Irregular Webcomic!

Archive     Blog     Cast     Forum     RSS     Books!     Poll Results     About     Search     Fan Art     Podcast     More Stuff     Random     Support on Patreon
New comics Mon-Fri; reruns Sat-Sun
<   No. 1673   2007-08-26   >

Comic #1673

1 Minnesota Jones: Careful, there'll be more traps.
1 Monty: How do you know?
2 Minnesota Jones: Traps always come in threes. Don't you know the first thing about archaeology, boy?
3 Minnesota Jones: There, what did I tell you? Careful not to step on that rake! {pointing at a rake lying on the floor}
4 Monty: {walking on past the rake} That's a trap?
4 Minnesota Jones: I never said they had to be good traps.
4 [sound]: Spang! {Prof. Jones steps on the rake and the handle flies up and hits him in the face.}

First (1) | Previous (1672) | Next (1674) || Latest Rerun (2598) | Latest New (5215)
First 5 | Previous 5 | Next 5 | Latest 5
Cliffhangers theme: First | Previous | Next | Latest || First 5 | Previous 5 | Next 5 | Latest 5
This strip's permanent URL:
Annotations off: turn on
Annotations on: turn off

Yeah, it's a Lego broom, not a rake. But close enough. I bet some of you didn't even realise until you read this.

2018-01-21 Rerun commentary: I've never used a rake. I don't think I've ever seen anyone use a rake, either. I don't think they're very common here in Australia, probably because we don't have many deciduous trees[1], and so dead leaves don't really tend to pile up in autumn.

[1] Australia has no native deciduous trees at all. All deciduous trees here were originally imported from other continents. London plane trees seem to be the most common, at least around where I live. Jacarandas, magnolias, and liquidambars are also common.

Notice that these are all trees suitable for warm climates. I know a place where there are two oak trees, in a sheltered shady creek gully near my place, but oak trees are very rare in Sydney. (They grow better up in the mountains west of the city.) There are no beech trees that I know of in Sydney. And elms... actually, I don't think I even know what an elm tree looks like.

EDIT: Ever informed, one of our readership has pointed out that Australia does in fact have a few - a very few - deciduous trees, as defined by shedding all their leaves in response to changing seasonal weather. Most of them live in tropical regions, where they shed leaves as a prelude to the dry season, rather than as a strategy to deal with a cold winter. Depending on your person feelings on deciduousness, this may or may not count, though according to the botanical definition, it's valid. There is only one species of tree native to Australia that sheds leaves in preparation for winter cold: the deciduous beech tree, also commonly known as the fagus, which is endemic to highland regions of Tasmania (which is about as cold as you can possibly get in Australia).

Given these interesting facts, it is correct to say that mainland Australia has no native cold climate winter-deciduous trees whatsoever.

LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies, which does not sponsor, authorise, or endorse this site.
This material is presented in accordance with the LEGO® Fair Play Guidelines.

My comics: Irregular Webcomic! | Darths & Droids | Eavesdropper | Planet of Hats | The Dinosaur Whiteboard | mezzacotta
My blogs: (daily updates) | 100 Proofs that the Earth is a Globe (science!) | Carpe DMM (long form posts) | Snot Block & Roll (food reviews)
More comics I host: The Prisoner of Monty Hall | Lightning Made of Owls | Square Root of Minus Garfield | iToons | Comments on a Postcard | Awkward Fumbles
© 2002-2024 Creative Commons License
This work is copyright and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International Licence by David Morgan-Mar.