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FoxTrot by Bill Amend for February 25, 2018

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  12 months ago

    Lincoln County, Nevada would understand the pun. (I’m not understanding all the calculations in the second to fourth panels.)

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    Nabuquduriuzhur  12 months ago

    Been to Area 25 of Nellis AFB. Back in the 1960s they crashed fission-powered rockets there. In 1970 they were able to keep a fission engine firing for more than an hour.

    A pity that Congress got rid of such technologies in 1986. JPL had prototypes of a mercury gas-core engine and was developing an argon gas-core engine with 3 times the thrust of the Hg one when the Congressional axe fell and got rid of any realistic chance to get a crew to Mars alive and back. (6 months there and 12 months back is not survivable as a CME would pass by at some point, not to mention the effects of long-term weightlessness.

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    The Cat and Ape Premium Member 12 months ago

    Bill Amend, you win Nerd of the Day!

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    possiblekim  12 months ago

    Been standing waaayyy too close to Pastis? Mr.Amend

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    ACW1  12 months ago

    Amend’s a physicist, isn’t he? It shows.

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    ACW1  12 months ago

    Amend’s a physicist, isn’t he? It shows.

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    fuzzbucket  12 months ago

    The second panel is wrong. It should be volume, not area, but that would demolish the pun. Hmmm- Make the change.

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    Josh Lyons  12 months ago

    I rather design of it look like the Jupiter 2.

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    skirchner  12 months ago

    The truth is out there…

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    Bill S  12 months ago

    Ahh .. but everyone knows that the answer to everything in the universe is 42 …

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    Nyckname  12 months ago

    Flying saucers aren’t 2D. You need to calculate the volume.

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    drycurt  12 months ago

    This is fifth grade, seventh grade at worst, math. The panels clearly show how the calculation is done. Wouldn’t it be great if so much of the rest of life is so clearly explained? Mathematics is comparatively easy.

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    tripwire45  12 months ago

    My Dad worked at the real Area 51 back in the 1970s. No aliens. Lots of nukes, though.

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    Jogger2  12 months ago

    I’d rather know the volume of the saucer.

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    William Bednar Premium Member 12 months ago

    Brilliant! Love it!

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    Rose Madder Premium Member 12 months ago

    Sounds plausible to me – I can’t read any of that stuff. The little I did know about algebra – is long in my past.

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    mantydad  12 months ago

    I won’t lie and say I read it through because I didn’t. I read the first and last panels then attempted to get the joke. All I got was the simplified math.

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    LINK_O_NEAL  12 months ago

    This is the most genius thing I’ve ever seen.

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    opsono  12 months ago

    Well, yeah, it’s 51 if you force-feed the initial dimensions….

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    Night-Gaunt49  12 months ago

    Area 49 has a portal to other worlds. Partially under Fort Mitchum AFB in Wyoming. Gets no press. Probably shouldn’t. Forget I said anything.

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    JastMe  12 months ago

    I wonder how many times Bill Amend had to amend the size to get something reasonable that would come out exactly 51.

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    Snoots  12 months ago

    Several people have commented on wishing to know the volume of the flying saucer. Such would of course depend on how high you have it cranked, as well as whether you’re playing folk music or metal. Simple calculation.

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    Aussie65  12 months ago

    11 – the answer should always be 11 for volume

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    Known Pedant  12 months ago

    Well, I don’t understand it, and I’m a Liberal! (PS: yes, I no I’m settin’ myself up it’ll be worth it!)

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    Known Pedant  12 months ago

    Well, I don’t understand it, and I’m a Liberal! (PS: yes, I no I’m settin’ myself up it’ll be worth it!)

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