Does This Actually Clear Up The Issue?


So Comics Kingdom has been running the Flash Gordon comics from 1961. In these stories, set in the far-distant future world of 1971, life is very different. There’s human colonies on all the good planets of the solar system. And on the moon, a guy’s homemade robot duplicate has swiped a flying saucer and he’s cleaning up on the quiz programs. And that’s not even the stuff I’m making up.

The space parking lot sign warns, 'NO PARKING AFTER MIDNIGHT (EARTH TIME)'
Also, never, ever get your spaceships wet.

So here’s a panel from the strip from Saturday, the 22nd of April, 1961. This ran ten days after Yuri Gagarin’s flight. And now … just … “No Parking After Midnight (Earth Time)”. Does the qualifier “(EARTH TIME)” simplify matters any? And if so, how?

Some guys in a flying saucer are amused by a robot who's cleaning up on the quiz programs.
Dan Barry’s Flash Gordon for the 22nd of April, 1961. It’s uncanny how perfectly they foresaw 1971.

If that’s not enough to think over, well, why not look over some mathematically-themed comic strips on my other blog? Also why not read the Leap Day 2016 Mathematics A To Z glossary that I’ve been building? I’ve gotten to write about stuff I sometimes even understand.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

3 thoughts on “Does This Actually Clear Up The Issue?”

  1. In 3001, Arthur Clarke supposed that by the eponymous year of the title, all of the world governments of Earth would have standardized on Siderial time, because dealing with time zones was just too difficult and complicated especially when everyone was living in hundred-mile-tall towers that didn’t experience a typical day/night cycle anyway.

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    1. And that’s an approach that could work. Sir Sanford Fleming who did so much to give us standardized time tried for a while an experiment where the world’s time would be denoted with letters, so it would be, say, J:15. And whether that was morning, afternoon, evening, or dead of night was just part of the localization. But the scheme never went anywhere because, come on, J:15 o’clock? Good grief.

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