Jet Lag

Cidu Bill on May 29th 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Pardon My Planet, Vic Lee, comic strips, comics, humor | 22 responses so far

22 Responses to “Jet Lag”

  1. RyanE May 29th 2013 at 01:34 am 1

    I suppose he needs *some* excuse for why he’s not wanting to go plunder, pillage, and give disease to the natives.

  2. dd May 29th 2013 at 01:38 am 2

    Jet, Mayflower, same diff?

  3. Kilby May 29th 2013 at 03:17 am 3

    Technically he’s got “sailboat lag”.

  4. mitch4 May 29th 2013 at 06:51 am 4

    The term “jet lag” has come to encompass two different phenomena. Originally it was a mismatch of internal clock with external time, due to moving across several time zones in a short time (like a single day usually). This would not be experienced by those crossing the Atlantic, say, on a 10-day trip on a big liner, as those shifts of the clock would be accomplished in small increments.

    Later the term gained the sense of any kind of fatigue caused by sitting on the jet for a tedious flight, noisy and without exercise.

    If we had super-super-fast travel, that would cure “jet lag” in sense 2. But for long-distance east-west trips, that would be the extreme case for full suffering of jet lag in sense 1. You may want to buy into “transporte” technology from a comfort point of view — but don’t accept the misleading claim that it will reduce your jet lag.

    (The conquistadors in the cartoon would not have sense-1 jet lag, even apart from the amusing anachronism, since they made a slow crossing.)

  5. NotAL May 29th 2013 at 07:26 am 5

    Maybe they had a stiff tail wind.

  6. Bob in Nashville May 29th 2013 at 07:41 am 6

    Anachronism as humor. That’s all.

  7. AMC May 29th 2013 at 07:47 am 7

    No one expects the Spanish circadian transposition. . . .

  8. ANDREA May 29th 2013 at 08:58 am 8

    AMC - best laff today!

  9. Powers May 29th 2013 at 09:36 am 9

    Mitch4: I have never heard of your “sense 2″ of “jet lag”, nor have I ever heard the “misleading claim” that transporters would reduce jet lag.

  10. fj May 29th 2013 at 10:29 am 10

    @Powers, @Mitch4

    I’ve certainly heard people use “jet lag” in a manner consistent with Mitch’s sense 2, but never accepted it as valid. Back when I was a perennial platinum-class frequent flier, I used to roll my eyes at people claiming “jet lag” when they had only changed a time zone (if that). I think that’s part of the reason I found this comic funny.

    I’m not sure that faster travel would significantly change jet lag #1, at least for travel to/from major cities. One can already get from any major U.S. airport to Tokyo, Singapore, or Sidney in less than day.

  11. Winter Wallaby May 29th 2013 at 11:58 am 11

    I’ve used “jet lag” in mitch4’s sense #2. When I do, I know it’s not quite right, but it’s faster than saying “I’m tired because I’ve been sitting on a plane most of the day,” and most people seem to understand what I mean.

  12. Scott May 29th 2013 at 02:51 pm 12

    On the other hand, if they had any type of chronometer or way of marking out 24 hour periods without sighting the sun, they’d arrive to find that noon local time was hours earlier than they were expecting.
    We discovered when we crossed from New York to France on the QE2 that it is better to go the other way. West to East means you lose one hour per day of ship time due to crossing time zones - and you need all that time to eat.

  13. Ian Osmond May 29th 2013 at 04:03 pm 13

    What everyone else is saying. It’s a time zone thing. The conquistador is still on Spain time, even though he’s now in Mexico, so it’s seven hours later than his body thinks it is. The past three months haven’t been enough time to reset his internal clock.

  14. Ed Rorie May 29th 2013 at 04:37 pm 14

    How about “jet fatigue” for sense #2?

  15. James Pollock May 29th 2013 at 04:59 pm 15

    Maybe he just messed up because of daylight savings time?

  16. Mark in Boston May 29th 2013 at 07:27 pm 16

    Sense 2 also happens on long car trips. It’s called “car rot”.

  17. AMC May 29th 2013 at 07:37 pm 17

    It isn’t as bad with an automatic transmission.

    At least I’ve always heard it referred to as the “car rot and the stick”.

  18. Bob in Nashville May 29th 2013 at 08:49 pm 18

    I’ve always referred to sense 2 on the road, or “car rot” as TB. Tired butt.

  19. Arch May 30th 2013 at 12:13 am 19

    James Pollock (#14) may well have identified an interesting factor - daylight savings time. James, is it also is the answer to climate change?

  20. Mark in Boston May 30th 2013 at 09:27 pm 20

    Daylight savings time is CAUSING global warming because of that extra hour of sunlight each day!

  21. Mark in Boston May 31st 2013 at 10:05 pm 21

    I am still campaigning for Summer Savings Time. At the end of January we set the calendar ahead one month and skip over February. At the end of August we set it back one month and get another month of summer vacation.

  22. Meryl A Jun 6th 2013 at 02:18 am 22

    At a reenactment recently I was asked how people “back then” knew what time it was if they didn’t have a watch “because they were expensive”. I shocked the couple (at least 60 in age) by explaining that time back then was not needed to be as exact as we use it now nd no one needed to be anywhere at 3:01 pm. I then explained that time then was natural and not based on time zones and daylight savings time did not exist. The concept of each town having a clock which was set to noon by the overhead sun was completely confusing to them. As I had started to talk another woman reenactor who was with me was pointing up at the sun. I explained that the crow woke one. One then worked and when meals were ready one ate (the meals being intended to be ready at about fixed times), when it got dark and the candle (singular) went out, one went to bed. It blew their minds that time was not used the same then as now. (Okay, church and court and such would start at fixed times, but they did have the town clock and watches, etc.) I said to my husband that if I tried to explain to them that hours, minutes, and seconds are invented by man and could have been different breakdowns (25 hours to the day, 100 minutes to the hour, 100 seconds to the minute anyone) I think they would have dropped dead on the spot.

    And I gave up on switching to Daylight savings time years ago - I go to sleep and wake up an hour later than I do when we are not on Daylight savings time.

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