Talk:1941: Dying Gift

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Wikipedia has a list of most Foucault pendulums in the world, if anyone wants to try to guess what museum he worked for :) Hawthorn (talk) 12:11, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

I assumed that his Foucault pendulum was in his own home, rather than in some public place. 15:41, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, he does say "Main hall" DPS2004'); DROP TABLE users;-- (talk) 17:19, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Hmmm, I take your point :) I made the assumption that the pendulum is in a museum because I'm most familiar with seeing them in museums (and museums have halls), but the comic doesn't actually say that. It would be unusual for a man to personally own a large hall with a Foucault pendulum, but the title text does suggest that the guy is rich, so it's possible. Hawthorn (talk) 17:33, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

I am working on a fan project related to xkcd and I am hoping to release it on the 2000th comic. How much longer do I have? DPS2004'); DROP TABLE users;-- (talk) 16:33, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Assuming they come out three times a week as normal, until about the end of May. 16:46, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
If the comics continue as normal, #2000 would come out on May 30th, 2018. 22:49, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! DPS2004'); DROP TABLE users;-- (talk) 17:17, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
But why on such an arbitrary number? If you wait until #2048 at least it would be a nice round one :D 12:59, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

There is a superstition that the stopping of a clock's pendulum will cause (or will be caused by) the death of the clock's owner. A less superstitious version is that a clock's pendulum must be kept swinging as a token of rememberance. Therefore it is actually quite realistic that a dying person might instruct the inheritor of a pendulum clock to never let it stop. However, Randall turns the situation absurd by replacing the pendulum clock with a Foucault pendulum, not only because of the difficulty of moving the pendulum while it's swinging, but also because there's no such superstition associated with Foucault pendulums (that I could find, at least). 17:51, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

The possibility that the old man's requests will be ignored are in direct proportion to the possibility of him being capable of exacting revenge from beyond the grave.--These Are Not The Comments You Are Looking For (talk) 01:16, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

Should be mentioned: 08:20, 14 January 2018 (UTC)