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Got some new info about the origin of Notary Sojac -- I have my own theory about it, but just ran across this: http://bobbuethe.tripod.com/cartoonacy/qanda/q_smokey.htm
;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]
- 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] @ 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] @ 16:33, 18 September 2006 (UTC)
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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
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)