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2013-07-30 12:50:48 AM
Neil Degrasse Tyson has completely discredited the power of the suit.  FAIL!

He may be a world-class physicist, but he's no Kevin Smith.
 
2013-07-30 02:00:31 AM
He must be really fun at parties. Some things are better left unsaid, smart guy.
 
2013-07-30 03:01:32 AM

Mark Ratner: He must be really fun at parties. Some things are better left unsaid, smart guy.


Whatever, Superman. I like his parties.
 
2013-07-30 04:40:30 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
Already thought of that. Didn't work out too well.
 
2013-07-30 04:41:01 AM
Tyson's nose would be touching the back of his skull before he could even try to react

/yes i know, i know
 
2013-07-30 04:56:10 AM
Jerry and George are still debating whether or not Superman has super humor.

/I never heard him say anything funny.

//ketchup bottle / mustard bottle
 
2013-07-30 05:35:54 AM
Well, ok, now explain how come his "disguise" amounts to basically leotards, glasses, and parting his hair, and no one recognizes him, even people who have daily contact with Clark Kent. Explain that one, smart guy.
 
2013-07-30 05:37:47 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-30 05:40:06 AM
Doofus needs to realize that it's not the LIGHT, but the RADIATION that causes Supes to lose his powers.

/And he calls himself an astrophysicist?
 
2013-07-30 05:53:48 AM

ybishop: [i.imgur.com image 640x546]


Still not as bad as being in full Sonic uniform and asking for sweet and sour sauce for your manager.
/It was funny though.
 
2013-07-30 06:19:12 AM
Don't you guys have jobs?
 
2013-07-30 06:23:05 AM

PainInTheASP: Doofus needs to realize that it's not the LIGHT, but the RADIATION that causes Supes to lose his powers.

/And he calls himself an astrophysicist?


What kind of radiation? Electromagnetic? ;p

Simple way to spin it so that not just any red light will work is that it must be the proper full spectrum of a red giant star, including the proper spectra of the elements of a red giant star. I imagine that would be a bit more difficult to simulate with just a flashlight.
 
2013-07-30 06:24:30 AM

ckelly999: Don't you guys have jobs?


Sure do. Just got home from work and went for a run. Now it's time to relax. Why do you ask?

mamoru: including the proper emission spectra of the elements


FTFM.
 
2013-07-30 06:28:24 AM
did anyone else read "fleshlight?"
 
2013-07-30 06:42:26 AM
At 1st he came for Pluto and i didnt say anything.

And now he has killed Superman.
 
2013-07-30 06:44:28 AM
Since we're being silly, what about energy density? A flashlight doesn't have the same energy density as a star. OTOH, I seem to recall Superman losing his powers from falling into a radioactive furnace on Apokalips.
 
2013-07-30 06:54:15 AM

PainInTheASP: Doofus needs to realize that it's not the LIGHT, but the RADIATION that causes Supes to lose his powers.

/And he calls himself an astrophysicist?


Approves, though not an astrophysicist:

www.startrek.com
 
2013-07-30 07:01:56 AM

mamoru: ckelly999: Don't you guys have jobs?

Sure do. Just got home from work and went for a run. Now it's time to relax. Why do you ask?

mamoru: including the proper emission spectra of the elements

FTFM.


Sorry, was referring to the clip
 
2013-07-30 07:06:08 AM
Or, ya know, next time you kidnap Lois Lane, take her to the bottom of a mineshaft with a bunch of armed thugs and wait for Superman to show up to rescue her.

Start with a silly premise, you'll get silly physics implications out. See also "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex".
 
2013-07-30 07:06:38 AM
Superman is not real. Isn't there something more useful you could be spending your time figuring out?
 
2013-07-30 07:11:36 AM
images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-07-30 07:35:02 AM

abhorrent1: Superman is not real. Isn't there something more useful you could be spending your time figuring out?


Ask the Catholics.
 
2013-07-30 07:39:52 AM

abhorrent1: Superman is not real. Isn't there something more useful you could be spending your time figuring out?


Do they not have fun where you're from?
 
2013-07-30 07:54:05 AM
SO mighty mouse would win?
 
2013-07-30 07:54:50 AM
Nerds vs Internet Tough Guys.

Hmm, don't know which side I'm on.
 
2013-07-30 07:59:35 AM

mamoru: Simple way to spin it so that not just any red light will work is that it must be the proper full spectrum of a red giant star, including the proper spectra of the elements of a red giant star. I imagine that would be a bit more difficult to simulate with just a flashlight.


