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The Curtmudgeon
2002-Feb-11, 07:16 PM
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/franknernest/archive/franknernest-20020210.html

The (frankly earnest) Curtmudgeon

Russ
2002-Feb-11, 09:00 PM
There is some kind of error on the site. The comic pops and then is removed and another page pops with a note saying the webmaster is aware of the problem and it will be corrected. Whateva?

The Curtmudgeon
2002-Feb-11, 09:25 PM
I just checked it again, from the link in my earlier post, and it worked just fine. But since I'm the one who put the link there in the first place, I'm probably not the person who should be testing this. Anyone else having a problem, or having no problem?

The (scratching my head feels good) Curtmudgeon

MHS
2002-Feb-11, 09:34 PM
Nope, no problem.

ToSeek
2002-Feb-11, 09:38 PM
I have the same problem in Netscape, but it works fine in MSIE.

Try this:

http://www.uclick.com/client/byr/fa/2002/02/10/index.html

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GrapesOfWrath
2002-Feb-12, 12:28 PM
On 2002-02-11 16:38, ToSeek wrote:
I have the same problem in Netscape, but it works fine in MSIE.
Me, too. But I think that the Frank and Ernest strip is poking fun at bad astronomy, not an example of bad astronomy itself.

The Curtmudgeon
2002-Feb-12, 07:58 PM
Well, really, it's just having fun with malapropisms, which they do from time to time. It's just a series of very bad puns, which is why I put "Bad" in quotes in the subject, and indicated that it was just being silly.

The (like me, most of the time) Curtmudgeon

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Feb-13, 08:52 AM
It was a good one. Check this out:<center>
http://sentient.home.mindspring.com/dan/baernest.jpg (http://www.uclick.com/client/byr/fa/2002/02/10/index.html)</center>

amstrad
2002-Feb-13, 01:26 PM
I frequently have problems with united medias website. something to do with their banner adds. anyway here is a link directly to the comic image:

Frank N Ernest (http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/franknernest/archive/images/franknernest2002021522320.gif)

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Feb-21, 08:03 PM
Here's an ad with an interesting telescope (http://www.frii.com/~dboll/stupid.htm).

SeanF
2002-Feb-21, 09:11 PM
On 2002-02-21 15:03, GrapesOfWrath wrote:
Here's an ad with an interesting telescope (http://www.frii.com/~dboll/stupid.htm).


Okay, I have to ask . . . how does one know, from looking at this picture, that the 'scope is backwards?

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Feb-21, 10:02 PM
In a Newtonian telescope like the one pictured, the eyepiece is near the top of the telescope, opposite the main mirror (called the primary). So basically, that guy is standing in front of the hole that lets light into the telescope, and the back end (which is blocked by the primary) is facing the alien.

Hauteden
2002-Feb-22, 04:37 AM
On 2002-02-21 15:03, GrapesOfWrath wrote:
Here's an ad with an interesting telescope (http://www.frii.com/~dboll/stupid.htm).


Hahhahahahah

That looks like a caption contest waiting to happen. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif Maybe we should make an ad with somebody lighting the filter end of a cigarette. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

Hauteden

heliopause
2002-Nov-11, 01:36 PM
On 2002-02-21 15:03, GrapesOfWrath wrote:
Here's an ad with an interesting telescope (http://www.frii.com/~dboll/stupid.htm).


The poor guy doesn't even notice ET peering at him...he's too shocked by how much bellybutton lint he's accumulated!!!

xriso
2002-Nov-11, 07:05 PM
"Wow, look at all those bacteria on my shirt!"

Yes, I know it doesn't work like a microscope, but it adds to the silliness.