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Timeline – 1965 Part 2

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 14, 1965.

Lt. Fuzz attempts to get the men fired up for battle in this vintage Sunday page. As always, he is easily fooled by his own vanity and no matter how hard Fuzz tries, Sarge shows he is the one who has the true grit.

In an interview from 1984, Mort Walker explained the creation of Lt. Sonny Fuzz: “It is a humorous situation to have a young, eager, newly-minted lieutenant arrive and start bossing around the old grizzled incumbent first sergeant. I was twenty-one when I did it and I know who won…the sergeant!”

This drawing is from a model sheet Mort created in the early 1960s.

Fuzz’s youthfulness is conveyed by his lack of facial hair and innocent expression. He provides an ideal contrast to Sarge’s rough nature and the conflict between the two is a fertile source for gag situations.

Stay tooned for more classic episodes from 1965 in our Timeline series.

– Brian Walker

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Brstrk
39 days ago
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I love those following texts with each strip. I wish all comics I followed had something like this.

Phone Numbers

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Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.
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wreichard
183 days ago
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Just email me. Please.
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toddgrotenhuis
184 days ago
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me IRL
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Brstrk
185 days ago
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#4 is for whenever I have to enter a number and think I'll be bombarded with robocalls, unless the call starts with a magic package, in which case it's forwarded to my laptop to wake it up.
Covarr
185 days ago
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What about #2?
Moses Lake, WA
tsuckow
184 days ago
It's the Google voice number
chrisrosa
185 days ago
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this in a nutshell
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CallMeWilliam
185 days ago
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voicemail is terrible.
alt_text_bot
185 days ago
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Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.
adam8797
185 days ago
You're my new favorite bot.
Aissen
185 days ago
@adam8797 Author here. Glad you like it! I forgot it was still running ! You probably don't need it anymore since on mobile you can long press images to see the alt text now.
samuel
184 days ago
Heh, this is a great bot. Keep it!
Aissen
183 days ago
@samuel I have no intention to stop it for now, it just runs itself :-)

Life Goals

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I got to check off 'Make something called xkcd' early.
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Brstrk
275 days ago
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- Learn to cast Xyzzy
Covarr
275 days ago
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play SimCity 2000 without using the "porntipsguzzardo" cheat code.
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zippy72
275 days ago
I never knew that existed. Now I will have to see if I can find a Sim City 2K disk again and try it out :)
ryanbrazell
276 days ago
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I take issue with the last one ... you're not really trying if you're not getting punched.
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alt_text_bot
276 days ago
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I got to check off 'Make something called xkcd' early.

Coffee

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Remind me to order another pack of coffee filters from Dyson. Man, these things are EXPENSIVE.
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Covarr
291 days ago
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Step 1: Go to starbucks
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Brstrk
291 days ago
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Oh. So that's why my workplace's coffee taste funny.
rtreborb
292 days ago
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If I had to count the number of times someone gasped when I mentioned I don't drink coffee...
tedder
293 days ago
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"we're basically fake adults"
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darastar
293 days ago
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This is me. I'm not a coffee drinker and feel awkward trying to make it.
foilman
293 days ago
Same here! Luckily there's usually someone around who knows what they're doing.
Cthulhux
293 days ago
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This must be fake, there's no hilarious amount of caramel in it.
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gradualepiphany
293 days ago
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I guess this is why those god-forsaken coffee pod abominations are a thing.
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alt_text_bot
294 days ago
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Remind me to order another pack of coffee filters from Dyson. Man, these things are EXPENSIVE.

Work

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Despite it being imaginary, I already have SUCH a strong opinion on the cord-switch firing incident.
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wreichard
296 days ago
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This goes along with one of what I think of life's best hidden lessons: if you assume that things around you are the way they are for some reason, you learn amazing things.
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brico
296 days ago
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A curiously bureaucratic and teleological vision from Randall; I look at these and see evolution, not design. The gooseneck lamp goes back well over a century. And the glass tumbler and the wooden table with aprons are even older forms.
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Brstrk
297 days ago
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No mention on any documentation processes. Some heroes just go unsung.
duerig
297 days ago
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He missed designing for manufacturability. "This shape was chosen because it is easy to stamp out of sheet metal." or "These two parts snap together in order to eliminate two screws."
duerig
297 days ago
Also, I found out how they make plastic soda bottles recently. First, a test-tube shaped piece of plastic is cast. Then before it has cooled, they stick it at the opening of a mold and blow air through it until the sides conform to the shape of the mold. For large bottles (2-liter), they have a rod that automatically pushes the bottom of the tube down deeper into the mold as air is blown in. It is like automated glassblowing with plastic, done countless times over and over for a disposable bottle.
infini
297 days ago
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supernormal design as jasper morrison and naoko fukusawa would call it
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dukeofwulf
297 days ago
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Related: "I, Pencil." http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/rdPncl1.html
Covarr
297 days ago
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An artist spent several minutes deciding what objects to put on this table.
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ossiander
297 days ago
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I could see this.
magicseth
297 days ago
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On point
mburch42
297 days ago
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My life.
reconbot
297 days ago
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Truth behind objects
New York City
alt_text_bot
297 days ago
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Despite it being imaginary, I already have SUCH a strong opinion on the cord-switch firing incident.

Politifact

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"Ok, I lit the smoke bomb and rolled it under the bed. Let's see if it--" ::FWOOOSH:: "Politifact says: PANTS ON FIRE!"
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Brstrk
365 days ago
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Sometimes I want to see some strips acted out in live-action. Can you imagine how silly politifacts could be?

Also, this: http://xkcd.com/585/
Covarr
365 days ago
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Time for an all out war between PolitiFact and Snopes.
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chrisamico
365 days ago
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That thing where a site built by your friends ends up in XKCD.
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cbenard
365 days ago
#humblebrag
wreichard
365 days ago
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Truth.
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alt_text_bot
365 days ago
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"Ok, I lit the smoke bomb and rolled it under the bed. Let's see if it--" ::FWOOOSH:: "Politifact says: PANTS ON FIRE!"
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