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Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for October 30, 1980
Roland: Reagan's cerebellum. Here we encounter a maze of neurons and their dendritic spines, from whose tips information is transmitted by electrical impulses. Intelligence is thought to be related to the complexity of these connections. Unhappily, the brain stops growing at age 20, and thereafter, neurons die off by the millions every year. What this means is that the brain of Ronald Reagan has been shrinking ever since 1931, whereas Jimmy Carter's brain cells have only been dying since 1944. To the trained scientist, this represents a clear choice. Back after this.