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  1. 2 minutes ago on Gasoline Alley

    He looks more like an old Skeezix than an old Walt.

  2. 1 day ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    When Erich Wiess became an entertainer, he took the stage name “Harry Houdini”. The “Houdini” part was a tribute to Robert-Houdin.

  3. 1 day ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    In the middle of the 19th century, Robert-Houdin was asked to use illusion to intimidate those who might revolt against French rule. In one illusion, a bullet was marked. He loaded a gun, and had someone shoot at him. He caught the bullet in his teeth. Taking the gun, he reloaded it and fired at a man’s shadow. A red spot appeared. Robert-Houdin said that because he had drawn blood from the shadow, he had power over the man.

    When Robert-Houdin loaded the gun, he palmed the marked bullet and switched it with a wax bullet, which was vaporized when the gun fired. For the second illusion, he loaded the gun with another wax bullet, which had red liquid in the center.

  4. 1 day ago on Francis

    “Para-” is “next to, adjacent to”. “Ortho-” is “across”. “Meta-” is between “para-” and “ortho-” in the benzine ring.

  5. 2 days ago on Brewster Rockit

    Do it both ways. Use the one that gives you the best result.

  6. 2 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    I once saw a post on USENET where someone noticed that players of Go and players of Mancala each claim their game is the oldest extant game. It started a discussion, but neither side cited credible sources.

  7. 2 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    I doubt it.

    Go is about surrounding territory. The board starts empty. To move, a stone is placed on a vacant point. Once placed, it is not moved. However, stones may be captured and removed from the board.

    Chinese Checkers is based on Halma. In these games, pieces are moved around the board. The number of pieces on the board doesn’t change during the game. CC and Halma are racing games.

  8. 2 days ago on Frank and Ernest

    “Monet and Manet

    They were strolling down the Élysées

    Picking out pastels and other kinds of paint

    Eddie said to Claude I’ve found some rouge that’s really odd

    And this indigo from Cairo but I bet you ain’t …”

    - * – * – * – * – *

    “A wave and a particle were walking side by side.

    One said to the other, ‘Which one of us am I?’

    ‘Which one, of us am I?’”

    The first is from “Impressionist Two Step” by Pop Warner and Jack Hansen. The second is from “Einstein The Genius” by Henry Jankiewicz

  9. 2 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    At her age, she’s prone to minor accidents. But, the emotional pain of having something taken from her is worse than the physical pain of the accidents.

  10. 2 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Trillions? Not yet. The Universe is less than 15 billion years old. No light we see is older than the Universe. What’s worse is that due to the way the Universe is expanding, we will never be able to see more than 46 billion light years away, even after the Universe becomes much older than that.