What happened to Clarence?

As this controversial series is coming to an end, Chuck basically proved to himself and us that not every animal is cut out to be an Emotional Support Animal. Besides having heartburn with the fact that some people are abusing a system intended for someone who really needs it, I feel bad for the animal. It might calm ‘you’ down, but what if the animal itself is all freaked out by flying? You won’t be able to reason with a lizard or peacock that everything will be ok once they lose their minds. It’s a stress you probably shouldn’t put untrained animals through, if you ask me. We had to fly a hamster with the helicopter one time and the whole flight everyone was worried the poor little guy’s heart wouldn’t give out from the stress. Poor thing didn’t even get a headset so we can calm him down by telling him everything will be ok, because they just don’t make them that small.

Have you guys ever heard about the story of Vicenzo Lunardi, the Italian balloon pioneer from the late 1700’s? In 1784 to proof that his hydrogen balloon worked but unable to take his friend with him, because the bag didn’t inflate enough to carry both, he took a dog, a cat, and a caged pigeon instead. Kind of a brave combination if you ask me anyway. Well, as the story goes, the cat got airsick and he had to drop it off. Turns out cats are not fond of balloon flying. I swear, you can’t make this up. Our comics practically write themselves. Stand by for a comic on that one btw.

As to what exactly happened to Clementine, we will never know. But I suddenly feel like barbecuing so I’ll wrap this up quickly. I’m pretty sure most of you don’t read my ramblings all the way to the end anyways. If you did, I apologize. You’ll never get those 3 minutes back …

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8 comments on “What happened to Clarence?
  1. Franck Mée says:

    I did. So I understand I won’t get my 3 minutes back, but can I get a beer to go with my lamb chop?

  2. mike says:

    Ha! Yes! A nice cold crisp Austrian beer pairs nicely with lamb chops.

    Thanks for reading all the way to the end!

  3. Fabo says:

    Hey, that almost sounds like an invitation!
    I’ll be in Austria next Saturday…

  4. Louis says:

    The first living beings to ever fly in a lighter-than-air craft were a duck, a rooster and a sheep: they went up in a hot air balloon launched by the Montgolfier brothers on September 19th, 1783.

  5. Bernd says:

    Hehe, since my company’s parent company is in Vienna, I’m there regularly about 3 or 4 times a year or so. Next times the first week of October and the first week of November. Could there be a readers’ meeting? 🙂 (I can’t remember what city you are in …)

    And I could imagine lots of worse ways to spend 3 minute than to read your anecdotes, Mike. Thanks.

  6. Magnoire La Chouette says:

    I’ll put the rice on! (Cajun joke)

  7. Jan Olieslagers says:

    Bernd, I would be in for a meet-up! A pity I cannot come flying, but even so.
    And I totally agree about the 3 minutes being well spent.

  8. Harald E - Norway says:

    I guess I belong to special cat. It travels relaxed in our C-180 seaplane – no earmuffs or David Clarks. Not a great cat, but when it comes to flying, it beats my wife 🙂

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