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3:16

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Strip by: Henning Makholm

Garfield: Thanks for the exercise.
SFX: PUNT!
{Garfield on a ladder, reaching for a cooked chicken}
Garfield: It's time Jon had another date.
SFX: Kiss
Jon: Z
Garfield: Very few people can wear a mustache.
Jon: What does that mean?
Garfield: These game shows are disgusting.
SFX: CRASH! CRASH! CRASH!
Odie: YIP!
Jon: Hello? Uh, I think you have the wrong number.
{Odie bounces past Garfield}
{Odie bends under backwards to follow a spider}
Garfield: I've lengthened my name ...
Garfield: Dogs are nature's way of telling us we could be worse off.
Irma: We're a bit slow today, hon.
Garfield: The late cat would prefer coffee, pancakes and a side of bacon.
SFX: Munch munch munch
Jon: Cream in you coffee, Garfield?
Jon: Your family never forgets.
Policeman: I'd say they've broken at least three city ordinances. Right, Bubba?
Other policeman: I didn't see nothin'. Let's get a doughnut.
Jon: GARFIELD!
{Odie with Garfield on fence-top, thinking deeply}
Jon: It's an endangered species list.
Garfield: Oh, it's not a menu?
Jon: There are many, many things I will never understand.
SFX: SLAM
Jon: AAAGGGHHHHH
Garfield: Only 59 minutes and 45 seconds to go.
Jon: ... or not ...
SFX: Doy-oy-oy-oing
Snail: I guess I'll park it here for tonight.
Jon: Ellen, I'm your man!
Spider: Boy howdy, he wasn't kidding.
{Jon listens to a somebody on the phone, smiling}
Garfield: This is it.
Jon: I'm looking mine up.

The author writes:

Averages and other statistical methods tend to overstate the staticness of Garfield strips. It's actually not all just the talking heads of Jon and Garfield. Perhaps random sampling will give a fairer impression? Here I'm trying a sampling method pioneered by Don Knuth, the patron saint of computer science.

The results are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. But they do seem to suggest a slight tendency for Garfield to become less visually interesting since about the millennium.

Original strips: 1979-03-16, 1980-03-16, 1981-03-16, 1982-03-16, 1983-03-16, 1984-03-16, 1985-03-16, 1986-03-16, 1987-03-16, 1988-03-16, 1989-03-16, 1990-03-16, 1991-03-16, 1992-03-16, 1993-03-16, 1994-03-16, 1995-03-16, 1996-03-16, 1997-03-16, 1998-03-16, 1999-03-16, 2000-03-16, 2001-03-16, 2002-03-16, 2003-03-16, 2004-03-16, 2005-03-16, 2006-03-16, 2007-03-16, 2008-03-16, 2009-03-16, and 2010-03-16.