Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RickAgresta, Jun 17, 2008.
One of the best one liners in all of star trek on one of my least favorite series. Skip to the last few seconds if you prefer it out of context.
A female teacher throwing an X-rated party for a former male student typically doesn't raise an eyebrow in Florida. Throwing said party -- complete with penis-shaped hats and vagina-shaped lollipops -- in your classroom, during school hours, with 11-year-olds in attendance? That's just inappropriate.
Nature cared nothing for humans. If anything, I suspected the planet we called home would’ve been happy if our entire species kicked the bucket, since we often did far more harm than good.
Explanation Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Created by a SMALL CAT WITH NO CONCEPT OF FIELD EQUATIONS. Could use more information on the relevant theoretical physics. Do NOT delete this tag too soon. If you can address this issue, please edit the page! Thanks. This comic is primarily a wordplay joke about the Schwarzschild radius, or the distance from a black hole corresponding to the event horizon. The event horizon, in turn, is the limit from which nothing can leave a black hole; not even light. The joke is that, apparently, smaller cats are cuter, and there is a limit below which a sufficiently small cat (but larger than zero) will approach infinite cuteness, in a similar pattern to the way time's rate for an observer will approach infinity, the closer they get to the event horizon of a black hole. It's also an oblique reference to the Schrödinger's cat thought-experiment, since the names (Erwin) "Schrödinger" and (Karl) "Schwarzschild" are somewhat similar and both men were early 20th-century physicists who exchanged ideas with Albert Einstein. However, the actual comic doesn't bring up quantum superposition. The title text makes two allusions. First, it alludes to what happens when an object falls into a black hole. From an outside observer's point of view, such objects appear to slow down and take an infinite amount of time to cross the event horizon due to the time dilation of General relativity. The object's photons become increasingly red-shifted, fading as they lose energy to the black hole's gravity well. The scientific consensus suggests that from the falling object's point of view, it should continue to experience time and cross the Schwarzschild radius, but that event is unobservable from the outside (hence the term "event horizon"). Second, the title text is a play on the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, which slowly fades from view until only its grin remains. Randall previously discussed the superiority of tiny mammals in 1682: Bun. Transcript [A graph is shown. The x-axis is labeled "Cat size" and the y-axis, "Cat cuteness". Parallel to and a short distance from the y axis is a dashed line the same length as the y-axis line, representing a vertical asymptote; the space between the y axis and the dashed line is labelled "Critical Limit". Graphed is a function coming down from infinity, starting close to the dashed line; it then levels off and does not reach zero on-screen. At the top end of the graph is the text "Schwarzschild's Cat" and an arrow pointing upwards outside of the graph.]
1st person: It’s like growing up and hearing your grandma say “Bless your heart,” with the utmost sincerity, then hearing a Southerner say it for the first time and realizing they just called you a moron.
2nd person: YES!!! Exactly! I had no idea that bless your little heart was a condescending way to criticize someone’s idiocy. My grandma always said it with the utmost sincerity too. I am not Southern so I’ve inadvertently called countless people idiots when trying to express heartfelt gratitude!
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