I'd seen the cookies long before I'd ever seen a fig or heard of a Newton.
But everyone knew the dance, including the "tricky part".
Given the lead time for newspapers, Stephen Pastis didn't copy from me, and I can attest to the fact that I know no one who works for him. We can call it a co-incidence that in the same week that I made references to Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders in one strip, references to those same two games appeared in his comic.
I guess that makes me the Pearls and him the swine.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
Happy birthday to the King.
For those of you who thought that the title had something to do with base 8 or base 9, well, you were way, ahem, off-base.
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