Here is some interesting trivia that I stumbled across recently, that is only slightly related to todays comic strip. You know, whenever somebody wants to make English sound old in a cartoon or movie, they use “Y” instead of “th”, e.g. in “Ye Olde Shoppe”. I always thought that that was because they really pronounced it as a “Y” back then, but nay! It actually turns out that, in the old days, there was an additional letter, called “Thorn”, which came from the Nordic languages and was pronounced “th”. It looks like a combination of a small p and b: þ. But the first printing type fonts were imported to England from Germany and Italy and didn’t contain that letter, so it they used the “Y” instead. Interesting, huh?
I’m sure it’d be uneconomical and unethical in 99.99% of all cases, but boy, can I think of many applications for ejection seats! I’m sure most of you are with me on that one. How about a quick brainstorming?
Way to go, Chuck! There you happen to encounter some of the not-all-that-common girls who would actually appreciate a thorough knowledge of Star Wars quotes, and you manage to mess it up.
And we know that Chuck should know his Star Wars quotes, because he likes to call Jason “his young Padawan”. By the way, I wonder what other five episodes of Top Gun would have looked like. Wouldn’t it be great to have prequels set on aircraft carriers in the Pacific during World War II?
Cloud storage is a great thing. When I think back even just 20 years, when 3.5″ floppy disks were the state of the art to save and transport data, it is amazing how far we’ve come. I wonder what progress we will see in the next 20 years!
Keeping duty times is a serious thing. I remember when I was a truck driver in the army, I was out driving the whole day during a maneuver in winter, and some sergeant wanted me to take a guard duty shift, essentially cutting my sleep down to three hours for that night. I flat out refused. I wasn’t going to drive a seven ton truck with a dozen men in the back around on icy roads after hardly getting any sleep. Of course, it’s easier to refuse when you’re drafted and don’t care too much, than when it’s your career and you don’t want to disgruntle your employer.
As a cultured and refined gentleman with a sophisticated sense of humor, I find it hilarious that the English words “duty” and “doodie” are pronounced in almost exactly the same way. And I never noticed until I saw the movie “Wreck-It Ralph” in which they managed to insert a whole lot of jokes of that kind! So, ever since I saw that movie, I have to chuckle when I hear the word “duty time”. (Not that I’d hear that word a lot, as a cartoonist!)
One thing that really drove me nuts back when I was working in maintenance was when somebody took a special tool and didn’t bring it back to the tool locker. That’s when my throwing tools came out! (see last strip, LOL). It’s almost as bad as taking the last beer out of the fridge and putting the empty six-pack carton back in the fridge!
Also, we seemed to only have one label maker there for the whole company. I wonder how much time was wasted and how many billable hours the company lost while mechanics and office personnel alike were looking for that thing. It was never in the spot it was supposed to be.
But on the other hand, another thing that I really hate is when the damn vending machine takes my money! Maybe Julio will forgive Chuck this time …
This is one of the strips that was inspired by a discussion in our forum or on our Facebook group, although I can’t remember who came up with the idea of “throwing tools” and when. But it certainly is a strategy that will save Julio a lot of money in the long run!
During AirVenture 2012 we were up on the balcony to give an interview for EAA radio when this massive storm suddenly came rolling through. Everybody got wet, the airshow got cancelled. Umbrellas, tents, little kids, and a cat or two were flying through the air, but no planes… except for the few ultralights that flipped on their backs unfortunately.
The interview was suspended which initially was disappointing but nobody was listening to our jokes anyways during the storm. Vendors were running after their tables and precious beer was spilled.
Taking shelter high up in the EAA radio building we got to see the whole action created by the weather event and as a result this strip was invented. A day or two later we got to come up on the balcony again during much better weather to finish the interview and had a blast.
Well, we could have thought of that ourselves, but we didn’t. Fortunately we have attentive and imaginative readers, such as Karl Winters, who wrote us to suggest that the Roost Air Crew might participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Well, there you go, Karl. Happy now? I think Julio might want a word with you, as soon as he wakes up!