Calvin: "Pssst! What's 7+6?"
Susie: "Three hundred billion gazillion"
Calvin: "Oh, thanks for the big help!"
Susie: "That's a three, followed by 85 zeroes"
Calvin: "Ah! I knew that"
February 07, 2019
January 17, 2018
Susie, that’s not 300 billion gazillion.That’s actually 30 septenvigintillion.
Man I knew it was a good idea to read this. My son had the same math problem on his homework…just helping him out
I wonder how much Calvin thinks 85 is.
Calvin, the extremely unsuspecting victim.
Wait until Suste has him go buy a dozen eggs. How many will he come back with?
I thought 7+6 is 76!
Today’s strip is from the final year of Calvin and Hobbes, 1995, and one can sense that Bill Watterson is struggling to come up with a really fresh idea with Calvin and Susie taking a math test. It is very similar to the following strip from 1986, which was funnier and more original:Click here: Calvin and Hobbes (October 10, 1986)Bill Watterson retired after 1995, saying that he had done all that he could with Calvin and Hobbes, and it was time to do something different.Calvin and Hobbes was extremely original and clever, and many of the strips contained multiple punch lines. Bill’s standards were extremely high, and it is hard to imagine how anyone could have continued a strip like this at such a high level for much longer.Bill Watterson was a true genius, but that doesn’t make a medium like Calvin and Hobbes inexhaustible. In fact, it is Bill’s genius that exhausted it more quickly, because he was capable of attaining such high standards.
Click here: Peanuts (February 28, 1951)
Don’t be so gullible, McFly.
Waxes poetically about life and politics, knows words I can’t pronounce and yet can’t add 7 and 6…lol
@rshive: Charles Schulz was at his peak for perhaps 15 or 20 of the 49 years of Peanuts. Bill Watterson put so much complexity into so many Calvin and Hobbes strips, together with multiple punch lines, that he couldn’t go 15 or 20 years. Another major factor is that he was following Charles Schulz, so he had to try not to repeat what Schulz had done. Bill Watterson was at his peak for nearly all of Calvin and Hobbes, and he knew when it was time to bring it to an end.
Does anyone else see the “Mr. Dog” now streaming at SPOT-ify ad?
And here I thought it was thirteen!.Who’d a guessed???
7+6=13 which is a bad luck number, for Calvin at least.
Well, there is a three in it…
That looks like a Common Core math formula…
Just a minor proofreading note for those who want to be precise — “Google” the internet company was indeed named after “googol” the math concept (1 followed by 100 zeroes), but the Google founders changed the spelling slightly.
Suzie has a future in Government Accounting.
You done good Susie. Gettin’ even… Fun, Fun, Fun.
Of course you did, Calvin.
Was listening to The Dana Show yesterday, she related a story about a Common Core math problem: “Show how 5 + 8 = 10”A brilliant 7y.o. student told the teacher, “You CAN’T get 10!”She admonished, “WRONG, you can: 5 + 8 – 3 = 10”Of course, when the student related this to his mother, she was livid..
@Night-Gaunt49: in a sense, Charles Schulz tried something fresh when he brought a lot more fantasy into Peanuts during the last 25 years. Snoopy turned into a helicopter that could lift Linus and others, Charlie Brown’s pitcher’s mount floated out to sea with him on it, Snoopy flew Peppermint Patty and Marcie across the country on his doghouse, the school building began to talk to Sally, and so on. But the fantasy never worked very well when it involved more than Snoopy’s imagination and began defying the laws of physics.