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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for February 14, 2020

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 5 days ago

    Next time, just say right or left.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  5 days ago

    you’re on a sled, C&H, not a boat

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    herefordgrae  5 days ago

    This is me and my brother all the time.

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    codycab  5 days ago

    They’ve crashed a number of times and NOW they’re just figuring it out?

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    LeeCox  5 days ago

    What do you mean, “for once in my life,” Calvin?

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    charliefarmrhere  5 days ago

    Not sure, but Port side may have come about from the way ships docked at ports? On aircraft (& maybe boats also) the right wing starboard side, has a green navigation light. The tail has a white light, & the left port side wing has a red light. You can always tell at night by using this standard system which way an aircraft is going.

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    Bilan  5 days ago

    I’m going to venture an educated guess that they would’ve ended up like that no matter which direction they turned.

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    Red33410  5 days ago

    Right, red, returning.

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    TwilightFaze  5 days ago

    For once? Props to your self confidence, kiddo, but you need to do something about your reality checks.

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    hariseldon59  5 days ago

    Should have turned left at Albuquerque.

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    A Common 'tater  5 days ago

    Probably a very silly question… but how does one steer a sledge?

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    jpayne4040  5 days ago

    Apparently, Alvin has been wrong so often he can’t count that high and has had to start over—-again!

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    DaBoogadie Premium Member 5 days ago

    Starboard, right, and green all have more letters than port, left, and red.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 5 days ago

    It is hard to remember all that port and starboard stuff if you are new to it and you are 2 seconds from impact.

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    cubswin2016  5 days ago

    I bet Captain Picard would never make that mistake.

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    A Hip loving Canadian...  5 days ago

    For a tiger, Hobbes is pretty good at navigating.

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    KEA  5 days ago

    once?

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    stevej Premium Member 5 days ago

    That’s why they can’t serve you port wine when you are on the right side of the ship (or aircraft).

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    hagarthehorrible  5 days ago

    At six years getting one thing right qualifies.

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    gantech  5 days ago

    That’s if you’re facing the bow.

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    Kim Metzger Premium Member 5 days ago

    So I’ve got my grog on the wrong side?

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  5 days ago

    You should have left the sled in the garage, Calvin, but you went right into that snowdrift.

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    Snoots  5 days ago

    It’s not like Calvin has the concept of “right” and “left” down pat quite yet… ;D

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    Tentoes  5 days ago

    Worse! In the 1700’s it was Starboard and Larboard. Bet THAT caused some confusion.

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    demnuts1  5 days ago

    with sleds it should be GEE and HAW!

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    BiggerNate91  5 days ago

    This strip always brought back memories of an old game we once played in elementary school gym class.

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    dadlivonia  5 days ago

    These days, they would not have had to come in – just google it from their Iphone

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    BotGun  5 days ago

    There is someone who needs me.

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    randolini Premium Member 5 days ago

    I never knew Hobbes was in the Navy.

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    marilynnbyerly  5 days ago

    I always remember it because of “Is there any port left?” Also, port is red, and red indicates the left side of the ship. Mnemonic devices, got to love them.

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    WCraft Premium Member 5 days ago

    Also, never ignore the sled engineering section when they tell you the dilithium crystals can’t take anymore…

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    cmforzetting  4 days ago

    It’s a little more modern to say “Right rudder” but still – when you’re right, you’re right, so score to Hobbes

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    bigal666  4 days ago

    You dock the ship on the Port side because the Starboard side literally had a board used to navigate with the stars; it would interfere with docking.

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    yangeldf  4 days ago

    the easiest way to remember is that “port” and “left” are both 4 letter words

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    ron  4 days ago

    On many large ocean-going ships I have been on, there is a huge sign just above the forward row of windows above the helm that says <- PORT STARBOARD →Just remember, Port and Left each have only 4 letters.

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    Space & Kitten  4 days ago

    Just remember that Port and Left both have only four letters, so Starboard has to be Right. When moving around on a Ship, it’s to go Fore or Aft, for foreward and after. Bow and Stern, I don’t know where or how they originated. :-)

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    Scott Sallstrom  4 days ago

    Only at sea or in the air, I believe.

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    Night-Gaunt49  4 days ago

    Calvin doesn’t like to be wrong. He also doesn’t like it to be pointed out.

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    cosman  4 days ago

    Dad was a Merchant Marine in WWII, and he told me that he remembered which way was what by how many syllables the word had.. left/port-1 syllable, right/starboard-2 syllables.

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    DanWolfie  4 days ago

    I love the way Calvin and Hobbes walk in the second and fourth panels. I picture it could be in a stilted pose-to-pose march if it were animated.

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku  4 days ago

    In Army basic training I recall the phrase, “No, your MILITARY left, dumbass!”

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    STACEY MARSHALL Premium Member 4 days ago

    Calvin would not have made a good Captain Kirk!

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    scottborst  4 days ago

    I just like it that they looked it up in a BOOK.

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    axel12345  4 days ago

    Thanks for the education. It’s never too late to learn something. When I navigated over in Nam waters, IALA was not in existence, from what I read about the IALA on wikipedia. Again, thanks for the opportunity to learn.

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    TIMH  4 days ago

    I can relate to Calvin. I was wrong, myself, once. It was the time I thought I had made a mistake.

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    Nun'Ya Bidness™  3 days ago

    I love that they both have the same stripes on their . . . tops.

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    LrdSlvrhnd  3 days ago

    A sled is not a boat. It has no “starboard”, therefore it has no “port”.

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