I feel the same way about Virgin Galactic.
typo on gauge…
No, that’s totally intetional – just how he said it. Shows how little the engineer knows about what he’s doing, can’t even pronounce it right 😉
Fixed thanks to Brian. Thanks 🙂
I still prefer to think the chief engineer was actually pronouncing it “ga-gue” because he didn’t actually know what it was called.
Perhaps Philo felt the crew would be less likely to mutiny if he were the only one with any idea how to fix the ship when it breaks?
I can totally imagine this converstion happening as canon. I’m just wondering if it happens before or after he accepts the dirty-boot-money bribe to hide the presence of an obvious saboteur. Then again, if he strats asking questions like “how does a wood-burning engine possibly hold enough fuel to bore through 10,000 miles of rock?” science would never progress at all!
Captain Eaton doesn’t know enough to ask the fuel question… Nor does the author 😉
They should be fine then. Wile E. Coyote has proven to us many times that cartoon physics works just fine as long as you don’t question it. (You can run right off a cliff and hover in mid-air but you won’t fall unless you look down)
Because I’m bored: based on the energy content of wood and the energy usage of current large tunnel boring machines, it should take about 35.7 billion kg of wood fuel to bore entirely through the Earth. Naturally, a genius like Philo has improved on this efficiency in his design. Turns out, that contraption of his is every bit as impressive as he claims.
hee hee, looks like another candidate for an OCD award….
Maybe you SHOULD make one, Van Dinter…….
As long as I’m in the running for an award: If Philo has invented a way to convert 100% of the matter in the wood fuel directly to energy, based on the same numbers I used previously, it would take him just a hair under 4kg of fuel to bore entirely through the Earth. Approximately the weight of a simple toolbox. 🙂
Not only the driller, but also the whole comic is powered by a form of antimatter called denialofreality.
Then they’re all set: Philo is in denial of the reality of his responsibilties, Alice is in denial of the reality of her social position, they both are in denial of the reality of their mutual attraction, and Rodney is in denial of the obvious reality that he is an odious little toad that nobody will ever want. They should be able to drill through the Earth three or 4 times with that much fuel!
Or was that not what you meant? 😉
I just assumed they’d dump more wood down the hole… come to think of it, the wrecked scaffolding would provide a lot of extra fuel. Anyway, that’s why there is a hatch at the top, to carry in more firewood.
Remember: It’s not a death trap if you never expected to survive!
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