Six year old science

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Today's SMBC:

Update — Comment from a friend:

Replace “rocks” with “verbs” and you have us pretty much nailed.



  1. Ari Corcoran said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 6:15 am

    I think six year olds might be more inclined to throw rather than have rock parties.

    [(myl) In fact two six-year-olds of my acquaintance once organized and curated a "rock museum" consisting of a bunch of interesting (to them) rocks arranged next to a bush in the back yard of a summer house. Their interest lasted for a month or so and no rocks were thrown.]

  2. Bean said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 8:41 am

    Agree with myl. My kids (7 and 3.5) love collecting rocks and don't usually throw them. Gravel in particular (the younger one). Someone somewhere near his daycare is slowly losing their driveway… five rocks at a time. There are rocks all over our house as a result.

  3. Rockdoc said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 9:24 am

    My 4 year old was born a month early to arrive on earth day to two geologists. She loves collecting rocks. "Daddy, is this a sedentary rock?" *stifle laughter* "well sweetie, all rocks are kinda sedentary, but this one is also sedimentary, what made you think that?" "Because it has layers" :D so proud!

  4. Andrew said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 9:52 am

    It's the parties that are thrown, not the rocks.

  5. rpsms said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 10:53 am

    Until I saw the punch line, I thought it was about James Joyce…

  6. Mara K said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 10:59 am

    Party rock is in the house tonight…

  7. Sili said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    Replace “rocks” with “verbs” and you have us pretty much nailed.

    I don't get noun respect.

  8. David Morris said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 4:49 pm

    In high school, a classmate checked the dictionary definition of 'igneous' and wrote 'clever and inventive'.

  9. GretchenJoanna said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 7:24 pm

    For me, it would be a toss-up between rocks and verbs. Children, though, are too busy doing the verbs to know them as a thing.

  10. Graeme said,

    August 25, 2016 @ 10:58 pm

    Lovely cartoon.

    But, as someone who still collects and enthuses about things like a kid, the 'now we know a lot about X' doesn't necessarily follow!

    Not unless some folk in the rock parties/glee club do some methodical study, comparison, analysis etc. Which is another way of saying the cartoon captures the passion for science, but not the yakka it involves.

  11. unekdoud said,

    August 26, 2016 @ 12:50 pm

    But replace "rocks" with "words" and you basically get "I know words, I have the best words."

    (Oversimplifying, limited vocabulary, short sentences joined into a ramble… yep, that's a stereotypical Trumpian speech, but more coherent.)

  12. Neal Goldfarb said,

    August 26, 2016 @ 8:33 pm

    Based on the title, I thought this post was going to be about science from 2012.

  13. DWalker said,

    September 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

    "Me and my friends look at rocks all the time…" Ugh.

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