Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for May 30, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  9 months ago

    If you’re having trouble with integers, you’re not going to like fractions.

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    Sugar Bombs 95  9 months ago

    Calvin is the kind of person who would go from ranting about how nothing matters because we’re all gonna die someday, to crying and begging for his life if someone points a gun at him.

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    Templo S.U.D.  9 months ago

    not just math, Calvin, but — in your point of view — every other subject: history, science, writing, social studies…

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    Robert4170  9 months ago

    By Calvin’s logic, people shouldn’t learn to do anything at all.

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    Imagine  9 months ago

    I think I will have a slice of pi.

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    Dr. Quatermass  9 months ago

    Too dang early to go through a midlife crisis, eh Calvin?

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    californiamonty  9 months ago

    How did you like the way Miss Wormwood used an integer in her response, Calvin? :D

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    Charliegirl Premium Member 9 months ago

    What’s an integer?

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    jasonsnakelover  9 months ago

    Matilda became a schoolteacher?

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    snsurone76  9 months ago

    It’s what you make of your life BEFORE (for better or worse) you die that counts, Calvin. That’ll live on long after you’re gone.

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    Bilan  9 months ago

    Calvin, just ask Spaceman Spiff. He knows how important math is to calculating escape velocities.

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    Robin Harwood  9 months ago

    You’ll still to need to be able to handle integers after you’re dead. Life is short, but maths is forever.

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    Algolei I  9 months ago

    You’ll need to know integers in order to count the dead. Even Crom knows that!

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    markkahler52  9 months ago

    I beg to be home-schooled…

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    Ermine Notyours  9 months ago

    Calvin will grow up to be a cult leader.

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    DaveG1960  9 months ago

    Ignorance is bliss says Calvin, ’cause learning is too hard……

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    GROG Premium Member 9 months ago

    You paint the kind of pictures teacher love to walk all over.

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    sandpiper  9 months ago

    I’m with Cal. The number of things I learned that I actually used is very low compared to the total I was required to learn. But then everything I learned contributed in some way to what I did. Call it widened perspectives.

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    Troglodyte  9 months ago

    Calvin’s no misunderstood genius – he’s a fully understood mischief-monger!

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    The Reader Premium Member 9 months ago

    Big pictures cover more cracks on the wall.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 9 months ago

    Guy I knew said he didn’t worry about things because of the Frozen Snowball Theory. Someday the Earth would be a frozen snowball so why worry about minor stuff.

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    tripwire45  9 months ago

    Oddly enough, I had a dream last night that included a book of algebra problems. One was written by an eleven year old (each problem had the name and age of the author).

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    'IndyMan'  9 months ago

    No Calvin, Miss Wormwood, just doesn’t consider your question to be important in the ‘whole scheme of things’ ! ! !

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    Nuke Road Warrior  9 months ago

    Wait ’til he gets to collage and has to learn about imaginary numbers.

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    einarbt  9 months ago

    Calvin the nihilist.

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    Guayo1  9 months ago

    I wondered the same question when I was young, I never had a use for integers my whole life.

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    djtenltd  9 months ago

    @BE THIS GUY- Nor much of anything else that has to do with math.

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    Redd Panda  9 months ago

    In whats? What’s a ’’teger’’? Anything like a Tiger?

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 9 months ago

    Everything I have to do that I don’t want to do is a waste of time, unless I get paid to do it.

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    Just-me  9 months ago

    Math, to me, is a 4 letter word…

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 9 months ago

    You explain integers to a little kid by saying “That’s how you count birthdays. Do you know what birthday is coming up when you’re 5 years old?”. They catch on pretty fast when cake and ice cream are involved.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 9 months ago

    “Working an integral or performing a linear regression is something a computer can do quite effectively. Understanding whether the result makes sense — or deciding whether the method is the right one to use in the first place — requires a guiding human hand. When we teach mathematics we are supposed to be explaining how to be that guide. A math course that fails to do so is essentially training the student to be a very slow, buggy version of Microsoft Excel.” —Jordan Ellenberg, professor of mathematics, University of Wisconsin–Madison, How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking (2014)

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    ladykat  9 months ago

    I hated math in school.

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    David_the_CAD  9 months ago

    Because you live before you die, and you will need math to make decisions during that life.

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    gantech  9 months ago

    Calvin, if you don’t know integers, how would you count the bodies?

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    DM2860  9 months ago

    The point is to have a more pleasant time between now and then where you know how to understand your bank account.

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    chroniclecmx  9 months ago

    What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. (Ecclesiastes 3:9-13)

    We do integers because God gave us work as a gift, and after we die, God will judge how we worked and give us our eternal reward.

