Reading the Comics, September 7, 2019: The Minor Ones of the Week


Part of my work reading lots of comic strips is to report the ones that mention mathematics, even if the mention is so casual there’s no building an essay around them. Here’s the minor mathematics mentions of last week.

Gordon Bess’s Redeye for the 1st is a joke about dividing up a prize. There’s also a side joke that amounts to a person having to do arithmetic on his fingers.

Bob Scott’s Bear With Me for the 3rd has Molly and the Bear in her geometry class. Bear’s shown as surprised the kids are still learning Euclidean geometry, which is your typical joke about the character with a particularly deep knowledge of a narrow field.

Wulff and Morgenthaler’s Truth Facts for the 4th is a Venn Diagram joke about the futility of attraction . I don’t know whether this is a repeat.

Gary Brookins’s Pluggers for the 5th is the old joke about how one never uses algebra in real life. The strip is not dated as a repeat. But I’d be surprised if this joke hasn’t run in Pluggers before. I didn’t have a tag for Pluggers before, but there was a time I wasn’t tagging the names of comic strips.

Richard Thompson’s Richard’s Poor Almanac for the 5th is a repeat (it has to be), featuring another of Thompson’s non-Euclidean plants.


And I continue to read the daily comics. Sunday at this link should be a fresh essay about the past week’s strips. Tomorrow, all going well, I’ll have the letter D’s representative in the Fall 2019 A-to-Z sequence. Thank you for reading.

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