Talk:1440: Geese

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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The mere idea of geese spontaneously exploding mid-flight makes me giggle like a madman. 12:03, 29 October 2014 (UTC), you're twisted. ... and now i can't stop thinking about it... and giggling. Iggynelix (talk) 16:27, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Wasn't it a goose going supernova that caused the Tunguska event? 16:40, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Time Dilation? 09:16, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

The explanation should point out that the comic is referring to the common misconception that there is a high chance that a visible star is already dead. The facts are explained but the context is missing. This misconception was also mentioned in a what-if, but I cant find it right now. The Milky Way is 120kly in diameter and most visible stars are much closer. With a lifetime of at least a couple millions of years the probability for a random star being dead is way below 1%. Given that there are 5000 stars visible to the naked eye (under best viewing conditions), this means that statistically there are maybe 5 stars in the entire night sky that are dead already. -- 09:10, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

"With a lifetime of at least a couple millions of years" True only for the most massive stars. The average star in the Milky Way is around half a solar mass and will last around 50 billion years. So the probability of one of the 5000 stars visible to the naked eye having died in the last 1000 years is even smaller than "way below 1%". 16:45, 29 October 2014 (UTC)