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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for February 18, 2009

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    margueritem  over 10 years ago

    Yep, Hobbes and I share math skills…

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    TheSpleen  over 10 years ago

    margueritem, I’m unclear. Are you saying both your and Hobbes’ math skills are imaginary or instinctive?

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    cleokaya  over 10 years ago

    I see an “F” in Calvin’s future and a full inquiry into a tiger’s instinct.

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    margueritem  over 10 years ago

    TheSpleen says:

    margueritem, I’m unclear. Are you saying both your and Hobbes’ math skills are imaginary or instinctive?

    ~They’re both non exsistant.

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    black_knight15_au  over 10 years ago

    Reading these comments prove that it really is true - 3 out of every two people are bad at maths….

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    4deerinmyyard  over 10 years ago

    Tiger, tiger, teaching math, Leads Calvin down the garden path. Unnecessary obfuscation Can only hinder education.

    (Thought I’d beat Warthog to it, for a change.)

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    green_engineer  over 10 years ago

    I thought Calvin would be quite good with imaginary numbers.

    Isn’t ‘i’ the imaginary number? That’s a letter…now I’m confused.

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    alondra  over 10 years ago

    Calvin he’s putting you on and you’re falling for it. Just do your own homework.

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    prasrinivara  over 10 years ago

    4deerinmyyard, cleokaya: Oh, Calvin will get the F–but he’ll then complain that math is a religion (and complain about it being officially promulgated in schools), a point on which Hobbes will be supportive.

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    Dry and Dusty Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Don’t you just love Hobbes expression in the last panel?

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    EvilFlo  over 10 years ago

    i = square root of -1.

    I really like this one… 9+4… calculus…

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    carmy  over 10 years ago

    Oh you proud little Hobbes. You’re a master of thinkology.

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    BirishB  over 10 years ago

    ahhh, grade school. They succeed when so well grounded in the fundamental R’s: readin’. ‘ritin’, and ‘rithmatic …

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    ultraman  over 10 years ago

    wouldn’t it be funny, if after all of hobbes’ mathematical gyrations, he still came up with the correct answer?

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    grammahotsho  over 10 years ago

    Unclear? Clear is my favorite color!

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    EMandEM  over 10 years ago

    What happens when Calvin finds out that Hobbes instincts are not exactly up-to-the-mark? Look at the fright Calvin gets in panel 3 when Hobbes mentions imaginary numbers. The ‘i’ always gave me the shivers too. I could never comprehend what place imagination had in the science of mathematics. It might as well have been art.

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    Saucy1121 Premium Member over 10 years ago

    BirishB says:

    ahhh, grade school. They succeed when so well grounded in the fundamental R’s: readin’. ‘ritin’, and ‘rithmatic …

    But not too much on spelling.

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    allyheartz  over 10 years ago

    CALCULUS to figure out 9 + 4. Oh hobbes oh hobbes.

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    bald  over 10 years ago

    calvin is more into life skills rather than school book learning

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    stuart  over 10 years ago

    Those who have studied Gödel’s theorem will have encountered Supernatural Numbers. Gödel showed that the axioms, proofs and theorems of Typographical Number Theory could be mapped to integers. He proved that natural numbers could not produce a true theorem he constructed (involving self reference since the theorems were about numbers - now mapped to theorems). Supernatural numbers were introduced to make these self referential theorems reachable, like Imaginary numbers did for Reals. Of course, the new set of Natural plus Supernatural integers could be Gödelized the same way, so the result stands.

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    JanCinLV  over 10 years ago

    Where’s Charlie Epps when you need him?

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    JonD17  over 10 years ago

    margueritem says:

    TheSpleen says:

    margueritem, I’m unclear. Are you saying both your and Hobbes’ math skills are imaginary or instinctive?

    They’re both non exsistant….. Marg, I was thinking they were instinctively imaginary, like mine ;=/

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    JonD17  over 10 years ago

    BlackKnight15 says: Reading these comments prove that it really is true - 3 out of every two people are bad at maths……… and the 4th one?

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    JonD17  over 10 years ago

    ultraman says: wouldn’t it be funny, if after all of hobbes’ mathematical gyrations, he still came up with the correct answer?……. I am sure he will, ultraman

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    TheDOCTOR  over 10 years ago

    MISTER WATTERSON:PLEASE COME BACK! WE MISS YOU, CALVIN, HOBBES….and THE INFAMOUS SNOWMEN OF THE INNER PSYCHE.

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    johnnydoc5  over 10 years ago

    imaginary numbers aren’t all that they are cracked up to be. there is no eleventeen or thirty-twelve, just i.

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    Silverpearl  over 10 years ago

    OOps!! they forgot X!!

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    Steve_Barker  over 10 years ago

    The reality of it all is that everything is imaginary. Do the math. It all adds up.

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    bleepingdeadalien  over 10 years ago

    Tigers are like that…I nominate Hobbes to handle the stimulus package!

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    briankblough  over 10 years ago

    Imaginary numbers are just that, imaginary. Stuart Gatham’s rant just serves to illustrate mankind’s efforts to explain what he can’t; that God is the Creator and there are some things that just can’t BE explained, even with imaginary numbers. BTW I STILL love Hobbes’ “fuzzy math”! <:-)

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    midiranger  over 10 years ago
    1 Red, in Hobbes case, wouldn’t that be ‘furry’ math? :)
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    bmonk  over 10 years ago

    green_engineer says:

    “I thought Calvin would be quite good with imaginary numbers.

