I can relate
By - nzcapybara
This is one my favorite strips.
Same, I read this strip at just the right age as a kid to have the same reaction as Calvin.
Thb it still kind of blows my mind - it's a great example of how humans are smart in the world where we evolved, but pretty dumb as soon as you start 'zooming out'
"A person is smart. PEOPLE are stupid." - Agent K
I quote this all the time! Underrated line.
MiB is a fun action comedy for 80% of the film, but all the Will Smith stuff before he becomes Agent Jay is really good.
Don't start no shit *stomp, crunch* Won't be no shit. *stomp, grinds roach guts*
Best part of Calvin & Hobbes is reading it as a kid and relating hard to Calvin and then reading it as an adult and relating hard to his parents
If you spin on a chair while holding two heavy objects close to you, then extend your arms out so youre holding the objects at arms length, you'll slow down. If you bring your arms back in, you'll speed back up without applying any extra force.
Edit: Like [this](https://youtu.be/_eMH07Tghs0)
It's a rare example where dad is talking about math or science and doesn't bs (babies from kmart, ice, Flagstaff, etc.).
Mine too! I've had nearly the whole collection since I was a kid, and this one makes me audibly laugh every time
My physics teacher in high school had this one up. He was the best teacher ever.
Physics! Interesting explanation on angular and tangential velocity in circular motion
For those wanting to refresh on freshman year physics
Radians × Radius = arc length.
Therefore radians/s (angular velocity) × radius = tangential velocity
You just explained this 1000x better than my kinematics and dynamics professor. Wtf.
He probably has tenure too
When Calvin hears about Schrödinger's cat, Hobbes is in for a bad time.
"You see Calvin, that builds character."
Lying awake at night having an existential crisis builds character
I realized that’s where I get that phrase from. I always say stuff builds character. I’m just now putting the pieces together that I got it from a comic I read as a kid lol.
When people get a scrap, suggest rubbing dirt in it as well. It also builds character.
I have always wondered how many drafts of dad's words Watterson went through to explain this concept so perfectly in just two cells. It is so masterfully written.
Agreed !great name by the way!
The singular time Calvin's dad didnt lie
Lie? You mean he was lying when he said wind is caused by trees sneezing and the sun actually sets in Flagstaff, Arizona? :(
Mind blown! And like my hero I will probably have trouble going to sleep tonight as well.
What book is this one in? The only books I never owned (non-treasury or collectibles) were Scientific Progress Goes Boink and Weirdos From Another Planet. I’ve read plenty from both and lots of the treasury books and have never seen this one! What a gem find on a Sunday evening!
Possibly Attack of the Mutant Killer Snow Goons, given the art style, or possibly Revenge of the Babysat
I'm pretty sure it's from Scientific Progress Goes Boink. It might be in other books as well but that one was the only one I had growing up and I'm pretty sure I remember this strip from there.
This is out of the complete treasury it’s in the middle book of the three I was contemplating adding the date I think it was like May 1991
I used to stay up when I was little freaking out about how could the universe go on forever and what was past infinity. I also read Calvin and Hobbes pretty obsessively.
This reminds me of my philosophy 101 class
Wait till Calvin hears the Ship of Theseus thought experiment.
See, that's why Calvin's dad usually just tells Calvin that wind is caused by trees sneezing. It's not true but the truth is more complex!
This was me in college when shown the proof that there are more numbers between 1 and 2 than all the natural numbers.
Countable and uncountable infinities?
I always read this one and imagine Calvin's dad wearing tie-dye on a beanbag chair in his youth looking at his records play.
fun fact, there is a speed limit to this which is the speed of sound through the medium, once you pass that your object physically could not go faster or else it would just tear apart. This is the speed it takes to propagate motion through an object.
Aristotle's wheel Paradox. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mrVg9GM5h7Q
Smart people discussed about this
Actually the speed of the record passing under the needle does change but the groove is recorded to account for it. The thing that stays constant is the rpm so the further from the center the needle goes the farther along the groove it travels per second
IIRC tracks were "wider" closer to the center because of this? (I haven't physically seen a record in about 25 years)
Love this one, thanks for resharing
Yeah it’s interesting when you have a laugh out loud moment when the last panel is like dead silence
Sorry can someone explain this to me? I thought the disc had a constant speed?
A point near the outside of the record is traveling along a circular path that is much larger than a point near the middle of the record. Both of those paths are completed in the same amount of time, which means that the outer circle is traveling at a faster rate to go that longer distance.
It helps if you picture both of the circles, and then cut them and unwind them into straight lines.
Or, just picture how it feels to stand in the middle of one of those spinning playground rides, where it feels slow, vs the outside, where it feels faster
The grooves get tighter the closer you move to the center.
Speed is constant, distance traveled is not.
Well all he had to do was add that the distance travelled by each point is also different
I don’t understand why Calvin can’t sleep over that.
Wow I don't think I've ever seen this one! Hilarious.
Ah yes v = rw
Edit: corrected it hehe I forgor
v=w*r, not /
I think about this a lot
I just finished a calculus based physics class and this concept was a large part of one the tests.
Parenting well done 😁
How can they go at different speeds if they’re lined up and part of the same plastic? WITCH!
Math class be like
Is Calvin scared or so surprised about this fact that he stays awake thinking?