They’re LEGUMES!

Cidu Bill on Mar 24th 2017

Just saying. And this comic would have an Arlo tag if GoComics didn’t make it impossible to download.

Filed in Arlo Page, Bill Bickel, Doug Bratton, Pop Culture Shock Therapy, comics comic strips, humor | 38 responses so far

38 Responses to “They’re LEGUMES!”

  1. Mona Mar 24th 2017 at 03:11 am 1

    Helpful hint for others who may be slow like me*: After you click on Bill’s link for “this comic”, scroll down and click “expand” and the entire comic will be revealed.

    *It’s been a long, hard day and I’m very tired and sleepy. The bar with “expand” on it was below the bottom of my screen, but the white fade-out made me think the entire comic was there. Sigh!

  2. Cidu Bill Mar 24th 2017 at 03:17 am 2

    Sorry about that.

    That’s something I hate about the new GoComics: normally I can grab a comic by capturing an area, but panels such as today’s PCST are just too .

  3. Mona Mar 24th 2017 at 03:28 am 3

    It is not your fault, Bill, it is my tiny little legume brain tonight!

  4. Kilby Mar 24th 2017 at 04:49 am 4

    It’s easier to do a “Save as” on the comic if you extract the encoded link. (The trick is to highlight just the comic, then click on “View Selection Source” from the right mouse button menu.)

  5. Carl Mar 24th 2017 at 06:29 am 5

    The very easiest thing (I don’t comment on its legality) would be to just screencap, of course. Then there’s one of the many addons that enable the standard right-click menus even when a site disables them …

  6. Kilby Mar 24th 2017 at 06:39 am 6

    The problem (for me) with screen captures is that many comics are too big to fit on the screen at full resolution, and the capture only gets the screen, or at best the window. I think the problem with GoComics is the dynamic sizability in the frame. If you go to the source URL, you get the original image, not the “sized” version.

  7. Ron Mar 24th 2017 at 08:34 am 7

    I lack some understanding here. I go to the page, view the comic,
    put my cursor on the comic, right click, and do “save image”. It
    works just fine and it’s saved on my disk.

    Maybe they’re playing some weird javascript game that I wouldn’t
    see. If so, just turn off javascript and see if that’s the problem.

    Note: If I right click and do “copy image address”, the address it
    returns is

  8. Karl Mar 24th 2017 at 09:04 am 8

    In firefox, if you do a page info ctrl-i , one of the tabs is media. From there, you can find the image and then save it. I don’t know what other browsers do similar things.

  9. Kilby Mar 24th 2017 at 09:25 am 9

    Thanks to Ron for the tip @7 - I don’t know what GoComics is using to disable the context menu, but using a bookmarklet to disable the CSS style sheets restored the ability to save the image directly from the browser window, without having to dig out the “assets” URL.

  10. Greybeard Mar 24th 2017 at 09:33 am 10

    Or just a screencap; here’s one:

  11. Dyfsunctional Mar 24th 2017 at 09:40 am 11

    I’ve seen this done on other websites. I think the idea of “click to expand” (that is, click a second time to see whatever it was that should have come up the first time) is that they can double their number of clicks and charge more for advertising. Dirty pool, if you ask me. Then again, the adage stands that if you’re getting the content for free, then YOU’RE the product being offered for sale.

  12. Mona Mar 24th 2017 at 12:57 pm 12

    I was using my laptop last night. When I go to the comic, the white fade-out (about a half-inch tall) is just below their badges and the blue “expand” bar is not visible unless I scroll down, so I was confused (in my tired and sleepy state).
    On my tablet, the white fade-out (about 1/4 inch tall) is just below their upper thighs and the blue expand bar is clearly visible.
    On my phone the white fade-out is below the entire comic but without the caption and the blue expand bar is clearly visible.
    And I see that none of the comments so far have address the main issue, Legumes.
    On a similar note, yesterday Hubby was looking at comments someplace else online and asked me “Do you know why they call it almond milk? Because it wouldn’t sell very well if it was labeled Nut Juice!”

