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| titletext = I think you could get up to about 11:59:57 before you'd have trouble swallowing the chocolates fast enough. At that point, you'd need some kind of a liquify-and-chug apparatus to get up over the 11:59:59 barrier. Anyway, Merry Christmas!
 
| titletext = I think you could get up to about 11:59:57 before you'd have trouble swallowing the chocolates fast enough. At that point, you'd need some kind of a liquify-and-chug apparatus to get up over the 11:59:59 barrier. Anyway, Merry Christmas!
 
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== Explanation ==
 
== Explanation ==
In this comic, the picture depicts an {{w|Advent calendar}}, which has a chocolate every time they get halfway to Christmas. This is a joke because of {{w|Zeno's paradox}}, which said "Before a moving object can travel a certain distance, it must travel half that distance. Before it can travel half the distance it must travel 1/4 the distance, etc. This sequence goes on forever. Therefore, it seems that the original distance cannot be traveled, and motion is impossible. " so eating chocolates at diminishing intervals will make it so Christmas never happens. The scrollover text says that when you get close to midnight, it gets physically impossible to eat the chocolates that fast, but you could get the one second away mark with a chocolate liquidator and feeder tube.
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In this comic, the picture depicts an {{w|Advent calendar}}, which has a chocolate every time they get halfway to Christmas. This is a joke because of {{w|Zeno's paradox}}, which said "Before a moving object can travel a certain distance, it must travel half that distance. Before it can travel half the distance it must travel 1/4 the distance, etc. This sequence goes on forever. Therefore, it seems that the original distance cannot be traveled, and motion is impossible. " so eating chocolates at diminishing intervals will make it so Christmas never happens. The title text says that when you get close to midnight, it gets physically impossible to eat the chocolates that fast, but you could get the one second away mark with a chocolate liquidator and feeder tube.
  
 
[[1153: Proof]] is also about Zeno.
 
[[1153: Proof]] is also about Zeno.
  
 
== Transcript ==
 
== Transcript ==
:(There's a single large panel. It shows a portion of an advent calendar.))
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:[There's a single large panel. It shows a portion of an advent calendar.]
 
:December 23rd
 
:December 23rd
 
:December 24th  12:00AM
 
:December 24th  12:00AM
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{{Comic discussion}}
 
{{Comic discussion}}
 
 
[[Category:Comics with color]]
 
[[Category:Comics with color]]
 
[[Category:Philosophy]]
 
[[Category:Philosophy]]

Revision as of 04:53, 2 January 2013

Advent Calendar
I think you could get up to about 11:59:57 before you'd have trouble swallowing the chocolates fast enough. At that point, you'd need some kind of a liquify-and-chug apparatus to get up over the 11:59:59 barrier. Anyway, Merry Christmas!
Title text: I think you could get up to about 11:59:57 before you'd have trouble swallowing the chocolates fast enough. At that point, you'd need some kind of a liquify-and-chug apparatus to get up over the 11:59:59 barrier. Anyway, Merry Christmas!

Explanation

In this comic, the picture depicts an Advent calendar, which has a chocolate every time they get halfway to Christmas. This is a joke because of Zeno's paradox, which said "Before a moving object can travel a certain distance, it must travel half that distance. Before it can travel half the distance it must travel 1/4 the distance, etc. This sequence goes on forever. Therefore, it seems that the original distance cannot be traveled, and motion is impossible. " so eating chocolates at diminishing intervals will make it so Christmas never happens. The title text says that when you get close to midnight, it gets physically impossible to eat the chocolates that fast, but you could get the one second away mark with a chocolate liquidator and feeder tube.

1153: Proof is also about Zeno.

Transcript

[There's a single large panel. It shows a portion of an advent calendar.]
December 23rd
December 24th 12:00AM
December 24th NOON
December 24th 6:00PM
December 24th 9:00PM
December 24th 10:30PM
December 24th 11:15PM
December 24th 11:37:30PM
December 24th 11:48:45PM
December 24th 11:54:22.5PM
December 24th 11:57:11.25PM
December 24th 11:58:35.63PM
...
Zeno's Advent Calendar
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Discussion

To me this is a lesson in moderation, too much chocolate is not only a problem on x-mas, but also on Halloween. If we don't learn moderation, we will wake up on 25th with huge belly and type-1 diabetes. Enjoy responsibly (which is true for every good thing and state altering drugs). - e-inspired 98.211.199.84 15:42, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

I'll have you know that type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with sugar overdose, since it's mostly an autoimmune disease. Type 2 diabetes is the fatty's version, whose only connection to type 1 is the symptoms (and sometimes the treatment) 141.101.98.212 05:42, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

I'm glad that isn't what this is for me. 81.135.136.159 10:42, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

I think the humor is too about the way most people find difficult to wait for the next day before eating the chocolate...--141.101.89.203 14:49, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
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