Talk:679: Christmas Plans

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Interestingly, the comic text could be interpretted as dealing more with classical physics (only by observation do we actually know something) while the hover text is definitely referencing the fact that observing does something to a quantum system. 12:57, 17 May 2013 (UTC) A bit of theology: Jews are still waiting for Christ to be born, which makes 'I just don't know when Christmas is.' even more true. 06:05, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Strictly speaking, we're waiting for the Messiah to be born. With any luck, he or she won't get crucified, so it won't be proper to refer to him/her as "Christ". 07:25, 23 November 2013 (UTC)
Loosely translated, "Christos" means messiah in (transliterated) Greek. It's descended from "chriein" meaning "annoit". So, yes, Jews are still waiting for Christ. The proper term is still "messiah", though, as it is the equivalent Hebrew term (parallel etymologies even! See Merriam-Webster for both). Anonymous 18:26, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
So you can't be Jewish and believe in the Messiah or you can be Jewish but not disblieve in the Law of Moses?
Sheesh! Jewish scientists have it hard/unyielding/relatively impenetrable.

I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 21:24, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Does the idea the title text references also apply to infrared thermometers? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Yes, The water is giving off IR radiation, some of it is being reflected back- placing the thermometer will reflect either more or less than the environment around the water (i.e. walls of the room etc.) this will effect a change in the temperature. (this comment is xkcd 326 compliant)

Since other people are obviously observing Christmas, its state should already be known, even if not known by Cueball. Schroedinger's cat depends on the fact that no one has observed the state of the cat. flewk (talk) 21:07, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

...You know, technically, he's kind of right. Christmas can have different dates depending on the culture, and if he does not celebrate any of them he has no reason to associate with any particular version. And it gets more complicated if he's aware of the whole thing where Christmas as we know it is suspected not to be Christ's actual birthday in the first place (IIRC, the current best estimates place it in April somewhere). -- 12:47, 16 November 2020 (UTC)