The Giant Rat of Sumatra.

Steve H. and Chris M. both recognized the origin of the giant rat of Sumatra in the last story. It came from the Conan Doyle Short story. I had completely forgotten about that. Of course, I drew that story almost 30 years ago. Us old guys tend to forget sometimes.

Lasse Åhman and Bob Alianiello both knew the answer to the question I posed on the March 4 post. But they were a little off track. I wasn’t a nuclear physicist. I was an atomic physicist. Nuclear physics is very high energy stuff, as you know. I performed the lowest energy scattering experiment that’s been done. I collided small atoms and molecules, helium, hydrogen and deuterium, at relative velocities of around 100 meters per second. I was looking for, and found, the Ramsauer-Townsend effect for these interactions. That’s where the cross section for the collisions goes to or approaches zero. Twenty years after my group published our work, another group at a different university, performed the same experiment, thinking that they were the first. They didn’t research the literature very well.

But all that being said, leaving physics and drawing cartoons was the best decision I ever made in my life. I’ve been so very fortunate.

Today is Loinfruit’s birthday. He’s 33. I posted a picture of him and his stinky beard on April 4. That was from when we were at the hockey game.

Here’s a Sunday, also from 1990, April 8. Sorry, it’s from before I started using a computer to color, so all I have is the black and white. Think back to the Love Canal disaster.

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2 Responses to The Giant Rat of Sumatra.

  1. Mark Stoffel says:

    Awesome sound effects in this strip!!!

    • budgra5_wp says:

      I’ve always been a fan of onomatopoeias.(You didn’t think that I knew such a big word, did you?) You can put so much humor into them. I’m glad you appreciated it.

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