Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009 Marmaduke Analyzed

While Billy babbles about Marmaduke's fuel intake, his friend seems more concerned as to whether or not the dog's emission system meets acceptable standards.

Billy is saying Marmaduke is a hybrid dog because he runs on food and water. His friend seems confused because all dogs run on food and water. Apparently Billy is comparing Marmaduke to a hybrid car, mistakenly thinking that two different fuel sources make a vehicle hybrid. In fact, Billy's comparison should be more in line with a normal internal combustion engine, which needs both fuel and air to run. A hybrid vehicle is one that uses two or more distinct power sources to move it, such as an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Marmaduke is not a hybrid as he is powered by his small brain, and nothing more.

Speaking of small brains, Billy can be forgiven for his ignorance since he's just a child. Phil can be forgiven for putting such stupid thoughts in the boy's head since he's just a cartoon. However, the writers of this strip should take just a minute or two to research something on the Internet if they don't know what they're talking about.

The lesson: Just because this comic strip is stupid doesn't mean its readers are.

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