The other day our comrade in bloggery Horace Jeffery Hodges offered a post with a link to some old Calvin and Hobbes strips. I’ve always been a big C&H fan, and among my favorites among Bill Watterson’s many recurring themes were the strips in which Calvin’s dad would teach the restless wee lad about science. Featured at Jeffery’s post was an item about testing the load-limits of bridges, but following the link I found quite a few other instructive entries — in which we learn, amongst other facts, that the sun sets near Flagstaff, Arizona, and that the theory of relativity only works if you’re going west.

My favorite, though, is the final strip, in which Calvin’s dad explains why old photographs are in black and white. Go follow the link at Jeff’s place to learn more. (Philosophy buffs may end up wondering why the old photos weren’t in grue and bleen.)

And if you want more (how could you not?), another favorite of mine was Calvin’s “dark snowmen” series. Here.


  1. “Featured at Jeffrey’s post . . .”

    Eh, whose post?

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted November 3, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    My God, I did it again!!!

    “J-e-f-f-e-r-y-‘-s” bloody post. Now corrected.

    I don’t know why this keeps happening, J (I am, after all, a champion speller).

    Do forgive me. At least I got it right in the first sentence.

    Posted November 3, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Permalink
  3. No problem. It give me reason to complain, and isn’t that what life is all about?

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted November 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Eh, it what you reason to complain?

    Posted November 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Permalink
  5. See? I just helped make your life meaningful.

    You should thank me!

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted November 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

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