Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for April 24, 2017

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    BE THIS GUY  over 5 years ago

    Calvin will eat the brains of math nerds.

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    Professor W  over 5 years ago

    The living dead only eat flesh

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    The Calvinosaurus That Calvin Wanted To Discover  over 5 years ago

    Next question: “How long will Calvin get away with this?”

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    debra4life  over 5 years ago

    The question didn’t say whether the 3 points were in a straight line or in a triangle….Makes a big difference.

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    Rocket Chihuahua  over 5 years ago

    Simple really

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    Charliegirl Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I never could “get” those kinds of problems!

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    orinoco womble  over 5 years ago

    Wait…is the brain show and tell arc over? Just like that? Did I miss something?

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    GRogerStreff  over 5 years ago

    First: BC=5 AC=2BA, insufficient data; second: Watterson majored in Political Science.

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    Bilan  over 5 years ago

    Let’s rephrase this for Calvin. The female brain is twice as far away as the male brain. If the female is 5 feet away from the male, how far do you need to shuffle to get to the male brain?

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    Gent  over 5 years ago

    Yup. Maths is evil… It creates deadites…

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    AlanM  over 5 years ago

    If A, B, & C are on a line AC is either 10 or 10/3 (which is ~3.33). If the three points are on a plane then there are an infinite number of answers between 3.33 and 10.

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    Mikey  over 5 years ago

    Wow! I forgot about the zombie mode. Calvin was wayyy ahead of his time for the latest zombie fad. Good stuff!

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    AlanM  over 5 years ago

    All solutions are on a circle. If B is at 0,0 and C is at 5,0 then it’s a circle with a diameter of 6.67"

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    AlanM  over 5 years ago

    Goto and enter this into Plot sqrt(x^2 + y^2) = (sqrt( (5-x)^2 + y^2))/2

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 5 years ago

    OMG! Not Math Class!!!

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    Solutions are: 10 or 1.66 if all points are on a straight line (ABC or BAC).

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    gantech  over 5 years ago

    If Calvin put as much ingenuity into his homework as he does in finding ways to avoid it, he’d be Stephen Hawking.

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    Night-Gaunt49  over 5 years ago

    My brain was not geared for math.

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    rentier  over 5 years ago

    Calvin has become 66 meanwhile!!

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    johndifool  over 5 years ago

    I think this arc (about a year or so into the strip) was where C&H began to hit its stride.

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    alondra  over 5 years ago

    In this I don’t blame Calvin one bit. Those story problems are murder! One reason to be so glad to be out of school.

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    KEA  over 5 years ago

    glad to observe that so many (but bit all) C&H readers are mathematically adept.

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    battycomic Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I would say that the answer is 10 inches.

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    Alfkowitz  over 5 years ago

    I think I just solved it. Assuming that the points are on a straight line, we have A-B-C, where each dash represents 5 inches. Therefore, A—C=10 inches.

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    A Hip loving Canadian...  over 5 years ago

    Grrahh… must eat brains to solve math question…

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    Doug Taylor Premium Member over 5 years ago

    What’s the point?

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    yangeldf  over 5 years ago

    there isn’t enough information in the question to solve the problem. It’s easy to solve if the 3 points are arranged in a straight line (the answer would be 10) But it doesn’t say that, if the 3 points are arranged in a triangle then you would need to know at least one of the angles of the triangle to solve the problem.

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    Number Three  over 5 years ago

    Just like “I before E except after C” or whatever.

    That is obviously a American thing because I have never heard that kind of nonsense in the UK.



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    Luanaphile  over 5 years ago

    This is a clever puzzle. The square of AC follows an elliptical path as the angle between AB and AC varies. HIgh school math but a little beyond poor Calvin.

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    bigcatbusiness  over 5 years ago

    That won’t work on College.

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    Yontrop  over 5 years ago

    The answer is 10 inches if you assume you go from point A to point B to point C in a strait line. We see that Calvin does not go from point A to point B or anywhere in a strait line.

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