Digger
April 13th, 2008

Digger

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  1. DaveP. says:

    H’m. ‘Two-twenty’ what? Considering the height relative to the humans shown, probably not pounds…

  2. Well, wombats are pretty much muscles with feet, and at any rate, they probably have different measurements for mass and length and so on.

  3. Domino says:

    “Oh, deary me, I seem to have gone deaf from the neck up.”

  4. BunnyRock says:

    Two-stone, twenty pounds perhaps? no, that doesn’t make the least bit of sense… I mean it would put her weight within the normal range for a non-sentient wombat, but that’s forty-eight pounds, why not say three stone six?

    Also I knew if anyone would recognize the smell of warrior herbs and make the connection to Ed, it would be the local healer!

  5. Sammi says:

    Hehe. Boneclaw Mother is awesome.

  6. Andrew says:

    Probably “two-and-twenty-pounds”.

  7. Ryn says:

    WEll, who knows how much built in butt-armor weighs?

  8. Walt says:

    No it’s got to be Newtons. 220 Newtons is about 50lbs.

  9. WJS says:

    Walt: I like it. Wombats do strike me to be the kind to use ‘weight’ by it’s proper definition rather than it’s everyday one.

  10. Jiyambi says:

    As an engineer, I’m actually really surprised at Digger. No good engineer ever forgets their units. Things like that cause certain space missions to end in spectacular, million dollar failures…

  11. TekServer says:

    @Jiyambi: there are all kinds of assumptions that could be made here to fill in that hole.

    First, although engineers are not very likely to forget units of measurement (a certain space mission to which you alluded notwithstanding), artists forget units of measurement all the time. (No offense, Ursula! 😉 )

    Second, we have no real way of knowing what system of measurement Digger actually uses, and whether it’s very common or perhaps even universal. It’s entirely possible that everyone uses the same units, or at least that Digger has not yet ever encountered someone who uses a different measurement system than hers. With that assumption, explicitly stating the units would be redundant, which would conflict with Digger’s eminently practical personality.

    Um, I forgot what “Third” was going to be, but I think you got the idea. Enjoy the rest of your trip through the archives!
    :mrgreen:

  12. BunnyRock says:

    .. and don’t forget, vote early, vote often!

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  13. WJS says:

    On re-reading, I’m struck by just how perceptive Boneclaw Mother really is. There’s no way she can have seen Owl Caller looking at her in panel 4, but nevertheless…

  14. TekServer says:

    I wouldn’t say that, WJS. Given Owl-Caller’s change of topic, and Boneclaw Mother’s position of authority, she might well rightly assume that he would be staring at her after his previous statement, waiting for some sort of tacit permission to discuss a taboo subject.

    And you can safely bet any amount you want that she always keeps track of the position of everyone within earshot …

    😉

  15. Thisfox says:

    Kilos, was my guess. She’s very Aussie in her other traits, why not that one too? Stone seems pretty unlikely. Tho we do use stone as well as kilo.

    If she sounds a bit heavy, remember that all wombats in the real world are made of a combination of dark matter and depleted uranium: They weigh the same as a beast four times their size, if they’re a light wombat, or eight times their size, if they’re in good health. Practically mythical beasts. But then, just mentioning Australia, says it all.

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