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Comic #1465

1 {scene: the phone conversation between Jane Goodall in her office in Africa, and Terry in the airport in Kathmandu}
1 Jane Goodall: Terry, your best bet is to contact the yeti.
1 Terry: But... they're a myth!
2 Jane Goodall: Are you questioning the word of the world's foremost primate researcher?
2 Terry: Er... no... but...
3 Jane Goodall: I'll e-mail the GPS coordinates. Tell them I sent you. "Dame Jane Goodall."
4 Terry: "Dame Jane Goodall..."
4 Jane Goodall: And don't you forget it.

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As mentioned earlier, Jane Goodall is a Dame of the British Empire, the female equivalent of a knighthood.

When I saw the real Jane Goodall speak, the MC introduced her as "Dame Jane Goodall", to which she looked profoundly embarrassed and humble.

Dr Goodall has made public statements on the yeti, as well as Bigfoot, during an interview on National Public Radio in the USA on 27 September, 2002. She stated that she is something of a romantic and would like them to exist, and holds a belief that they exist. Naturally, this has been blown out of all proportion by supporters of the existence of such creatures, most tellingly in the fact that the easiest place to find out about Dr Goodall's statements is on sites such as The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organisation. A scientist holding a belief or romantic hope in something is not the same as evidence for it. Scientists are people too, and can have hopes and dreams and unfounded beliefs that may be either true or false.

Of course, maybe she really does know something that the rest of us don't...

2016-09-28 Rerun commentary: GPS here stands for Giant Primate System.

News: Double news!

1a. My Patreon campaign has reached the significant milestone of $700 per month. I set this up as a goal to enable me to reduce my salaried working hours from 10 to 9 days per fortnight, freeing up a full day every 2 weeks to make more comics and do other creative activities. The first immediate effect is a doubling of new Irregular Webcomic! output, from 2 strips to 4 strips a week. I have a business trip last week of September, so this change will take effect from Monday 3 October. Thank you to all the patrons who have enabled this!

1b. To help enable the change to 4 new strips a week and mesh with my time away on the business trip, IWC's new strip schedule will change from Sunday/Thursday to Monday/Thursday for the week 25 Sep-1 Oct, and then to Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri beginning on Monday 3 October. Other days will be reruns with new commentary.

2. My friends and I are running the mezzacotta Puzzle Competition - an online competition with prizes for the best puzzle solving teams (up to 5 people). We release 26 puzzles over a week beginning Monday 10 October, and have just opened the site for team registration. This is similar to the CiSRA Puzzle Competition, which we also ran as part of our jobs from 2007 to 2013, but mezzacotta is a completely private competition. If you enjoy puzzles, please check it out, and mention it to anyone you know who likes puzzles.

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