News post – Catch-23 No. 852 Death by selfie

The story (from Mashable) that more people have died this year from taking selfies than from shark attacks did the rounds this week. As my Grim Reaper says, this is technically correct but the people that died either fell down stairs or turned their back on wild animals while trying to take a selfie, so the act of selfie-taking is probably more correlation than causation.

The more notable part is people taking selfies seem to think this imbues them with some sort of immunity from danger, like nothing bad can happen to you while trying to take the perfect cheek-to-cheek Blue Steel.

Also, give sharks a break. You are much more likely to be killed by mosquitoes, hippos, cows, deer or jellyfish than a shark.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 851 Not actually about mechanics

This ‘based on a true story’ is more based on a true story than most. My wife has been quite unwell for a while and the parade of doctors has gotten us no closer to a diagnosis. A referral to a specialist in multiple branches of medicine ended with the doctor saying ‘I don’t know and I’m not going to look any further’.

I tried to come up with other jobs where it would be acceptable to give this sort of answer, so obviously mechanic.

The mechanic ended up looking like Mario from Super Mario Bros (or perhaps Dr Mario), so I just went with it.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 850 Apple Pencil

It’s a rough time to be an Apple fan. From a company that used to pride itself on simplicity and innovation, you now have 5 different levels of iPad and a stylus that you have to charge. Pressure-and-tilt-sensitive styluses have been around for a while already – this comic strip is drawn with one – and Microsoft has been pushing its Surface tablet with stylus functionality.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 849 Jon Stewart may have retired too soon

Kanye is the gift that keeps on giving. Now he’s announced he’s running for president. Part of me hopes he’s serious.

I’ll admit the Kanye & Jon Stewart in my strip may not be my finest caricature work – I usually spend quite a few more hours practising the shapes and learning what to simplify, but time was of the essence and I wanted this available before it became last week’s news.

Mat