Sunday, January 26, 2014


The Regular Life: Paean to Cartoonists

You know I’m a life-long comics fan. I’ve come across such brilliant, erudite comics lately. The big question is this—how on earth do you cartoonists sustain the work of producing daily and Sunday strips and still come up with clever, funny twists and angles? You’re appreciated, you know, all of you.

Did you see the Argyle Sweater with C-3PO looking at a Sudoku that’s in binary? Nothing but ones and zeroes. Total hoot.
Fred Basset recently delved into math. It gives the problem and Fred’s owner solves it in 22 seconds whereupon Fred asks, looking right at us, “How about you?” So. How about you: 7 x 12 x (16 + 2 – 12) ÷ 2 = ?  Twenty-two seconds? (I made it.)
Love the play on words in a sign sporting a frog silhouette in a recent Bizarro: No Parking, Violators Will Be Toad.

I’m always on the hunt for cartoons related to my CryptoMania: Teleporting into Greek and Latin with the CryptoKids, exploring Greek and Latin roots.
Two Bizarro rhinos, one with a normal-sized horn and the other with a tiny horn, are chatting. The latter says, “Laugh all you want, but there a reason they call it “rhinoplasty,” bro. Har har, rhino being “nose” in Greek; plasty being “mold” or “form.”

A recent Sunday Baby Blues has the kids on the lawn, cloud-gazing and naming the clouds. Zoe points out an “altocumulus lenticularis.” Well, alto is high and cumulus is “heap” or “pile.” So think of a heap of laundry—flat on the bottom. And cumulus clouds do feature a flat base. But here’s the cool thing—lenti is lens. So go to Internet images. Round, flat clouds like a sticky bun or a UFO, or, well, a lens! Check out these others: “cirrocumulus undulatus” (there’s “undulate” so you can make the logical leap to wave/wavy). Zoe mentions “cirrus unicus,” also called mares’ tails—this one deriving from “curly hooks.” Hammie comes back with “cirrocumulus stratiformis”—meaning “stretched out.” They ask, “What do you think, Dad?” Darryl retreats inside, telling his wife, “Somebody invented knew kinds of clouds since we were in school.” Wanda adds, “Probably the same guy who keeps coming up with new ways to confuse me about math.” What a cool way to introduce kids to science-based Greek and Latin.

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