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:[There's a single large panel. It shows a portion of an advent calendar.]
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:[A portion of an advent calendar shows 12 windows where the date can be seen below. The top row is cut off so you cannot see the very top of the window At the bottom there are four more windows, but only the top part can be seen, and there is no decoration visible. All the other windows have a decoration, although, you cannot see the one on the second window as it is opened more than 90 degree. The first is also opened, but not more than you can see there is a decoration. The 3rd is also open. The rest is still closed.]
:December 23rd
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:[A green mistletoe on red, partially open.]
:December 24th 12:00 AM
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:December 23<sup>rd</sup>
:December 24th Noon
 
:December 24th 6:00 PM
 
:December 24th 9:00 PM
 
:December 24th 10:30 PM
 
:December 24th 11:15 PM
 
:December 24th 11:37:30 PM
 
:December 24th 11:48:45 PM
 
:December 24th 11:54:22.5 PM
 
:December 24th 11:57:11.25 PM
 
:December 24th 11:58:35.63 PM
 
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:Zeno's Advent Calendar
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:December 24<sup>th</sup> 12:00 AM
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:[A red and white Santa hat on green just opened.]
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:December 24<sup>th</sup> Noon
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:[Two crossed red and white candy canes on white. From here all windows are closed.]
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:December 24<sup>th</sup> 6:00 PM
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:[A red Christmas ball on white.]
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:December 24<sup>th</sup> 9:00 PM
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:[A white Christmas star on red.]
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:December 24<sup>th</sup> 10:30 PM
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:[A red Christmas heart on gren.]
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:December 24<sup>th</sup> 11:15 PM
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:[A red Santa sleigh on white.]
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:December 24<sup>th</sup> 11:54:22.5 PM
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:December 24<sup>th</sup> 11:57:11.25 PM
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:[Below the top of four more windows where only the background colors can be seen red, white, green and then red again.]
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:[Caption below the panel:]
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:'''Zeno's Advent Calendar'''
  
 
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Revision as of 11:54, 14 September 2015

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

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." This means that 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

[A portion of an advent calendar shows 12 windows where the date can be seen below. The top row is cut off so you cannot see the very top of the window At the bottom there are four more windows, but only the top part can be seen, and there is no decoration visible. All the other windows have a decoration, although, you cannot see the one on the second window as it is opened more than 90 degree. The first is also opened, but not more than you can see there is a decoration. The 3rd is also open. The rest is still closed.]
[A green mistletoe on red, partially open.]
December 23rd
[A fully open window.]
December 24th 12:00 AM
[A red and white Santa hat on green just opened.]
December 24th Noon
[Two crossed red and white candy canes on white. From here all windows are closed.]
December 24th 6:00 PM
[A red Christmas ball on white.]
December 24th 9:00 PM
[A white Christmas star on red.]
December 24th 10:30 PM
[A red Christmas heart on gren.]
December 24th 11:15 PM
[A red Santa sleigh on white.]
December 24th 11:37:30 PM
[A red and white Christmas sock on green.]
December 24th 11:48:45 PM
[A green Christmas tree on red.]
December 24th 11:54:22.5 PM
[A red and green Christmas wreath on white]
December 24th 11:57:11.25 PM
[A red and white Christmas gift on green]
December 24th 11:58:35.63 PM
[Below the top of four more windows where only the background colors can be seen red, white, green and then red again.]
[Caption below the panel:]
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)

Advent then is the opposite of lent, when one gives up, say, chocolate 173.245.54.167 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

AAAHH!! Stop being an idiot! Type 1 diabetes... what they said. I have type 1!! Stop accusing me of making myself diabetic!!! 173.245.55.73 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I don't get why people think Zeno's paradox is interesting as it relies on the stupid notion that objects somehow move by halving the distance between one and the other rather than moving in discrete amounts of distance over time. I hope Zeno got punched for being so dumb at least once in his lifetime. -Pennpenn 108.162.250.162 05:10, 12 January 2016 (UTC)

It's interesting because it's not really a paradox. Of course they knew that the runner will get to his destination in finite time. The whole point was that it's absurd to claim otherwise. The reason it gets repeated so often is that, any philosophical arguments aside, it's a good story to explain that an infinite sum has a finite solution. Sigma(n=0->inf,1/(2^n))=2. 15:30, 29 October 2018 (UTC) 172.68.189.19 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)