702: Snow Tracking

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Snow Tracking
I suppose thats more accurately a hare dryer.
Title text: I suppose thats more accurately a hare dryer.


Moose and Squirrel is a reference to the Rocky and Bullwinkle series of cartoons.

Longcat is a internet meme from pictures of cats all stretched out that make them look very tall (or long).

Mouse riding Bicycle is a reference to Ralph S. Mouse, a series of novels by Beverly Cleary.

The image text is a pun on the Rabbit with a hair dryer frame.

Legolas is a reference to the character by the same name in the Lord of the Rings trilogy of books and movies.

Knight is a chess reference as the tracks move just like the knight piece in chess.

The two "Kid with" frames are a reference to Calvin and Hobbes.

Prius is a reference to current events in which the car Toyota Prius's pedals have malfunctioned causing accidents.

The final frame is the Higgs Boson which is an elementary particle which has recently been detected in the Large Hadron Collider.


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The title-text could also be a reference to Bugs Bunny, many episodes had such play-on-words as title. ("A witch's tangled hare", "A Feather in his Hare", "Compressed Hare", many more...) -- ‎Gegueure (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It could be mentioned that the Higgs signature shown is probably a Higgs->top anti-top/bottom anti-bottom->jet-jet signature, and most certainly not the clearest observed channel right now of Higgs->gamma gamma (as there is no neutral signature, which would be a track appearing some from the center, and there are clearly two jets to be seen). This is a difficult channel to observe, and is much more important in higher Higgs mass regions than the now observed, where b-bbar is present, but gamma gamma is much easyer to observe. 13:11, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

Velociraptors are suspiciously missing from this comic... Just some random derp 19:18, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

I first thought of the Beverly Cleary mouse books too, but Ralph S. Mouse rode a motorcycle, not a bicycle. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Could it be a reference to Biker Mice From Mars? -- 08:05, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

I don't understand the knight tracks. They appear to move the same distance forward as they do to the side. Knights can't move like that.

The knight didn't have much to orientate with, so his mental checkerboard could easily have overspun. 17:31, 7 October 2021 (UTC)

The Knight Tracks panel represents a series of knight hops, rather than a single move. 21:29, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

The Higgs Boson frame is significantly different from all the others because it represents an image from a cloud chamber not tracks in snow. Brenda (talk) 09:15, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Which was is the bicycle going? There is a way to figure it out. Someone help 23:27, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

The Prius isn't a reference to dodgy pedals, but the drivers being horrible themselves. As you can see here, the car VEERS off the road. It does not brake, nor speed up.