Day 534: Hang on, Snoopy

Mr. Singh, my Outreach Connection vendor, not only sells the weekly paper (which provides gainful employment to the homeless and unemployed), he also chooses a “Notable Quotable” for every front page.

He usually finds thought-provoking philosophical sound-bites from the likes of Aristotle, Benjamin Franklin and Oscar Wilde. Today I was thrilled to see a quote from one of my favourite deep-thinkers: Snoopy.

“Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There’s so little hope for advancement.”

If you stop to think about it, that’s pretty heavy, man.

Here are some Scintillating Snoopy Facts I came across:

  • Birthday: October 4
  • First appearance October 4, 1950 (two days after the Peanuts strip premiered)
  • Turns out, the original drawings of Snoopy were loosely based on Spike, one of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz’s childhood dogs. Schulz was originally going to call Snoopy “Sniffy,” until he discovered that name was used in a different comic strip. He changed it to “Snoopy,” which is an affectionate term in Norwegian.
  • Snoopy’s mom:  Missy. Brothers: Spike, Andy, Olaf, Marbles, Rover. Sisters: Belle and Molly
  • Original voice actor: Animation producer Bill Meléndez
  • Snoopy is a pooch of discerning tastes: He loves root beer and pizza, but hates coconut candy. He also gets claustrophobia in tall weeds, and is deathly afraid of icicles dangling over his doghouse.
  • Like many household pets, one of his hobbies is reading Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace at the rate of “a word a day.”
  • His dog food brand is called “For Dogs who flew in World War I and understand a little French.”

That is, hands-down, the best product name. Ever.


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