0421: "Making Hash Browns"

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0421: "Making Hash Browns"

Postby LittleChrist » Fri May 09, 2008 4:02 am UTC

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Alt Text: There are at least fourteen ways this could go badly (seventeen if that fork is a dangerous crossbreed.)
Link: http://xkcd.com/421/

Somehow, somewhere between the flaming tennis racket and the breakfast plate I see more than just fork-related injuries. Especially if your having breakfast with Roger Federer. Flaming potato served at over 100 mph could go wrong in more than 17 ways.
And wouldn't the racket make french fries?
Edit: It looks as if the fork is not a crossbreed, but rather a purebred fork.
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby BobCat » Fri May 09, 2008 4:05 am UTC

So wrong. The racket should not be burning, the net between the players should be.

Has NO ONE taken Home Ec?

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby benjhuey » Fri May 09, 2008 4:06 am UTC

LittleChrist wrote:And wouldn't the racket make french fries?

Not if he's quick enough.

At least 14 ways if could go wrong, eh? Trust me, there are more.
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby suso » Fri May 09, 2008 4:07 am UTC

There are at least fourteen ways this could go badly (seventeen if that fork is a dangerous crossbreed.)


Nice! You know, I don't recall Randall ever making a reference to a previous comic like that.
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby WendelScardua » Fri May 09, 2008 4:09 am UTC

LittleChrist wrote: And wouldn't the racket make french fries?


I've thought the same thing... (and as I didn't knew what "hash browns" means I've imagined it was something like that; had to look up on wikipedia to see what it really was)

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Gatesunder » Fri May 09, 2008 4:09 am UTC

I think a potato launcher and flaming razor wire might work better. At the very least not only would the potatoes hash better, but the possibility for injury would be much more interesting . . .
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Hotwire » Fri May 09, 2008 4:10 am UTC

benjhuey wrote:
LittleChrist wrote:And wouldn't the racket make french fries?
Not if he's quick enough.


What, you mean going fast enough to somehow completely invert the entire shape of the racket?

Now, firing the potatoes through a burning screen door? maybe.
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Xaith » Fri May 09, 2008 4:10 am UTC

suso wrote:Nice! You know, I don't recall Randall ever making a reference to a previous comic like that.


http://xkcd.com/188/ also made a reference to a previous comic.

Edit: And I definitely want to try this...

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Nojim » Fri May 09, 2008 4:12 am UTC

The bottom line is that I need someone to try this with me. I think it can be done.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby WendelScardua » Fri May 09, 2008 4:13 am UTC

Xaith wrote:
suso wrote:Nice! You know, I don't recall Randall ever making a reference to a previous comic like that.


http://xkcd.com/188/ also made a reference to a previous comic.


And more recently, http://xkcd.com/368/ , that refers to http://xkcd.com/316/

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Rhombix » Fri May 09, 2008 4:15 am UTC

Hitting your hand with the tennis racket
Some kind of flammable clothing/spray catching fire
The potato simply hitting the guy with the plate
The potato knocking the glass on the plate and shattering it into his eyes
Very hot pieces of potato scalding either of them
THERE IS A CAN OF GASOLINE NEXT TO THE FIRE

That's all I can think of right now

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby phlip » Fri May 09, 2008 4:20 am UTC

LittleChrist wrote:a pure bread fork.

People eat bread with a fork?

Not only that, but they have a special kind of fork for doing so?

What's the world coming to...

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby fozmo » Fri May 09, 2008 4:21 am UTC

WendelScardua wrote: And more recently, http://xkcd.com/368/ , that refers to http://xkcd.com/316/


And least recently, and most explicitly, http://xkcd.com/31/ referring to http://xkcd.com/20/

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Rehio » Fri May 09, 2008 4:24 am UTC

There are at least fourteen ways this could go badly


That sounds like a challenge to me.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby mightymouse1584 » Fri May 09, 2008 4:24 am UTC

I have this great image in my head of Randall taking roughly 13 seconds to draw the characters and then spending 40+ minutes making that racket.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Silentnite » Fri May 09, 2008 4:28 am UTC

Screw that, show me how to make waffle fries.... Delicious waffle fries.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Shii » Fri May 09, 2008 4:31 am UTC

xkcd usually has a passion for accuracy so I am disturbed to see this comic violates the basic laws of physics. If you swing the racket forward at the potato with the intention of slicing it, it won't be launched towards the plate but rather it would fall on the ground after slicing. The guy should be preparing for a baseball pitch and a backhand swing if he wants the potato to go anywhere at all. But a potato from a bin is not sufficiently light to be sliced by gravity. There should be something else entirely that is on fire, and the racket should be normal.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby aaron » Fri May 09, 2008 4:40 am UTC

Subtle, quirky, out-of-the-box.... vintage xkcd.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby benjhuey » Fri May 09, 2008 4:45 am UTC

Shii wrote:If you swing the racket forward at the potato with the intention of slicing it, it won't be launched towards the plate but rather it would fall on the ground after slicing.

