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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Comic 984: "Space Launch System" don't impress me much.

Space Launch System
Space Launch System
alt-text: The SLS head engineer plans to invite Shania Twain to stand under the completed prototype, then tell her, 'I don't expect you to date me just because I'm a rocket scientist, but you've gotta admit--this is pretty fucking impressive.'


EDIT: I Made an edit for this one.


  1. A nice title would be "Crash and Burn".

  2. I think the actual lesson is that von Braun and company had direct experience building rockets and so were able to build them correctly. The Allied engineers could get the blueprints and some pointers but that doesn't match the direct experience.

    In other words: telling someone something is less effective than showing them something.

    Or, in fewer words: Show. Don't tell.

    It is unsurprising that our favorite cartoonist has not divined the wisdom from his own anecdote. But at least he had fun imagining us flummoxed by his off-color suggestion that Nazis are great.

    I would replace this comic with a big drawing of a herring---painted red. Maybe with a swastika on its fin.

  3. Randy discovers the Wikipedia article on Wernher von Braun.

    Good thing he didn't find the song: