0666: "Silent Hammer"

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0666: "Silent Hammer"

Postby dennisw » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:01 am UTC

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Title-text: I bet he'll keep quiet for a couple weeks and then-- wait, did you nail a piece of scrap wood to my antique table a moment ago?

Link: http://xkcd.com/666/

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Justis » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:02 am UTC

No references in the comic to 666? :(

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Aura Nightbane » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:03 am UTC

woot! comic 666, and yes, payback truly is a bitch

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby ManfredvonKarma » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:03 am UTC

Pretty funny.

Alt-text got a chuckle out of me, too.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby CrispyCrew » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:04 am UTC

Poor Michael Shermer. Always the butt of jokes.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby cprocjr » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:04 am UTC

Justis wrote:No references in the comic to 666? :(

I know! As I was refreshing the page, waiting for the comic to come up, I was imagining all the crazy references he could make. I was a little disappointed to say the least. I guess the comic was okay though, but it could have been so much better.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Ph0X » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:05 am UTC

Seriously, I was waiting for a reference to 666 but nothing :(
Oh well, I'll wait for 1337 then.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:05 am UTC

You know he's gotten used to Black Hat Guy when his reaction to a silent hammer is "nice prank, I guess."

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:06 am UTC

BHG is at it again. This seems far more involved than some of his previous escapades, not that I remember everything he's ever done.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby captain2obvious » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:07 am UTC

Well some would say this is just 665.. Im just kidding! Please no one start that!
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Squid Tamer » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:08 am UTC

I've been around a lot of pounding hammers lately, and boy do I wish there were silent hammers.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby sempernemo » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:09 am UTC

Genius. I would love to see this happen.

And I find it hilarious that the boxes under the table in panel two are labeled "Drills" and "Non-Drills".

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:10 am UTC

Clearly he hasn't perfected walking in tap shoes without making a noise.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby irishnut » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:11 am UTC

at the risk of being obnoxious..

BHG FTW!

"when did the toilet get in the kitchen?"

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby scalziand » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:11 am UTC

Reminds me of Emily.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby moxmallow » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:23 am UTC

captain2obvious wrote:Well some would say this is just 665.. Im just kidding! Please no one start that!

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby mobilegamer999 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:24 am UTC

Even though today's comic has the number 666 wendsdays will truly be the 666'th comic because there was never actually a comic number 404. :D oh and great job on the comic btw Randall.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby ysth » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:25 am UTC

CrispyCrew wrote:Poor Michael Shermer. Always the butt of jokes.

That's the Skeptics Society, not the American Skeptics Society.

Good skeptic reading.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Kimmeh » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:25 am UTC

irishnut wrote:"when did the toilet get in the kitchen?"


I'm assuming I'm missing something here because that's in quotes...but anyways

Apart from the card on the table, there is nothing to indicate that there is a toilet in the kitchen. Many people have tables in their living rooms. Anyways, there's a wall between the two rooms meaning the toilet is in a different room. The picture is drawn like a cut-away drawing.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby fooladder » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:32 am UTC

I wouldn't mind if a stealth carpenter broke into my house and added some extra living space.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Comic JK » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:32 am UTC

Justis wrote:No references in the comic to 666?

Theoretically, the skeptic could think it was the devil scaring him by night; and hauntings are fairly 666-related. I'll give him this one as a number-related comic (like 404).
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby chocolate.razorblades » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:39 am UTC

Chair of the A.S.S.! Hahaha.

Anyone? :P

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby aldld » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:48 am UTC

When I saw the title of this comic, at first I thought it would be about MC Hammer.

But, the stealth carpentry thing was pretty cool, too!

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby pokoleo » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:52 am UTC

I was ready for him to do something witty.

Like switch the monitors on two computers. While leaving them in the same place.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby endolith » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:56 am UTC

Has anyone actually tried to make a silent hammer? How would it work?

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Kayube » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:59 am UTC

Now I have "Woosh woosh, Maxwell's Silent Hammer came down upon her head, doot da doo doo..." stuck in my head.

Thanks a lot.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Felona » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:01 am UTC

Justis wrote:No references in the comic to 666? :(


Probably because Randall is older than 15.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby guyy » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:15 am UTC

Let's just hope he doesn't invent the Hush-A-Boom.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby IW4 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:26 am UTC

Eastman! He came from the East to do battle with The Amazing Rando!

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Timato » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:41 am UTC

endolith wrote:Has anyone actually tried to make a silent hammer? How would it work?


http://www.shirehydraulics.com.au/SILENT%20HAMMER.html

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby TiLt » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:50 am UTC

I would love to be able to do this sort of thing. Is it normal to want to copy the BHG?
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby phillipsjk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:52 am UTC

:shock: I was amazed and inspired by the first panel. Maybe I missed the sheer genius of BHG's plan, but the rest of the strip was a let-down in comparison.

Squid Tamer wrote:I've been around a lot of pounding hammers lately, and boy do I wish there were silent hammers.


Getting a silent hammer may be only half the battle: Hammer does work on nail -> nail does work on wood.

I think the closest thing we have to "silent hammers" would be nail guns. Making a loud "bang" just wastes energy that could otherwise be used for driving the nail.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Wandering » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:12 am UTC

How does BHG have friends?

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby lulzfish » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:20 am UTC

Timato wrote:
endolith wrote:Has anyone actually tried to make a silent hammer? How would it work?


http://www.shirehydraulics.com.au/SILENT%20HAMMER.html

"Maintaining noise levels below 70 db"
Wow. That's so quiet you wouldn't even get hearing damage from using it continuously!

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Kyrn » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:23 am UTC

Wandering wrote:How does BHG have friends?

By having no-one willing to be his enemy.

(his "GF" status does somewhat break this theory though)
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby VelociraptorEvader » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:24 am UTC

lulzfish wrote:
Timato wrote:
endolith wrote:Has anyone actually tried to make a silent hammer? How would it work?


http://www.shirehydraulics.com.au/SILENT%20HAMMER.html

"Maintaining noise levels below 70 db"
Wow. That's so quiet you wouldn't even get hearing damage from using it continuously!

yes a super quiet breaker. but maybe a tad large to be used for moving walls in a house i believe, not impossibly large but very impractical.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby eviloatmeal » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:53 am UTC

Stealth carpentry!!! Finally something I can relate to!

endolith wrote:Has anyone actually tried to make a silent hammer? How would it work?

Indeed, behold:
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby fealuinix » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:59 am UTC

True story: last summer some friends and I went camping on the coast, but due to some mixups we got there late, like around 11 pm. Since the tent pegs were metal (home made from rebar, actually) and not wanting to wake up neighboring campers, we silenced it by sacrificing a towel between the hammer and pegs.

Turned 'CLANK CLANK' into 'tink tink'...not exactly 'woosh woosh'.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Oort » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:18 am UTC

I don't get the last panel. What's an "owner's card" and what does it have to do with skeptics?

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby TheoGB » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:21 am UTC

As a Brit I'd just like to say SCEPTIC.

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