A Little Science Quiz

First let me remind you that I have a couple collections available in the Books and Stuff page. There’s a link on the menu bar.

Now here’s a little science quiz. As you know I’m Dr. Buddy, the world’s smartest genius. I’ve noticed this phenomonon  (As you might have just noticed, I don’t know how to spell phenonomon)  The pan has  a rounded bottom on a glass cook top stove. When the water boils the pan rocks. Why is this?

Here’s what I think: It rocks to one side which touches the stove and it gets instantaneously hotter. Then it rocks back and the same thing happens on the other side. I believe when one side touches, water boils faster creating more steam. Now when the steam in in a bubble in the water, it has the same mass as the water it was created from. When it bursts to the surface, its weight is released into the air, and that side becomes instantaneously lighter, and so the pan rocks back to the heavier side. But this could be wrong and it probably is. Could the bursting bubbles of steam provide a momentum transfer to the side of the pan they escape from? Any thoughts from you scientists out there. Email me if you think you know the solution.

A reqader named Andrew sent me a terrific email. I think it’s terrific mainly because he included a qupote from Alfred Packer’s trial, and I had never read it before. You may or may not know that Mother Packer (Her first name is Alferda) is named after Alferd Packer, the notorious Colorado cannibal (The cafeteria at the University of Colorado is named after him) This is from Packers trial:

Stand up yah voracious man-eatin’ sonofabitch and receive yir sintince. When yah came to Hinsdale County, there was siven Dimmycrats. But you, yah et five of ’em, goddam yah. I sintince yah t’ be hanged by th’ neck ontil yer dead, dead, dead, as a warnin’ ag’in reducin’ th’ Dimmycratic populayshun of this county. Packer, you Republican cannibal, I would sintince ya ta hell but the statutes forbid it.

Although he was sentenced to death, he got himself a retrial and was sentenced to 40 years.

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BTW, a fun exercise when out with friends. When you give your name to the hostess, use “Donner”. I cannot begin to describe the satisfaction of hearing “Donner, party of 8, Donner, party of 8” over the speaker. Better still is the small percentage of folks whose heads whip around, eyes wide, and the small smile that creeps onto their faces.

If you don’t know, this refers to the Donner party who got stranded in the mountains in California and ate one another. Thanks Andrew!

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Back in Florida

Yes, I’m back, just in time for that hurricane. But I’m on the West Coast, and Matthew went up the East Coast, and all we got here was some wind and a little rain. Hurricanes don’t bother me. I’ve been through them, and I’m very much at home in the water. I remember the time our trailer floated out to sea. I was paddling like crazy.

Back a couple weeks ago Doctor Buddy was giving you some free medical advice. Recall the automatic butt scratcher? Am I psychic or what?! Check the link. Tobias sent it to me.

Hey check out the nice stand of Lepiotas.

img_7921I think they’re Leucoagaricus naucinus. You didn’t know that I was an amateur mycologist, did you? I’ve been picking mushrooms for almost 40 years. And I only poisoned myself once. Back in Tallahassee, Florida when I was in graduate school, I used to hang out at a really filthy bar called the Pastime Tavern. I can remember Leo the bartender sitting on the bar after closing and shooting rats with his 22 rifle. Once in the men’s room at the back of the pool hall a giant fungus grew out of the urinal down to the floor and then all the way up to the ceiling. That’s when I became fascinated with mushrooms. Speaking of which, look what came in Al’s mail last week:

brain-fungusWow! An intelligent mushroom! Actually, I know a few people who are about as smart as fungus. But I know this particular mushroom as a Hairy Tooth Fungus. I’ve eaten several over the years. It hasn’t done my brain much good.

Hey! I put together two books in case you haven’t heard. You can get them in the link on my menu bar.