No more difficult than a grow light.
 
2013-07-30 08:00:41 AM

Esroc: abhorrent1: Superman is not real. Isn't there something more useful you could be spending your time figuring out?

Do they not have fun where you're from?


i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-07-30 08:52:16 AM

PainInTheASP: Doofus needs to realize that it's not the LIGHT, but the RADIATION that causes Supes to lose his powers.

/And he calls himself an astrophysicist?


images.sodahead.com

Mark Ratner: He must be really fun at parties. Some things are better left unsaid, smart guy.


He is quite fun at parties.  For better or worse, though, what you see in the media is pretty much as he is
in normal life, and that's why he's so damn great.
 
2013-07-30 08:52:53 AM

mamoru: PainInTheASP: Doofus needs to realize that it's not the LIGHT, but the RADIATION that causes Supes to lose his powers.

/And he calls himself an astrophysicist?

What kind of radiation? Electromagnetic? ;p

Simple way to spin it so that not just any red light will work is that it must be the proper full spectrum of a red giant star, including the proper spectra of the elements of a red giant star. I imagine that would be a bit more difficult to simulate with just a flashlight.


That wouldn't fit into the "dumb it waaaaay down" schtick.
 
2013-07-30 09:09:08 AM
We already know this.  Red sun-lamps are the second most common weapon villains use against Superman.
 
2013-07-30 09:10:10 AM
Also had an issue with the red wavelength:

www.badmovies.org
 
2013-07-30 09:35:56 AM

untaken_name: abhorrent1: Superman is not real. Isn't there something more useful you could be spending your time figuring out?

Ask the Catholics.


Aw snap!

/i lol'd
 
2013-07-30 09:36:03 AM

untaken_name: Well, ok, now explain how come his "disguise" amounts to basically leotards, glasses, and parting his hair, and no one recognizes him, even people who have daily contact with Clark Kent. Explain that one, smart guy.


As someone who stands 6'4 myself, blending in at that height is damn near impossible even if you do change up your style. Plus, dude's in the papers and on TV all the time - in the age of an internet-connected camera in every pocket, people will be very keen on finding out who he is. Gotta be some Super-mind-farkery going on as well.
 
2013-07-30 10:04:51 AM

Dr Dreidel: untaken_name: Well, ok, now explain how come his "disguise" amounts to basically leotards, glasses, and parting his hair, and no one recognizes him, even people who have daily contact with Clark Kent. Explain that one, smart guy.

As someone who stands 6'4 myself, blending in at that height is damn near impossible even if you do change up your style. Plus, dude's in the papers and on TV all the time - in the age of an internet-connected camera in every pocket, people will be very keen on finding out who he is. Gotta be some Super-mind-farkery going on as well.


Well he changes his posture, and uses his super muscles to change his voice dramatically. Here is a posture shot:
lifedesignerz.com
Gotta say it is pretty convincing, at least...on paper.
/its a pun!
 
2013-07-30 10:19:18 AM

SanjiSasuke: Gotta say it is pretty convincing, at least...on paper.


Losing 1-2" of height (even losing 1-2" off his chest somehow) and speaking in a tenor will not change his physical appearance enough to make the illusion convincing. His facial features look essentially the same* and any identifying marks (like Cavill's butt-chin) are still there.

*I know that patients with dissociative identities can sometimes change their facial structure - muscle tension and how they "hold" their face - to match a "part", and I would expect Supes to do that or something similar, but Clark would probably still go through life with Supes as his Celebrity Doppleganger. He's hiding in plain sight, and the personality is probably the best camouflage, but I have a hard time believing in the age of paparazzinternet that no one makes the connection.

// in MoS it's understandable that no one has - CK's a nobody throughout
// MoS 2 better at least have that mentioned, like the guy in TDK threatening to expose Wayne
 
2013-07-30 10:24:34 AM
That man is a national treasure.  He should be put in charge of all science education in this country.
 
2013-07-30 11:38:06 AM
I love this guy. One of my favorite quotes of his, and I'm paraphrasing, is that he always tries to live his life by two principles: know more today than he did yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. I more or less arrived at that philosophy on my own and it makes me almost proud (however lame that might sound) to know that I at least share that little bit of thought process with him.
 
2013-07-30 11:40:57 AM
There is also the several decades worth of exposure to yellow sunlight that the hypothesized "red flashlight" would be trying to negate.
It's not as if Supes powered down at dusk (unlike Gene Hackman's creation in "Superman: We're Milking This Beast For All It's Worth, So to Hell With Self-Respect!").
 
