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A Tribute to My Father

Only about one person in 1,461 is born on February 29. They’re the 0.07%. My father was one of them.

Today would have been his 23rd birthday.

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Saturday Comic

Here’s another comic from the strip Grandma by Charles Kuhn. Some how it seems that the previous barefoot comics we’ve seen from this strip, here, and here, have a bit of a negative take on it. Today’s strip is no exception.

Grandma, May 19, 1951

Grandma, May 19, 1951

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I suppose it’s clever and thereby funny, but kids all knew back then that springtime would be a bit oochy, but then the your feet would quickly toughed up for a summer of barefoot fun. They looked forward to that.

 

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The Great Human Race — Thirst

I really thought I’d done my last post about the National Geographic program The Great Human Race. Their next exisode was entitled “Thirst” and took place in the desert in Oman on the Saudi peninsula. It didn’t seem bare feet would be involved at all.

I was wrong.

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Saturday Comic

Here’s a comic from July 11th of last year. It is from the strip Speed Bump, and while it’s not really about bare feet, it is connected.

Speed Bump, July 11, 2015

Speed Bump, July 11, 2015

 

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The Great Human Race — Fire and Hunt

Last week I wrote about the first episode of the National Geographic show “The Great Human Race”, featuring experimental archaeologist Bill Schindler and survival expert Cat Bigney. Today let me discuss the next two episodes.

I really wish they gave some attention to bare feet as part of the great human race.

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Saturday Comic

Here’s our comic for today. It’s from the strip The Ryatts, which ran from 1954 to 1994. This one appeared on May 1, 1971.

The Ryatts, May 1, 1971

The Ryatts, May 1, 1971

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This is what kids used to look forward to at the end of winter.

 

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The Great Human Race — Dawn

There’s a new show on the National Geographic Channel that’s tracing the early history of the human race. It features Bill Schindler, an anthropologist/experimental archaeologist (and professor at Washington College in Maryland) and Cat Bigney, a survival expert (and primitive skills instructor at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School). What the show does is have them spend about a week trying to live the way human’s did, and using only the skills of those humans, at different times in their remote past.

The first show, Dawn, starts with Homo habilis, ancestors from about 2.6 million years ago. We’re told that they will use “no modern tools”. But see if you can spot their modern tools as they start out.

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