    “Isn’t ‘i’ the imaginary number? That’s a letter…now I’m confused.”

    g-engineer: you should know by now that mathematicians never have enough numbers (or variables) so they always make up more as they go along… ;)

    @JonD17, the 4th one is a mathematician, of which there are two types: those who can count, and those who can’t.

    #1 redskins fan says:

    “Imaginary numbers are just that, imaginary.”

    Yes, but they still work, so they can’t be much more imaginary than, say, -1. Who ever saw -1 dollar, or put it in his or her wallet? (Credit cards don’t count!)

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    Northwoodser  over 10 years ago

    To Stuart Gathman I can only say “Huh?” To Hobbes, “Right on ”

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    Wildmustang1262  over 10 years ago

    Sorry, the mathematician is not my subject. I am not very good on the mathematician, anyway. Stuart Gatham’s comment is waaay toooo complicated! HUH?

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    Radical-Knight  over 10 years ago

    I think Hobbs is related to some goober I had as a math teacher when I was in grade school. Made perfect sense then. Huh?

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    LandriSheppard  over 10 years ago

    i love Hobbes face in the 2nd and last panels! Calvin should stop using Hobbes “math” and start doing his own homework! btw Calvin the answer is 13 hopefully evryone else posting comments on here does…if they dont…well then…i only have one thing to say to them:…go back 2 school!and if u cant even do math how can u read write and type?

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    musicnut1986  over 10 years ago

    Instead of asking Hobbes for help with his math homework, Calvin needs to ask Spaceman Spiff. I’m sure he has run into various types of math in his travels across the known (and unknown) universe.

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    JonD17  over 10 years ago

    I could be wrong, but I think that Stuart Gathman’s hypothoses (sp?) is a bit of a spoof, to prove that nothing from nothing is still nothing. (credits to Billy Preston)

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    LandriSheppard  over 10 years ago

    TheDoctor(whatever ur name is) i agree!!!!

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    briankblough  over 10 years ago

    midiranger-yes, just keep all the lollipops away as you’re calculating the problem using imaginary numbers like $-1 in your wallet. In DC, that’s the sure sign of a pickpocket,”Bmonk”! <:-)

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    tirnaaisling  over 10 years ago

    It’s a shame that mathematicians who obviously have no imagination had to invent an imaginary number just to show the world that they had some.

    Go Hobbes!

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    tirnaaisling  over 10 years ago

    Just to prove that supernatural numbers really do exist, here’s what wikipedia has to say about them

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

    Oy oy oy!

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    ChiehHsia  over 10 years ago

    Stuart Gathman!!! As punishment for bringing up Gödel in a comment about a comic strip, I hereby hex thee. May all the radiators in your particular corner of hell go “Thrump!”. (My thanks to Mr. Thurber for a particularly apropos quote.)

    For clarity and accuracy, I also prefer Mr. Hofstadter’s explanation of Gödel’s theorem to your own, just so you know.

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    mark.berte  over 10 years ago

    This seems all so irrationally complex, me, I vote for surreal numbers like in Dali’s clocks!

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    BirishB  over 10 years ago

    Numbers don’t lie; but mathematicians and statisticians sure do …

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    KingTHC  over 10 years ago

    Calvin is screwed if Hobbes is his math tutor.

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    cozila  over 10 years ago

    Hobbes’ definitely got a french brain for his maths…

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    unemandarine  over 10 years ago

    margueritem says: Yep, Hobbes and I share math skills…

    I believe I too have Hobbes math skills…

    Poor Clavin, I don’t think he knows Hobbes is messing with his head.

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    mrprongs  over 10 years ago

    Should be an eleventeen. Fits the already established pattern.

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    tabbylynn  over 10 years ago

    calvins face in the 3rd panel looks like me when they say math. love how hobbes is so smart and proud of himself.

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    bmonk  over 10 years ago

    @Stuart, I’d heard of inaccessible cardinals (A poet-mathematician friend claims they are the Cardinals for whom even the Pope doesn’t have phone numbers), but not the supernaturals, nor superreals, etc. Thanks!

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    mariolink42  over 10 years ago

    wow hobbes is so smart XD

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    mwachowski  over 10 years ago

    maybe hobbes didn’t go to math school, but it seems that he went to LAW school

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    riddlewk  over 10 years ago

    I think that I finally understand the Economic Stimulus Plan now! Thanks Hobbes!

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    arunraja  over 10 years ago

    eleventeen…funny

    ARC

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    cleopv154  about 10 years ago

    that’s why I never got an A in math!! imaginary numbers!!!! gosh I always forgot about those!!!

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    saguaro_48  about 10 years ago

    Hobbs neglects to tell Calvin of the recent discovery of a previously unknown whole number between five and six. Many of my former students were well aware of the existence of this number and as a result, their answers were often different from mine ;-)

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    dsbairdks  about 10 years ago

    Making things complicated

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    Arch_Angel  about 10 years ago

    You All know the answer right. The answer is D. :D

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    dsbairdks  about 10 years ago

    Making simple things complicated

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    thebawse2020  about 4 years ago

    The square root of -1 is i, which is an imaginary number

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