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New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of a new year is a good time for making reforms and setting goals for the future.  The tradition of new year’s resolutions goes back to the ancient Babylonians who promised their gods to pay debts and return favors at the start of each year.

Smoking is a bad habit that is hard to treat humorously.  In the mid-1960s, Hi and Lois co-creator Mort Walker was trying to give up smoking cigarettes.  It took him eight months to quit.
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Football Season

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For many of our readers, weekends during the fall are a time for attending high school, college and professional football games.  It’s an American tradition.

Thirsty Thurston, the Flagston’s next-door neighbor, is an avid football fan.  He also loves to eat and drink, so tailgating is an important part of his routine.  In this Sunday page from 1998, Thirsty comes to the game well prepared.
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Theory of the Month – Part Two

Parents are always trying to maintain some semblance of order in a household with children.  They often make rules to control the chaos but these inevitably backfire.  Kids have a way of subverting ideas their parents have about the proper way to raise them.

This dynamic of family life inspired Mort Walker and Dik Browne to do a special series in the late 1960s.  “The Theory of the Month” strips ran about once a month during 1966 and continued off and on until the end of the decade.
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