Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov (Russian: Станисла́в Евгра́фович Петро́в; 7 September 1939 – 19 May 2017) was a lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces who became known as "the man who single-handedly saved the world from nuclear war" for his role in the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident.
Wednesday was also Talk Like a Pirate Day Barmar (talk) 14:51, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
- What is a pirate's favorite letter?
- Many people think it's the 'R', but it's actually the 'C'! 126.96.36.199 15:05, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
- ...I feel like I've read that on a webcomic somewhere... 188.8.131.52 15:32, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
- It's a common audience participation joke when Paul and Storm perform The Captain's Wife's Lament, maybe that's what you're thinking of 184.108.40.206 13:36, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
- Ye'd think they'd be the most fond if the 'C', but without 'P', they just be irate. 220.127.116.11 16:01, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
Ayyy, got this one pretty fast. 18.104.22.168 15:18, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
- I thought that International Talk Like A Pirate Day was September 19th. I've been celebrating it on that day for decades Mr. I (talk) 19:37, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
I just read about Mr Petrov the other day, maybe on Quora. I wonder if Randall received the same article in his daily digest :) 22.214.171.124 16:26, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
History of Petrov Day as a holiday
My critics: Not explaining much to the comics content; even admires that a stupid citation is still needed; this Wiki isn't a link list; I can do more... But I don't want to do censorship so maybe we can put this into a single sentence belonging to an explanation. Otherwise some could be moved to a trivia section. --Dgbrt (talk) 18:17, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
I can't find anything specific, but a couple other articles list this BBC link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-24280831 which states that his heroism was kept secret until after the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991ish) and that Mr. Petrov "kept silent for 10 years" - so 1993 or maybe 2001. Afbach (talk)
- Read the first paragraph: "The incident was unknown to the public until it was revealed shortly before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991." --Dgbrt (talk) 21:41, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
I think everyone missed the subtle point in this comic - Stanislav was famous for correctly identifying the nuclear attack alert as a false alarm, and Cueball thought the calendar alert he received was a false alarm as well! I believe that's the real joke here! Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 14:30, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
You all missed the joke of the “false alarm clock”, which is that if it keeps going off when it’s not supposed to, you very well might assume that it’s another false alarm when you are actually supposed to wake up, and thus will sleep late anyway, completely defeating the point of the alarm. PotatoGod (talk) 20:33, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
Is it just me, or does Eliezer Yudkowsky show up abnormally frequently in explainXKCD? 126.96.36.199 04:35, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
So, corrolarily if that's a word, if you don't ignore the alarm clock and go back to sleep, the world ends?
(On a personal note, Stanislav Petrov day is the day before my birthday. It is somewhat gutting to think back on a day when I was opening presents, stuffing myself with cake, and running around the yard playing hide & seek with a bunch of other kids, and thinking just how different that day might have been).
188.8.131.52 17:45, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
Hmmm, at first I thought this incident may have been the inspiration for the movie "WarGames", but then hearing that it was kept secret until over a decade later, means that couldn't have been the case. Or could it? -Electro-- 184.108.40.206 21:59, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
Also, note the subtle choice of exclamation "Oh, shoot!" which would have been the response of Petrov's superiors if he had not chosen to ignore the alarm and done as he was directed.220.127.116.11 02:01, 26 November 2018 (UTC)