1. Maybe this is an attempt at meta humor: They can get tablets to float back and forth in a straight line, but they can’t do anything else. And maybe that daily was intended to go before the Sunday but got mixed up (Sundays traditionally have an earlier deadline, as for decades they were preprinted and delivered to newspapers).

  2. He’s talking about the stars when they haven’t even mastered raft technology yet. (i.e. tying at least one log to another log)

  3. I was a kid when I first read the B.C. tablet-across-the-sea gags. I didn’t quite understand what was going on. I thought that the character would write on a stone tablet (hey, it’s colored to look more like stone than wood), throw it in the water, and some universal force (like Mother Nature, Earth Herself, or some wise guru) would answer him.

    Eventually my mother explained to me that he was writing on a wooden tablet (it has to be wood because it floats) to his pen-pal across the sea. Although the “wood” part made sense, very little else did. I mean, when you throw a message in a bottle, you never know who’s going to get it, and here it’s being delivered to the same guy every time? Not only that, but who would send such wry responses to deep, soul-searching questions? Obviously a crotchety old guru — and not a beloved pen-pal.

    With all that being said, I still don’t get the joke here.

  4. ‘We can’t think about complex concepts, because we have trouble with the basics’.

  5. Everything in BC world is made of stone. It’s part of the joke that the tablet floats.

    If you really need to rationalise it, assume it’s pumice.

  6. Oh, and the Moon only looks like that during an eclipse. Don’t let it bother you, it’s a comic, not a scientific textbook.

  7. A thought about this cartoon came to me the other day: Maybe the cartoon is making fun of itself — in a breaking-the-fourth-wall kind of way.

    For decades, Peter has been sending a slab of wood (or stone, or pumice) to a distant shore via an ocean current that apparently allows things to flow both ways.

    And as useful (and impossible) as it is to have a current that flows both ways, the far-off friend thinks it would be nice to have a current that moves multiple things in the same direction, for a change.

  8. I just noticed (after decades of reading this strip) that the starfish (in the lower-right of some of the panels) increases in size from the third panel to the last, presumably to show that a significant amount of time passed.

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