1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

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1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:06 am UTC

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Title Text: If the flyers don't work, we'll switch to the LEAST subtle method of informing a town of the existence of a trebuchet club.

I would've forced my whole family to move to attend a junior high school with a trebuchet club.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Quicksilver » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:07 am UTC

Always read the fine print, I guess. Trebuchets are cool though, so it's not so bad.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby ElWanderer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:12 am UTC

I wonder what the first rule of trebuchet club is...

"Don't stand in the firing line" I guess.
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Bartimaeus » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:28 am UTC

The alt text doesn't feel clever(I guess I've just come to expect sublter/harder to understand from Randall) but it really made me laugh!

Fondly reminds me of when I used to build X-ACTO Catapults and such.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:34 am UTC

I'd rather a Trebuchet Club than a weight loss club.

You'd lose the weight using those things though.

Although advertisement via lobbing thirty pound stone balls engraved with advertisements for your club would be a great advertisement method.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Patrik3 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:27 am UTC

Where is this trebuchet club and how do I join it?

Of course, with the influx of confused larger members to the club, they would have no shortage of counterweights for the trebuchets.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby eviloatmeal » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:36 am UTC

ElWanderer wrote:I wonder what the first rule of trebuchet club is...

"Don't stand in the firing line" I guess.


The first rule of trebuchet club is "never point a trebuchet at anything you are unwilling to destroy". It's also the hardest rule to follow, due to the range and low precision of the trebuchet.
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby sol_hsa » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:41 am UTC

Lose 30 pounds* in a week, guaranteed!

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Millumi » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:46 am UTC

Well, at least the flyer wasn't for the amputation club.
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Dryunya » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:58 am UTC

Has anyone managed to make out the URL? :wink:

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Linux0s » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:46 pm UTC

ElWanderer wrote:I wonder what the first rule of trebuchet club is...


The first rule of trebuchet club is you do not talk about trebuchet club.
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby J L » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:48 pm UTC

At first I thought the joke was a bit forced, but it really paid off in the alt text.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby chalker » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:13 pm UTC

I believe part of the joke is related to specific trebuchet designs, but I can't make out the exact acronyms. For example, a common design is a 'floating arm' design (usually called a FAT):

FAST: Floating Arm S? Trebuchet

But there doesn't seem to be a design type that starts with LE (as in LEAST). Any ideas?

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby RAGBRAIvet » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:23 pm UTC

Trebuchets use the dropping of a counterweight which usually weighs hundreds of pounds.  Dropping 30 pounds doesn't seem like it would do much of anything at all; unless you're talking about maybe a working model suitable for destroying model railroads and built on a scale of around 1/48 or so.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Whizbang » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:38 pm UTC

RAGBRAIvet wrote:Trebuchets use the dropping of a counterweight which usually weighs hundreds of pounds.  Dropping 30 pounds doesn't seem like it would do much of anything at all; unless you're talking about maybe a working model suitable for destroying model railroads and built on a scale of around 1/48 or so.


You're not taking into account the large font on the word "FAST". Obviously this isn't a standard trebuchet club.

Tomorrow's What If: What if you dropped a 30 pound stone out of geosynchrnous orbit onto an indestructable plaform on the counter-weight end of a trebuchet?

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:53 pm UTC

What, no "use metric" or "pounds aren't mass" complaints yet?
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:18 pm UTC

Linux0s wrote:
ElWanderer wrote:I wonder what the first rule of trebuchet club is...


The first rule of trebuchet club is you do not talk about trebuchet club.


I thought that was the second rule.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby peewee_RotA » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:35 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:What, no "use metric" or "pounds aren't mass" complaints yet?



Use metric

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Mike Rore » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:12 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:What, no "use metric" or "pounds aren't mass" complaints yet?


We've learned to tolerate the imperial units barbarians.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby mathmannix » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:27 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:What, no "use metric" or "pounds aren't mass" complaints yet?


I actually thought when I started reading the comic that it would be about moving to a lower-gravity environment. Venus has about 90% earth gravity... 300 lbs. to 270 lbs.
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Bounty » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:35 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:What, no "use metric" or "pounds aren't mass" complaints yet?

While pounds are not a unit of mass, 'Dropping' is an action that involves Gravity, so a unit of Weight (like pounds) would be appropriate in that context.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby brenok » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:38 pm UTC

I always though pound was a unit of mass. Is there a imperial unit for mass?

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby peewee_RotA » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:44 pm UTC

brenok wrote:I always though pound was a unit of mass. Is there a imperial unit for mass?


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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby fernie » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:51 pm UTC

brenok wrote:I always though pound was a unit of mass. Is there a imperial unit for mass?


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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby cantab314 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:59 pm UTC

The pound is a unit of mass. "Since 1 July 1959, the international avoirdupois pound has been defined as exactly 0.45359237 kg."

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby mcdigman » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:10 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:
RAGBRAIvet wrote:Trebuchets use the dropping of a counterweight which usually weighs hundreds of pounds.  Dropping 30 pounds doesn't seem like it would do much of anything at all; unless you're talking about maybe a working model suitable for destroying model railroads and built on a scale of around 1/48 or so.


