Nope. The thick layer of emissions control hoses, valves, wires and such went away thirty years ago. Now it’s all in the software and engines are pretty compact. I remember going from a 1983 to 1992 version of the same Buick—even though the ‘92’s engine was 10% bigger displacement, it looked tiny under the hood.
The reason everything is packed in to the point where you have to pull the engine to change a spark plug is that the designers used CAD tools to utilize every cubic centimeter of space under the hood. That’s how they make cars smaller on the outside and bigger on the inside.
Satellite phones are about the only ones that still have external antennas. So Pluggers are apparently on the leading edge of expensive high tech.
Since most people are more familiar with the Universal movies than they are with Mary Shelley’s book, let’s look at that canon. In the first movie (“Frankenstein”), the title clearly refers to the mad doctor, and his creation is referred to as “the creature.” However, in the second movie, “Bride of Frankenstein,” it is clear that the “bride” (Elsa Lanchester) is to wed the creature (Boris Karloff); in fact, Dr. Praetorius even points to her and says, “the Bride of Frankenstein,” and it is clear he is not referring to the doctor’s wife (who is in fact outside the lab and will soon be pounding on the door). But, the third movie, “Son of Frankenstein,” is back to having the name refer to the creator (Henry’s son Wolf, hammily played by Basil Rathbone). Same with the fourth movie, “Ghost of Frankenstein,” in which an apparition of Henry convinces his other son Ludwig to not destroy the monster. In “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” the title is ambiguous, as the Wolfman meets both the monster and the doctor’s granddaughter (?) Elsa Frankenstein.
I think he still makes a few strips a year. The official PBF website shows a total of 49 between 2010 and 2019, and maybe a total of 120-130 strips in the entire run. Today’s strip last appeared on 8/23.
Hmm… grandpa left on a short shopping errand, got “lost,” and ended up spending a day on the beach. You sure that was a mistake?
Thought that Pluggers are supposed to be older than about 90% of the population. So they must be doing something right… or they’re just naturally immune to hard arteries.
Most bottled waters are just tap water run through an RO filter and then flavored with a pinch of Mg and Ca. At least these are subject to regular testing and monitoring for safety. “Spring” waters are exempt from public water supply safety testing, and some have been found to be loaded with unhealthy bacteria and harmful (but still natural) chemicals (oops).
One of the best waters I know of comes from a pipe in Winslow, IL: it’s from a natural spring, but because it’s also the city’s municipal water supply, it’s regularly tested for safety. Best of both worlds!
Umm… the obvious answer to your question is… why not?
In Ill-Annoy we use the “resting cure,” kind of like the way we treated TB before antibiotics came along: put out the barrels, close the lane, hope the fresh air and sunshine cause the pavement to heal.
The Egyptians had something better than whips to motivate their workers: they paid them in BEER!