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Statistics, those persnickety little deceivers, fail to highlight the fact that a wolf attack, however unlikely, is more likely in Massachusetts in the winter than in Hawaii at any time of the year. And when Sorkh Razil shows up (on his bright red snowmobile) he will still be wearing sunglasses.
I love the sentiment in Sunday's strip. I'm always careful to use the phrase "the grade you earned was a ..." rather than "you were given a...". We do our students no favors if we send them out into the real world unprepared for real responsibility!
I have two daughters in Alex's age bracket, and neither they nor their peers are stressing over marriage. These days, the common sentiment I'm hearing is, "Why buy the pig when the sausage is free?" So what's the deal with Alex? I wonder if her mother's neuroses have come home to roost.
There's only one person who can save Alex and Gram from being stranded in a Massachusetts snowstorm -- Sorkh Razil! (In a snowsuit, of course.)
Re: "I wonder if Massachusetts has wolves." Wolves attacking humans is an urban myth. A person has a bigger chance of being struck by lightning than being attacked by wolves. Wikipedia reports 38 wolf attacks on humans from 1910 to 1999. Thirty-eight attacks in 90 years is one wolf attack every two years. During this period, world population went from 1.6 billion to 6 billion, averaging 3.8 billion. So, a person might have about one chance in 100,000,000 of being attacked by wolves. That same person had one chance in 3,000,000 of being struck by lightning.
I. Love. The. Walden. Teacher. I'd like to clone her.
I've had days where I would love to say what Zipper's professor said in class. But much of my tenure depends on student feedback, so . . . That's the thing about the self-esteem culture -- it becomes more and more of an echo chamber, because those who could say something often aren't allowed to because it wouldn't be popular or profitable.
Today's strip should become the home screen for every student everywhere, with copies going to the students' parents, and the local and state boards of education! On a lighter note, just how much stock does Uncle Duke own in myFacts?
I'm posting the "goodbye to inflated self-esteem" strip on my bulletin board tonight. Stay tuned for reaction posts...
As a retired teacher, I feel like posting today's strip on every billboard in town. Bravo! One of my favorite memories was the day a total slacker asked me why I had given him an F. I looked him in the eye, smiled, and said, "Because I couldn't give you the G you deserved." Years later, we're still friends.
"A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it." -- Mark Twain
Alas, you report, and have some fun with, but you just don't rabble rouse hard enough. You must strive harder to make people furiously angry about issues worthy of a proper lambasting. Thank you very much for tha amusement. Now could you give me some high blood pressure? Amp up the outrage!
I've been a fan since the beginning some 40 years ago, but MyFacts is the best idea yet. Simply superb! I want it to go on for weeks and weeks.
I love Doonesbury. Every Monday we get a new joke, with the punchline on Saturday! This is such brilliant commentary, not just on USA society and politics, but on life in general. Please keep it up forever.
Hey myFacts, I want to prove that hydraulic fracking is completely safe.
The myFacts guy and callers have been cracking me up all week. Platinum Account, indeed!
I know Austin. He used to work at the company I work for. I think he has a young son and daughter named Jayden and Ashley, if it's the same person I'm thinking about. I know I've seen him somewhere.
I am a US citizen living abroad for the last few decades. There are many formats / news avenues / sources etc to stay in touch with the processes, machinations, psyche, developments, news etc of my Homeland. The more I read, the more convinced I am that Doonesbury consistently summarizes everything I need to know about the pulse, mentality, situation, condition etc. of the States. Cliff Notes in four squares. Thank you for getting to the core so directly and with such eloquence.
"Get back on board, damn it!" beats the pants off the lame assortment in the current Straw Poll. Gingrich, once the master of bombastic exclamation, is so far off his 90s game that he might as well retire and the rest of 'em should go home, too. They don't even measure up to his diminished standard.
Dealing with an Obama-basher from FOX, is the all-too-friendly myFacts dude experiencing some all-too-aptly Pinocchio-like nasal growth?
Love Austin, hate his ethics (or lack thereof).