2057: Internal Monologues

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Internal Monologues
Haha, just kidding, everyone's already been hacked. I wonder if today's the day we find out about it.
Title text: Haha, just kidding, everyone's already been hacked. I wonder if today's the day we find out about it.


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Most of the mass of trees is extracted from the air. [1] More precisely: The bulk of the mass of a tree is composed of cellulose and water. Cellulose is a polysaccharide, that is, it's a large molecule consisting of many glucose molecules bonded together. Plants make those glucose molecules through photosynthesis: they make them by combining water and carbon dioxide molecules using the energy from sunlight. Plants get the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and arguably the water also as it usually comes from rain which is condensed water vapor.


Gravity is one of the four fundamental forces of physics. In everyday experience, most people tend to think of gravity merely as a pervasive downward force, but as a physicist, Cueball is more aware that in fact, all gravitational forces are mutual; any pair of objects will exert an equal and opposite gravitational force on each other, regardless of how big they are. Therefore, he is correct in saying that his phone and the Earth are being "pulled together", and finds it remarkable that he is able to sense this interaction between two objects of such an astronomically disparate size.

Computer Security

Anyone well versed in computer security understands just how insecure the systems that we depend on actually are. In the title text it is noted possibility that systems are already hacked without our knowledge.

Graphic Design

Graphic designers recognize fonts and design elements, and see how they come together. In this comic, the graphic designer wonders how the Law & Order font was chosen for a particular storefront's sign. Law & Order is a police procedural TV series created by Dick Wolf in 1990, which has had various spinoffs. The font used for the title sequence of Law & Order is called Friz Quadrata, and is also the font used for the signage of the New York Police Department headquarters.


Doctors are well versed in human anatomy, and are likely to think about what is inside of people more than the average person would.


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Internal Monologues
from various fields
[Five characters are shown, with their monologues inside thought bubbles, and their respective fields shown below.]
Megan: I can't get over the fact that trees are made of air.
Cueball (looking at a phone): It's so weird that I can feel the Earth and my phone being pulled together.
Shoulder length hair woman: I wonder if today will be the day everyone gets hacked and it all finally collapses.
Computer security
Hairy: I wonder how that store ended up with the Law & Order font for their sign.
Graphic design
Ponytail: We're all acting normal even though we're full of blood and bones and poop.

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No maths? Too bad... 14:39, 10 October 2018 (UTC)Some Nerd

Mathematicians don't need to wonder why, they can show their working. 15:17, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

If we're going to mention other places the font is used at, I figured it may be worth leaving this here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friz_Quadrata#Usage (not necessarily worth adding to the explanation, but people may be interested in the trivia.) 22:42, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

WHAT? They are shutting down Google+? What will I be not-really-using now? -- Hkmaly (talk) 23:40, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

I interpreted the observation that trees are mostly made of air as referring to the fact that much of the internal structure is composed of hollow tubes filled with air. This also makes sense because wood floats in water due to the amount of air inside the wood fibers. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 14:01, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

A link between this comic and 1839 is needed (both directions), as the doctor is having the same issues. Would do it myself, but I am at work and do not have the time for proper writing, and will forget about this by the time I am home.--Lupo (talk) 06:41, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Maybe, but it's only trivia because it doesn't explain this comic. And we have categories shown at the bottom. --Dgbrt (talk) 19:24, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
Yes, you are right, it fits better in trivia. Thanks for moving it there. Categories do not show the similarity in doctor ponytails statements. --Lupo (talk) 21:50, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Honestly, I thought my explanation of the Physics one was much better. The current explanation doesn't seem to address what Cueball is actually thinking. Hawthorn (talk) 10:33, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Cueball mentions the feeling how a phone is pulled together. That is electromagnetism and NOT gravity. And also touching it with your hands involves electromagnetism rather than gravity. AND gravity is pulling you to the center of the Earth, but you are stopped by electromagnetism between the Earth surface and you. --Dgbrt (talk) 18:42, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
I'm almost certain that you're misreading or misunderstanding what Cueball is saying. He isn't describing his phone being "pulled together" in the sense of intermolecular forces between atoms. Read the sentence again: he's describing the Earth and his phone being pulled to each other. And while yes, it is true to say that Cueball's "feeling" is electromagnetic in nature (ie. he "feels" the atomic bonds, not the gravitational attraction), I don't think that's the intention behind his words. He's not marveling at the electromagnetics of the situation; he's describing two objects that differ only in their masses, and his place in that interaction. Hawthorn (talk) 12:44, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Since the other "scientists" also do simple statements about a single fact you have convinced me. A real physicist never would forget that objects like phones are pulled together by electromagnetism, but Cueball does. I've reverted my edit with a small addition to the former text. --Dgbrt (talk) 19:51, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! :) Hawthorn (talk) 12:28, 24 October 2018 (UTC)

"Botany - Megan: I can't get over the fact that trees are made of air"
The converse of this is that, if you are on a diet, you lose mass through your lungs. The carbon in the molecules is lost in the form of CO2. The hydrogen and oxygen are lost in the form of water, part of which is also lost as water vapor in the lungs. Rps (talk) 11:34, 16 August 2021 (UTC)