0514: "Simultaneous"

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0514: "Simultaneous"

Postby ejg930 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:01 am UTC

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Alt-Text: I'm leaving you for your twin. He's more mature than you by now.

God, I hope this never happens to me.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Patashu » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:01 am UTC

Oh no.

It is a special relativity joke

edit: the alt text is a general relativity joke
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby FearfulFerret » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:02 am UTC

Science applies everywhere.

Also, add a link.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby 1800yolk » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:02 am UTC

that's what she said!

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Enigma90825 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:02 am UTC

Randall would. XKCD = Sex + Special Relativity.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby A. Smith » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:02 am UTC

Patashu wrote:Oh no.

It is a special relativity joke

Oh jesus christ. I had NOT caught onto that at first.

Wow.

Makes the comic about 1000 times funnier.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby scarecrovv » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:03 am UTC

Oh my God! You're right! It is a relativity joke! :shock:

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:03 am UTC

Well, I had to do a few google searches, but I got it.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby sargeras0000 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:03 am UTC

I didn't get it for a moment. Now I do. :D

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby 4=5 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:03 am UTC

wouldn't the distance be too small for the rollover between 0 and something to be noticed?

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby sargeras0000 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:04 am UTC

They're very perceptive of time.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Minchandre » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:05 am UTC

I almost didn't get that until I read the alt-text. Even then, it took a minute. Definitely a good one!

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Patashu » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:06 am UTC

4=5 wrote:wouldn't the distance be too small for the rollover between 0 and something to be noticed?

That's part of the joke; the consequences of special relativity apply on all scales, even every day ones, even if you're not perceptive enough to notice them happen.

p.s. 255th post! Or is the 256th one special? :s
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Carnildo » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:07 am UTC

4=5 wrote:wouldn't the distance be too small for the rollover between 0 and something to be noticed?


That depends: How fast are you going?

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby videogamesizzle » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:08 am UTC

darn you, Randall and all your smart-person jokes!
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Crysm » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:08 am UTC

I get it now that I've read the topic, but the humor on this one really escaped me.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby aion7 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:10 am UTC

I had something extremely witty to say, but I forgot it.


Special relativity is possibly the funniest thing ever.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Kayube » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:10 am UTC

Wow, that was incredibly subtle.
Is it weird that the first thing I thought of (after the obvious) when I read this was the Ouija board? Specifically those TV ads they used to run for it a while ago.

And now I'm thinking, why the heck did they have ads for the Ouija board? It's not even a game or anything.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby frogger626 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:11 am UTC

Randall's humor is such that, even if you don't get the joke and someone has to explain it to you, it's still funny as hell.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:11 am UTC

Consider that the distance between the events is under half a meter...and the distance between the events and the observer is between one and one and a half meters...

Yer a wild thing, ain'tcher?

And yes, it took me far too long to get that joke. Almost thirty seconds. (I can't believe I'd just thought "insensitive boyfriend"...)

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby jenue » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:12 am UTC

but if he's moving back and forth, then doesn't his reference frame keep changing so that there is no net time difference?

i love physics... and xkcd.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby videogamesizzle » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:13 am UTC

frogger626 wrote:Randall's humor is such that, even if you don't get the joke and someone has to explain it to you, it's still funny as hell.


true day.

also, QFT, just for the wordfilter (and the truth)
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Aradae » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:13 am UTC

Even if you didn't get the special relativity joke right away I think the alt text gave it away. Assuming, of course, you have a basic understanding of relativity.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby ckannan90 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:13 am UTC

Oh my god, I didn't catch the special relativity till reading the forum! I was wondering what the alt text was all about... =D

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby pyroman » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:15 am UTC

Wow randall... I admit you had usurped my level of nerdiness and i had to google it but when i did wow... just wow... so awesome. = )
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Aradae » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:16 am UTC

jenue wrote:but if he's moving back and forth, then doesn't his reference frame keep changing so that there is no net time difference?

i love physics... and xkcd.


It doesn't matter because the lorentz contraction is not a vector.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby markchen » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:20 am UTC

One of the few comics to make me laugh out loud, given just how ridiculous it was.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby EdgarJPublius » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:22 am UTC

Patashu wrote:Oh no.

It is a special relativity joke


It took me about ten seconds to get it, then I laughed uproariously.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby InstinctSage » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:26 am UTC

Yeah, it totally went over my head until I read up on special relativity. I was just thinking it was a fake orgasm joke until I hit the alt text. Then I was just confused.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Affableprechaun » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:31 am UTC

Enigma90825 wrote:Randall would. XKCD = Sex + Special Relativity.


Oh, this is why we love him so. Good god he went there.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby ThemePark » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:41 am UTC

bukti wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_dilation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_paradox

Ah, so it is the whole Einstein thing. Thanks for the links.

I get the extra layer of joke now, but meh, it doesn't really make the comic funnier. The insensitive boyfriend joke is always good though.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Sulix » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:42 am UTC

That was funny.

Much less serious than friday's -- a pleasant change of tone.

/me is pleased that he got it on the first try.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Green9090 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:45 am UTC

I feel awesomely nerdy now; I got it instantly.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby anu3bis » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:51 am UTC

There was a young man named Fisk,
Whose fencing was exceedingly brisk.
So fast was his action
that the Fitzgerald contraction
reduced his sword to a disk.

This would be sad, applied to the current comic, until you realize they are still in the same bedframe of reference.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby almightyze » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:53 am UTC

Eeeeh, even with it explained it to me, not funny.

Maybe I'm not vibin' on the sexual humor. It's clever, but not laughable.

Maybe Randall should do a bit about how everyone in Greater Boston was all "zOMG, it's snowing!" as if they lived in Miami all their lives or something. :mrgreen:
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby torritorri » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:57 am UTC

I didn't get it at first. Then I literally said "Wait...Oh!" My roommate gave me a weird look. Anyways, awesome as always. Only Randall could make a special relativity dirty.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby Whispering » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:03 am UTC

Bwhahaha genius, best comic in a long time relativity speaking anway.
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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby pltnmvenus » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:11 am UTC

My first reaction was the "special relativity" part. I laughed so hard I startled my roommate.

A moment later, I literally said "Wait. What?" It had been a while since I read anything about the whole space-time stuff, and my grasp of the humor flew past me, after that fleeting touch. I honestly was at a loss for how the comic was supposed to be funny (and especially how I found it funny in the first place).

I came to the forums to ask if anyone else had seen it in the "weird" way I had, only to find out that it was the punchline, anyway.

...I figured I'd share the irony of that with everyone. I also wanted to make a joke involving the humor "flying" past me, and the special relativity joke, but it's 1 AM, and my humor has already gone to sleep. Oh well.

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Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Postby sonicspike41 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:13 am UTC

Reading up on it didn't help much at first. Seeing a video of the speeding train/lightning bolt example helped, but I'm still not sure I "get it" fully. I suppose that's because the title text still doesn't fit the simultaneous joke to me.

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