332: Gyroscopes

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[[Cueball]] is playing with a {{w|gyroscope}}, which is fun to him. Even when he did understand how this momentum should work, he likes to play with it and they seem to bother him somewhat. And at the end the Gyroscope is talking to him, thus showing why they made him feel strange.
 
[[Cueball]] is playing with a {{w|gyroscope}}, which is fun to him. Even when he did understand how this momentum should work, he likes to play with it and they seem to bother him somewhat. And at the end the Gyroscope is talking to him, thus showing why they made him feel strange.
  
At the title text [[Randall]] is claiming mankind did not land on the moon because of lack of {{w|precession}}, what is a change in the orientation of the rotational axis of a rotating body and could be calculated in a very precise way. So maybe Randall is just joking about a lack on precision. Nevertheless this still refers to all this stupid {{w|Moon landing conspiracy theories}}. But on the other hand, gyroscopes caused the 9/11 incident by helping the planes hit their targets accurately.
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At the title text [[Randall]] is mocking the {{w|Moon landing conspiracy theories}} and referencing {{w|Lunar precession}} in the process, specifically the turning of lunar orbit, which determines the line along which the plane of the Moon's orbit intersects the plane of the Earth's orbit (implying that the intersection is what enabled NASA to fake the landing). The line on gryoscopes causing 9/11 seems to be yet another nutty conspiracy theory, this one about how the nefarious gryoscopes are actually sentient and ordered the attacks.
  
 
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Revision as of 16:18, 24 September 2013

Gyroscopes
We didn't actually land on the moon -- it just looked like we did because of precession. Also, gyroscopes caused 9/11.
Title text: We didn't actually land on the moon -- it just looked like we did because of precession. Also, gyroscopes caused 9/11.

Explanation

Cueball is playing with a gyroscope, which is fun to him. Even when he did understand how this momentum should work, he likes to play with it and they seem to bother him somewhat. And at the end the Gyroscope is talking to him, thus showing why they made him feel strange.

At the title text Randall is mocking the Moon landing conspiracy theories and referencing Lunar precession in the process, specifically the turning of lunar orbit, which determines the line along which the plane of the Moon's orbit intersects the plane of the Earth's orbit (implying that the intersection is what enabled NASA to fake the landing). The line on gryoscopes causing 9/11 seems to be yet another nutty conspiracy theory, this one about how the nefarious gryoscopes are actually sentient and ordered the attacks.

Transcript

[Cueball at desk with Gyroscope.]
Despite years of studying physics, I still find gyroscopes a little freaky.
[Cueball starts gyroscope with a zzzzip.]
[Gyroscope spins with a zzzzzz.]
[Gyroscope lifts into the air.]
Gyroscope: Greetings, Human.
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Discussion

"At the title text Randall is claiming mankind did not land on the moon because of lack of precession." should perhaps be more "...mankind did not land on the moon, but that (the existence of) precession mad it look like we did." At least, that's how I read that. 178.98.31.27 09:13, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

I also think whoever wrote that bit about the gyroscopes helping the planes hit their targets is completely missing the humor Randall was shooting for. He wasn't being serious, much as he wasn't with the moon line. He was implying, as a conspiracy theory, that gyroscopes are sentient, and it was at their bidding that the attacks happened. 152.119.255.250 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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