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    Mediatech  9 months ago

    If you don’t already understand integers, how can you find page 83?

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    Meowise  9 months ago

    Turn to page “86”

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    g04922  9 months ago

    LOL… always have like his teacher’s name… “Wormwood”. A poison if not used properly. Despite its possible benefits, pure untreated wormwood contains a chemical called thujone that can be toxic and cause hallucinations and seizures.

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    Snuffles [Previously Helikitty]   9 months ago

    Do you think Arabic numerals should be taught in classes?

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    mistercatworks  9 months ago

    For one thing, “83” is an integer. Useful stuff integers.

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    flying spaghetti monster  9 months ago

    change math to history and integers to events ( dates) and I would agree..

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    curtlyon19  9 months ago

    haven’t we all had this thought?

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    ChessPirate  9 months ago

    Reminds me of this funny scene in “Annie Hall”:

    Mrs. Singer: He’s been depressed. All of a sudden, he can’t do anything.

    Dr. Flicker: Why are you depressed, Alvy?

    Mrs. Singer: Tell Dr. Flicker. It’s something he read.

    Dr. Flicker: Something you read, huh?

    Alvy Singer: The universe is expanding.

    Dr. Flicker: The universe is expanding?

    Alvy Singer: Well, the universe is everything, and if it’s expanding, someday it will break apart, and that will be the end of everything.

    Mrs. Singer: What is that your business? He’s stopped doing his homework.

    Alvy Singer: What’s the point?

    Mrs. Singer: What has the universe got to do with it? You’re here, in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is not expanding.

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    Gen.Flashman  9 months ago

    Don’t remember hearing the word integer until maybe 9th grade.

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    WCraft Premium Member 9 months ago

    No worries, Calvin. Just move to Illinois and vote for the right party and you don’t have to worry about knowing anything.

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    rshive  9 months ago

    The big picture is on page 83, Calvin.

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    John Jorgensen  9 months ago

    Careful, that way lies nihilism.

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    Daltongang Premium Member 9 months ago

    Calvin, it’s not the “big picture” that is the problem, it is your small mind that is the problem.

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    rob  9 months ago

    Being a math hater myself I agree with Calvin. I’ve never had to use either in my line of work over the last 43 years.

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    mindjob  9 months ago

    Integers are good to know when you’re making snowballs to fight Susie

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    yangeldf  9 months ago

    If people had that attitude we’d still be running naked in the savannas of Africa hoping to scavenge the remains of a lion kill without becoming the lion kill ourselves. Calvin is a great example of trying to find excuses to be lazy

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    Dapperdan61  Premium Member 9 months ago

    Your going to die a lot sooner Calvin if you don’t learn integers

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    chinook12345  9 months ago

    Do people commenting here realize this is intended to be a humorous comic strip?

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    hagarthehorrible  9 months ago

    Mrs Wormwood would never understand the genius in you, Calvin. Maths is a different subject though.

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    minty_Joe  9 months ago

    I made the huge mistake of not continuing my math education after 10th grade. I took an Algebra A/B class (1st half of the book covered in 9th grade, last half in 10th). I managed to pass with a B+, which was quite amazing, considering it was difficult enough trying to wrap my head around throwing letters into the equation. I could understand a, b, c, x and y, but don’t confuse me with all the other letters in the alphabet. So, I finish out the 10th grade and according to the school guidance counselor’s wisdom (yeah, right…), I don’t have to take any more math classes to graduate.

    Fast forward 2 years later (1998), I graduate high school and sign up for community college majoring in Computer Info Systems (a scholarship, if you want to call it that). What’s the first thing they require me to take? College Algebra, of all things. All the Algebra I learned years prior went out the door and almost forgotten. I ended up failing more than twice. In the end, amongst other struggles, I had to take a break and ended up dropping out altogether. So now, I’m finding myself at the point deciding if I should give college another go…on my terms, not the college’s. To be honest, it does scare me a bit. I’ve been away for so long and I’d feel like the odd one amongst the crowd.

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    bunrabbit99  9 months ago

    actually, his question should be “given that, sooner or later, we’re all just going to be using calculators…”

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  9 months ago

    You’re not dead, Calvin. Yet.

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    josh_bisbee  9 months ago

    Between now and death, you’ll be graded and tested, and the result will depend on whether you know about intergers.

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    C  9 months ago

    Big picture guy, huh?

    So lots of pontificating and little actual work? Maybe a salesman instead of a technician? Or heaven forbid, Congress.

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    Ray Helvy Premium Member 9 months ago

    Because if you don’t understand integers, you’ll never understand the very important difference between relative changes and absolute changes when people quote you statistics.

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