Mean time, this is from1990. Ernie gets in trouble with the law…ernie-90-10-08 ernie-90-10-09 ernie-90-10-10 ernie-90-10-11 ernie-90-10-12 ernie-90-10-13 ernie-90-10-15 ernie-90-10-16 ernie-90-10-17 ernie-90-10-18 ernie-90-10-19 ernie-90-10-20

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My Sister Has Big Ears

Take a look. These elephant ears are MASSIVE! Take it from me.


I know quite a bit about elephant ears. When I was a kid in Florida we had an elephant ear plant right by our front door. I used to tear off little pieces and eat it. It didn’t taste too good, but it kind of looked like cabbage, so I figured it had to be pretty good for you. Turns out elephant ears are poison. Never hurt me much. When I was real little in Pennsylvania I liked to eat a certain of clover. It was a light yellow green in color and grew in little bunches. Turns out when I grew up I learned that it was poison too. It tasted good, though. I like to go out into the woods and find wild mushrooms. I only poisoned myself once.

If you haven’t heard, I have two books you can order from Amazon. Click the link in the menu above.

Here’s a Sunday Spencer marathon from 2005

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New Orleans

Hey, I’m in New Orleans. Check it out.


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While I was there a group of protesters tried to tear down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square. Below is an old blacksmith shop. img_7852 img_7853

I had lunch in the Napoleon House. I had a great muffaleta. On the wall next to where I was sitting was a plaque about how it was once named as one of the 100 best bars in the USA by Esquire Magazine. I mention it because the accompanying magazine article from so many years ago was illustrated by my friend Arnold Roth. Arnold has been by far the most outstanding magazine illustrator over the past 50 years. The illustration wasn’t signed, but I’d recognize his work anywhere. Years ago he gave me one of his beautiful illustrations. It was of a masseuse and her customer who had a very long beard. Arnold also plays a mean saxophone. img_7861img_7859Here are a few Sundays from 2004:

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Bob Jr. x 2

Bob the caterpillar took off, but he left his two little brothers, Bob Jr. II and Bob Jr. III. Trouble is Bob Sr.a te all the parsley. I went to the Lowes to buy another parsley plant, but it’s too late in the season. So I bought an ornamental cabbage. They didn’t like that too much.  I tried an avocado, but that didn’t work either. The next day I bought some cilantro. The grocery store didn’t have any cut parsley. They didn’t like the cilantro. The next day I finally found some cut parsley. But they left before I could get it to them.

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By the way, I mentioned that we’re remodeling our bathroom. The electrician was here last week.

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My friend, Bob

Here’s a little movie of Bob. I was wondering why my parsley was so pathetic. Bob is a Black Swallowtail caterpillar.

Last week I announced it and now they’re here! Click on my Books and Such link in the menu bar.

Hey, those EXTRA LARGE artichokes at Harris Teeter are getting more and more expensive!img_7812Here’s what happens when you weed whack your foot:img_7800

Here’s Loinfruit with his gallon can of garbanzo beans. He also has a gallon can of pork and beans and fifteen pounds of grits. I think he’s preparing for the apocalypse.

img_7799Next Saturday Frau Grace and I are going back to Florida leaving Loinfruit to guard the house. Pray for me.

OK, Here are some strips from 1994…

Niklas S. recently sent me an email asking if I could find this first strip. If there is an old strip that you remember and would like me to try to find, please email me and I’ll do my best. Thanks for asking, Niklas.

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This next strip never appeared. I decided that it was too violent.ernie-94-08-10o ernie-94-08-10p

This next one is one of my all time favorites.ernie-94-08-11 ernie-94-08-12 ernie-94-08-13

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Two New Books

OK, I finally got it done. Two new books. You will be able to order them from Amazon toward the end of this coming week. The first is Ernie and the Piranha Club 2009-2010. It contains all the daily comic strips from (you guessed it) 2009 and 2010. No Sundays. They are in black and white (no color) just as I drew them. I hope to put out more collections in the future. And hey! What a terrific Christmas present for your demented Uncle Bob! They’re in the original English, so if you read Ernie in Serbo-Croatian, you finally get to see my beautiful lettering. It’s paperback and it’s 207 pages long. Wow! Here’s the cover:

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I also made a paperback version of some of my old single panel magazine cartoons. These are from 30 years ago. There is a Kindle version out, but this is much better. And I added a bunch cartoons to the collection, so there are over 125 cartoons in there .  Here’s the cover:Guess-who-got-lucky-CoverAnd here’s a sample of what’s inside:

h-99 dynamite suppositories copyNow some of these cartoons are just a little bit naughty. So don’t buy the book for your little kiddies.

