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  1. Dinosaurs, something that looks like a meteroid, “dropping”. It’s enough, as you noted, to make us think of the extinction event. And, as long as you don’t think further, it could be enough to elicit a smile. As I said about another CIDU, “This requires less thinking than many of us are capable of.”

  2. Yeaa……..ah.

    What Arthur said. Actually I engaged in even less than that…. I just saw dinosaurs…. I figured the joke was just dinosaurs having New Years celebrations when the lived 65 million years ago. That’s a lot of New Years and nothings changed and that’s *all* the thought I gave it. It was enough to think “yeah, it’s a cartoon…..”

  3. The details could go all day. 2 carnivores and a herbivore from the late Jurassic hanging out. A boulder that weigh about 10 tons hanging from a vine. The way the vine just crosses the top of the pole.

    All it needs is a caveman to complete the stupidity.

  4. Ha, good one Billybob!

    News item this morning, some town that has been holding a “possum drop” for a few years will not do that this New Year and going forward. Their event this year will not involve any live animals, just a pro wrestling match.

  5. THis comic goes into a very slim category of category of a comic that would be funny except it makes no sense.

    Usually comics that make no sense can’t be funny because they make no sense.

    But if *somehow* we can relate having a ball the shape of a meteor and somehow have the ball looking like something somehow causally related to the something (maybe even be the something itself) and ignore the timing aspect but treat The Meteor(tm) as some dinosaur racial memory this is kind of amusing. (Just kind of.)

  6. My problem here is that racial memory applies to events that hapened in the past, while The Meteor is obviously in the dinosaurs’ future.

    On the other hand… I haven’t read it in more than half a century, but in Childhood’s End, didn’t Clarke use racisl memory to explain why mankind always had a fear of creatures that look like the aliens who would end life as they knew it in the 20th century?

    I might have to read this again.

  7. Yes indeed, when the discussion started turning to “racial reverse memory” I couldn’t help thinking along the lines Bill brings up. That is indeed the concept used in Childhood’s End.

    When the Overlords show up and take control of Earth — this is in the future from the novel’s publication, about the 1980s — they do not show themselves physically but promise they will after 50 years. When they finally do, it is a shock, and the reason for their reluctance becomes clear. They closely resemble the appearance of a kind of being that has long appeared in folklore and literature of some human cultures, as an object of fear and hatred. [Identification withheld.]

    But how could that be? No, they did not show up from time to time in the past, according to their records and testimony. The narration speculates that it may have been that sort of species forward-memory effect.

  8. My recollection of that is that they said specifically that they’d tried in the past and failed. But like a lot of Clarke’s novels there’s also a novella version, and the two might be different.

  9. I’ve been playing around in the Kindle text, searching and bookmarking. The two most relevant passages are around page 63 (location ~~1155) and later around page 200 of 213 (location ~~3470). The first of those entertains the possibility of previous, maybe prehistoric contacts. But the latter one is clearly meant to supersede the former, and affirms the “forward memory” version.

    It’s a little too long to just text-paste here. I’m trying out some captures.

  10. Because of this thread, I decided to re-read Childhood’s End. I gave it up about a quarter of the way through. I can’t decide whether it simply doesn’t hold up all these years later, or it’s just something you can’t re-read once you know the ending (like Ender’s game).

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