Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for March 06, 2012


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    margueritem  over 8 years ago

    It must be math that they are studying.

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    King_Shark  over 8 years ago

    The [point of human existence is to figure out x(x+2)=32

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    DerkinsVanPelt218  over 8 years ago

    I believe the point of human existence is up to the individual to decide.

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    GROG Premium Member over 8 years ago

    If Calvin had seen Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy, he’d know the answer to that question.

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    jukeofurl  over 8 years ago

    The point of human existence is to entertain the monster(s) who made us for their perverse amusement.

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    chovil  over 8 years ago

    It’s presumptuous to assume there is a point to human existence in the first place

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    rentier  over 8 years ago

    To believe in god and to make the world better!

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    Yontrop  over 8 years ago

    But if you don’t tell us how to get from your first step to the conclusion, you haven’t given us “meaning”.

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    PdLorinel  over 8 years ago

    It’s strips like this one that further the Calvin=Frazz conspiracy.

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    ransomdstone  over 8 years ago

    Hobbes explained the purpose of all life just the other day. we are all here on earth to consume each other.

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    bluram  over 8 years ago

    Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.

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    JoanHelen  over 8 years ago

    Another brilliant strip by Watterson, both the text and the art!

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    Rakkav  over 8 years ago

    Actually, the one who knows has been telling us to our face for centuries – and when we wake up and realize it, we’re going to look back on days like this and wonder why we were so blind, deaf and dumb about it.

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    38lowell  over 8 years ago

    PS: Nobody likes a smart -ass!Contemplate your navel like everyone else.

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    markmoss1  over 8 years ago

    somebodyshort: That’s close enough, but you forgot the second root.

    x = 1 +/ squareroot(33)

    which is approximately 4.74 and -6.74

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    KEA  over 8 years ago

    multiple choice answersA: to decrease entropy locallyB: to infect the EarthC: to serve as food for the Kanamits

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    UltraMoose  over 8 years ago

    I hear you, Calvin

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    rh  over 8 years ago

    x(x+2)=32, 2x+2x=32, 4x=32, x=8

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    bvallinino  over 8 years ago

    I like math. Try this. Think of any number, negative or positive, double it, add 4, divide in half, subtract original number. Why does the answer always come out to be 2? I know why.

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    BurtG  over 8 years ago

    -6.745 is also a root

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    Mitchtheone  over 8 years ago

    42 Calvin.. Its easier that way…

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    uru8  over 8 years ago

    The answer to your question, Calvin, would be 42. ;)

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    WW2 Marine Veteran  over 8 years ago

    We appear to have a few mathematicians reading this strip.

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    oleimann  over 8 years ago

    -6.7445626… is the other solution.With quadratic equations you always have two solution except if “B” (Ax^2+Bx+C=0) is zero or B^2-4AC is negative.

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    brilligmimsy  over 8 years ago

    The point of decimal numbers is the dot between the ones place and the tenths place. But the point of human existence… take your index finger and aim it upwards – now you’re pointing toward the point.

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    Happy, happy, happy!!! Premium Member over 8 years ago

    well, i lost.

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    Gullu  over 8 years ago

    You know, Buddhism has a lot to say on the point of human existence . To move spirally upwards in our evolution, to be more and more of what we were intended to be. To fulfill all our desires, and then be desireless – content and peaceful. Imagine how a place would be if all who live there were content and peaceful ?

    I do hope schools, teachers – and we all let this question take on its real significance rather than brush it under the carpet. Yes Calvin, this question must be answered before x(x+2)=8. How does quadratic help u in life, anyways!!

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    lakita_lover  over 8 years ago

    I would love to see Calvin in a college philosophy class.

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    cleokaya  over 8 years ago

    What is the point of human existence……to dominate, over power and consume every other species on the planet.

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    cleokaya  over 8 years ago

    And since I am so optimistic….to do it without regard for the consequences.

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    john  over 8 years ago

    You forgot the negative root. 4.7 and -6.7.

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    bredbox  over 8 years ago

    To read more comics!

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    Perkycat  over 8 years ago

    Okaaaaaayyyy… Not a mathematician or a philosopher.

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    Puddleglum2  over 8 years ago

    “boring” isn’t content and peaceful! Boring is dissatisfied!But I don’t recommend Buddhism, for various reasons. Nobody could ever attain such Nirvana, anyway.

