Ever wondered what the first Calvin and Hobbes comic strip said?

This was the first Calvin and Hobbes comic strip published.

I think nighttime is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction. – Calvin

I’ve got to start listening to those quiet, nagging doubts. – Calvin

As a math atheist, I should be excused from this. – Calvin

Calvin : I’m a simple man, Hobbes.
Hobbes: You?? Yesterday you wanted a nuclear powered car that could turn into a jet with laser-guided heat-seeking missiles!
Calvin: I’m a simple man with complex tastes.



Here are few examples (of careless writings)

(Disclaimer: I do not own the content given below. This content is taken purely from http://www.bbctraining.com/onlineCourse.asp?tID=5487&cat=2772 although abridged slightly)

While writing, it’s obvious, you must know what you want to say. Although obvious, people do seem to stray from this central point quite unintentionally. Here’s an example: For the second time in six months, a prisoner at Durham jail has died after hanging himself in his cell.”

This seemingly strange ability to die more than once is also illustrated in this headline: “A suicide bomber has struck again in Jerusalem.”

The afterlife seems to exist according to this writer: “Sixty women have come forward to claim they have been assaulted by a dead gynecologist.”

It’s essential to remember the subject of the sentence. For instance, ” The police in Hounslow, west London, were so concerned about a surge in street crime that they carried out a survey to discover why.” or ” A walker crossing Tower Bridge spotted the body – it’s understood he was about five-and-a-half and Afro-Caribbean.”

Lack of thought produces sentences such as: “It’s a sad and tragic fact that if you’re a farmer you are three times more likely to die than the average factory worker.”

An item on Bank Holiday traffic problems offered this unlikely spectacle: “There’s an overturned tractor trailer heading north on the M11”.

The key to good writing is simple thoughts simply expressed. Use short sentences and short words. Anything which is confused, complicated, poorly written or capable of being misunderstood risks losing the reader.

Have a cool day! B)

Writing – A Fundamental way to Express Yourself

(Note :  This is written from an amateur’s point of view and not to be taken significantly)

Writing – be it reviews, essays, dissertations, letters, books – all require quite a lot of ability and also, knowledge on the concerned topic. Extensive researching on a topic takes time which is why it is important to keep oneself informed on significant happenings. Reading is a great head-start – if newspapers are unaccessible, its good to stay updated through the internet (subscribe to an online periodical…). ¶ Here are a few tips to remember while writing anything:

1) Avoid repetitions. When we know only a little about the subject concerned, we tend to repeat a sentence in different ways, while all the time, the same message / meaning is being conveyed. This must largely be avoided in formal English writing where brevity is much appreciated.

2) Clarity in Language. One must find a way to effectively convey a message with simple clear lexicon. Sometimes, we do tend to invite that sudden vibe of writing and academic English – truly irresistible, however, clarity in such a context is much more important. Although, yes, creative writing does appreciate these vibes of irresistible writing.

3) Stick to Word limits. Yes, again, we do get carried away and keep writing paying no heed to word limit obstacles – that is until it’s too late. You suddenly realize you’ve exceeded the word limit and need to start over. It’s important to remember that brevity is very essential. After you’re done, go through your passage and find out the points that are repeating, and points that can be clubbed together as one. It’s always recommended to follow the CODER formula –

Collecting your ideas

Organizing your ideas into an Outline

Draft a rough passage

Edit the passage


Make short notes of the content on a separate rough sheet, organize these points appropriately and draft your work. However, if you’re pressed for time, you may think that following CODER may be out of the question, true, in such conditions, it is essential to take a minute and organize the important points in your mind before presenting it on paper.

4) Short sentences. No one likes to read long sentences whose meaning suddenly gets out of hand and in the end, you’re all muddled up. In such situations, it is important to fragment the sentence to form two meaningful sentences.

5) Punctuations, Spellings and the related. Definitely, it is extremely important to check your work for mistakes in spellings, grammar, punctuation marks – those verbs and nouns ( For example, the term ‘author’ is widely known as a noun, and there are controversies over its usage as a verb – avoid using such controversial terms such as authored or authoring). So bring out that proof-reader in you and skim your work for such mistakes. Remember: Use capital letters in the appropriate places.

I understand that examples are required, hopefully that will be the next post.

Till then, have a great day… 😀 !

Literature with a contemporary note

Some of the new works that are coming out this March:

1. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer© Penguin

Penguin, March 3, 2011

Subtitled “The Art and Science of Remembering Everything,” Moonwalking with Einstein is a book about memory, recounting as it does Foer’s (freelance journalist and the younger brother of Jonathan Safran Foer) entry into the unique subculture of the U.S. Memory Championships.

2. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Sing You Home by Jodie Pocoult© Atria

Atria, March 1, 2011

From the author of House Rules, Sing You Home will bring tears to your eyes from both anger and sympathy as it presents both sides of three of America’s most polarizing, hot-button issues: gay rights, reproductive science, and the Christian right.

3. The Baseball by Zack Hample

The Baseball by Zack Hample© Vintage

Vintage, March 8, 2011

Sub-titled “Stunts, Scandals and Secrets Beneath the Stitches,” this book provides the serious baseball fan with all the fun-filled and fact-filled information one could possibly wish about the ball in what reads like a lively and entertaining conversation.

4. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick

The Information by James Gleick© Knopf

Knopf, March 1, 2011

The evolution of information technologies beginning with the invention of writing and continuing through Charles Babbage’s machine, Morse code, the personal computer, blogs and tweets.

5. The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel© Crown

Crown, March 29, 2011

The sixth and final voume in Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series (The Clan of the Cave Bear, etc.) rejoins Ayla, the Cro-Magnon protagonist along with her mate and and infant daughter, in the Ice Age.

6. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht© Randomhouse

Randomhouse, March 8, 2011

In Tea Obreht’s debut, Natalia, a young physician in a Balkan country, attempts to unravel the mystery of her grandfather’s disappearance and death by uncovering the secrets in the stories he told her when she was a child.

7. Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell© Riverhead

Riverhead, March 22, 2011

Sarah Vowell’s nasal voice and sharp wit are familiar to listeners of PRI’s This American Life radio show. The author of The Partly Cloudy Patriot and The Wordy Shipmates again holds forth on matters historical, this time surrounding the United States’ annexation of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

8. You Think That’s Bad: Stories by Jim Shepard

You Think That’s Bad: Stories by Jim Shepard© Knopf

Knopf, March 22, 2011

From the Story Prize-winning author of Like You’d Understand, Anyway, a new collection of short stories that featuring a wide array of fringe protagonists.

The above is purely courtesy of http://contemporarylit.about.com/

Have a wonderful day! 😀