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by Himself
Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0023: "Short Answer Section II"
Replies: 80
Views: 21605

Re: What If 23: Short Answer Section II

What would happen if you threw a hurricane into a nuclear bomb? Would the radiation be immediatey blown away? Actually, a portion of the fallout would probably fall to earth with the rain. Something along these lines happened in the Philippines in 1991 when they were hit by a tropical storm during ...
by Himself
Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0023: "Short Answer Section II"
Replies: 80
Views: 21605

Re: What If 23: Short Answer Section II

Looking at videos of nuclear tests it seems that, even in every large explosions such as Castle Bravo there seems to be little effect on the clouds more than a few miles from the fireball. Hurricanes, by contrast, are very large convective complexes a few hundred miles across. The mushroom cloud it...
by Himself
Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0023: "Short Answer Section II"
Replies: 80
Views: 21605

Re: What If 23: Short Answer Section II

I must say I was rather disappointed with the hurricane answer. I read the article it was linked to, but it didn't explain what, exactly, would happen if you detonated a nuclear bomb in the middle of a hurricane other than the consequent fall-out. It alludes to the fact that the nuclear bomb may no...
by Himself
Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 25355

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

scotty2haughty wrote:You'd think February 29 would get more press.

Much mention of a specific date probably comes from specific events that fall on that date. Since February 29 is the only date that doesn't come around every year, not as many events will happen then.
by Himself
Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"
Replies: 55
Views: 28420

Re: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"

BHG, tormenting people since first grade.
by Himself
Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0019: "Tie Vote"
Replies: 57
Views: 31160

Re: What-If 0019: Tie vote

Nobody is known to have actually been killed by a meteorite. The 1 in 700,000 odds are heavily influenced by the (small) chance of a dinosaur killer wiping out everyone on earth. Some more info . I don't know what it is worldwide, but from CDC statistics I found that the U.S. gets ~2.4 million deat...
by Himself
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1128: "Fifty Shades"
Replies: 41
Views: 12813

Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Wishbone versions of fanfiction. I vote for My Immortal next.
by Himself
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"
Replies: 70
Views: 25222

Re: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"

I think people are overthinking this one a bit (then again, this is the XKCD forum), although a car overtaking you would be slightly blueshifted and thus redder than it appears, most objects you see in the mirror will be stationary and thus redshifted as you are moving away from them.
by Himself
Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0015: "Mariana Trench Explosion"
Replies: 55
Views: 18082

Re: What-if 0015: Mariana Trench Explosion

Interestingly, we could get an even bigger explosion than Tsar Bomba if we just used that cat.
by Himself
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0015: "Mariana Trench Explosion"
Replies: 55
Views: 18082

Re: What-if 0015: Mariana Trench Explosion

what i'd like to know here continues after this final bigass kaboom. what would happen to the earth itself? sure all life would be over, but how would the planet itself shape up after a few million years or what have you? I don't think it would end all life, but there could possibly be a mass extin...
by Himself
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 46747

Re: What-if 0014: Short answer section.

"Fast enough to strip pavement from a parking lot." Bit of an understatement. But this also makes me rethink the ending of Portal 2. Using the equation Randall gives, I get speeds in the range of 640-870 mph for that particular situation, probably closer to the high figure. I expect the s...
by Himself
Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 48007

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

derjsot wrote:
Himself wrote:According to David Letterman, the purple light means "up to you."

Isn't that the yellow light?

That's probably why they stopped using purple lights in most places. It got redundant.
by Himself
Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 48007

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

According to David Letterman, the purple light means "up to you."
by Himself
Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:01 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 46747

Re: There is one-way glass

Randall is correct that no simple pane of glass with overcoatings can be a one-way mirror, but there are ways to do it. First, there are gadgets in the fiber-optic world which rotate the polarization state twice with an "analyzer" in between whose transmission is polarization-sensitive. L...
by Himself
Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 46747

Re: There is one-way glass

Randall is correct that no simple pane of glass with overcoatings can be a one-way mirror, but there are ways to do it. First, there are gadgets in the fiber-optic world which rotate the polarization state twice with an "analyzer" in between whose transmission is polarization-sensitive. L...
by Himself
Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 46747

Re: What-if 0014: Short answer section.

"Fast enough to strip pavement from a parking lot." Bit of an understatement. But this also makes me rethink the ending of Portal 2. Using the equation Randall gives, I get speeds in the range of 640-870 mph for that particular situation, probably closer to the high figure. I expect the si...
by Himself
Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0010: "Cassini"
Replies: 74
Views: 22622

Re: What-if 0010: Cassini

Randall didn't take into consideration that the spin of the planet distorts the shape from a sphere to an oblate spheroid. The oceans are pulled toward the equator by centrifugal force of the spin, causing the ocean to be as much as 5 miles higher than at the poles. http://bigthink.com/strange-maps...
by Himself
Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1102: "Fastest-Growing"
Replies: 85
Views: 21075

Re: 1102: "Fastest-Growing"

Thibaw wrote: If someone comes up with a good name for my religion feel free to make a post. 'He' didnt tell me one yet and I dont think he will in the future.

