Irregular Webcomic!

Archive     Blog     Cast     Forum     RSS     Books!     Poll Results     About     Search     Fan Art     Podcast     More Stuff     Random     Support on Patreon
New comics Mon-Fri; reruns Sat-Sun
<   No. 2676   2010-05-25   >

Comic #2676

1 {scene: Tibet}
1 Yeti 1: I dare say, the situation in the 1940s looks highly unstable.
2 Yeti 1: There's a high flux of tachyonic snarks, causing waves of quantum boojum instability of the fourth power.
3 Yeti 2: This is terrible, what! It could be the worst scientific disaster since Galileo was burnt at the stake for heresy.
4 Yeti 1: Indeed, the technobabble level is approaching the LaForgean limit.

First (1) | Previous (2675) | Next (2677) || Latest Rerun (2598) | Latest New (5216)
First 5 | Previous 5 | Next 5 | Latest 5
Steve and Terry theme: First | Previous | Next | Latest || First 5 | Previous 5 | Next 5 | Latest 5
This strip's permanent URL:
Annotations off: turn on
Annotations on: turn off

The words "snark" and "boojum" of course come from Lewis Carroll's masterpiece of nonsense poetry, The Hunting of the Snark. If you've never read the poem, I won't spoil it for you by explaining what snarks and boojums actually are.

The words were co-opted to describe some sort of subatomic particles (as I've done here) by the novelisation of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The way they are used in the book is very clever, and a good example of using scientific-sounding terminology to good effect in a story - as opposed to the usual technobabble style usage often seen in Star Trek. The shame is that this cleverness had to be cut from the movie.

If you enjoy the movie but have never read the book, and you also like Lewis Carroll, then you might find the book even more enjoyable.

LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies, which does not sponsor, authorise, or endorse this site.
This material is presented in accordance with the LEGO® Fair Play Guidelines.

My comics: Irregular Webcomic! | Darths & Droids | Eavesdropper | Planet of Hats | The Dinosaur Whiteboard | mezzacotta
My blogs: (daily updates) | 100 Proofs that the Earth is a Globe (science!) | Carpe DMM (long form posts) | Snot Block & Roll (food reviews)
More comics I host: The Prisoner of Monty Hall | Lightning Made of Owls | Square Root of Minus Garfield | iToons | Comments on a Postcard | Awkward Fumbles
Last Modified: Tuesday, 25 May 2010; 03:11:02 PST.
© 2002-2024 Creative Commons License
This work is copyright and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International Licence by David Morgan-Mar.