    Did Queenie turn into Floyd R. Turbo in the last panel?

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    meowlin  about 5 years ago

    “Most wooden bats are made from ash. Other natural materials used include maple tree wood, hickory wood, and bamboo. Hickory has fallen into disfavor because it is much heavier than other woods…”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_bat

    That probably applies to oak as well, if not more.

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    jerseyinsd  about 5 years ago

    …it’s… [cue “liberty bell march”]

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    ujean  about 5 years ago

    “Feed the birds.Tuppence a packIt’s full of arsenicSo they won’t come back.”

    Welcome to the Dark Side, Mary Poppins!

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