Pro tip. Just soak your furniture in lion urine as soon as it’s delivered, and the cats won’t go near it.
Watches are still practical, simple as that. I haven’t worn one regularly since retiring a decade ago – mostly I simply don’t need one – but I have two or three cheap Casios I use on specific occasions (one lives in my gym bag, for instance). But – true story. The last couple of days, I was away from home, and very much on the clock. So much so that at one point I went digging through my suitcase in hopes I’d accidentally packed one, because I was getting utterly fed up of repeatedly pulling my phone out of my pocket to check the time. Horses for courses, as they say.
OK, now either that one’s implausible or the kid’s supposed to be ignorant. Phones are great for casual stuff, but professionals use cameras.
Waddya mean, “remember”? It was the day before yesterday!
((Dang kids think I’m going senile…))
There’s good evidence for a “natural” sleep pattern of two sleeps with a break – 4 hours asleep, 1-2 hours awake, 4 hours asleep (search for, e.g., “Thomas Wehr”, “Roger Ekirch”, “second sleep”). It seems to have disappeared more or less as societies pushed the evening darkness further back artificially, starting (in Europe, anyway) in the 17th century – but you can still find references to it as late as the middle of the 19th century; we’ve simply forgotten it. So waking somewhat in the small hours is likely normal, and probably the best thing to do, if it happens (and if it’s a viable alternative), is not to fight it. Read a book, or do something else (it used to be considered a good time to conceive, for example). If there’s something on your mind, sort it out if that’s an option, or do something else until you’re distracted. Then go back to bed and have your second sleep.
You have to feel sorry for the kids in the other classrooms, who got the soundtrack about grain, but WITHOUT THE PICTURES! ((The HORROR!))
(Mrs. Kovok’s class are still wonder why the square on the hypoteneuse of a right-angled triangle is equal to the sum of the early Mesopotamians…)
Just to say – I read a couple of dozen strips every day, and that third panel is the first time I’ve genuinely chuckled in several years.
Doesn’t disappoint me at all! Google “Tom Lehrer that’s mathematics” – as always, he was on the nail.
And ♫♪ a stranger’s just a friend you haven’t met ♪♫
And – seriously – in that case, it’s good enough, and it’s what I’d probably do as well. But when “good enough” maybe won’t do – there’s always calculus.