June 14, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1087: Cirith Ungol (described)

A web comic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.

This week: What would happen if everyone on earth stood as close to each other as they could and jumped, everyone landing on the ground at the same instant?









Scene:  A dark cave, profuse with spiderwebs, bones hanging in some of them.  A stick figure in a long flowing robe holds up a lantern in one hand; the One Ring is dangling from a necklace in the other.  In a large web before the figure, presumably written by the spider, are the words, “SOME PIG.”

Hover text: My all-time favorite example of syntactic ambiguity comes from Wikipedia: “Charlotte’s Web is a children’s novel by American author E. B. White, about a pig named Wilbur who is saved from being slaughtered by an intelligent spider named Charlotte.


Warning: This comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

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