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Captain Haddock is superstitious, but does that mean Hergé is, too?
Well, you never know what there is to it. You have to watch these things before they start growing on you.



koko?
Is that a coconut? Blow me down!
It's the inner nut after you remove the outer shell.
No way Hergé has ever seen them grow on a tree.
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diving shoes
Never noticed this myself until I read about it in the short story Depth Charge! by C.S. Forester, in the Gold from Crete collection:
"At anything more than a slight inclination from the vertical, the protecting air would bubble out, the water pour in,
and at that pressure he would be drowned in a flash."
It's rare for Hergé not to have researched this better.


the pendulum is the pits
Girasol, Calculus, Zonnebloem was a professor maybe
but not much of a scientist.
A tinkerer with gadgets is a much more accurate description. Here, guided by his trusty pendulum, he enters the basement where Tintin and Haddock have just found the treasure.
Throughout the book, he keeps picking up signs that the treasure is located "West... always to the West" while it isn't there at all.
Still, he finds it in the end, misguided or not. Proof that his pendulum really works? Not that it's of any use.
Now that's pseudo-science for you.

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