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(Laughing Squid)   Can you go from NYC to San Francisco by subway? No? Well, guess again   (laughingsquid.com) divider line 42
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2013-04-08 10:57:42 AM
Just link to XKCD subby
 
2013-04-08 11:02:49 AM

IgG4: Just link to XKCD subby


In fact, why not just link to a real comic?
 
2013-04-08 11:12:25 AM

doglover: IgG4: Just link to XKCD subby

In fact, why not just link to a real comic?


Subby was afraid of being Japped on the platform.
 
2013-04-08 11:16:44 AM
no you can't.  all of those subway systems are connected by surface trains.  in other news, we have trains.
 
2013-04-08 11:20:24 AM

doublesecretprobation: no you can't.


The hell you say!  Why, I rode the Ohio-California tunnel just last week.  I got mugged in Des Moines by some erstwhile Guardian Angels.
 
2013-04-08 11:24:35 AM
That's a lot of sammiches
 
2013-04-08 11:31:04 AM
Too bad. A 220 MPH subway between NY and LA  or Miami would be awesome.
 
2013-04-08 11:55:04 AM
I don't get it. Is this based on TV or something? I see Sunnydale on there, which is from Buffy the Vampire Layer, and not a real California city.

/on mobile, so don't have the best view of the graphic
 
2013-04-08 12:03:11 PM

ShawnDoc: I don't get it. Is this based on TV or something? I see Sunnydale on there, which is from Buffy the Vampire Layer, and not a real California city.

/on mobile, so don't have the best view of the graphic


It's just another XKCD everyone is reflexively fanboying over regardless of the content.
 
2013-04-08 12:06:14 PM
Oh for farks sake...

I'm sure Randall would rather have us hotlink it than link to a rehosted version of his comic...

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-04-08 12:21:22 PM
so Amtrak is a subway now?
 
2013-04-08 12:32:08 PM
mods, this is what has fark become?
 
2013-04-08 12:35:02 PM

SlothB77: so Amtrak is a subway now?


Did you hear about the mudslide? So .... almost. Kinda.
 
2013-04-08 12:58:58 PM

doublesecretprobation: no you can't.  all of those subway systems are connected by surface trains.  in other news, we have trains.


The map shows the MBTA Redline going to Chicago via the Braintree stop. The commuter rail there goes South to Kingston unless you double back to South Station there is no way through to Chicago.
 
2013-04-08 01:07:07 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: The map shows the MBTA Redline going to Chicago via the Braintree stop. The commuter rail there goes South to Kingston unless you double back to South Station there is no way through to Chicago.


You sound like someone who likes the wrong kind of pizza.
 
2013-04-08 01:07:26 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: doublesecretprobation: no you can't.  all of those subway systems are connected by surface trains.  in other news, we have trains.

The map shows the MBTA Redline going to Chicago via the Braintree stop. The commuter rail there goes South to Kingston unless you double back to South Station there is no way through to Chicago.


You can catch the 11:30 from Hornchurch and be in Basingstoke by one o'clock, oh, and there's a buffet car.
 
2013-04-08 01:11:29 PM

Dinki: Too bad. A 220 MPH subway between NY and LA  or Miami would be awesome.



In a book I read when I was a kid (one of Asimov's, maybe?), there was a plan for something like that. The cool part was the tunnel was a chord running directly from one point on the earth's surface to the other, so most of the energy came from gravitational potential -- the cars would speed up as they fell to the midpoint after which they'd coast the rest of the way. It was essentially a sort of a pendulum.

Of course you had to kind of ignore friction for the thing to work...
 
2013-04-08 01:41:05 PM

ShawnDoc: I don't get it. Is this based on TV or something? I see Sunnydale on there, which is from Buffy the Vampire Layer, and not a real California city.

/on mobile, so don't have the best view of the graphic


I think Sunnydale is a neighborhood in San Francisco, which is on the map.

Not to be confused with Sunnyvale, which is a city of about 120,000 people about 40 miles south of San Francisco that apparently has the same ZIP code as the fictional city from "Buffy The Vampire Slayer".
 
2013-04-08 01:45:42 PM
I've been stuck on the Springfield monorail for hours, and it's not really taking me anywhere!
 
2013-04-08 01:48:23 PM

ShawnDoc: I don't get it. Is this based on TV or something? I see Sunnydale on there, which is from Buffy the Vampire Layer, and not a real California city.

/on mobile, so don't have the best view of the graphic


That's a typo.  Randall meant Sunnyvale.
 
2013-04-08 02:04:04 PM
Where's the extension from Vancouver to Hong Kong (and mainland China)?  Or would that be politically incorrect to point out?
 
2013-04-08 02:13:16 PM
Mornington Crescent?
 
2013-04-08 02:22:38 PM

sethstorm: Where's the extension from Vancouver to Hong Kong (and mainland China)?  Or would that be politically incorrect to point out?


Hong Kong and mainland China are not in North America.
 
2013-04-08 02:29:46 PM

HeartBurnKid: ShawnDoc: I don't get it. Is this based on TV or something? I see Sunnydale on there, which is from Buffy the Vampire Layer, and not a real California city.

/on mobile, so don't have the best view of the graphic

That's a typo.  Randall meant Sunnyvale.


That would still be wrong, because there's no subway (using either of his definitions) connecting San Francisco to Sunnyvale.  The two cities are connected by Caltrain, but that runs on ground-level tracks.
 
2013-04-08 03:17:20 PM
Sure you can, but you need to bring a shovel.
 
