John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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One of my daily stops on the Web is, where each day they reprint a classic Peanuts comic strip from the early 70s, which arguably was the creative apex of the strip. Today's strip is particularly interesting, not for its humor -- it's amusing, but nothing more -- but for how dated it is. You might expect a comic strip from 32 years ago to be dated, but for Peanuts, it's genuinely odd. Charles Schultz usually stayed away from topical humor, and for that reason his older material has held up remarkably well. (Off the top of my head, I can only think of one other instance where Schultz did a strip based on current events: the sequence in which Snoopy was coming close to breaking Babe Ruth's home run record.)

The funny thing about metrification in the United States is that while we'll probably never fully convert to the metric system, it has crept into certain market segments to such an extent that reverting to the old English system in those areas would be unthinkable. It's hard to imagine large bottles of pop being sold in anything other than two liter bottles (and yet equally hard to imagine buying a two liter bottle of anything else, like milk). And if we stopped selling 35mm lens cameras, people would be completely flummoxed.

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