Ain't No Sanity Clause
  • Randall
    August 21, 2009

    Surely you mean 5.25″ discs, right? Unless you habitually cut a little more than a tenth of an inch off the side of yours…

  • Felipe
    August 21, 2009

    Randall, you goof ball! You crack me up every time!

  • C.
    August 21, 2009

    Wikipedia says she is correct, so….

  • C.
    August 21, 2009

    I guess not…

  • C.
    August 21, 2009

    As in, I was reading Wikipedia wrong.


  • MaggieL
    August 21, 2009

    A natural mistake; 5 1/4 = 5.25.

    Nobody real ever called them 5.25 though.

    I still have a 8″ one around here somewhere…and a 2,400′ reel of 1/2″ 6250bpi tape…and 8-level punched paper tape from 1970

  • John K
    August 21, 2009

    don’t worry girl, your day will come!

  • AndyL
    August 21, 2009

    I didn’t know until just now that that Mavis Beacon was not a real person. I had always assumed she was some expert typist or educator.

    A bit silly now that I actually *think* about it.

    I’m not sure if I should be grateful that Girl has educated me, or irritated that she shattered my comforting illusions.

  • Krimson
    August 21, 2009

    Girl is always shattering my comforting illusions, so I guess that makes two of us today, ol’ bean.

    Software Toolworks lied to us all.

  • DoubleW
    August 21, 2009

    No no no, Girl, YOUR nostalgia makes SOMEONE ELSE rich.

  • Bread
    August 21, 2009

    I wanted to do a report on Mavis Beacon for Black History Month in Middle School. the nostalgia has made me rich

  • Robert de Forest
    August 21, 2009

    Well at least Frank Borland is real… *google google* DAMMIT.

    Ok… Peter Norton? *google google* WHEW!

  • idkrash
    August 21, 2009

    In 1960 I was messing around on the home computer and cause one of those reels to despool all over the place. My dad put me through a fkn wall. Hoo boy. I had to shoe shine for a week to restore it.

  • mr_josh
    August 21, 2009

    Next you’ll tell me that Betty Crocker isn’t real…

  • Nny
    August 22, 2009

    All this time i thought she was a real person. So what’s a Mavis? and why does it need a beacon? maybe mavis stands for “Man, All Vocations Insist on [freakin mad] Skills.” Just a thought. and im gonna start spreading it as fact. Do amy jobs still test your WPM?

  • Ted C.
    August 23, 2009

    Mavis Beacon isn’t real?! Noooooooo!!!

  • osbola
    August 23, 2009

    A home computer? In 1960?

  • Daniel
    August 24, 2009

    Heh, I thought she said Mavis BACON at first. Mmm, bacon.

    I had never heard of that typing software until this strip–how educational!

  • Sev
    August 26, 2009

    Mavis Bacon teaches cooking.

    Francis Bacon teaches logic.

  • Mr Lapin
    August 27, 2009

    idkrash, sorry, I call snow job. In 1960 even my dad’s office didn’t have a computer. They got their room-size Univac sometime around 1964, I think. It had drum memory, an entire wall of Hollerith card punch stations, and a blinkenlights sign. It made so much heat that they were able to shut off the heating system all winter.

  • Weston
    August 29, 2009

    Mavis Beacon always frightened me. She was just way too excited to teach me typing.

  • Simon
    January 7, 2010

    I am devastated to hear this – I kind of had a thing for Mavis Beacon, back in the Amiga 500 days… It was like she was teaching this really boring thing but she knew some secrets she was willing to share… if only you could make the car go over 60 words per minute, she’d tell all

  • Tobislu
    August 7, 2010

    A Marx Brothers reference and nobody picks up on it? For shame.

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