Surreal Thursday: Impressive Nitrogen & Boom Bomb

Impressive Nitrogen Mt
Impressive Nitrogen

For this Surreal Thursday (Post 975) , here are a couple of items I spotted on the web this week. I added some mat frames to emphasize the Mass Media context.  Firs up, which I have called ‘Impressive Nitrogen’, reminds me of some exam  & test answers I would on occasion come across in my past life as a teacher. The difference is the social media context/reference in the student’s response to the question. Things haven’t changed that much.

Meanwhile, the first sooper-hero, Popeye the Sailor, continues to live on in the funnies and the comic books. Popeye the Sailor Man first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. Created by Elzie Crisler Segar, Popeye’s popularity grew to the point of becoming the lead character and then then eventually becoming the title of the strip. 

For more enlightenment see: Know Thy History: Thimble Theater 

Newspapers are trying to adapt to the online world of digital print and the instantaneous reality of social media. In that difficult transition resides the syndicated comic strips and their beloved characters. Those of us of a certain age remember when daily strips were in B&W and the Weekend Funnies were all in colour.  Mass Media technology and Media consumption has changed, but the basic principles of Mass media have not. All mass media have business interests and the creators & publishers of comic strips need  to make money from their media content. One would hope that in this world of tablets, smart phones and e-books that there still is a place for Popeye and the other stars of The Funnies. To learn more about the impact of new Mass media technology on comic creators check out  this informative blog post by El Santo:

Webcomics and the perils of social media

Roger Langridge, writer pens the ongoing “Popeye” comic book series (IDW), with Bruce Ozella on art.
Roger Langridge (writer) scripts the ongoing “Popeye” comic book series (IDW), with Bruce Ozella on art.

12 thoughts on “Surreal Thursday: Impressive Nitrogen & Boom Bomb

    1. elmediat

      Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed. 😀
      I tried to attribute the Popeye strip to the correct source. can not locate the original source for the exam answer. 🙂

  1. Wonderful!
    I never could figure out math word problems and I always got the answers wrong. So I started writing stories on my tests to purposely alter the mathematical situation.
    When did Group A meet Group B if they were walking in different directions on the same trail (at a particular speed)? Never! Why? Because the people in Group A started arguing with each other a few minutes after they starting walking. They quickly decided that they didn’t want to go any farther, turned around, got back in their cars, and went home. As a result, Group A never met anyone in Group B.
    My teacher wrote: “Very creative story but wrong answer. Grade: F “

    1. elmediat

      Many thanks Mary. I have dyslexic digits when I type. It is surprising I can get the password done correctly ( not to mention my blog posts). 😀
      Your comments about those famous math questions remind me of one of my literacy – linguistics issues I had as a teacher. Technically mathematics is a another language that piggy-backs on other languages. The structure of a math equation is different from a regular sentence in English. To “solve a math question” you have to do a translation in your head. People who struggle with these problems, often have adequate to very good math skills, but a terrible time translating the “word problem” into mathematical sentence/equation. Special Ed students are particularly susceptible to this barrier. Individuals with creative expressive language skills can also fall victim to the translation wall. As an English teacher, I would sometimes look a the math word problems and want to re-write them because they appear ambiguous/unclear. From a mathematicians point of view, there is only one interpretation.

    1. elmediat

      I remember growing up with the old cartoons still being shown on television. Beautiful details and often including a musical number – sort of like a Bob Hope & Big Crosby movie. The comics are at least attempting to capture some of the sophisticated humour that was found in the original strips & cartoons. 🙂
      My wife made some spinach dip this evening to go with the pumpernickel bread she bought. I yam going to have some. 🙂

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