2013-04-08 04:03:23 PM

MrEricSir: Sure you can, but you need to bring a shovel.


www.stopmikelupica.com

CAN YOU DIG IT?
 
2013-04-08 05:19:29 PM

anfrind: sethstorm: Where's the extension from Vancouver to Hong Kong (and mainland China)?  Or would that be politically incorrect to point out?

Hong Kong and mainland China are not in North America.


Neither is Mexico City (Central America), but they're on the map somehow.  At the very least, include an express inbound from Hong Kong that signifies a good chunk of Vancouver's population.
 
2013-04-08 05:40:28 PM
I suppose it's pointless to be pedantic about this highly silly (but mildly amusing) map, but most of the lines in Los Angeles are actually above ground light rail.  Only the red and purple lines run underground.

What the hell, it's Fark.  There's no better place for pointless pedantry.
 
2013-04-08 05:43:54 PM
The inclusion of San Juan and Santo Domingo on that XKCD map invalidates it entirely.
 
2013-04-08 05:52:48 PM

sethstorm: anfrind: sethstorm: Where's the extension from Vancouver to Hong Kong (and mainland China)?  Or would that be politically incorrect to point out?

Hong Kong and mainland China are not in North America.

Neither is Mexico City (Central America), but they're on the map somehow.  At the very least, include an express inbound from Hong Kong that signifies a good chunk of Vancouver's population.


Central America is not a continent.
 
2013-04-08 05:59:06 PM

sethstorm: Neither is Mexico City (Central America), but they're on the map somehow.


That's a lot of wrong packed into one sentence.

-Central America isn't a continent
-Central America is entirely contained within North America
-Mexico isn't in Central America anyway
-Mexico is on the map because Mexico is in North America
 
2013-04-08 06:05:12 PM

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: The inclusion of San Juan and Santo Domingo on that XKCD map invalidates it entirely.


I knew there was something wrong with that map, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.  That must be it.
 
2013-04-08 10:34:03 PM

1000 Ways to Dye: I've been stuck on the Springfield monorail for hours, and it's not really taking me anywhere!


And I don't see how their monorails put Ogdenville, Brockway, or North Haverbrook on the map.
 
2013-04-09 03:24:18 AM

anfrind: HeartBurnKid: ShawnDoc: I don't get it. Is this based on TV or something? I see Sunnydale on there, which is from Buffy the Vampire Layer, and not a real California city.

/on mobile, so don't have the best view of the graphic

That's a typo.  Randall meant Sunnyvale.

That would still be wrong, because there's no subway (using either of his definitions) connecting San Francisco to Sunnyvale.  The two cities are connected by Caltrain, but that runs on ground-level tracks.


Caltrain does have some underground stations in San Francisco.  But yeah, it's an above ground train.  And I never knew Chicago is closer to LA than SF.

/Amtrak going through a tunnel doesn't make it a subway
 
2013-04-09 03:41:06 AM
 
2013-04-09 09:45:05 PM
Cleveland Circle to Cleveland? Oh, ha-ha.

Osomatic

I suppose it's pointless to be pedantic about this highly silly (but mildly amusing) map, but most of the lines in Los Angeles are actually above ground light rail. Only the red and purple lines run underground.

What the hell, it's Fark. There's no better place for pointless pedantry.


True. I'd guess "subway" is the generic term for "rail transit" whether it's light-rail ("trolley") or heavy-rail (rapid transit) and whether it's surface, elevated, or tunnel.

Bold-face absences on the "map" include Newark, San Diego and Seattle in addition to the aforementioned Pittsburgh.
 
2013-04-10 04:58:46 AM
Wow. It's astounding the number of people in here who can't seem to wrap their heads around the idea that comics sometimes exaggerate or fictionalize for comedic effect. You'd think the Springfield Monorail being included might be a tip off.
 
2013-04-10 06:35:48 AM

100 Watt Walrus: Wow. It's astounding the number of people in here who can't seem to wrap their heads around the idea that comics sometimes exaggerate or fictionalize for comedic effect. You'd think the Springfield Monorail being included might be a tip off.


Thank goodness we had you to tell us!  Otherwise, we all were entirely dumbfounded.
 
2013-04-10 02:48:14 PM

Osomatic: 100 Watt Walrus: Wow. It's astounding the number of people in here who can't seem to wrap their heads around the idea that comics sometimes exaggerate or fictionalize for comedic effect. You'd think the Springfield Monorail being included might be a tip off.

Thank goodness we had you to tell us!  Otherwise, we all were entirely dumbfounded.


It's almost as astounding that someone would mistake "number of people" (i.e., several people in the thread) for "we all" (i.e., everyone in the thread).

Hyperbole, it's what's for breakfast.
 
2013-04-10 04:22:41 PM

phaseolus: Dinki: Too bad. A 220 MPH subway between NY and LA  or Miami would be awesome.


In a book I read when I was a kid (one of Asimov's, maybe?), there was a plan for something like that. The cool part was the tunnel was a chord running directly from one point on the earth's surface to the other, so most of the energy came from gravitational potential -- the cars would speed up as they fell to the midpoint after which they'd coast the rest of the way. It was essentially a sort of a pendulum.

Of course you had to kind of ignore friction for the thing to work...


Lewis Carroll, in the book Sylvie and Bruno.
 
2013-04-11 09:24:52 AM

Gordon Bennett: Lewis Carroll, in the book Sylvie and Bruno.



Thanks. I know I've never read that, so I bet the book I read credited Carroll, but I read it circa 1974, so memories are a little foggy almost 40 years later...
 
2013-04-11 09:30:50 AM
 
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