I thought of this, too. But observe how close they are standing in relation to one another. If the potato fails to slice, the receiver is going to end up with one hell of a bruise. I think its safe to say that, even if sliced well, there could still be some transfer of kinetic energy to the slices (especially since rackets aren't exactly razer sharp).

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Air » Fri May 09, 2008 4:46 am UTC

XKCD: Taking "Hot Potato" to a whole new level.

xkcd usually has a passion for accuracy so I am disturbed to see this comic violates the basic laws of physics. If you swing the racket forward at the potato with the intention of slicing it, it won't be launched towards the plate but rather it would fall on the ground after slicing. The guy should be preparing for a baseball pitch and a backhand swing if he wants the potato to go anywhere at all. But a potato from a bin is not sufficiently light to be sliced by gravity. There should be something else entirely that is on fire, and the racket should be normal.

It's kinda obvious they didn't really think this through, I mean come on they're hitting potatoes with a flaming tennis racket. Anyone drunk/stoned/Darwin-Award-Deserving enough to do that probably isn't going to be giving much thought to physics.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Fri May 09, 2008 4:49 am UTC

Hashbrowns in australia are not the same as your fried potato squish :(

We totally have pressed hashbrown thingies.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby naudasd » Fri May 09, 2008 4:49 am UTC

I for one believe that you have to take the reality factors of all these comics with a grain of salt. This one referenced a comic in which a mutant spork-like utensil came to life and murdered its creators, so I can deal with the invalid physics and just appreciate the novelty of the idea and the drawing itself. Especially that can of gas.
And I think we can all agree that this has been the shortest time between a comic and another referring to it, seeing as there was only one in between.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby lihan161051 » Fri May 09, 2008 4:55 am UTC

The thing I can't get past is that there's no way to cook a potato in the small fraction of a second it's in contact without a) requiring a heat source considerably hotter than even a gasoline flame, and b) burning the skin of the potato to sooty ash without even warming up the inside. So the receiver is likely to get a not-very-warm potato in the face at a painful speed, and the server's backswing is likely to ignite the (uncapped) can of gasoline and touch off a BLEVE*. (And cook the rest of the potatoes, at least, but probably not in a good way.)

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Random832 » Fri May 09, 2008 4:57 am UTC

glasnt wrote:Hashbrowns in australia are not the same as your fried potato squish :(

We totally have pressed hashbrown thingies.

America: http://jugalbandi.info/wp-content/uploa ... 8-copy.jpg

Those are real hash browns.

Those are McDonald's hash browns.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby tetoru » Fri May 09, 2008 4:57 am UTC

So, this have anything to do with the U Chicago scav hunt?
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Shadowlost » Fri May 09, 2008 5:00 am UTC

Growth wrote:Hitting your hand with the tennis racket
Some kind of flammable clothing/spray catching fire
The potato simply hitting the guy with the plate
The potato knocking the glass on the plate and shattering it into his eyes
Very hot pieces of potato scalding either of them
THERE IS A CAN OF GASOLINE NEXT TO THE FIRE

That's all I can think of right now


Orange juice to the eyes after the plate flings up.
Fork (Spork, Foon, etc.) to the head after losing balance.
Not just hot, but flaming bits of potato burning the guy.
The flaming bits of potato hitting the gasoline can.

That's ten thus far, though I could make several out of the gasoline can.

Also, incidentally, this forum system has a feature I love. Something I've never seen. It tells me if a post has been made while I'm writing this post, thus allowing me to alter the post accordingly. Kudos to whoever designed that feature.
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby genewitch » Fri May 09, 2008 5:01 am UTC

Shii wrote:xkcd usually has a passion for accuracy so I am disturbed to see this comic violates the basic laws of physics. If you swing the racket forward at the potato with the intention of slicing it, it won't be launched towards the plate but rather it would fall on the ground after slicing. The guy should be preparing for a baseball pitch and a backhand swing if he wants the potato to go anywhere at all. But a potato from a bin is not sufficiently light to be sliced by gravity. There should be something else entirely that is on fire, and the racket should be normal.