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    Puddleglum2  over 8 years ago

    Right now, I think that the point of human existence for Calvin is to “move on to the next chapter”. “Be resolute with the present moment”. – Johann von Goethe

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    tuslog64  over 8 years ago

    Some problems have THREE answers:Six blackbirds and eight sparrows are sitting on a wire.A hunter with a shotgun comes along, blasts away, and picks off three blackbirds and four sparrows.Q. How many birds are left on the wire.A1: Three blackbirds, four sparrows.A2: Seven birds (the question was how many birds)A3: NONE: You believe the other seven are just going to sit there waiting to see what happens next?

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    ratlum  over 8 years ago

    Calvin,you ask good questions but you ask the wrong people your Dad or Mom might answer this one.That is if your not just trying to get out of doing some math.

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    bmonk  over 8 years ago

    Perhaps one point of human existence is to figure out the point of human existence—and meanwhile to continue to function until we do.


    For Calvin, just now, part of that second half is to do the classwork and learn enough to maybe consider the first half.

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    iced tea  over 8 years ago

    To follow Jesus.

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    HerbertHuncke  over 8 years ago

    Look at panel 2. Calvin seems to have only four fingers on his left hand. This may explain a lot.

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    khpage  over 8 years ago

    Answer to this one is at the end of Ecclesiastes, but you’re gonna have to read it for yourself. Homework, right?

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    khpage  over 8 years ago

    BTW, I was always really good at mathematics until we got to addition and subtraction…..

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    2kewl4skewl  over 8 years ago

    Sometimes Calvin is so profound!

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    mwadhwa  over 8 years ago

    Agree with bmonk… the point of human existence is to figure it out, and live life accordingly. Each of us is here for good reasons. Our external reasons and circumstances are different and unique for each individual. The internal reasons are the same, to learn life’s lessons and progressively evolve our souls to a sublime state of inner peace, joy, creativity etc… in other words, enlightenment or nirvana. That’s what the various spiritual traditions at the inner core of each religion are striving for, and unfortunately most of us do not go beyond the outer rituals to a deeper understanding.

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    bettyjo912  over 8 years ago

    Definitely 42.

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    jimdandie98  over 8 years ago

    I didn’t know Calvin was a Republican!

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    GROG Premium Member over 8 years ago

    He’ll be back in mid-April, I believe,

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    Mythreesons  over 8 years ago

    `He went away last year at this time, too. He announced it in advance so we wouldn’t worry about his absence. Coincides with Lent, but who knows.

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    hazardboy  over 8 years ago

    Or it’s a solid question with a purely philosophical answer

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    nerual53 Premium Member over 8 years ago

    I always thought Hobbes was actually Bill Watterson. Don’t know for sure. I liked your post on 3-1-12 on Real Life Adventures, about the cars. Here’s a site you would like

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    nerual53 Premium Member over 8 years ago

    DT Pi would have added a lot to todays posts.

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    zeecue  over 8 years ago

    Well..i heard it was similar to like..a pencil point stuck deep into a rotten orange…oh…wait..that’s something else..sorry..

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    Goblinopolis  over 8 years ago

    The point to Human existence is to be capable of posing that question.

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    Phapada  over 8 years ago

    the best idea’s…..

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    rogue53  over 8 years ago

    Don’t rush things… Arrogance will return soon enough. Unfortunately.

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    Andrew Capp  over 8 years ago

    Who is Number Forty Two?

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    jai-jai  over 8 years ago

    Refined x would be ~ 4.744562646538028

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    tegm  over 8 years ago

    sometimes I’d really like to have a glimpse into the kind of guy Calvin turns into about 20 years from then <3 I’ll bet he’d be awesome to date as an adult.

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    ScoMcM  over 8 years ago

    “Try hard, do your best, have fun.” Whether you believe anyone’s keeping score or not, I think that’s good advice for Tigers and Mathematicians alike.

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    thebeevamp23  over 8 years ago

    go calvin! screw teachers. no, mom, i didnt say that, my brother got on my computer

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    christopher.m.herbert  over 8 years ago

    what is the point of human existence? i took a shot at answering that question.

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    drummer1437  over 8 years ago

    So funny I forgot to laugh! LOL :)

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