Reversism. You are a Reversite.
by Himself
Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 17484

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

Next week's what-if: What happens when you spill that bottomless drink? The planet becomes an ever-expanding sphere of soda. Nope. At some point it'll stop being soda. Eventually it would become an ever-expanding black hole. Wouldn't the cup be destroyed before that happened? Most beverages are mos...
by Himself
Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 17484

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

I'm not going with the bottomless drink. I already fell for the briefcase.
by Himself
Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 120523

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

Okay, I don't really know much about relativity or the physics of subatomic particles. But from reading this thread I've seen it mentioned that charged particles don't travel very far in the atmosphere and I believe it's been mentioned that the electrons in the ball would be stripped away. Would tha...
by Himself
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 28849

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

You forgot the part where most of the drama starts being people complaining about people acknowledging their hobby in real life or caring too much about it. Dammit, why does this keep coming back to things that are so EASILY applied to the MLP fandom? Because we're one of the fastest growing, sensi...
by Himself
Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 28849

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

You forgot the part where most of the drama starts being people complaining about people acknowledging their hobby in real life or caring too much about it. Dammit, why does this keep coming back to things that are so EASILY applied to the MLP fandom? Because we're one of the fastest growing, sensi...
by Himself
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 186
Views: 31308

Re: Look away from your monitor.

A chair so people can sit at the table.
by Himself
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 23960

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

Actually this reminds me of a campaign ad from 2006 that said one of the candidate's contributors had been "investigated for fraud." No mention of a trial or anything else beyond an investigation.
by Himself
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 28849

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

You forgot the part where most of the drama starts being people complaining about people acknowledging their hobby in real life or caring too much about it. Dammit, why does this keep coming back to things that are so EASILY applied to the MLP fandom? Because we're one of the fastest growing, sensi...
by Himself
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 28849

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

Wouldn't the bottom be the individual, or is there some smaller unit of subculture? Does that mean I'm my own subculture? Individuals can be involved in multiple subcultures, so instead of simply nesting, it can be recursive. I see. I guess uncertainty could apply to, like questioning one's choice ...
by Himself
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 28849

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

Wouldn't the bottom be the individual, or is there some smaller unit of subculture? Does that mean I'm my own subculture?
by Himself
Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1094: "Interview"
Replies: 59
Views: 21001

Re: 1094: "Interview"

One of the weirdest ones yet. I want a wormhole in my briefcase.
by Himself
Wed May 09, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 40635

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

Why 30 at 100% though?
Though I suppose it gets a bit more complicated the less people use the Internet.
by Himself
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272230

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Djehutynakht wrote:Okay, I give. What in the world is BHG doing in the bathroom with that bowling ball?

And I do expect him to come back and join in.

Considering that he's BHG, probably breaking peoples' legs.
by Himself
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 39435

Re: 0965: "Elements"

I could imagine trapping people or making metal objects useless as a gallium bender.
I know other have mentioned this, though, but if you want to be really cruel become a chlorine or fluorine bender.
by Himself
Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0957: "Development"
Replies: 87
Views: 23808

Re: 0957: "Development"

Based on the question marks it seems that Rina (nice job on the name btw as that is the next one up) could in fact be Hurricane Where-the-Hell-is-Bermuda (http://xkcd.com/453/).
by Himself
Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 62612

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

I found this comic funny as it is presented in fictional context so long as it stays there. At the same time I realize that someone could try this could be attempted in real life with resulting injuries and fatalities. In this sense I have doubts as to whether putting it up was such a good idea. I d...
by Himself
Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23450

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

javajosh wrote:If #2, then why is she so blase about the revelation of the actual year?


Perhaps she did the calculations and new when she'd land.
by Himself
Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23450

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

Perhaps she stumbled into a planet manufacturing facility much like the one inside Magrathea. That was pretty big.
by Himself
Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 28763

Re: 0945: "I'm Sorry"

"My mom's house burned down."
"I'm sorry"
"What? You mean you had something to do with it!?"
by Himself
Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2349536

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, I'm Nick. I'm 18 and just started at at college. I'm from Pennsylvania. Now let's see... I'm obsessed with weather, especially tornadoes, I am clueless about sports and proud of it. I am a nerd so I feel at home with xkcd. I have done speed runs of metroid games, though they weren't very good. I...

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