Relatively Synchronic

Cidu Bill on Jun 8th 2010


Filed in Abstruse Goose, Albert Einstein, Basketcase Comix, Bill Bickel, Pardon My Planet, Vic Lee, comic strips, comics, humor, relativity, synchronicity | 27 responses so far

27 Responses to “Relatively Synchronic”

  1. Keera Jun 8th 2010 at 03:35 pm 1

    How weird to think of Einstein with neat hair.

  2. More fantasy, less reality, no baby blues Jun 8th 2010 at 03:46 pm 2

    Sort of like the Theory of Relativity, and Quantum Physics: Think of the sanest, most logical things possible, and say the opposite, and you might appear to have a great grasp of modern science!

  3. Cidu Bill Jun 8th 2010 at 03:47 pm 3

    Do you think Einstein ever imagined that that wild-haired photo would become the “iconic” Einstein? Any more than Churchill, glowering after his cigar was taken away from him, thought that photo would be how he’d always be remembered (though I guess he did know he was having an “official” photo taken)

  4. Naomi Jun 8th 2010 at 03:58 pm 4

    I hadn’t caught the “Albert” in the first one, and didn’t realize that was Einstein until I got to the third comic, so thanks!
    @Keera (& CIDU Bill)- I once saw a documentary about A. Einstein’s early years, and was shocked to realize he was quite a good-looking man in his youth (taking into account the hair and clothing styles of the time, of course.) So I suspect he might have been annoyed to find the “iconic” photo was one where he was so old, regardless of the hair.

  5. Detcord Jun 8th 2010 at 03:58 pm 5


    I went looking for a picture of Einstein with “neat” hair - and found one - but I had to go all the way back to 1905 to get it. Here’s the link (below) - and you may find the accompanying story even more interesting. Who would have thought, for example, that Einstein would have been the blade in the B.C. “B. Kapital” ‘toon that Bill posted.

    Apologies for the huge link. I hope it doesn’t “blow” anything … important.

  6. Pete Jun 8th 2010 at 04:28 pm 6

    The first one is a CIDU for me. What’s the joke?

  7. Chuck Jun 8th 2010 at 04:36 pm 7

    I missed the joke until the comment on the neat hair, then I got it.

  8. Dustin Jun 8th 2010 at 04:37 pm 8

    ~ Pete, his hair was messed up for his photo because he took the convertible.

  9. mitch4 Jun 8th 2010 at 05:23 pm 9

    I shared the incomprehension of the top one that other posters have also confessed. But Keera’s remark at #1 was enough to help me get it. !

  10. Cornbread Jun 8th 2010 at 05:25 pm 10

    Cidu Bill, which “wild haired photo” are you thinking of? Every photo I’ve seen of him has rather unruly, longish hair, and I was under the impression that was his normal state.

  11. The Bad Seed Jun 8th 2010 at 05:36 pm 11

    Thank you, Keera, that first one was a real CIDU for me!

  12. The Bad Seed Jun 8th 2010 at 05:38 pm 12

    p.s. My hair generally looks just like Einstein’s unruly coif, especially days like today when I’m outside in the wind all day.

  13. wordlass Jun 8th 2010 at 05:43 pm 13

    Apparently he was quite the lady’s man, too. Who woulda thunk it, with that hair?

  14. Bob in Nashville Jun 8th 2010 at 05:48 pm 14

    Actually, according to most biographical accounts I’ve seen, there was a point in Einstein’s life, quite some time before he became a celebrity and moved to America, when he stopped combing his hair out of disgust with the treatment he got from the scientific community at large.

    Therefore nearly all iconic photos of him will look like wild convertible hair.

  15. The Bad Seed Jun 8th 2010 at 08:13 pm 15

    Hey, I attract a whole different type of man with my wild-ass hair than I used to attract with my old stuffy carefully-coifed ‘do. Sometimes it pays to look different, a little dangerous, and maybe a little wacky! ;)

  16. CaroZ Jun 8th 2010 at 08:30 pm 16

    Re: xkcd:

    First rule of academia: if the department has “science” in its name, it isn’t.

  17. Jeff S. Jun 8th 2010 at 10:35 pm 17

    Not only did the convertible mess up his hair, that’s the car that went the speed of light and turned on its headlights. Albert wanted to verify the answer first hand on the way to the photoshoot.

  18. Kamino Neko Jun 9th 2010 at 01:18 am 18

    CaroZ - that’s an Abstruse Goose strip, not xkcd. You can tell because the characters have defined bodies, not stick-bodies.

  19. Chuck Jun 9th 2010 at 03:06 am 19

    Jeff, I thought the comic had something to do with that speed of light thing. Nice tie-in.

  20. mkilby Jun 9th 2010 at 03:45 am 20

    The “headlights” idea does sound like a logical tie-in, but I think if the artist had intended that, then he would have tried to fit the front end of the car into the drawing. However, I believe most of the early relativity thought experiments and paradoxes used locomotives, not automobiles (nowadays they use rockets, of course).

  21. Another BF Jun 9th 2010 at 05:54 am 21

    What kind of car is in the first strip? Must be a Volkswagen Quantum.

    And who fixes it for him? A bunch of Quantum Mechanics.

  22. Chuck Jun 9th 2010 at 11:21 am 22

    Another BF, I think we need to be BFFs.

  23. Keera Jun 9th 2010 at 01:21 pm 23

    Detcord @5, that was the photo I’d seen of Einstein, which helped me figure out the top joke. As for his politics, having seen first-hand what the advantages are to an even blend of socialism and capitalism, I find that I cannot be for just one or the other. Not to care about workers is cruel and unnecessary and will eventually ruin capitalism (that may explain the dagger through the heart). Not to care about free will and with that the free market, dispirits (why not 2 s-es, spellcheck?) humans and countries alike. Nationalism is never a good thing. It’s the political version of oppressing workers.

  24. Elyrest Jun 9th 2010 at 01:28 pm 24

  25. CaroZ Jun 9th 2010 at 01:58 pm 25

    Neko-chan: D’oh! It is indeed Abstruse Goose. (slaps forehead)

  26. Bob in Nashville Jun 10th 2010 at 06:29 pm 26

    The “Basket Case” hit me like a good British humor gag. Took me a minute to get it, but the instant I did it made me fall out of my chair. Well Done!

  27. Detcord Jun 11th 2010 at 12:34 pm 27

    Elyrest (24)

    Well, it would have been easier on Bill, as my post went into moderation for a bit and he had to fix it. I think it was because I took the link from Images, rather than Web, as I presume you did.

    If so, then thanks for the tip - as I’d perfer not to irritate our host - too much :-)

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