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Chalupa Batman 11-09-2012 04:26 PM

What If? (by XKCD)
 
The series starts here:

http://whatif.xkcd.com/1/

I love his take on these things.

BrimFullofAsham45 11-09-2012 07:15 PM

Mind blowing. Almost makes me want to take physical chemistry again. Almost.

WarriorOfGandhi 11-09-2012 07:51 PM

that might have been the best hour of my life

Zaide 11-10-2012 12:16 AM

These are very interesting reads.

Unaffiliated 11-10-2012 01:03 AM

Cool find :)

Kane One 11-10-2012 04:50 AM

Incredible.

Quote:

A careful reading of official Major League Baseball Rule 6.08(b) suggests that in this situation, the batter would be considered "hit by pitch", and would be eligible to advance to first base.
:laugh:

PyrettaBlaze 11-10-2012 10:15 AM

Wow, such a great read so far. Loving his little drawings as well. :laugh:

FinHockey 11-10-2012 10:35 AM

From the Short Answer Section:

Quote:

When my wife and I started dating she invited me over for dinner at one time. Her kitchen had something called Bauhaus chairs, which are full of holes, approx 5-6 millimeters in diameter in both back and seat. During this lovely dinner I was forced to liberate a small portion of wind and was relieved that I managed to do so very discretely. Only to find that the chair I sat on converted the successful silence into a perfect, and loud, flute note. We were both (luckily) amazed and surprised and I have often wondered what the odds are for something like that happening. We kept the chairs for five years but despite laborious attempts it couldn't be reproduced.

—R. D.

This ... isn’t actually a question.
http://whatif.xkcd.com/imgs/a/14/sho...eadscratch.png

But thank you for sharing!

xX Hot Fuss 11-12-2012 08:37 AM

Only read the baseball one in the link. Why does a baseball moving that fast cause what is essentially a nuclear explosion??? I think i have a grasp on it but not sure...

1) Baseball is moving so fast that it is splitting the atoms and molecules in the air?
2) Assuming 1 is true, the resultant atom splitting causes a nuclear reaction?

Where do the Gamma Rays come in?

TasteofFlames 11-12-2012 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xX Hot Fuss (Post 55709459)
Only read the baseball one in the link. Why does a baseball moving that fast cause what is essentially a nuclear explosion??? I think i have a grasp on it but not sure...

1) Baseball is moving so fast that it is splitting the atoms and molecules in the air?
2) Assuming 1 is true, the resultant atom splitting causes a nuclear reaction?

Where do the Gamma Rays come in?

Gamma rays are released during the interaction of nuclei (fission/fusion) and through good, old-fashioned radioactive decay. What they are saying is that the ball would be moving so fast that the air molecules (O2, CO2, N2, etc) would fuse with the molecules on the surface of the ball, each fusion giving off a burst of gamma rays. This would essentially create an expanding bubble of superheated gasses as the escaping gamma rays trigger more nuclear fusion. The comic is actually saying that throwing a ball at that speed creates a chain reaction similar to what you see in stars...only on a much smaller scale, and not sustainable because of a lack of matter (that's why it goes off like a nuke instead of forming a "star").

And, btw, XKCD is the absolute ****. It's the geek equivalent to internet rule 34.

xX Hot Fuss 11-12-2012 11:38 AM

Thanks man!

Richer's Ghost 11-12-2012 12:18 PM

These R N Credible.

Thanks for sharing.

Chalupa Batman 11-13-2012 12:43 PM

Interesting one today: "If a meteor made out of diamond and 100 feet in diameter was traveling at the speed of light and hit the earth, what would happen to it?”

Richer's Ghost 11-13-2012 02:02 PM

http://whatif.xkcd.com/imgs/a/20/diamond_alien.png

Oh mai indeed.

xX Hot Fuss 11-14-2012 12:52 PM

These are great! i wish there was a way to easily cycle through to the last one you read. The further back i go i have to click more and more and more and more : (

Richer's Ghost 11-14-2012 01:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xX Hot Fuss (Post 55764115)
These are great! i wish there was a way to easily cycle through to the last one you read. The further back i go i have to click more and more and more and more : (

the most recent one is #20

http://whatif.xkcd.com/20/

type over the 20 with whatever number is next and bingo - you're click free

xX Hot Fuss 11-14-2012 01:15 PM

Yeah just realized there's only 20...i was hoping this would give me days of entertainment instead of hours : (

TasteofFlames 11-14-2012 02:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xX Hot Fuss (Post 55764527)
Yeah just realized there's only 20...i was hoping this would give me days of entertainment instead of hours : (

You could always jump over to the web-comic section. 1100+ of those.

Chalupa Batman 11-20-2012 10:06 AM

Machine-gun jetpack! :handclap:

http://what-if.xkcd.com/21/

http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/21/jetpack_speeding.png

Chalupa Batman 11-28-2012 05:38 PM

Interesting one this week - cost of pennies:
http://what-if.xkcd.com/22/

I've always wondered if I should leave my change in the car when mountain climbing, just for this reason.

FrizzleFry22 11-29-2012 01:22 AM

Well I just spent the last hour and half on this site.:laugh: Got a new avatar from it!

Unaffiliated 11-29-2012 02:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FrizzleFry22 (Post 56109655)
Well I just spent the last hour and half on this site.:laugh: Got a new avatar from it!

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/pointers.png
this one is super popular too

FrizzleFry22 11-29-2012 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unaffiliated (Post 56109941)
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/pointers.png
this one is super popular too

That was my old avatar! :laugh: I found this site years ago but forgot about it.

xX Hot Fuss 11-29-2012 03:50 PM

We should start submitting are own and talking about them here so i dont have to wait until every Tuesday

Chalupa Batman 12-04-2012 11:40 AM

Some interesting mish-mash this week:

http://what-if.xkcd.com/23/

In particular, I like the response to the bomb/hurricane question.

And that the Internet is smaller than an oil tanker.


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