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I’m surprised he didn’t stay “amicable or inimical? Definitely inimical”.
How could his conversation with Hobbes in these four panels possibly take 15 minutes? It should have taken them a minute or two, tops. That means Calvin still had 28 minutes to write his paper—surely he could’ve written more than “I say tyrannosaurs were predators, because it would be so bogus if they just ate things that were already dead. The end”. By the way, bogus means false.
This is how Jon should’ve said it: “There are well-behaved pets, and then there are MY pets”.
I know that. Jason’s 10, Paige is 14, and Peter’s 16. Therefore, if Roger didn’t recently forget how to count, he would have had to have bought those chocolates for Andy 11 to 13 years ago in order for his “To the mother of my two children” note to be fitting.
I’m surprised Hobbes didn’t turn Calvin into a spotted deer (known in India as the chital); this is among the tiger’s main prey.
Not necessarily. Another indication that he likes The Witches is his aversion to taking baths. In the book, before the witches turn him into a mouse, the boy’s grandmother explains to him that witches have larger nostrils than ordinary women (according to her, witches are not human women, but demons in human shape), and can therefore smell children across the street on a pitch-black night because to them, clean children give out “stink-waves”. Maybe Calvin doesn’t like baths because he believes that taking one will enable a witch to smell him out and turn him into a hot dog (the boy’s grandmother tells him that American witches can do this). Also, when Hobbes turns Calvin into a chicken with the transmogrifier gun, and explains that it’s almost lunchtime, Calvin shouts, “I’M GLAD YOU WEREN’T HUNGRY FOR A HOT DOG!”
If Calvin really were stuck as an owl permanently, he might agree with Hobbes in the third panel (especially since they’re always discussing the problems with humanity): “You know, Hobbes, you may be onto something there. Owls can fly and see in the dark; humans require technology for such things. Owls can rotate their heads 270 degrees; humans can’t. When owlets hatch, both parent owls care for them; human parents often get divorced. Owls can live and sleep in hollow trees; humans have to cut down trees to build houses. As a result, owls often lose their homes to development, but humans frequently lose their houses as well: to fires, floods, and tornadoes, among other things. What’s more, humans can lose their jobs even when they get along fine with their bosses, staff, and customers. People often shoot owls out of fear, but it’s not uncommon for them to treat each other the same way. Owls can sustain themselves on mice, rats, and other animals small enough for them to catch; for food, humans depend on farms, and even those are often lost to development. Humans’ lives can be cut short by (for instance) disease, or accidents, or gang violence, or famine; as a result, all too often, they don’t even outlive owls. Come to think of it, four out of five people worldwide don’t even have many or any of the luxuries that we’re familiar with (running water, for instance). I know I said I don’t like mice, but I might eventually; they’ve gotta taste better than Mom’s cooking, at least. Furthermore, human food in general often poses a risk; for instance, it could be processed and/or genetically modified. Owls have no use for money, or for awards, politics, religions, schools, cars, magazines, clothes, firearms, or many of the other things humans emphasize in popular culture. So I guess, when all things are taken into consideration, there aren’t really any net benefits to being a human instead of an owl.”
Nice German accent, Calvin.
The 8:30 Calvin is right.
Me (to Calvin): Didn’t you once say he’s a lawyer?