Calvin and Hobbes Record Player - by Bill Watterson for June 05, 1990

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    Fies  over 13 years ago

    This is full of win!

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    wehrler  about 13 years ago

    Love Calvin’s face in panel 4.

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    HumorMeDark  over 12 years ago


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    ChaosGamer  over 12 years ago


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    COMIC-ER  about 12 years ago

    I feel like that sum times.

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    Krendall  over 11 years ago

    He’s wrong, though. The record moves, not the needle, so the speed is constant.

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    Xalder  almost 10 years ago

    The one time he says something factually accurate and Calvin is confused.

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    yow4zip Premium Member about 9 years ago

    He’s not sleeping tonight.

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    weatherford.joe Premium Member about 9 years ago

    This strip was reprinted in my high school geometry book.

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    bmonk  over 8 years ago

    Heck—railroad trains in motion have parts moving BACKWARDS at every instant!

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    SilvieSkydancer  over 8 years ago

    Calvin.exe has stopped responding

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    DanWolfie  almost 7 years ago

    Love this one! But it seems they never used any compact discs in this strip; just records and cassettes. To be fair, music CDs were still very new when the strip originally debuted in 1985, but by 1990, CDs were pretty much surpassing records as the main way to listen to music in the home (and cassettes still stayed around for quite a while.)

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    DevilDog2001 Premium Member about 5 years ago

    Love Calvin’s face in panel 4.

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    JasonBozarth  over 4 years ago

    I suppose, each groove in a record player records a set amount of data, because of the way the information is stored. I would suggest, this means that as a record player plays a record, the grooves change as the record approaches the end and the needle travels the distance from the edge to the inner ring. As a result, the information imprinted on the edge is more “spread out” .. and the impressions near the center are different. The surface moving over the needle is moving faster as a record plays and approaches the center. This is one of the reasons why CD’s were so revolutionary, the recording medium didn’t change because the information was not a direct translation of sound, but a digital expression of it that was interpreted by the player.

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    Larry da crocodile  over 3 years ago

    No,no. the record doesn’t move, the earth spins around it.

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    noissimbus  about 3 years ago

    In other words, the “point” on the outer circumference had to move faster just to keep up with the “point” on the inner circumference. See application in keirin.

    Brain unblown. Sleeplessness averted.

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    Ol' me  almost 2 years ago

    I printed out this strip today to show to my 7-year-old granddaughter, who is learning about the satellite revolutions around the earth in her homeschool lessons.

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    Daeder  11 months ago

    I was sure Calvin’s dad was going to segue this into a lecture on how bicycle gears work.

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    ccfharvard4  6 months ago

    Is the record moving, or are we?

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    Ermine Notyours  4 months ago

    I just noticed this strip has a specific title which also appears on the browser tab: “Calvin and Hobbes Record Player.” I wonder how many other dates do this.

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