## 0417: "The Man Who Fell Sideways"

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This is why I am so excited about them firing up the LHC. The LHC might see the graviton and give us a better understanding of gravity, so we might be able to cause gravity to pull someone in a different direction. Oh yeah, and make a portal gun, which would be cool too.
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Man, babies have such a strong kitty effect... even a stick-figure baby is cute.

Also, I didn't see the Hermann grid thing when I read through it the first time (too focused on the panels themselves than between them, I guess)... but know that it's been mentioned, I can see it...

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wow that was just too amazing...i have a final exam in the morning but i just had to make comments about the greatness of this comic...plus 5 cool points.

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How come no one has mentioned this Don Rosa comic yet? It has the same concept (well the sideways gravity part at least) and it's always been one of my favorites.

Or is it just that Don Rosa isn't such a big deal in the US as he is here in Finland?

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I have sometimes thought about altered gravity and falling sideways (but mostly 90 degrees, not 30). I always come to the conclusion that it would not be a fun time unless you were anchored.

(haha, ninja'd by ig0r, in a way)
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The first thing that came to my mind was all those flash games where you try to bounce some critter as far horizontally as possible.

Such as Flight of the Hamsters

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Strangely just today I decided to make a level for a 2-D platformer based off this concept. I think Mr/ Munroe is reading my mind somehow. Another strange incident was the Wii launch comic, which actually sort of happened to our group. If he wasn't on the other side of the country I'd assume I was being followed.

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If you want to check a SERIOUS resemblance with this comic, you should read "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Niffenegger. They are making a movie of it too (check IMDB). Story goes that a girl meets a man who has this temporal instability who makes him jump though time at random. I'm not saying any more cause it would spoil the book horribly. But let's just say this comic seems taken straight from it.

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'he found, where he could, food' uuuuugly, what was wrong with 'he found food where he could'.
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She says she was knocked over, but from his perspective, she was knocked up.

I can't believe I got in first with that one! Wheee!

Hey, and I get to be first with:

Gives a whole new meaning to "wham, bam, thank you ma'am!"

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Ahahahahahahahahahaha!

...Hahahahahahaha!

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evilbeanfiend wrote:'he found, where he could, food' uuuuugly, what was wrong with 'he found food where he could'.

the first thing I thought when I read that was that me and some of my friends use 'food' as a verb (basically replacing 'eat')
but then I saw the comma.
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I am reminded of this hilarious flash animation.

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Sorry Randall (and Jeph), but Don Rosa has beaten you to it.

In the Scrooge McDuck story "A Matter of Some Gravity", Magica DeSpell puts a spell on Donald and Scrooge that makes gravity affect them sideways, to prevent them from chasing her after she steals Scrooge's Number One Dime.

Of course, there is no shame in being beaten by Rosa, who is after all one of the greatest comic writers ever.
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Very, very entertaining. =D

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### Scary

xkcd seems to know me, to such extent that it's almost frightening. Since I was 5 I have been dreaming about falling sideways, or generally everything falling sideways. As well as gravity being repulsive.
Is this a common childhood fantasy? Was it for Randall? This would be interesting.

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evilbeanfiend wrote:'he found, where he could, food' uuuuugly, what was wrong with 'he found food where he could'.

But that formation makes it harder to fit the rest of the sentence in... "He found food <4 panel gap> ... and love, where he could" just doesn't work quite so well... and "He found food where he could ... and love" is just as awkward as "He found, where he could, food ... and love", and seems harder to follow.

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Heehee, very funny, immediately made me think of the music vid for the song One Man Army by Our Lady Peace, especially the part where he's falling over the sea

*Edit* Found the vid here
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"The secret of flight is to throw yourself at the ground and miss"

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I'm going to feel sorry for this poor girl's developmental years as she flies naked around the earth, awkwardly searching for her father.

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This completely reminds me on "Mary la penchée" ("Tilted Mary"), a comic by Belgian author François Schuiten.

The story of a girl who is bound to an alternate gravity vector, in a universe reminiscent of Jules Verne's "From the earth to the Moon".

Strongly recommended.

By the way, I love xkcd. Thank you!

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Can someone tell me more about Jeph Jacques? I know it's to do with Questionable Content, but I want more info on the kind of influences the comic brings.

Also I'm not too sure of this whole XKCD+QC business.

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Green9090 wrote:Interesting thing I just noticed- the doctor gets cut off when saying "girl," and ends up saying "GIR." Then the baby shouts WHEEEEEEEEEE. Coincidence, or carefully laid plan?

