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I feel like I'm missing the joke if it's causing that much of a reaction in you two. >.>
All of them disregard the effect of such a fast object on the environment it's in (like designing a supersonic jet without accounting for the shockwave, or flying one and not anticipating the 'boom'.
Most of XKCD is in-jokes of some flavor or other.
Like the one the author did of a check to his cable company for a fraction of a cent. He did this HUGE ornate formula my friend the nuclear engineer had to explain to me.
And for those who want the math:The first freaky bit is eiπ = -1 (Euler's Identity)The next freaky bit is the sum 1/2+1/4+1/8+1/16.... and equals 1, cancelling out the first freaky bit. (Zeno's Paradox)Which just leaves the 0.002 dollars (or 2 tenths of a cent) that Verizon insisted that he owed.
See, by that time I would have sent a check for $0.01 and asked for change.
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