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Richard S Russell Premium

A lefty (both senses) SF fan retired from a career in public service, currently living in Madison, Wisconsin, a state so wonderful people are willing to put up with the winters just to live here.

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  1. about 5 hours ago on Frank and Ernest

    By “biblical times” you’re referring to the last 4000 years, right? During which time I do believe humanity has observed many ravens, despite the fact that, of the (allegedly) only 2 in the world, on Noah’s ark, one flew off and never returned, which should’ve been the end of the species right then but clearly wasn’t. So one is left wondering what the significance is of “biblical times” with respect to what a species does or doesn’t look like.

  2. about 23 hours ago on Frank and Ernest

    I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen the word “logical” in conjunction with the Noah’s Ark fable.

  3. 1 day ago on Non Sequitur

    That was actually an homage to the days of radio sound effects, when a pair of half-coconuts was exactly what they used to let you know that the Lone Ranger was arriving somewhere on Silver.

  4. 1 day ago on Non Sequitur

     There is always a contrarian story.

    University of Chicago statistics professor Stephen Stigler stated in his 1980 publication “Stigler’s law of eponymy” that no scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer. Fittingly, Stigler himself was not the first to make this observation.

  5. 1 day ago on La Cucaracha

    Depends on the angle between the slats. From the back you may be looking slightly upward, whereas from the front you’d have to be looking slightly downward.

  6. 1 day ago on Frazz

    I once saw a tiny Asian woman pick up the last remaining single grain of rice in her bowl with her chopsticks and figured that dexterity like that had to be encoded by millennia worth of DNA inheritance.

  7. 1 day ago on Frazz

    I’m guessing not “Terry and the Pirates”, which, according to Wikipedia, was “an action-adventure comic strip created by cartoonist Milton Caniff, which originally ran from October 22, 1934, to February 25, 1973.” But I grew up on it.

  8. 1 day ago on Frank and Ernest

    Gold Club members? They would be the ones who slipped the captain a little something under the table? That’s probably where the Koch Brothers learned how to influence the powers that be.

  9. 1 day ago on Frank and Ernest

     I prefer the explanation that Noah took mostly baby animals, …

    Awww, that’s cute. What comic book were you reading at the time?

  10. 2 days ago on Rob Rogers

    @Conservative Man: 2 + 2 = 5