On March 12, 1951, Hank Ketcham’s Dennis the Menace comic strip first hit American newspapers.

Where it Gets Weird:

Just a few hours before Ketcham’s “Dennis the Menace” hit the nation, on the opposite side of the Atlantic, the first appearance of what went on to become cartoonist David Law’s most famous creation, “Dennis the Menace” comic hit newsstands.

The two comics strips both had the same exact name and were published at the same time.

Neither man knew or had any way of knowing, that there was an equivalent comic being developed elsewhere. No lawsuits were filed, the two cartoon characters had nothing in common and both went on to become immensely popular with their respective audiences.

We like to think that our creativity is our own but what if it’s simply part of a larger system. What if every idea is routed through multiple people until it achieves a successful state within reality?

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  1. //What if every idea is routed through multiple people until it achieves a successful state within reality?//
    Yes! I’ve thought that & I’ve noticed that it keeps happening in many different human domains. IMHO it’s evidence of natural systemic creative force embedded in us. On the surface a thing like copycat cartooning may seem unimportant but I think it implies that every creative thinker is someone who’s life touches an uncanny mystery and disciplines themselves to record some dimension of it.

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  2. IMHO willingness to be open minded inspires connection to creativity. This was the missing factor that allowing me to find sobriety and serenity. I found only after my own resources ran out, and I was humbled, preconceived ideas turned out to be Wishful magical thinking. when I give up trying to control outcomes the communication with a higher power became a daily regular occurrence. I think we all come into the world with certain gifts that dovetail with a community of creators. Everyone has something to contribute!! We didn’t make ourselves or our gifts. There are so many Mysteries!! Gratitude has a lot to do with being able to be receptive to the solution to many problems in my humble opinion!! There are so many things that are incredibly beautiful if we only have awareness to see them!!

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  3. Wow! As a writer, I’ve once or twice found someone else’s story with a similar premise to my own, but never anything like this!

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  4. Writer Terry Pratchett explored this phenomenon in one of his novels – I forget which, but I seem to think it might have been Thud!
    Anyway, he suggested creative forces bombard the earth all the time. He felt that they mostly landed on chickens or something where they were useless but occasionally they hit a receptive human and this was the Eureka Moment!

    I see you have met Wally?
    That little tête-à-tête made me smile, I must be honest.
    Best of luck with him!
    He is a YEC and believes humans and dinosaurs coexisted.
    He also claimed my father was Satan.
    No, I am most definitely not joking.

    FWIW, I am banned from Mel’s blog.
    He may tell you why, but I somehow doubt it.

    And if Mel , responds to your question/s, first check to see if he is wearing tap dancing shoes.


    • Reminds me of the TV show Bright.

      You stated — “he suggested creative forces bombard the earth all the time. ”

      My response — It may be possible that creativity is either pre-programmed or connected in a way that can’t (at the moment) be measured.

      Wally’s response is typical of “Bible when it’s convenient” Philosophy. As I stated before I get to see all three sides complain to me.



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