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[[File:Ch951002.gif|thumb|296px|Calvin explaining (and complaining) about the leaf collection.]]A story arc from October 2nd to October 21st of 1995.
[[File:Ch951002.gif|thumb|296px|Calvin explaining (and complaining) about the leaf collection.]]The '''leaf collection''' was a project that [[Calvin]] had to do for school. He had to collect fifty leaves total, and [[Miss Wormwood]] said that every leaf had to be a different kind (meaning that he couldn't have two or more of the same leaf). Calvin believed it was impossible to get it done in two weeks, because he wasn't willing to work weekends or spend beautiful days doing work for school. [[Susie Derkins|Susie]] was almost done with hers, since she pretended to make it a game. (This was hardly Calvin's idea of fun, though.) Calvin did have an idea to visit the Arboretum with [[Calvin's mother|his mom]], but the idea apparently didn't come to him until the last second, while Calvin's mom started fixing dinner. Calvin and Hobbes are next seen gathering leaves, with Calvin complaining that his mom wouldn't take him to the arboretum, assuming that she is the reason he gets bad grades. Hobbes reminds him that he waited until the last second, Calvin claims that that was when he thought of it, and blames his mom's apparent inflexibility as the "reason" for his bad grades. Frustrated as ever, Calvin wished for a way out of the assignment. At that moment, a UFO, piloted by [[Galaxoid]] and [[Nebular]], landed close to where he and [[Hobbes]] were standing. The aliens told Calvin they were taking the Earth over. Seeing an opportunity, he decided to give the world for fifty different alien tree leaves - properly labeled and identified. Galaxoid and Nebular got to work, but arrived late at night, which resulted in Calvin getting discovered by [[Calvin's father|his dad]]. The next day, Calvin presented his collection of alien tree leaves. Unfortunately, no one, not even Miss Wormwood believed the leaves were from out of this world, because they all resembled maple leaves cut into odd shapes.
 
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Calvin and his classmates are assigned to collect fifty leaves over the course of two weeks by Miss Wormwood, with each leaf being a different kind (so you can't have multiples of the same type of leaf). Calvin was upset about the assignment, feeling it was stupid and pointless -- Hobbes tried getting Calvin to get started on it right away, but Calvin (being who he is), ultimately put it off until the absolute last possible minute. Susie Derkins was already almost done with it by the halfway mark, unlike Calvin, who still hadn't gotten started on it.
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Calvin ultimately doesn't bother getting started on his leaf collection until the day before its due -- specifically, he tries getting his mom to take him to the local arboretum just as she's getting started on making dinner the night before it's due. While he's outside collecting leaves with Hobbes, Calvin blames his mom for his poor performance in school -- but Hobbes comes to her defense by pointing out that it's Calvin's own fault, due to his habit of always putting assignments off until the last possible second, though Calvin refuses to listen.
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While they're collecting, the duo's approached by a UFO piloted by a pair of aliens named Galaxoid and Nebular, who want to take over Earth -- pretending to be the planet's ruler, Calvin agrees to it as long as Galaxoid and Nebular give him a collection of fifty different tree leaves from their home planet (the aliens agree to this, assuming that humans use leaves as currency). Calvin makes them promise to come back by 8pm with the collection, and the two aliens rush off to get their assignment done -- they come back much later than expected, but Calvin and Hobbes meets them out in the yard to get the leaf collection from them. But Calvin's Dad finds him and Hobbes and, not realizing what Calvin had done, makes them go back to bed.
 
[[File:Ch951021.gif|thumb|left|280px|Calvin talk about his frustrations with his teacher over giving him a bad grade.]]
 
[[File:Ch951021.gif|thumb|left|280px|Calvin talk about his frustrations with his teacher over giving him a bad grade.]]
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Calvin presents his collection the next day in school -- but of course, nobody believes that the leaves came from another planet (when Calvin showed the collection to Susie, she said it looked like Calvin just got a bunch of maple leaves and cut them up into weird shapes). Calvin, predictably, fails the assignment -- while taking walk through the woods, Calvin's complaining about what happened, feeling that Miss Wormwood refuses to acknowledge that the assignment was "pointless" and that information about leaves is "useless knowledge" (even grabbing a leaf from a random tree/shrub for emphasis). But then Hobbes points out that the leaf Calvin just grabbed was poison sumac (which will obviously give Calvin a nasty rash).
Miss Wormwood declared that Calvin had made a total mockery of the assignment, and so failed him. Upset, Calvin took a stroll through the [[Woods|woods]], complaining and considering leaves "useless knowledge". Hobbes pointed out that the leaves Calvin had just pulled away from a tree were [[wikipedia:Poison Sumac|Poison Sumac]].
 
 
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Revision as of 20:37, 21 February 2021

Calvin explaining (and complaining) about the leaf collection.

A story arc from October 2nd to October 21st of 1995.

Calvin and his classmates are assigned to collect fifty leaves over the course of two weeks by Miss Wormwood, with each leaf being a different kind (so you can't have multiples of the same type of leaf). Calvin was upset about the assignment, feeling it was stupid and pointless -- Hobbes tried getting Calvin to get started on it right away, but Calvin (being who he is), ultimately put it off until the absolute last possible minute. Susie Derkins was already almost done with it by the halfway mark, unlike Calvin, who still hadn't gotten started on it.

Calvin ultimately doesn't bother getting started on his leaf collection until the day before its due -- specifically, he tries getting his mom to take him to the local arboretum just as she's getting started on making dinner the night before it's due. While he's outside collecting leaves with Hobbes, Calvin blames his mom for his poor performance in school -- but Hobbes comes to her defense by pointing out that it's Calvin's own fault, due to his habit of always putting assignments off until the last possible second, though Calvin refuses to listen.

While they're collecting, the duo's approached by a UFO piloted by a pair of aliens named Galaxoid and Nebular, who want to take over Earth -- pretending to be the planet's ruler, Calvin agrees to it as long as Galaxoid and Nebular give him a collection of fifty different tree leaves from their home planet (the aliens agree to this, assuming that humans use leaves as currency). Calvin makes them promise to come back by 8pm with the collection, and the two aliens rush off to get their assignment done -- they come back much later than expected, but Calvin and Hobbes meets them out in the yard to get the leaf collection from them. But Calvin's Dad finds him and Hobbes and, not realizing what Calvin had done, makes them go back to bed.

Calvin talk about his frustrations with his teacher over giving him a bad grade.

Calvin presents his collection the next day in school -- but of course, nobody believes that the leaves came from another planet (when Calvin showed the collection to Susie, she said it looked like Calvin just got a bunch of maple leaves and cut them up into weird shapes). Calvin, predictably, fails the assignment -- while taking walk through the woods, Calvin's complaining about what happened, feeling that Miss Wormwood refuses to acknowledge that the assignment was "pointless" and that information about leaves is "useless knowledge" (even grabbing a leaf from a random tree/shrub for emphasis). But then Hobbes points out that the leaf Calvin just grabbed was poison sumac (which will obviously give Calvin a nasty rash).

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