Getting physics splatteringly wrong

(From "Big 3" number 4, 1941.)

16 Responses to Getting physics splatteringly wrong

  1. Sutter_Kaine says:

    Not really. The Samson comic is set in the Looney Tunes universe where Wile E. Coyoteian physics apply.

  2. Mr.MikeK says:

    It only works until the wing cuts off a lock of his hair.

  3. Panner says:

    As always, kids, do not try this at home.

  4. Trekkie says:

    Hm, yes. A parachute that will soon send you into a nose dive straight towards the ground. But Samson will be okay. Until he sits up, when his hair will get cut off. Oh dear.

  5. Gero says:

    What I keep wondering is if his hair has magical growing properties, or if each of his adventures takes place several months after the last, because when it’s cut, he seems to lose about half a foot’s worth at least, and that takes a long time to grow back…

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    His hair does indeed grow back magically fast.

  7. frankie says:

    I guess somebody doesn’t watch Mythbusters.

  8. Gero says:

    @Frankie 7: The only Mythbusters I’ve seen about parachutes was the one testing the raft thing from the Indiana Jones prequel, but this would be something right up their alley…

  9. Jeff Hebert says:

    There’s a great Mythbusters episode where they test whether you can use a sheet of plywood as a glider to safely get down off a skyscraper. Turns out, no.

  10. Gero says:

    That one was hillarious. They tested the loony tunes-style trick of floating to the ground with an umbrella during that one, too. Worked almost as good as the plywood…

  11. punkjay says:

    @ Jeff: I saw that episode! It was interesting. I think old
    Samson would have done better using his loin cloth. On second thought who wants to see that!

  12. Gero says:

    Though now that I think about it, I think the reasons they gave for why it didn’t slow the fall/glide were that you couldn’t hold on tight enough or steer properly. If Samson has super strength, maybe he can pull it off…

  13. logosgal says:

    I think by “just like” he must mean “almost, but not quite, entirely unlike.”

  14. knight1192a says:

    Ok anyone else notice the lines indicating their speed? Some parachute, their going too fast to be saved.

    “The wing works just like a parachute.”

    “Yeah, Sampson, if it’s a concrete parachute!”

    “Ooops, my bad.”

  15. Alex says:

    I think Jeff has posted most of these but I’ll put it on here anyway.

  16. frankie says:

    @Jeff9: That was the episode I was referring to.