I think the goal state of the racket is to both ignite and pulverize the potato. Not pass through it. You haven't played with potatoes much, have you? They're extremely durable to really quick heavy force being applied to them.

edit: I should say this would result in crisp mashed potatoes more than "fries", mashed potatoes being closer in concept to hashbrowns (which are generally baked first), that is.

as we have demonstrated with a low earth orbit-firing potato vectoring system.
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Yawgmoth » Fri May 09, 2008 5:01 am UTC

Sadly, I can definitely see about half of my friends trying this. I have awesome (retarded) friends. :D

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Postby Blipo » Fri May 09, 2008 5:13 am UTC

Yawgmoth wrote:Sadly, I can definitely see about half of my friends trying this. I have awesome (retarded) friends. :D


Sadly, I can definately see myself doing this.

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Postby thegreathal » Fri May 09, 2008 5:17 am UTC

I believe this stems from the Dunkin' Donuts commercials?

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby evand » Fri May 09, 2008 5:34 am UTC

I have a hypothesis. Much as you cannot pop popcorn with a rocket engine, the contact time with the flaming racket will be too short to make hash browns.

However, I have only experimentally verified the former. Who wants to help verify the latter?

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby ellixan » Fri May 09, 2008 5:35 am UTC

While I would never presume to question Randall's judgement, I registered to illustrate an alternative recipe...

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Avram » Fri May 09, 2008 5:41 am UTC

Shii wrote:xkcd usually has a passion for accuracy so I am disturbed to see this comic violates the basic laws of physics. If you swing the racket forward at the potato with the intention of slicing it, it won't be launched towards the plate but rather it would fall on the ground after slicing. The guy should be preparing for a baseball pitch and a backhand swing if he wants the potato to go anywhere at all. But a potato from a bin is not sufficiently light to be sliced by gravity. There should be something else entirely that is on fire, and the racket should be normal.


I imagine that this is one of the things that could go wrong?

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Postby CircleTriangles » Fri May 09, 2008 5:46 am UTC

ellixan, that is an amazing first post.
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby EsotericWombat » Fri May 09, 2008 5:48 am UTC

thegreathal wrote:I believe this stems from the Dunkin' Donuts commercials?



I believe you're right. Huh. and the spork comic mentioned Rachel Ray
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Postby Xeio » Fri May 09, 2008 5:55 am UTC

ellixan wrote:While I would never presume to question Randall's judgement, I registered to illustrate an alternative recipe...


Hrmm, this is going to add another 5 ways for things to go wrong... :shock:

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby aleflamedyud » Fri May 09, 2008 6:20 am UTC

See, what he needs is a racket with cheese/cutting wire. It shreds the potatoes, and the catcher adds the onions and flattens the resulting latkes, which are then volleyed back and forth a few times until you have delicious latkes.
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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby TheHand » Fri May 09, 2008 6:25 am UTC

At first I thought he was going to hit a flaming potato into a shot of Bicardi 151, which wouldhave been an itneresting way to do a flaming shot.

But then I read the title of the comic and it all made more sense. :)

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Cort » Fri May 09, 2008 6:38 am UTC

Shii wrote:xkcd usually has a passion for accuracy so I am disturbed to see this comic violates the basic laws of physics. If you swing the racket forward at the potato with the intention of slicing it, it won't be launched towards the plate but rather it would fall on the ground after slicing. The guy should be preparing for a baseball pitch and a backhand swing if he wants the potato to go anywhere at all. But a potato from a bin is not sufficiently light to be sliced by gravity. There should be something else entirely that is on fire, and the racket should be normal.

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Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

Postby Patashu » Fri May 09, 2008 6:40 am UTC

Shii wrote:xkcd usually has a passion for accuracy so I am disturbed to see this comic violates the basic laws of physics. If you swing the racket forward at the potato with the intention of slicing it, it won't be launched towards the plate but rather it would fall on the ground after slicing. The guy should be preparing for a baseball pitch and a backhand swing if he wants the potato to go anywhere at all. But a potato from a bin is not sufficiently light to be sliced by gravity. There should be something else entirely that is on fire, and the racket should be normal.

I Am Not A Physicist, but couldn't you hit it so as to impart momentum while starting off fractures that rip through the potato as it flies off?


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