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  1. about 2 hours ago on Alley Oop

    I’m familiar with the Robinson Half Chest. Given the price of tea then, it’s quite possible that all the chests were that size. However, we don’t know that — because they were all destroyed. Alley is opening a typical shipping chest, of the sort used by the East India Company. It’s certainly close enough for any comic strip. Yet, you were desperate for something — anything — to complain about.

    “Your post is a clear example of what trolling is, saying something you know isn’t true to see if people will react. And then denying it even when furnished proof.”

    May I use that in the future? It’s a perfect description of many of your (innumerable) posts. BTW, on most other sites, the fans are posters & the anti-fans are trolls.

  2. about 3 hours ago on Alley Oop

    Inextinguishable by any means available to the Partiers, that is.

  3. about 3 hours ago on Alley Oop

    If you weren’t preoccupied with that super-model wife you’ve boasted about, perhaps you would have had more time for your studies.

    That said, I actually agree with you about the K. Inextinguishable flames should have engulfed the ship. Similar to the magic green “Wildfire” seen in Game of Thrones (but, not green).

  4. about 4 hours ago on Alley Oop

    The box depicted is exactly what tea was shipped in, during the age of sail — regardless of what you chose to call it.

    Anyone, with a modicum of imagination, could visualize the missing panels. Oop retrieves the box of tea from its hiding spot, opens it and takes out a sample of tea. He puts the tea in a bag brought for that purpose. The quantity is that amount the client requested.

  5. about 4 hours ago on Alley Oop

    The number of things you know that ain’t so is truly remarkable.

  6. about 21 hours ago on Alley Oop

    “The bomb carrying pigeon ….”

    Actually, the bomb carried the pigeon. The experiments were designed by Dr. B.F. Skinner, the “father” of Behaviorial Psychology. It was featured in text books on the subject, at least up to the mid ‘70s. The pigeon was trained to peck certain places to align the view out of a porthole in the bomb, with a photo of the intended target. The experiment had some success, but was cancelled before any pigeon-guided bombs were dropped in a war zone. Had it worked, it would have greatly reduced collateral damage from bombing runs — much like today’s smart bombs have done. The thought of letting a potentially vengfull kamikaze pigeon control a ton of high explosive, might have something to do with the cancellation of the project.

  7. 1 day ago on Alley Oop

    So, we’re back to dolphins without arms.

  8. 1 day ago on Alley Oop

    “because the author’s intent is not recognizable as mockery by the typical reader. You (and perhaps Inky) are of but a few who could infer such a goal/mission from what was drawn here.”

    Smokey, I contend that anyone who paid any attention whatsoever about the conspiracy theories surrounding the Marine Mammal Program (especially, when it was highly classified), would get the author’s point. I’m sure you see it too; but, you don’t want to concede a point.

  9. 1 day ago on Alley Oop

    Another projector. A lot of that going around today.

  10. 1 day ago on Alley Oop

    Come on Smokey! You can do better than that. Whether the military (in Russia, and other countries as well as the USA) is actually strapping weapons on dolphins, or not, is beside the point. The fact is that their research was classified for decades and that secrecy lead to all sorts of speculation (some wild, some reasonable) about what they were up to. There were even movies made about it. Some of those conspiracy theories sounded a lot like what the patriots/traitors (depending on who’s judging) were saying in today’s strip. That’s where the anachronism comes in.

    Oh, and BTW, the bomb-guiding pigeon thing is real. It was the world’s first attempt at creating a ‘smart bomb’.