Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for August 05, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  15 days ago

    If that flickering light turned the brain to tapioca, then what came a few years later turned it into gruel.

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    codycab  15 days ago

    The TV is pleased.

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    JudasPeckerwood  15 days ago

    YOUR GOD REQUIRES BLOOD SACRIFICES

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    Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano)  15 days ago

    yeah, Mom, what the…?

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    Imagine  15 days ago

    The modern American alter. Any screen will do.

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    Half step above most deities

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    salakfarm Premium Member 15 days ago

    And that was before the Internet with Facef*ck and Twits everywhere.

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    Bilan  15 days ago

    Mom is secretly saying, Thanks for keeping Calvin out of my hair.

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    leopardglily  15 days ago

    Mom is like, “WHY is there a bowl of TAPIOCA on the FLOOR?!”

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    sirbadger  15 days ago

    At least she didn’t step in it.

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    Dan6652  15 days ago

    And this was written decades ago, when the effect of TV on our lives was but a fraction of what is today …

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    jvo  14 days ago

    Bed hair lol

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    rentier  14 days ago

    When you live alone you have nobody to speak with and you hear nothing.Sometimes you have the requirement to hear someone speaking, than I turn on TV!

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    sandpiper  14 days ago

    @Bilan Is it still that low? Seems more like half. And the FreeVee stuff harks back to the beginning of tv advertising with multiple repeats of the same ad, flash, glitter and nothing promises. Won’t be long before the pill/med insurance/soc security ads become the majority.

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    The Reader Premium Member 14 days ago

    His brain really did turn to mush!

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    eastern.woods.metal  14 days ago

    And the deity has elevated it’s self to the smart phone and the brain is now pablum. As the devices get smarter the population gets dumber.

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    Susan00100  14 days ago

    Nowadays, people worship computers, iPhones, tablets, etc.

    And they don’t dance around in mid-air—or do they??

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    bluram  14 days ago

    Duh!

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 14 days ago

    The updated version would be making the offering to an iPhone and it would be a White Chocolate Mocha. Pumpkin Spice Latte when in season. And so much more true today.

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    tremaine53  14 days ago

    Talk about having one’s priorities in order!

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    jagedlo  14 days ago

    Of course, Calvin doesn’t have to pay the electrical bill for having the flickering light on forever!

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    dziner88  14 days ago

    In 2022, the allure of the television has long been replaced by the allure of social media. Have a few hours of your life to give up? Open Facebook and get sucked in…

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    tripwire45  14 days ago

    Today, it’s smartphones.

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    TSRaman  14 days ago

    If this is “bestow”, what would “worstow” be like?

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    The Orange Mailman  14 days ago

    Good thing it’s no longer relevant.

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    old_geek  14 days ago

    Media’s effect today, in it’s many forms, leaves brains that could only aspire to be tapioca.

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    Will_Scarlet  14 days ago

    TV in the morning, TV in the evening, TV all the time/

    If you watch enough TV your brains will turn to slime!

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    carlos.drumin  14 days ago

    Slick way to avoid nutritious food!!!!

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    Calvinist1966  14 days ago

    I’m not sure how much sincerity there is in Calvin’s comments. He could be seen as mocking himself and the TV. He’s intelligent enough to know that his emotions are being manipulated and that TV offers unrealistic, oversimplified solutions. These are among the points that he is making. He may be accepting that TV is manipulative and unrealistic and that he, like millions of other, enjoys having his emotions manipulated.

    As I said in one of my replies to earlier comments, I don’t think that TV is stifling Calvin’s imagination. I think Calvin is well aware of his irony in saying that.

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    tee929  14 days ago

    It is still amazing Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes is so current in explaining Fux Spews & its devoted cultists.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 14 days ago

    Internet killed the TV star. Not exactly the first song played on MTV, but pretty close.

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  14 days ago

    The problem with the media is that it gives us exactly what we want. If you have an issue with it catering to the lowest common denominator, perhaps you should work on raising that denominator.

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    Pointspread  14 days ago

    A C & H classic!

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    dbradway1  14 days ago

    How does the kid get warm tapioca in the middle of the night?

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    mindjob  14 days ago

    I remember flickering light fondly, before CRTs were replaced with LCDs

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    mistercatworks  14 days ago

    Years of relentless advertising were not enough. It took the development of the “smart TV” to literally turn it into a vending machine.

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    Realimaginary1 Premium Member 14 days ago

    I hope that’s not a Sony Trinitron KV-2643R!! https://www.wired.com/2015/03/poltergeist-gadgets-and-gear/

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    Daltongang Premium Member 14 days ago

    Calvin, how many times do we have to tell you??? TURN OFF THE TV WHEN YOU ARE DONE WATCHING IT!!!

    “I’m gonna kill that kid someday.”

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    Banjo Gordy Premium Member 14 days ago

    Tapioca used to be called ‘fish eyes & glue’.

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    BiggerNate91  14 days ago

    Surprised Calvin was able to turn on the TV and walk away from it.

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    Olddog04  14 days ago

    Another sleepless night for parents.

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    wiley207  14 days ago

    You gotta love the way Bill Watterson criticized television. “The late 20th century drug of choice.”

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    Dreaming in Alola  14 days ago

    Does no one else think that maybe the TV turned itself on in response to Calvin’s wish and/or the offering, and that’s why Mom is confused?

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    g04922  14 days ago

    LOL… Calvin is a regular Yogi, today…

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    djtenltd  14 days ago

    I’ll bet Calvin’s mother must think at times: “…This kid actually came from me???”

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    GreggW Premium Member 14 days ago

    Neil Postman would have liked that.

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    wconer  14 days ago

    1992

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    edeloriea14  14 days ago

    The bowl of tapioca is not really enjoying the informecials that’s blaring on the TV, and neither is Calvin’s mom.

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    rgcviper  14 days ago

    Speaking of tapioca, the improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway did a fun “Greatest Hits” singing game about that dessert. Search YouTube for “Whose Line tapioca” …

    I miss when we could put links directly into comments on this site.

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