Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson for May 02, 2015

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    Kali39  about 7 years ago

    Really drive Phoebe crazy. Show her one of these: about three pounds

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    Masterius  about 7 years ago

    I still have a wall-mounted rotary phone.

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    Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano)  about 7 years ago

    Nunchaku? Wouldn’t Phoebe mean Wii controller that also resembles a nunchaku?

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    Major Matt Mason Premium Member about 7 years ago

    Okay, I chuckled. :D

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    DDrazen  about 7 years ago

    And not just a phone, a PRINCESS phone!

    Love that third panel expression.

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member about 7 years ago

    Is there a rice farm in the basement?

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    WaitingMan  about 7 years ago

    So here I am, at my desktop computer, with a phone EXACTLY like the one in today’s strip sitting right next to me, cords and everything. Works great. I’m not giving it up.

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    Stellagal  about 7 years ago

    If you want to blow Phoebe’s mind, show her a typewriter. :)

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    dogday Premium Member about 7 years ago

    I love the dawn light of discovery / knowledge in the third panel. In fact, I still love that feeling…when you first get a completely different view of the world.

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    John W Kennedy Premium Member about 7 years ago

    Not a Princess, a Trimline. The Princess retained the traditional narrow handle between the receiver and the transmitter of the handset, and all the works were in the body, just as they were in other phones of the period (although early Princess phones had to put the ringer in an external box).

    The Trimline moved the dial to the handset, in the space between the receiver and transmitter, completely changing the handset shape. Over the decades, more of the works moved there. (An early-60s prototype of the Trimline was called “the Schmoo Phone”; unlike the final design, it used a stock, full-sized dial, which gave it a big “belly”.)

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    cknoblo Premium Member about 7 years ago

    Personal Communications Systems (PCS) was also trialed in Chicago, and that was all hand held and digital. Sprint was the first to commercialize it, but Cell and PCS soon merged, taking the best features of both. Analog was phased out a while ago.

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    John W Kennedy Premium Member about 7 years ago

    Those super-huge car phones were mobile phones, but not cell phones. Back then, there was something like one tower per county, and if you drove out of the range of the tower, you’d lose the call. The cellular phone was created by adding computers to the system so that towers can hand off a call to another tower whenever the phone moves from one cell (geographical range) to another, which means that towers can be much closer together, so that there can be many more towers, which means that the system as a whole can handle many more calls, and which also means that the phone doesn’t have to be anywhere near as powerful to reach the nearest tower. Digital cellular then multiplied the number of calls again, by sending each call in tiny little “squirts” of compressed data, so that each frequency in one cell can carry many calls interleaved together.

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    HAL69  about 7 years ago

    Freak her out with transparent Trimline phones—Phoebe would think the ’nunchucks" have innards!

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    whitecarabao  about 7 years ago

    After hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, my father was able to use his rotary dial landline phone, but all cell phones were only useful as paperweights — cell towers were blown down and there was no power for several weeks.

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    zippykatz  about 7 years ago

    You’re right:> But the rotary phone works during a power outage, unlike the cordless one we have in the LR. And they’re a whole lot cheaper since we don’t make a lot of LD calls; we wait for our out of town relatives to call us on their cell phones.

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    ObsiWan Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Not that this one is bad but I liked the original punchline better.

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    kirbo_the_birb  22 days ago

    Phones keep getting bigger (smartphones anyway) and computers keep getting smaller… will they eventually be the same thing? Oh wait we already have tablets which are basically a computer and ALSO a phone.

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