2013-07-30 11:47:26 AM

PainInTheASP: Doofus needs to realize that it's not the LIGHT, but the RADIATION that causes Supes to lose his powers.

/And he calls himself an astrophysicist?


Light is Radiation.  Radio, Light, Microwaves, X-Rays, Gamma Rays, etc. are all the exact same thing.
 
2013-07-30 11:51:40 AM
First Pluto now this! Dick!!!

/still like him
 
2013-07-30 11:52:21 AM

give me doughnuts: There is also the several decades worth of exposure to yellow sunlight that the hypothesized "red flashlight" would be trying to negate.
It's not as if Supes powered down at dusk (unlike Gene Hackman's creation in "Superman: We're Milking This Beast For All It's Worth, So to Hell With Self-Respect!").


At least no one fought any polar bears or mechanized spiders in that one.
 
2013-07-30 11:59:48 AM

give me doughnuts: There is also the several decades worth of exposure to yellow sunlight that the hypothesized "red flashlight" would be trying to negate.
It's not as if Supes powered down at dusk (unlike Gene Hackman's creation in "Superman: We're Milking This Beast For All It's Worth, So to Hell With Self-Respect!").


The real problem is that even if you took Superman's skin off and laid it out perfectly flat at the equator and gave it an impossible 100% energy conversion ratio for the full radiation spectrum that the Sun is putting out, he'd only be generating about 2kW of energy (considering about 2m2 skin surface area), or just enough to run 20 100 watt light bulbs.
 
2013-07-30 01:49:05 PM
A flashlight won't give you a tan.
 
2013-07-30 02:35:30 PM

LrdPhoenix: PainInTheASP: Doofus needs to realize that it's not the LIGHT, but the RADIATION that causes Supes to lose his powers.

/And he calls himself an astrophysicist?

Light is Radiation.  Radio, Light, Microwaves, X-Rays, Gamma Rays, etc. are all the exact same thing.


Right.  Next you'll be telling me that light and sound can behave similarly, resulting in Superman's ability for both super sight and super hearing.

It doesn't work that way.
 
2013-07-30 04:27:46 PM
The article left out the part where Neil Degrasse Tyson  further humiliates Superman: "He is a fairy, I do suppose, flying all around in his pantyhose."
 
2013-07-30 07:45:04 PM

FedExPope: I love this guy. One of my favorite quotes of his, and I'm paraphrasing, is that he always tries to live his life by two principles: know more today than he did yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. I more or less arrived at that philosophy on my own and it makes me almost proud (however lame that might sound) to know that I at least share that little bit of thought process with him.


But you post on fark. I thought it was our common goal to make each other suffer more.
 
2013-07-30 08:20:56 PM

FedExPope: I love this guy. One of my favorite quotes of his, and I'm paraphrasing, is that he always tries to live his life by two principles: know more today than he did yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. I more or less arrived at that philosophy on my own and it makes me almost proud (however lame that might sound) to know that I at least share that little bit of thought process with him.


He epic failed on the latter goal, what with shattering some people's childhoods.
 
2013-07-30 08:39:58 PM
Over the years, I have asked this many times, and never received an answer:

"IF Superman derives his powers from a) traveling from a red-sun environment to a yellow-sun environment, and b) traveling from Krypton's gravity (presumably surface G > 1.0), THEN -

WHAT happens if Superman then flies to a small planet (surface G ~ .39 G, like Mars), circling a Blue sun? Does he get stronger? Does he explode from the overload?
 
2013-07-30 08:43:59 PM
Nicholas D. Wolfwood:

Over the years, I have asked this many times, and never received an answer:

"IF Superman derives his powers from a) traveling from a red-sun environment to a yellow-sun environment, and b) traveling from Krypton's gravity (presumably surface G > 1.0)
to the lighter 1.0 G environment of Earth, THEN -

WHAT happens if Superman then flies to a small planet (surface G ~ .39 G, like Mars), circling a Blue sun? Does he get stronger? Does he explode from the overload?"


FTFM. Sorry, editing on my phone is less than convenient.
 
2013-07-30 09:08:03 PM

Faith Logic Passion: FedExPope: I love this guy. One of my favorite quotes of his, and I'm paraphrasing, is that he always tries to live his life by two principles: know more today than he did yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. I more or less arrived at that philosophy on my own and it makes me almost proud (however lame that might sound) to know that I at least share that little bit of thought process with him.

He epic failed on the latter goal


Seeing as how he's a pretentious tool. The guy is the science version of Keith Olbermann or Colin Cowherd.
 
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