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Hagar the Horrible, 1/29/21

Here’s a fun fact for you: many names that we think of as stereotypically Russian are actually derived from Old Norse, because the first Russian state was founded by Vikings who quickly assimilated into the Slavic culture of the people they ruled but left their marks in a number of ways, including in the names of the nobility, which eventually filtered down to ordinary people. For instance, Igor is derived from Ingvar and Olga is derived from Helga. What I’m trying to say here is that “Olga” is just Helga’s “bad girl” personality, and that Hagar used to enjoy this spicy role play but lately has been getting less and less into it.

Mary Worth, 1/29/21

“I thought, ‘In Santa Royale I’m not going to fall over. I’ll be safe!’ But I was a fool, Saul, a fool! They have gravity everywhere — even in Santa Royale!”