19: George Clinton

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George Clinton
I still wish it were true.
Title text: I still wish it were true.

[edit] Explanation

George Clinton is an American musician most famous for his funk music and wild hair style.

As Randall says, he had attempted to spread around an urban legend that George Clinton had a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. However, the more Randall thought about this rumor, the more he found himself believing it was true. This behavior is related to Pseudologia fantastica, which is more commonly known as pathological or compulsive lying. This comic references the associated behavior that an "individual may be aware they are lying, or may believe they are telling the truth, being unaware that they are relating fantasies." These individuals may eventually stop the lie as demonstrated by the title text, which indicates that at some later time the individual realized that the rumor was not true, but wishes it to be so.

The equations on the board are Laplace transforms of functions.

[edit] Transcript

I once tried to start the urban legend that George Clinton has a B.A. in mathematics
[George Clinton indicates equations on a blackboard.]
...but I wanted it to be true so badly that I started believing it myself.

[edit] Trivia

  • This is the eighteenth comic posted to livejournal. The previous was 18: Snapple. The next was 20: Ferret.
  • The first Laplace transform has a mismatched left parenthesis, which was the topic of 859: (.
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Rikthoff (talk) Does anybody know what the correct date of issue of this comic is? Also, does anybody know why Randall loves George Clinton?

Have you listened to George Clinton? It's seems reasonable to me that Randall should love him. Blaisepascal (talk) 03:54, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

While reading that I got curious: How is it possible to gain a B.A. in mathematics? I couldn't find any information about the U.S. bachelor system, but in Germany a bachelor's degree in any STEM field is considered a B.Sc. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 12:08, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Interestingly, a few years after this comic was made, George Clinton did record the track "Mathematics Of Love" (http://www.metrolyrics.com/mathematics-of-love-lyrics-george-clinton.html). 11:57, 6 January 2015 (UTC) Kingofderby
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