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  1. ? I don’t get what you don’t get. Well, the joke is that she’s always making “jokes” that no one else gets, mostly at school (there’s no laugh from the audience, just her) – running gag. (I know she’s Charlie Brown’s little sister, no idea what her name is.)

  2. Sally. Her name is Sally. The joke is that if you are a cowboy and those are bullets then … you better do what she said.

    I thought it was kind of funny.

    She’s making jokes to spread out the report time and to delay getting to the point where she will have to admit that she really doesn’t understand the material.

  3. Oh but I think she’s not the cowboy, and those aren’t bullets. Those are (physical projectile) arrows, as well as symbolic directional indicator arrows. So stereotypically she would be the Indians firing upon the cowboys.

  4. I’m with mitch. 1980 is way too early for ‘indians shoot arrows at cowboys’ to be either obscure or generally looked at as offensive (cite: My earliest memories are from 1982, and it was a part of my remembered childhood). Honestly, trying to see anything other than that seems more a case of overthinking.

  5. Yes – the horizontal arrows represent real arrows flying back and forth, the vertical arrow illustrates the direction of travel the cowboy’s head has/had to move to avoid an arrow in the eye.

    In Britain the reference would possibly be to Harold, king of England, apparently struck down by an arrow during the Norman invasion of 1066. If he’d ducked he’d have been OK. But quite possibly this version of his death is propaganda and ducking wouldn’t have saved him from being hacked to pieces: http://www.bayeux-tapestry.org.uk/deathofharold.htm

  6. Wow. It’s funny that I didn’t even think of indians shooting arrows. Times *do* change. Of course that’s what it meant. (But I don’t think Sally is meant to be either a cowboy or an indian).

    Another aspect about Sally, is she and schoolwork always had a tenuous relationship. She always found the goal of lessons too limiting and took the abstract aspects too literally and she was always driven to diversions.

  7. “The only one worse at schoolwork than Sally was “Peppermint” Patty.”

    Peppermint Patty truly didn’t understand what the lessons were trying to teach. (https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1980/09/25 the very day before this one)

    Sally who was somewhat bright always wanted the quick fix and failed to understand that there were concepts to master. Instead she thought it was about negotiating terms. (https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1980/09/23 from a few days earlier… It’s perhaps not the best example but here she figures the school wants her to learn how to make symbols and what their names are for the sake of making symbols. This she can do so she imagines she has aced it this time.)

  8. I understand the strip (Sally’s joke within the strip, already covered), but I don’t understand why it’s behind glass in a museum.

    Any ideas?

  9. Even though this strip originally printed in 1980, Charles Shultz was born in 1922. I’m sure his life experiences, probably playing cowboys and Indians as a kid, and living through the invention of TV with the westerns & many movies, may have had great influence on Sally’s joke. Cowboys were the target of many arrows during his early years. A cluster of chemistry arrow literarily juxtaposed with a cluster real arrows by Sally, with her history of school reports, is funny.

    Anything by Charles Shultz has the potential of ending up in a museum, he is considered an icon of his time when animation was not available at the click of a mouse.

  10. DPWally, it was representing Peanuts in a journalism museum. Because, apparently, this was the most representative Peanuts comic they could find.

  11. woozy: the Sally strip you link to, with her making congruent to signs like nobody’s business, reminds me of the daughter of some friends of ours; she’s nearly 4, and one of the exciting educational toys she has is about shapes and colors, only the committee that designed this one was apparently related to Sally’s school board, because aside from the canonical shapes (circle, square, triangle…) they obviously had contractual obligations to fill a certain number of pages, because they include as a common childhood shape the “semi-circle”. The worst part is that just yesterday I heard her proudly pointing something out as being a “semi-circle”. Could have been worse, I guess, they could have had a rhombus…

    I can’t stand these “educational” toys that act as if they are teaching for the test. Right! All 4-year-olds who do not know what a “semi-circle” is will be sent to work in the mines!

  12. larK. At the risk of going off topic on this forum which is so strict in its disdain for tangential subjects:

    I remember a Ray Bradbury story about a mother watching children play and talk about an imaginary playmate and it becomes eventually clear to the reader, but not the mother, that the children had made contact with an alien who was instructing them do build a device to overthrew the adult rule.

    Anyway…. one the passages was a small girl was using big words for concepts the mother didn’t think a child would know: words like “refraction” or “thermal”. But one of the advanced words was “triangle”.

    And I wondered. Was there some educational movement in the 50s or late 40s post-Bradbury’s childhood the made the concept of “triangle” common when it wasn’t before? Isn’t a three sided figure a common and instantly recognizable shape and wouldn’t all kids at all times recognize and have a name for it? If not “triangle” (which *is* convoluted and technical when you think about it) what *other* name is there for it?

  13. I always enjoyed Sally Brown, who was bright but not good at school. My all-time favorite was her first class trip to the library. She was thrilled. She came home and said “to think a little kid like me can check out a book about Sam Snead ! ” Huge LOL for me. I laughed again now just writing it.

  14. woozy: I was in kindergarten in the 1950’s and they had rhythm instruments and that was the first time I played the triangle. But I think they had triangles in kindergarten long before that.

  15. It could just be that “triangle” is a hard word for an eight year old to spell. But I assume it was in every childs vocabulary.

  16. Interestingly, schools are still performing the ’60s musical adaptation “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” (I saw a poster recently) so the Peanuts Characters have not completely dropped out from view of kids.

    On the other hand, Metlife (the insurance company) who had used the Peanuts characters in their advertising campaign and marketing for years has phased them out.

  17. Bill – museum? I thought it was framed behind glass in someone’s house (such as yours) and I was seeing the dining room lights reflected in the glass.

  18. Bill – I remember it. We went to the Newseum when it first opened and was in Crystal City, VA .

    We miss going to DC – can’t figure out where to safely park the RV outside the city and take the subway in.

  19. @ Meryl A – Almost all of the Metro (Red Line) stations from Shady Grove (at the northwest end) all the way to Grosvenor (don’t pronounce the “S”) have excellent parking facilities. You would have to get there fairly early on a weekday, but on weekends and holidays there is plenty of space.

  20. Kilby – Thank you. We need to have one with no height limitation parking as we are over parking garage height. The RV park is, I believe along that line. When I asked them about parking at the station they recommend and if the RV would be secure there, they told me NO. They presume that one, as is much more common than how we travel, one is either a car towing a trailer or an RV with a “toad” (towed car) and would only be parking a car at the station. Metro bus also goes past the RV park to Metro stop, but that would be too much riding for him and he would be ill long before we got to where we are going. (He is so much “fun” to travel with.)

    Our best two thoughts are to park at Arlington Cemetery and take the blue or orange line or to park at Union Station just north of the Capital, as they have tall parking available, but we have yet to get an answer when we contact the latter about if they accept reservations from other than buses for those spaces or it is just luck at getting one or from the former about whether there is parking that does not have a clearance problem. The closer we can park to the tourist end of DC the better so he does not have a chance to get motion sickness on the Metro.

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