Rubes by Leigh Rubin for October 05, 2021

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    eromlig  8 months ago

    He forgot his crown, too.

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    stevesilver48  8 months ago

    Jack n Jill went up a hill. They each had a quarter. Jill came down with half-a-buck. They didn’t go up for water!

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    Concretionist  8 months ago

    Simplistic, though often close enough to true. FREE water flows downhill, but underground water may be constrained in various ways.

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    Doug K  8 months ago

    It is likely that they would have to drill farther down to be able to reach the water table (where the ground would be saturated with water) from the top of the hill as compared to the bottom.

    So why put a well there? 1) The difference (depth to drill) may not have been very significant (it may have been a very low hill.), 2) visibility of the location, 3) hardness of the ground, and 4) a lack of tree roots to deal with.

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    Brian G Premium Member 8 months ago

    It says they went up a hill, it does not say they went to the top. Many mountain springs and streams originate from part way up the slope.

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    Jeff0811  8 months ago

    She should just crown him. They both went up the hill and took a tumble. Finally, Water/After? I don’t see the rhyme there. My version, which makes much more sense…

    Jack and Jill went up the hill

    to fetch a pail of water

    Jack fell down and broke his crown

    and Jill thought they not otter.

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    RobinHood  8 months ago

    Jack was pushed.

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    Jeffin Premium Member 8 months ago

    That’s all well and good but don’t bucket the system.

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    Pickled Pete  8 months ago

    I think he was just Jackin Jill around!!

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    Jefano Premium Member 8 months ago

    Wells should always be uphill from possible sources of contamination and pollution.

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    chromosome Premium Member 8 months ago

    Interesting replies from some people who know a lot more than I do about wells… Enjoy coming to the comics for learning.

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    bobbyferrel  8 months ago

    The water table doesn’t always have even legs.

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    Alberta Oil Premium Member 8 months ago

    Sure.. but the dude that dug the well did know that the creek was full of farm runoff and a bit of distance was a good thing.

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    guyjen2004 Premium Member 8 months ago

    The aquifer may very well be closer to the surface and/or more abundant at a higher elevation than a lower one. Keep in mind that when deciding where to drill, your options are limited by the bounds of your property, where the house and septic (unless sewered) might be located, etc. I’ve seen wells that needed to go 300, 400, or 500 feet before hitting water and may have eventually required fracking to get flow. The next lot over may have hit a gusher at 120 feet even though it’s elevation is slightly higher. My well is exactly 120 feet deep and my neighbor’s well is about 75 yards away, about the same elevation but is about 210 feet. Get a forked stick and make a guess.

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    bagholder5150  8 months ago

    Actually is mountainous areas well sites are often found (by witching) nearer the tops of ridges rather than at the bases.

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    Hardhar  8 months ago

    Do hydrologists have wet dreams?

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    The Reader Premium Member 8 months ago

    Stop thinking about it, or it’ll break your crown!

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    Homerville Premium Member 8 months ago

    Isn’t it amazing what the mind can deliver, when stimulated.?

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    WCraft Premium Member 8 months ago

    This well brought to you by the Well Diggers of America Union (we pick spots on hill tops because we charge by the foot)

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    Shonkin  8 months ago

    It’s not strictly true. In areas (like the Appalachians) where there are strata of sandstone alternating with shale, the wells are commonly up the hill. The shale erodes much more easily, so the valleys are mostly shale. Shale also makes lousy aquifers, because it’s not permeable. Sandstone on the other hand makes good aquifers. People may live in the valleys, but they have to sink their wells uphill where the sandstone is.

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    cuzinron47  8 months ago

    This well was specifically meant to break crowns.

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    Another Take  8 months ago

    They seldom are.

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    ChukLitl Premium Member 8 months ago

    Illustrators generally show a well. That not what it says. If I’m going uphill for water I’m thinking glacial spring, but then I grew up in Colorado.

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    bandidoirlandes  8 months ago

    I dont remeber a well in the ryme? love the comic though!

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    DudeHoldMyBearandWatchThis  8 months ago

    Actually, with the way the underground rocks run, some wells actually ARE on a hill.

    The water source may go into the ground high up on a mountain and follow the cracks, etc to the base. But then the crack goes back up some before it opens back out at the top of a smaller hilltop and the water runs out from that opening.

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    BOB greenwald Premium Member 8 months ago

    And who said anything about a well?

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