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When the end does come, it will be a complete suprise. No one expects the spanial inquisition!
"How'd you know I play the lottery?" "I figured there was a chance." Brilliant!
As for the Mayans, Norm MacDonald made a similar observation on Leno a year or so ago. "Yeah, the Mayans predicted the world would end in 2012 . . . then they all died."
Did Scott in the 4th panel reach enlightenment? He has a third eye.
First - the comic (thanks Scott for an absolute gem) and the first 25 or so comments before the year 0 debate started, absolutely and fundisciously made my day. I've been in the blender for about 3 days and finally got the chance to check BI. So awesome.
Second - Please, please, please, please, please readers don't confuse TMBG and Right Said Fred. They are as different as Scott and Mullet Boss.
cross reference to original appearance of post-apocalyptic mullet/mohawk-haired boss and 'Braino':
panel four begins september 18th 2012
Someone always wins the lottery! We're doomed!
I love post-apocalyptic Scott's Dr. Manhattan forehead tattoo. Too bad he still hasn't convinced the boss to give him the gun-knife.
Is that a TMBG shirt in the first panel, or is it just wishful thinking on my part?
I've always figured spaniels were bad news.
It's Friday. Why is Wednesday's cartoon still here?
Oh! (*gasp*) - am I in a TIMEWARP?????
*****Help me, someone*******
Civilization did start in the year zero. Not zero AD, mind you; not even close. I'm talking zero ABC, meaning "After the Beginning of Civilization."
"Wasn't there a time when the calendar was redone a a block of like 2-4 years was skipped?"
No, just ten days. Thursday, October 4, 1582 was followed by Friday, October 15, 1582 to make up for having too many leap days for 1600 years. The reform was rejected by all Protestant countries, so by the time Britain adopted the change, 11 days needed to be skipped (since 1700 had been a leap year there, but not in the Gregorian calendar); Parliament decreed that the day after Wednesday, September 2, 1752 would be Thursday, September 14, 1752.
The average Gregorian year is still 26 seconds shorter than the solar year. Since 1582, this has amounted to a difference of about three hours. Omitting a leap day from all years exactly divisible by 4,000 will keep the Gregorian calendar accurate to one day in 20,000 years.
Just finished reading every single comic from beginning to end!! I mean, so far. Those were the best spent 20-minutes-a day-for-5-straight-weeks of my life.
Anyway, I think I will proceed to amuse myself figuring out what happens between panels 3 and 4, and then turning it onto a best-seller novel. A story full of friendly bandidos, mysterious Chinese assassins, wise old Navajo witch doctors, morally ambiguous bounty hunters, lots and lots of sexy and dangerous vixens, hidden nuclear arsenals, ruinous abandoned skyscrapers and a small, secret haven where a few chosen ones (Scott!!) try to rebuild civilization, without committing the same blunders of the past. Rick, the bounty hunter with the terrible past, will play a part in the destiny of mankind (As a friend or a foe? No one can tell yet...). Mullet-boss, on the other hand, would be an ambitious villain with some kind of biological weapon. He and Scott know each other. They have faced each other (and the shady Rick) in that distant, civilized past they have almost forgotten now. But this time, it's not about any form RJ-17... now it's the Earth's fate what's at stake!!!
With the movie deal and all that that will surely come, I will make millions. I will give you an "inspired by the works of" credit. That'll do it.
You'll know it's the end of the world when Captain Crunch has to explain things to you.
That's not a gun with a knife attached, it's a knife with a gun attached!
Aye! It's Sgt. Mullet Pepper and his lonely hearted Braino!
Oh, dear... <wiping tears of laughter> Now I want to see the epic short (probably animated) movie (documentary?)... Mayans vs The Spaniels Wish I had the skills to make it. Go, on Scott, you know you want to be an animator...
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