Talk:Smokey Stover

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Notary Sojac[edit]

Got some new info about the origin of Notary Sojac -- I have my own theory about it, but just ran across this:

;Bear 18:16, 2004 May 16 (UTC)


Am I just crazy? How does a gasoline-powered truck in any way "presage" a human-powered scooter? This has been added twice. Just having two wheels is not enough of a link. Any opinions on this? -- Sampo Torgo [talk] Flag of Acadia.svg

No- you are not crazy, merely ignorant (note: this is not an insult). The point is that the two wheels are side-by-side, an unstable configuration. This was not realised as a practical configuration until the Segway's employment of gyroscopes, accelerometers, and computers. By the way, the Segway is NOT human powered. - Leonard G. 03:40, 30 August 2006 (UTC)
That is not a valid link between the two. Saying it "presages" a Segway is basically saying that a comic strip was seriously attempting to predict future concepts, rather than putting forth a comical idea. But, hey, whatever gets you off. Oh, and you're pedantic (note: this is not an insult). — Sampo Torgo [talk] Flag of Acadia.svg @ 06:52, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

I plead guilty to using the word "presage" without knowing precisely what it meant. "Presage" means to have foreknowledge, as in prophecy. Smokey's vehicle was a mere comical antecedent to the Segway.Lestrade 12:13, 13 September 2006 (UTC)Lestrade

OK, that makes a lot more sense. I knew 'presage' wasn't right, but couldn't think of what phrase would accurately reflect the connection. — Sampo Torgo [talk] Flag of Acadia.svg @ 16:33, 18 September 2006 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Smokey tv stover.jpg[edit]

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Mad Poiuyt[edit]

Perhaps there's no need to explain this one*, but I was baffled by it for some time as a youngster (I'm 75, as I type). It's simply most of the top row of a conventional keyboard, read from right to left. (It's not a Dutch word!) *Except in European countries that use the QWERTZ letter arrangement

Flat Foot Flanagan with the Foo Foo[edit]

The 1946 strip included here has "Gravy Boat Co.", which suggests that "gravy ain't wavey" might be a pun on "gravy boat". The "poiuyt" explained above is something I never would have guessed, and I know about etaoin shrdlu. I think 'sojac' must mean something.

I also noticed that one 1938 comic, Fire Escape, makes a foo reference to a contemporary song that also used a supposedly nonsense word. "It sounds like Flat Foot Flanagan with the Foo Foo" almost certainly refers to Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy), a 1938 jazz song by Slim Gaillard. "The floy floy" is a seemingly-nonsense word that was a slang term for gonorrhea, although this has nothing to do with "foo". I added the reference to the song's article, but not to this one. Roches (talk) 04:41, 14 August 2015 (UTC)