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No. 3671: Square Root of Garfield

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Square Root of Garfield

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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=3671

Strip by: Michael Jacoby

{the entire strip is shaded blue}
{title panel showing a fridge with magnets made to look like cutesy versions of Garfield, Odie, and Arlene}
{Jon and Garfield are at the store, paying for a bag of Cheese Doodles at the credit card machine}
Machine: Please swipe your card.
{Jon does so}
Machine: Would you like to donate a dollar to charity today?
{Jon presses an unseen button, meaning we'll never know what he hit; Garfield gets frustrated}
Machine: Enter PIN.
{Garfield gets angrier; Jon presses some buttons, most likely numbers, and we can't see them, so we won't be able to find out his PIN - smart actions, Jon}
{both Jon and Garfield are now grouchy}
Machine: Your total is $3.24. Is this correct?
{Jon presses a button; we still can't see what it is}
Machine: What is the square root of 324? Please show your work.
{Jon looks surprised while Garfield angrily stares at us}
Jon: ALL I WANT IS A BAG OF CHEESE DOODLES!
Garfield: DON'T WE ALL?!!

The author writes:

Originally, I was going to find Garfield's color hex code on Adobe® Photoshop® software and try to find the square root of the hex code converted to a decimal number. I was at a loss as to find the square root of a negative number until an online search revealed that it's basically impossible to find the square root of a negative number.

Instead, I ultimately found the hex code for Garfield's orange presented here, #FF9701, which in decimal is 16,750,337. The square root of that number, rounded to the nearest integer, is 4093, which is FFD is hexadecimal. #000FFD is a dark blue color and I color corrected the rest of the strip until Garfield was as close to that dark blue color as possible.

Finally, I was originally going to do the strip for the day I did this, February 5, 2019, but I found that it was very limited in color and wouldn't produce enough contrast or interest. I went back a few days and did this one instead, finding the square root reference very appropriate.

Original strip: 2019-02-03.