I noticed that too and I do not believe in coincidences.

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ModerateClasshole wrote:Winner of the "Most Panels in a Single Comic" award goes to....

Yeah. It's beat even http://tailsteak.com/archive.php?num=467.

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Stickfodder wrote:I like that the baby says "weeeee" its nice to know its enjoying itself

Same here. The guy is screaming in anguish and the baby thinks it's a blast. Funny what age will do to you.

And apparently alternate gravity is a dominant gene.
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For anyone who wants to get a bit of an inverse gravity feeling do the following:

Find a big mirror, take it of the wall and walk around it so you can see the ceiling instead of the floor.
Pretend to step over the walls as you walk through doors.

It's great as long as you do not break the illusion.

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I knew I had seen something similar somewhere:

Rob Dougan - Furious Angels

Just replace gravity with an invisible string.

Edit: It, too, has a water-sliding scene.
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It mentions gravity affects him at an angle of 30o to the horizontal. As 'normal' people can be assumed to fall at 90o to the horizontal/vertically straight down (excluding any horizontal velocity, would this mean the kid goes at a downward angle of 60o to the horizontal, or does the gene make it 'all or nothing'?

I'm thinking
Sideways Falling gene meets Non-sideways Falling gene, and their angle of gravitational pulls are balanced out slightly in the offspring, or maybe a bit more of an obscure figure if you start resolving vectors or circular motion...

Definitely a Lion King sunset that. Well, a very archaic xkcd strip mentioned how Mr. Xkcd knows the film's script inside-out, and would hire Jeremy Irons to do his dialogue for him.
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I like to imagine, when climbing steep hills, that the ground is level and only gravity has shifted.

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A delightful fairy tale. Thank you.
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He's clearly not falling sideways. He's just in a very low orbit.

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this reminds me of the haggis legend (one leg shorter so they run round hills)

by this logic (sorry previous poster) then girls should actually fly round the other way, so that they could meet and copulate in mid air...rather than chasing each other...
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Unforgiven wrote:Sorry Randall (and Jeph), but Don Rosa has beaten you to it.

In the Scrooge McDuck story "A Matter of Some Gravity", Magica DeSpell puts a spell on Donald and Scrooge that makes gravity affect them sideways, to prevent them from chasing her after she steals Scrooge's Number One Dime.

Of course, there is no shame in being beaten by Rosa, who is after all one of the greatest comic writers ever.

Sorry Unforgiven, but ig0r beat you to it. (Ninja'd you in contemporal slang.) Well, there is no shame in that, after all he is from the greatest country in the world.

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There's a sf book with this very premise - except that gravity has gone completely sideways for the entire world, so everyone thinks they're living on ledges protruding from an endless cliff face, and everyone has forgotten the time when gravity was towards the centre of the Earth. It's 'On' by Adam Roberts. Interesting book, though Roberts generally tends to play it a bit loose with the laws of physics in his novels.

I think sideways gravity would violate conservation of energy, though in the book
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it turns out that the sideways gravitational energy is being drawn from zero point energy as a result of human experiments, and it's destabilising the fabric of space-time or somesuch.

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Atvaark wrote:This completely reminds me on "Mary la penchée" ("Tilted Mary"), a comic by Belgian author François Schuiten.

The story of a girl who is bound to an alternate gravity vector, in a universe reminiscent of Jules Verne's "From the earth to the Moon".

Strongly recommended.

I was looking for this all the time. Indeed, it is a marvelous comic. Also a good opportunity for those in the Anglo-Saxon culture to get to learn European comics.
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Don Rosa FTW (gosh, I love this cartoonist!).

"Marie la penchée" by Schuiten & Peteers is faaaaar, faaar darker. All the universe of "les cités obscures" (the unlit cities? the shadowed cities?) is a must-read for all those who love Jules Verne, steampunk, Escher, inter-world wars art and design (art nouveau, art déco, Bauhaus), Kafka...
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I once saw this short film about a guy who wakes up one day on his ceiling, and ends up falling in the sky. I can't remember what it was called but I think it was French.

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The idea of sideways gravity isn't new but this is nevertheless beautifully executed.

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AtG wrote:Sorry Unforgiven, but ig0r beat you to it. (Ninja'd you in contemporal slang.)

Crap, I searched the page for "Scrooge" to see if someone had mentioned it but didn't think to search for "Rosa".

It's still a great comic. Both the Rosa one and this one.

And isn't the term "ninja'd" only applicable if he'd posted that while I was typing my post? Or am I confusing things?
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