You're not taking into account the large font on the word "FAST". Obviously this isn't a standard trebuchet club.

Tomorrow's What If: What if you dropped a 30 pound stone out of geosynchrnous orbit onto an indestructable plaform on the counter-weight end of a trebuchet?


You mean like this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_bombardment

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Shoaler » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:11 pm UTC

cantab314 wrote:The pound is a unit of mass. "Since 1 July 1959, the international avoirdupois pound has been defined as exactly 0.45359237 kg."


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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby mathmannix » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:22 pm UTC

fernie wrote:
brenok wrote:I always though pound was a unit of mass. Is there a imperial unit for mass?


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Huh. I weigh seven slugs. That doesn't sound so heavy anymore.
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby hetas » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:02 pm UTC

fernie wrote:
brenok wrote:I always though pound was a unit of mass. Is there a imperial unit for mass?


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Thank you for this information. That`s awesome. I will remember this next time I visit someone in imperial world.

Geepound would be even better, though.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:08 pm UTC

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:11 pm UTC

hetas wrote:Thank you for this information. That`s awesome. I will remember this next time I visit someone in imperial world.

Nobody here will understand you. We don't know what our unit of mass is either. (I've mostly seen, when necessary dealing with accelerations other than 1G, people referring to "pounds-mass" and "pounds-force", a pound-force being the force produced by accelerating a pound-mass at 1G and a pound-mass being the mass needed to produce a pound-force under 1G).
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby SeySayux » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:50 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:
fernie wrote:
brenok wrote:I always though pound was a unit of mass. Is there a imperial unit for mass?


slugs
but sadly no one cares even though its a funny word to use


Huh. I weigh seven slugs. That doesn't sound so heavy anymore.

No, you've got a *mass* of 7 slugs. That's the entire f-ing point.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby eran_rathan » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:05 pm UTC

peewee_RotA wrote:
brenok wrote:I always though pound was a unit of mass. Is there a imperial unit for mass?


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No, that's the imperial unit of volume.
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

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eran_rathan wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
brenok wrote:I always though pound was a unit of mass. Is there a imperial unit for mass?


Stormtroopers3?



No, that's the imperial unit of volume.


I thought that was dagobels.
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby DoubleHappiness » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:56 am UTC

Can someone please explain this joke? Also the alt-text?

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby davidhbrown » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:08 am UTC

peewee_RotA wrote:
eran_rathan wrote:... the imperial unit of volume.

... dagobels.

Very nice! :lol:

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Pfhorrest » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:23 am UTC

DoubleHappiness wrote:Can someone please explain this joke? Also the alt-text?

The flier appears to be an ad for a weight-loss program offering a method of losing 30lbs of body fat quickly.

In fact, it is an ad for a club for aficionados of trebuchets, medieval devices similar to catapults, used for throwing heavy objects onto enemy castles by means of a lever drawn by a falling counterweight.

There are two double-entendres facilitating the intended confusion:

One is "hit your target", appearing superficially to mean "achieve your desired body weight", but in fact meaning "strike the intended location with your ballistic projectile"

The other is "dropping thirty pounds fast", appearing superficially to mean "losing thirty pounds of body fat quickly", but in fact meaning "releasing a thirty-pound counterweight to fall at high velocity".

The alt-text subtly suggests that if this flyer is not effective at promoting the trebuchet-building club, they will instead notify people of its existence by firing trebuchets at them.
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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby Fulmen » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:49 am UTC

I assumed the 30 pound drop referred to the projectile being "dropped" onto the target, not the counterweight. Since 30 pounds seem to be a little on the low side for the counterweight, as someone else pointed out.

Then again I'm not a native english speaker, so it might be I'm missing something about the wording here which makes the counterweight interpretation more likely.

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby ijuin » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:32 am UTC

How is trebuchet pronounced anyway? Is it tre-bu-SHAY or tre-bucket, or what?

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Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

Postby orthogon » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:08 am UTC

Whizbang wrote:
RAGBRAIvet wrote:Trebuchets use the dropping of a counterweight which usually weighs hundreds of pounds.  Dropping 30 pounds doesn't seem like it would do much of anything at all; unless you're talking about maybe a working model suitable for destroying model railroads and built on a scale of around 1/48 or so.


You're not taking into account the large font on the word "FAST". Obviously this isn't a standard trebuchet club.

Tomorrow's What If: What if you dropped a 30 pound stone out of geosynchrnous orbit onto an indestructable plaform on the counter-weight end of a trebuchet?


I spent some time wondering whether a 30lb stone would burn up in the atmosphere, but it doesn't seem to be a foregone conclusion according to this page.

In the UK we commonly use "stones"(=14lb) together with pounds to measure for "bodyweight" (=mass?). So the cartoon could say "Hit your target by dropping a stone fast!"

I heard "poundal" used for a pound force, too.
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