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The Plantigrady Bunch

A couple of weeks ago there were a bunch of articles about a new study discussing why humans walk heel-toe. The articles related that to dogs and cats, who walk on their toes.

Unsurprisingly, I have some bones to pick with the articles. (Hell, I have bones to pick with just about everything, right?)

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Saturday Comic

The Frank and Ernest comic strip (created by Bob Thaves and currently drawn by his son, Tom) seems to exist solely to illustrate bad puns. Here’s the one from last Sunday.

Frank and Ernest, December 18, 2016

Frank and Ernest, December 18, 2016

No other comment needed.

 

The Grand Canyon: Bus-ted

Continuing blogging about my trip out west this summer, I’m now up to August 20. In the morning I left Chaco Canyon. In the afternoon, I arrived at the Grand Canyon.

And in the evening I got an all-expenses paid, free trip in the back seat of a police cruiser.

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Saturday Comic

Around here, we’ve finally gotten above freezing (just barely) after being below zero (Fahrenheit). There’s snow on the ground and last night we got a tenth of an inch of freezing rain. So, let’s look back to a time when it was warm (summer) and kids actually went barefoot (the 1960s).

This is the Red and Rover strip from July 18, 2004.

Red and Rover, July 18, 2004

Red and Rover, July 18, 2004

The joke of the strip is totally unrelated to Red being barefoot. So what? It’s showing summertime.

Saturday Comic

Here’s a comic from last year, August 14, 2015. It’s from Hi and Lois, written these days by the sons of the original artists.

Hi and Lois, August 14, 2015

Hi and Lois, August 14, 2015

I need to keep that excuse in mind.

PS. Did you know that Lois is the sister of Beetle Bailey?

 

Otto Learns a Lesson

I came across an old book about an orphan boy, Otto, in Germany
(in fact, it was translated from German). The book, from 1861,
is Otto, the Miner’s Child.

Here’s one of the stories involving Otto from the book.

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Saturday Comic

For today, we return to a very common theme that we find in comics from that era. This is from the cartoon “All in a Lifetime” by Beck, and it’s dated August 28, 1947.

All in a Lifetime, August 28, 1947

All in a Lifetime, August 28, 1947

As I’ve said before, that’s the age that kids are growing like weeds. That’s why his feet are bigger; they’d be bigger regardless of whether he’d gone barefoot all summer long. Thus, he really did save all that shoe leather. Duh.

PS. Note the visual similarity to this other “All in a Lifetime” comic from 1939. Just the complaint has changed.

 

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