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  1. about 2 years ago on Peanuts

    For once I agree with Lucy. Look at the nailing – very neat and professional. Yessir, whoever built this fence really knows his stuff.

  2. over 2 years ago on Peanuts

    Add a generous handful to a buttered poppy seed bread roll – it’s just divine!

  3. over 2 years ago on Peanuts

    Quite. The near-future answer will be "My “ZOMG President Bieber is so dumb he thinks Maine is still a state” tweet got 150 million likes".

  4. over 2 years ago on Peanuts

    I’m not an American, but I know the answer is at least 3: CBS – Columbia Broadcasting System, ABC – American Broadcasting Company, and NBC – National Broadcasting Company. Where it gets into “How long is a piece of string?” territory is the fact that they may have been able to get those three same networks from different transmitters in the Twin Cities and across the Midwestern United States.

  5. over 2 years ago on Peanuts

    You can make anyone do anything with the the right leverage!

  6. over 2 years ago on Peanuts

    The hell?

  7. over 2 years ago on Peanuts

    Reminds me of this great bit from an episode of Rugrats, “The Blizzard”:

    Stu – “Yippee! School’s been cancelled!”

    Chas – “Stu, you’re thirty-five years old. You don’t have to go to school anymore.”

    Stu – “Oh. Yeah. But isn’t this snow great?”

  8. over 2 years ago on Peanuts

    How do we know she was a witch? I mean, we only have Hansel and Gretel’s word for it. I say the kids murdered their parents because they wouldn’t give them gingerbread, then murdered an innocent woman and gorged themselves on the gingerbread and sweets she made for a living.

  9. over 2 years ago on Peanuts

    Heh. Actually, there was a tonne of research into VTOL aircraft going on in the 1950s and 60s. The obvious example, the Harrier “Jump Jet”, would enter service in 1969, but there are other aircraft from this period.

    In 1954 the US Navy tested the surreal, totally sci-fi Convair XFY Pogo and Lockheed XFV Salmon turboprop fighters. I… can’t do justice trying to describe either of these planes. Google them. The US Navy was toying with the idea of operating fighters from the aft decks of destroyers and cruisers and amphibious assault ships to protect task forces and convoys. France developed its own Harrier in the 1960s; the gorgeous delta-winged Dassault Mirage III V. Both the Mirage III V and the Harrier were produced to satisfy a fanciful NATO dictate for VTOL jet fighters that could continue flying and fighting long after Europe’s airbases and airports had been pounded into gravel. There was also the Fairey Rotodyne, which first flew in 1957. The Rotodyne was a compound gyroplane (think helicopter with wings and propellers) which AFAIR was to have been a city centre to city centre commuter airliner, as well as a military transport. You might say it was the spiritual predecessor to the V-22 Osprey.

    And let’s not forget that the original VTOL aircraft, the helicopter, was really coming into its own. The iconic Bell UH-1 Huey came in 1957 – just twelve years after the primitive Bell Model 47 (the helicopter from MASH)! And finally, in 1962, the year this strip was first printed, the Boeing Chinook and Sikorsky Skycrane entered service with the US armed forces.

  10. over 2 years ago on Peanuts

    Reindeer! Ha! Everyone knows Santa’s sleigh is pulled through the air by eight magnificent water buffalo. :p