Lincoln County, Nevada would understand the pun. (I’m not understanding all the calculations in the second to fourth panels.)
Been to Area 25 of Nellis AFB. Back in the 1960s they crashed fission-powered rockets there. In 1970 they were able to keep a fission engine firing for more than an hour.
A pity that Congress got rid of such technologies in 1986. JPL had prototypes of a mercury gas-core engine and was developing an argon gas-core engine with 3 times the thrust of the Hg one when the Congressional axe fell and got rid of any realistic chance to get a crew to Mars alive and back. (6 months there and 12 months back is not survivable as a CME would pass by at some point, not to mention the effects of long-term weightlessness.
Bill Amend, you win Nerd of the Day!
Been standing waaayyy too close to Pastis? Mr.Amend
Amend’s a physicist, isn’t he? It shows.
The second panel is wrong. It should be volume, not area, but that would demolish the pun. Hmmm- Make the change.
I rather design of it look like the Jupiter 2.
The truth is out there…
Ahh .. but everyone knows that the answer to everything in the universe is 42 …
Flying saucers aren’t 2D. You need to calculate the volume.
This is fifth grade, seventh grade at worst, math. The panels clearly show how the calculation is done. Wouldn’t it be great if so much of the rest of life is so clearly explained? Mathematics is comparatively easy.
My Dad worked at the real Area 51 back in the 1970s. No aliens. Lots of nukes, though.
I’d rather know the volume of the saucer.
Brilliant! Love it!
Sounds plausible to me – I can’t read any of that stuff. The little I did know about algebra – is long in my past.
I won’t lie and say I read it through because I didn’t. I read the first and last panels then attempted to get the joke. All I got was the simplified math.
This is the most genius thing I’ve ever seen.
Well, yeah, it’s 51 if you force-feed the initial dimensions….
Area 49 has a portal to other worlds. Partially under Fort Mitchum AFB in Wyoming. Gets no press. Probably shouldn’t. Forget I said anything.
I wonder how many times Bill Amend had to amend the size to get something reasonable that would come out exactly 51.
Several people have commented on wishing to know the volume of the flying saucer. Such would of course depend on how high you have it cranked, as well as whether you’re playing folk music or metal. Simple calculation.
11 – the answer should always be 11 for volume
Well, I don’t understand it, and I’m a Liberal! (PS: yes, I no I’m settin’ myself up it’ll be worth it!)
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