  13. Mona Mar 24th 2017 at 12:58 pm 13

    And, yes, technically almonds are not nuts, either.

  14. James Pollock Mar 24th 2017 at 01:24 pm 14

    Technically, testicles aren’t nuts, either.

  15. Onnie Mar 24th 2017 at 01:35 pm 15

    James at #14 wins the internet today. :-)

  16. Ted from Ft. Laud Mar 24th 2017 at 01:41 pm 16

    From what I remember, almost no nuts are actually nuts…

  17. Cidu Bill Mar 24th 2017 at 02:07 pm 17

    I can still remember where and when I learned this:

  18. Ted from Ft. Laud Mar 24th 2017 at 02:39 pm 18

    Though I can’t place it that precisely, I know I was young when I learned that peanuts weren’t, but it was much more recently that I learned that the rest aren’t either.

  19. Mark M Mar 24th 2017 at 02:40 pm 19

    Yes the comic is technically incorrect, but I don’t care. Every time I see a Planters commercial,… well let’s just say this comic probably gave me as much satisfaction as the Berenstein Bears one did for you.

  20. Cidu Bill Mar 24th 2017 at 02:51 pm 20

    A couple of years ago, when I saw a row of buses with ads for the upcoming Peanuts movie and the caption THIS SPRING, GO NUTS! I wanted to shout at the buses PEANUTS ARE LEGUMES!

    I probably should have: this was Manhattan, and nobody would have batted an eye.

  21. Hank G. Mar 24th 2017 at 03:38 pm 21

    I wanted to shout at the buses PEANUTS ARE LEGUMES!

    Do you ever also have the urge to scream that “TOMATOES ARE A FRUIT!”

    According to Wikipedia, hazelnuts, chestnuts, and acorns are nuts, and almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and Brazil nuts are not. All things considered, I’d rather go with the culinary definition and disregard the botanical sense.

    I am not going to be eating tomatoes for dessert, either.

  22. mitch4 Mar 24th 2017 at 05:06 pm 22

    For those willing to pay a little for a tool that just does in an enhanced way something that your system already does in a basic way — There is a product called SnagIt that performs a variety of screen capture styles, including a region in a browser or similar window that does not entirely fit without scrolling. It also does things like snap delay, hide pointer, and provides a lightweight editor for putting on highlights, arrows, callouts, captions …

  23. Kamino Neko Mar 24th 2017 at 05:42 pm 23

    I wanted to shout at the buses PEANUTS ARE LEGUMES!

    So, what you’re saying is Charlie Brown is in a persistent vegetative state?

  24. Arthur Mar 24th 2017 at 05:52 pm 24

  25. James Pollock Mar 24th 2017 at 06:55 pm 25

    “So, what you’re saying is Charlie Brown is in a persistent vegetative state?”

    I thought the consensus is that Charlie Brown is currently a zombie.

  26. Cidu Bill Mar 24th 2017 at 08:14 pm 26

    Hank G (21), remember the difference between knowledge and wisdom:

    Knowledge is knowing tomatoes are fruits; wisdom is knowing not to put them in your fruit salad.

  27. Kamino Neko Mar 24th 2017 at 08:26 pm 27

    Nah, a zombie strip is something different from Peanuts - it’s a strip that continues on with a new creative team after the original creator dies or retires - BC is a zombie, Nancy is a zombie, Mary Worth is a zombie, Blondie is a zombie, Dick Tracy is a zombie, Sally Forth is a zombie, etc.

    Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes (etc) being reprinted perpetually is a different situation.

  28. James Pollock Mar 24th 2017 at 09:31 pm 28

    “Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes (etc) being reprinted perpetually is a different situation.”

    They’re undead strips that take valuable space away from living creators. The strips you cite are still created by live persons.
    A strip that has been turned over to new creators still has some spark of life. I mean, Batman is still Batman even though Gil Kane no longer writes his stories. James Bond stories have ranged from “hey, that’s pretty good” to “ha! ha! Seriously?”. The number of re-written Shakespeare stories is immense, and includes some fairly strong creations.
    Meanwhile, Bloom County is but a shell of its former self, and it has the same creator now as it used to.

