Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The New Decade Is Here

And as usual Calvin and Hobbes nails it:


Anonymous said...

That's an interesting cartoon I have never seen before. Is it Australian.


Mr Bun said...

Only the innumerate could think that a new decade commences with a year ending in 0. If anyone owes Hunter money, pay him 90 cents in the dollar and he will think he has been paid in full.


Ron, Calvin and Hobbes is the creation of American Bill Watterson, and clues to much of the content can be found in the main protagonists names.

Johno said...

Decade is any period if ten years, especially if starting with zero:

Luigi Lilio said...

So Johnno, according to you and the dictionary, what was the first decade of the common era?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


I don't know but Snowflake is the first dickhead of the current era.

Tom Hunter said...


I see one part of your question has already been answered by Mr Bun, but I'll give you a Wiki link anyway: Calvin and Hobbes

It's actually now an old cartoon, having finished its ten year run on December 31st, 1995, to much sadness. One of the cleverest cartoons ever made C&H is the story of a 5 year old boy called Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes, alive only in Calvin's imagination.

The cartoonist, Watterson, also never allowed C&H to be merchandised even though he was under huge pressures to do so and would have become very rich.

I've given you the GoComics link, which reruns the C&H cartoons every day. If you need a laugh I'd suggest you check in each day to see how Calvin's coping with school, homework, parents and so forth - often by seeing himself as a dinosaur, Stupendous Man and my personal favourite, Spaceman Spiff. - and what his sardonic companion Hobbes thinks of all this.

Tom Hunter said...

Oops - Calvin is 6!!!

Tom Hunter said...

Only the innumerate could think that a new decade commences with a year ending in 0....
While true, that is a pedantic battle long since lost in human culture...

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."

Had the USA not landed a man on the Moon until 1970 I'd put it to you that 99% of people would have said they failed to achieve one part of Kennedy's goal.

Time Lord said...

"ON THE first day of the twentieth century the six Australian colonies became united as a federal Commonwealth,..."

Australia Federated on January 1, 1901.

Nothing here from 1900

Tom Hunter said...

As I said to Mr Bun I don't disagree with the argument. It is correct. But it is an argument that has totally failed in our culture, as witnessed most recently by the Millennium parties across the globe on the night of December 31, 1999.

You can keep fighting the good fight if you insist but at some point you'll start sounding less like a smart person and more like a guy at a party, high on cocaine, trapping you in a corner as he tells you that the ant is the strongest creature in the world.


Incidently "Mr Bun" was the name of Susie Derkins stuffed rabbit in Calvin and Hobbes. 😉

Džo Kokeris said...

Incidently "Mr Bun" was the name of Susie Derkins stuffed rabbit in Calvin and Hobbes.

Well spotted.

Now, who is Luigi Lilio?

Tom Hunter said...

I've no idea who Luigi Lillo is but I strongly suspect that Roj Blake has returned to this blog, under at least one different pseuodonym given this comment over on Home Paddock..

A decade is a period of 10 years, therefore 2005 – 2014 is a decade.

However, as far as the Millenium here is an excellent explanation as to why you are wrong.

The 21st Century Started in 2001

Heh! Same obsession as "Mr Bun" and "Time Lord" here on this thread. I reckon it's the latter, given the SF aspects of the name.

I guess Roj is still hurting from that British election.