Each book will run you $12.95, I think. There’s shipping involved, but I don’t know how much. I’m going to order a bunch of books myself and sell them on the street. Next week I’ll add a link here on my blog.

OK, Here are a few Sundays from 2009.

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OK, but I keep on trying

The news is that there will be two books available next week. I think. You know how hard it is to figure out how to do stuff is with third party stuff on the internet. But I think I finally have it pegged. The big announcement will be next week  (I think again. Remember Curly Howard? When he said “I try to think, but nothing happens”? That’s me. I have the mental capacity of an cephalopod. You probably don’t even know what a cephalopod is. Right? The only reason that I know what it is is because occasionally one shows up in my comic strip.)

Yesterday (Saturday) I went to a memorial service for one of my fellow cartoonists, Richard Thompson. It was at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. I met Richard 30 years ago about the time I started Ernie/Piranha Club. Richard was the finest when it came to art work (in my opinion) in our profession. He drew a comic strip titled  Cul De Sac. And he was a terrific artist. I only wish that I could draw as well as he did. He died far too young. Rest in peace, Richard.IMG_7743


My friend Rick Kirkman, came from Arizona for the service. We’re old friends. Rick draws the Baby Blues. Check it out. He brought me a wonderful present. IMG_7789


It’s on dashboard of my new used Chrysler 300 (I love that car!). Thanks, Rick. I think that he and I are related. My great grandmother is a Kirkman.


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Hey, remember last week I said that I’d have a big announcement this week. Well the big announcement is that the big announcement will be next week. I didn’t get quite finished with what I had to do. Do you know that I haven’t drawn a comic strip in over a month. I’ve been so busy woring on other projects. Fortunately I’m well ahead of my deadlines. Most cartoonist are right down to the wire. I try to be six months ahead. It’s easy because I love drawing my comics.But please tune in next week.

We spent Saturday afternoon and evening in Annapolis. For those who don’t live in the USA, Annapolis is the capital of the state of  Maryland. It’s a beautiful old city right on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. (My house is on the Eastern Shore.)


IMG_7714Here’s how the ladies feed ice cream to their dogs in Annapolis:

IMG_7686A popular form of transportation for the tourists are the pedalcabs. (I don’t know if that’s a word or not.)

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All the brand new midshipmen came out in their dress whites at six o’clock. Just kids out of high school. And bevies of pretty young women show up as well. They’re hoping to snag a future naval officer.


Take a look at this rhinoceros beetle from my back yard:

IMG_7680Last week I started a story from 1996. Grandpa Fernwilter’s first appearance. Here’s the end of the story:

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Work! Work! Work!

All I did this past week is work. Geeze. I don’t have any fun at all. And the old ball and chain (Frau Grace) is in Texas! You’d think I’d be out drinking and chasing women! But no. I’ve been working on a secret project. Tune in next week. I think I’ll have a big announcement.

OK, we’re going back 20 years to August 1996. It’s the first appearance of guess who! This is part one. If I can remember, I’ll post part 2 next week…Ernie 96-07-29 Ernie 96-07-30 Ernie 96-07-31 Ernie 96-08-01 Ernie 96-08-02 Ernie 96-08-03 Ernie 96-08-05 Ernie 96-08-06 Ernie 96-08-07 Ernie 96-08-08 Ernie 96-08-09 Ernie 96-08-10

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