Talk:1365: Inflation

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Space Jam! - 04:51, 7 May 2014 (UTC) 04:54, 7 May 2014 (UTC) 04:54, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

I got "basketball" and "Space Jam", but I didn't get why it said Spalding on it. From reading the explanation, I'm guessing it's a brand. Thanks, because I never would have made the connection. 05:29, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Why did Randall choose a basketball? A rugby ball or an american football would fit the shape better Condor70 (talk) 06:12, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Because of the curving lines like a basketball on the image. Fizzle (talk) 06:17, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
Added the reasoning for choosing a basketball to represent the universe Condor70 (talk) 08:46, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
I have never heard of the Basketball version - in DK I have mainly heard of it like a balloon. The link is to a book - could someone find a link to a short article where this analogy is used? Also I agree that if you do not know a basketballs lines you would never think of that from the image - as it much more looks like an American football due to the shape. Of course the Space Jam/Michael Jordan title text makes it clear that it is a basketball. Kynde (talk) 13:11, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
The only other reference I could find is [1]. I remember the analogy from a Discovery Channel program.Condor70 (talk) 15:31, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
This is no basketball! The lines on a basketball are different. On a basketball every line intersects exactly 4 times with other lines.
Looks like a basketball (example [2]). Remember that the Mollweide projection distorts the lines.Condor70 (talk) 15:31, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Should the image not be updated to the current one on XKCD? Then this image could be saved on XKCD and linked to from the explanation on the error. Kynde (talk) 13:09, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

What's a basketball? (explain like i'm five <duck>) Ralfoide (talk) 14:19, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Megan is not looking at the "actual image captured by the BICEP2 instrument", because BICEP2 has only a 20 degree field of view (targed at the "Southern Hole")

Correct. The image is from the WMAP.Condor70 (talk) 15:32, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

When I look at the comic at, the bottom image is reversed and 'SPALDING' is backwards (and so thus hard to make out). Is this true for anyone else? --Dangerkeith3000 (talk) 15:53, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Noted above, I think. Haven't checked out any explanation but I'm betting someone pointed out "but, it'd have to backwards, as viewed from inside", thus Randall reversed it. A pity, because you're right about it being not as readable. (I'm used to mirror-writing... but combined with the rest of the image noisiness (unflipped) the reversed version comes out more like "Spajjing" or even "Soajjing", to me, the right-way-round one not suffering from inconveniently-placed splodges ruining the effect.) 16:43, 7 May 2014 (UTC)