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  1. “Isn’t that strip supposed to take place in the 70s? So shouldn’t he be an adult and the dog dead?”

    Different decade, different kid, different dog?

  2. “Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927) was a Swedish scientist that was the first to claim in 1896 that fossil fuel combustion may eventually result in enhanced global warming.”

    ‘Although “global warming” seems to have first appeared in a 1957 newspaper editorial, the term is widely attributed to Wallace Broecker’s 1975 paper[….]’

    From https://www.lenntech.com/greenhouse-effect/global-warming-history.htm and https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/difference-between-global-warming-and-climate-change respectively.

    So, 1970s reference to global warming is not anachronous.

  3. I’m with Arthur – the Oz reference is great. The comic would actually have been better if it had ended there. And if ‘If Frosty were made today’ was positioned after it.

  4. “Different decade, different kid, different dog?”

    Same CRT tv.

    I liked the Wizard of Oz reference too. But dang global warming jokes just aren’t funny.

  5. I read recently that global warming is causing the jet stream to weaken, which in turn makes it less effective at keeping the cold air from leaking through. So more cold air comes south from the arctic than before. So the arctic is going to continue to get warmer, and New England is going to get a lot colder in the winter.

  6. I think this strip is actually set in the early 60s, given mom’s flip hairdo and Red’s hair and pants.

  7. @Chak: Probably more like mid-60s given the apparent state of the space program and the fact that his older brother drives a Beetle. But definitely before Apollo 11. It’s semi-autobiographical, Basset was born in 1957. I don’t know if Red’s age has ever been given, but I’d guess 8-10, so between 1965 and 1967?

  8. ” But dang global warming jokes just aren’t funny.”

    The problem is that a randomly-selected set of 100 global-warming jokes will contain about 3 actual jokes, with the rest just repetitions and minor variations. Hypothetically, a fresh and original global-warming joke could potentially be funny.

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