  29. John Small Berries Mar 24th 2017 at 09:36 pm 29

    On a complete geezer tangent, I can’t hear or read the word “Legume” without thinking of that episode of Taxi where Louie built a bomb shelter in the garage.

  30. Kilby Mar 25th 2017 at 02:38 am 30

    I agree with Kamino Neko @27 that there is a definite difference between “zombie” and “rerun”. It is true that in both cases, the presence of a zombie or rerun strip occupies space that could be awarded to a new artist, but newspapers (and to a lesser extent) Internet presenters are merely responding to reader demand, and the fact of the matter is that Calvin and Hobbes (even in its umpteenth repetition) is still better than the majority of other comics appearing on newsprint. There is a reason that GoComics keeps it at the top of their list: people still want to read it.

    German newspapers don’t print comics, but if they did, I would still read Calvin, and I’d also read Peanuts, provided that the strips were taken from the first half of Schulz’s career. I cannot think of a single inherited “zombie” strip that I would be interested in reading, and there’s not a single one on my list of comic links.

    P.S. I emphatically disagree with JP’s opinion @28 that Breathed’s revived “Bloom County” is any less worthwhile than the original run; it is definitely superior to both the “Outland” and “Opus” incarnations of his work. The focus is much more political, and the release schedule is anything but predictable (and in the case of GoComics, one must suffer with a one-week delay), but I still enjoy every new strip than appears.

  31. Treesong Mar 27th 2017 at 04:12 pm 31

    Almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and Brazil nuts are nuts; look up ‘nut’ in your dictionary. Also cashews, and I imagine all other largish, edible seeds. Biological terminology does not override standard usage. I would say this battle was lost centuries ago, except I don’t think the is-a-nut side ever knew there was a battle. So if you’re a not-a-nutter, it does nobody any good, especially not you, to let it bother you. I’ve managed to cure myself of some of my peeves, like ‘rate of speed’ for ’speed’.
    Now let us discuss the big Rio Grande river.

  32. James Pollock Mar 27th 2017 at 06:26 pm 32

    A Brazil nut not a nut? Next you’ll be telling me that a civet cat isn’t a cat!

  33. Dave in Boston Mar 28th 2017 at 01:07 am 33

    It’s also curious how common the factoid about tomatoes is relative to similar information about, say, cucumbers.

  34. Boise Ed Mar 28th 2017 at 06:49 pm 34

    And what about koala bears?

  35. Stan Mar 28th 2017 at 09:04 pm 35

    And seahorses?

  36. Mark in Boston Mar 28th 2017 at 09:13 pm 36

    Dave in Boston, I don’t think cucumbers were ever the subject of a Supreme Court case, so tomatoes it is.

  37. Meryl A Mar 29th 2017 at 01:05 am 37

    Mona - almond milk, I think of it as water with almonds - disgusting - certainly nothing like milk.
    I have had a problem with the gocomics site since it opened. I used to go to the page (I read the comics on Monday nights same as I come to CIDU, with Tuesday, and sometimes Wednesday, for ones not finished) for the comic and see the comic - now I only see the top part of the comic and have to use the arrow buttons or drag the button on the right side to see it. (Page up/down and the arrows do not work on this computer with my Internet software - although it works with everything else.)

    Hank G - All I know is that I can eat the others, but not peanuts during Passover and that makes them nuts to me.

    James Pollock - remember Dr. No was about guano - they can only get better after that.

    Dave in Boston - As I recall from brief 3 year stint in law school (night school - 3 years was not a degree) there was a case as to how imported tomatoes should be charged duty coming into the country - botanically - as fruit, or as they are used - as tomatoes. I forget the decision, but remember the case.

  38. Meryl A Mar 29th 2017 at 01:06 am 38

    Meant I have a problem with the redone gocomics site since it opened - did not have the problem before the new design of the site.

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