At what point did you think that Blacksburg, Virginia was going to be a place of sunshine and warm weather? Especially during the winter/spring time. I don’t know about you but when I chose to come to Virginia Tech, I sorta knew that the weather was going to be shit. If I had wanted to go to a school that had warm weather I would’ve gone to some place in Florida.
A first-grade teacher, Ms. Brooks, was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, “Harry, what’s your problem?” Harry answered, “I’m too smart for the 1st grade. My sister is in the 3rd grade and I’m smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 3rd grade too!”
Ms. Brooks had had enough. She took Harry to the principal’s office. While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told Ms. Brooks he would give the boy a test. If he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go back to the 1st grade and behave. She agreed.
Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.
Principal: “What is 3 x 3?” Harry: “9.” Principal: “What is 6 x 6?” Harry: “36.” And so it went with every question the principal thought a 3rd grader should know.
The principal looks at Ms. Brooks and tells her, “I think Harry can go to the 3rd grade.” Ms. Brooks says to the principal, “Let me ask him some questions.” The principal and Harry both agreed.
Ms. Brooks asks, “What does a cow have four of that I have only two of?” Harry, after a moment: “Legs.” Ms Brooks: “What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?” The principal wondered why would she ask such a question! Harry replied: “Pockets.”
Ms. Brooks: “What does a dog do that a man steps into?” Harry: “Pants.” Ms. Brooks: What starts with a C, ends with a T, is hairy, oval, delicious and contains thin, whitish liquid?” Harry: “Coconut.”
The principal sat forward with his mouth hanging open.
Ms. Brooks: “What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?” The principal’s eyes opened really wide and before he could stop the answer, Harry replied, “Bubblegum.”
Ms. Brooks: “What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs?” Harry: “Shake hands.” The principal was trembling.
Ms. Brooks: “What word starts with an “F” and ends in “K” that means a lot of heat and excitement?” Harry: “Firetruck.”
The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the teacher, “Put Harry in the fifth grade… I got the last seven questions wrong…”
Agree? Meaning terrible teachers should give easier tests because they can’t each crap.
And I don’t even know why. I don’t think my tumblr is that interesting.
When you don’t expect it, is when it’ll happen. The most likes and reblogs I’ve gotten was over a post about the movie “The Lovely Bones” and I’ve never even seen the movie :-P
“With almost 15 years of separation and reflection, what do you think it was about “Calvin and Hobbes” that went beyond just capturing readers’ attention, but their hearts as well?”
The only part I understand is what went into the creation of the strip. What readers take away from it is up to them. Once the strip is published, readers bring their own experiences to it, and the work takes on a life of its own. Everyone responds differently to different parts. I just tried to write honestly, and I tried to make this little world fun to look at, so people would take the time to read it. That was the full extent of my concern. You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens. I can’t explain why the strip caught on the way it did, and I don’t think I could ever duplicate it. A lot of things have to go right all at once.
The rest of the interview is here: http://www.cleveland.com/living/index.ssf/2010/02/bill_watterson_creator_of_belo.html