Thursday, June 16, 2005

Hidden Words and Magic Phrases: An Update

A second very astute poster at rec.arts.comics. strips has noted that there are a number of similar planted words in B.C. strips going back some time. Most are illegible but identifiable as scribbled words, probably names; while he notes this quite clear example of a semi-hidden message in the May 21 strip:

"To you who lay down your lives, thank you from the HART"

He's emailed Hart, through the syndicate, to see if he can get a definitive explanation. We'll keep ya posted.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing about the one that says "to you who lay down your lives - thank you from the Hart" is that maybe it has something to do with the USS Nautilus, since it was mentioned in the strip itself?
Just a thought.

5:33 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 21 is the American holiday Memorial Day, which was originally instituted as a day to refurbish and decorate the graves of the Civil War dead. Today, it's treated as a more free-floating patriotic holiday, honoring the military and war dead in particular, as well as the start of summer.

Hart is referencing the military in the main line of the strip, and more particularly the war dead in the hidden message.

Peter Trei

1:50 p.m.  

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