Jul 30 2014

The time clock

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Today’s doodle depicts the time clock, a clock that can take you back in time. (It’s either that or a classic classroom timepiece. Who can tell?)

It’s common knowledge that the first time machines were technologically marvelous yet user-friendically horribleous. They required users to manually calculate the formulas that determined their chronological destinations. One mistake could mean the difference between experiencing the Renaissance and becoming a dinosaur’s dinner sauce.

The time clock turned the time-machine industry on it’s head.

Instead of performing maths, users dialed back hands, a much easier proposition for the average time traveler. Survivability rates skyrocketed to 4.5 percent.

Unfortunately, it also meant that a fast jump was difficult to say the least. (YOU try spinning a minute-hand around hundreds of times while an ancient army closes in.) But within a decade, digital clocks had become the norm.

Survivability jumped a full percentage point.


Jul 23 2014

The watermelon transporter

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I see three interpretations for this high-school-math-class doodle of an alligator:

  • This is Edgar Clayton, associate professor of circus performance. He worked his tail off to get his doctorate in circusery, but now he’s wondering if he should have stuck with bartending instead. (College students don’t tip very well.)
  • This is Julia French, scientific beach-ball tester. It’s really more of an art, actually, though she’ll never admit it.
  • This is Bubba Du Puis, watermelon transporter. Don’t you worry: Though this technique looks quite dangerous, Bubba hasn’t lost a melon yet.

Jun 18 2014

Little-Known fact: Steve Allen was a superhero

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Today on Little-Known Fact, we take a look at Steve Allen.

The general public knows Allen best for his numerous works in the entertainment industry. But even more monumental were his contributions to the field of superheroery.

The story goes that a young Allen once had a stand-up gig at an Army base in Nevada. After the show, he got lost in the desert. Turns out, he was right on the edge of a nuclear test. The blast showered him with gamma rays, but instead of killing him, it made him super powerful and stuff.

That’s right: The same guy who has two stars on the Hollywood walk of fame also flew around and saved puppies from fires. He was a very busy man.