Monday, March 26, 2018

Dr. Wilbur von Philbert (Tom Tomorrow's Nutty Professor) Has Discovered A Black Hole In The Oval Office

Yesterday, Tom/Dan wrote a comment about today's 'toon:

Disclaimer: the probable subjective experience of being trapped in an event horizon has been fictionalized for the purposes of satire. But since someone will inevitably feel compelled to write and point out the ways in which the science is wrong, let me just say: I know!

In my understanding as a layperson, if it were possible to observe someone trapped in the event horizon, it would appear *from the outside* as if time had slowed to a standstill for the person being sucked into the black hole. To that person, however, time would still appear to pass normally. So I’m playing with that idea but fudging it a bit. That’s why I included the professor’s line in the fourth panel: “Until now, no one knew what that experience would be like from the inside.” Just trying to tip my hat to the inaccuracy, and my awareness of it.

Also, nothing can survive the event horizon — you’d be ripped apart and crushed by the gravitational forces.

Also, black holes don’t form in people’s heads, no matter how dense that person may be.

Until next week,


Black holes are accepted science thanks to the contributions of James Bardeen, Jacob Bekenstein, Brandon Carter, and Stephen Hawking. and now, we have Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins) speaking as Dr. Wilbur von Philbert, a theoretical physicist who discovered how to mine reality for energy. His name suggests a relationship to the hazlenut. In all of the pseudo-scientific verbiage, this blogger liked the suggestion that the brain of the current occupant of the Oval Office was a black hole best of all. If this is a (fair & balanced) elegant explanation of stupidity, so be it.

[x TMW]
The Black Hole
By Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins)

Tom Tomorrow/Dan Perkins

[Dan Perkins is an editorial cartoonist better known by the pen name "Tom Tomorrow." His weekly comic strip, "This Modern World," which comments on current events from a strong liberal perspective, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S., as well as on Daily Kos. The strip debuted in 1990 in SF Weekly. Perkins received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in both 1998 and 2002. When he is not working on projects related to his comic strip, Perkins writes a daily political blog, also entitled "This Modern World," which he began in December 2001. More recently, Dan Perkins, pen name Tom Tomorrow, was named the winner of the 2013 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning. Even more recently, Dan Perkins was a runner-up for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.]

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