Talk:2164: Glacier

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There is something in the air - Jon Finemore has a Sword in the Stone joke in the most recent Souvenir Programme.

We long ago noticed skiing and fencing both take place on piste. However, they look at you askance when you try to fence on skis. 21:20, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Added trivia about T.H. White's appearance two comics ago. Obviously, The Sword in the Stone is on Randall's mind lately! Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 21:34, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

I think the phrase "takes things in a weird direction" is a pun since the original Sword in the Stone had the blade buried in the stone, and in this case, the handle is buried (also, in the Sword in the Stone, the blade traditionally points toward the ground, but in this case, it is parallel to the ground) 22:48, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

I agree there could be a pun in that choice of words on the direction of the blade. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 00:42, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Is this saying Beret Guy is Norwegian, or is the title text just mentioning the Norwegian version offhand?V (talk) 01:15, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

I guess it just mentions Norway because Norway is quite famous for its glaciers, as well as for strange art/humor. (Don't get me wrong: I love Norway, actually lived there for 6 months and want to go back.) --Lupo (talk) 06:27, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

I'm struggling with the reference to fencing sabres in the current explanation. While it's possible that the weapons shown are indeed fencing sabres, I'm not entirely convinced because sabres appear to be less blade-like that what I see in the comic. I'm more inclined to describe the weapons in the comic as swords instead, especially since the title text refers to The Sword in the Stone. Anyone else have an opinion? Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 01:47, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Still looking for other opinions on my sabre vs sword question. Anyone? Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 16:00, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

My guess was the the title text was a joke based on Post-glacial Rebound. If you hold a sword over the bedrock, and wait for the rebound the sword will end up in the stone. -- 15:29, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Added here from explanation: "Question Randall's science on this one as the consensus is that glaciers are retreating world wide. " (Author: Grendelsmum )signed by me, even though not my content. --Lupo (talk) 06:31, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

The comic refers probably to the legend of Arthur. Interestingly, Norway has its own sword in the stone, even three swords. It is believed that Norway won't fall as long as the swords are in the stone. They better give Arthur no visum. [1] Vince 06:52, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Yes, the reference to The Sword in the Stone means it is definitely related to the King Arthur story! Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 15:56, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

The hairdryer has no cord, which doesn't exist commercially, but I happen to know that a german hairdryer company had prototypes of gas-powered cordless dryers but it never made a public appearance or product. Dodo (talk) 09:12, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

I just put "cordless hairdryer" into Amazon and there are a few available. Admittedly, they don't look very good, but they do seem to exist. Daemonik (talk) 09:31, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
I removed that part - it's simply not true. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 12:35, 18 June 2019 (UTC)