The great The Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson is 64 today. He has an absurdist sense of humor. Good examples of this are the boneless chicken ranch and the polar bear disguised as a penguin, And now Edgar’s gone. And he has a unique cartoon style. Certainly he is no Bill Watterson (Who is?) but his work is immediately recognizable. And it rather suits his sense of humor.
Because he wrote so much about science kinds of things, I think he has probably had a bigger positive impact on science than Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s not that anyone learned science from him. In fact, as we see with his combining penguins and polar bears, he was often wrong. But he normally dealt with science related stuff. And his portrayal of scientists themselves was always charming, as in the comic of all the scientists running outside for the ice cream truck.
All there is left to do is present to you my very favorite The Far Side cartoon, “Hey! Look at me, everybody! I’m a cowboy! … Howdy, howdy, howdy!”
Happy birthday Gary Larson!