Created By: FallenLegend on January 12, 2012 Last Edited By: FallenLegend on January 17, 2012
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QuantumThreadEffect

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So you happen to love to post in a particular thread. The problem is that the thread is never active when you are around.

When Real Life calls or simply when you aren't looking at it, the thread suddenly becomes active, skipping several pages ahead. But whenever you are around the thread seems to be dead. Congratulations! you are a victim of the quantum thread effect

This phenomenon happens because relative to us a thread moves only fast when we are not watching it because our observation appears to slow down it's progress in our own minds. This would presumably be because when constantly refreshing the page we are move at the same speed as the thread (in a manner of thinking) and we are not, we are passively observing it from a slower speed, and thus it seems fast.

Another probable cause is the difference between timezones. TV Tropes has users from all around the word and sometimes a troper may find himself posting while everyone is sleeping
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • January 12, 2012
    zarpaulus
    An example of Quantum Mechanics Can Do Anything being used in Real Life.
  • January 12, 2012
    Westrim
    Quantum has to do with extremely small things, which doesn't seem to have anything to do with this. Maybe A Watched Thread Never Boils?
  • January 13, 2012
    Koveras
    I think the OP meant Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, where you cannot observe something without screwing it up.
  • January 14, 2012
    LMage
    Give me a second, we where talking about this in the MLP:Fi M Thread and I had a long post on the subject that sounded really smart...
  • January 14, 2012
    Seraphem
    Yeah it's meant under the "observing something will change it's behavior" aspect of quantum mechanics. (Not the actual person who made this YKTTW, but they made it based on an idea I had in a thread we both post in.)
  • January 14, 2012
    LMage
    Relative to us a thread moves only fast when we are not watching it because our observation appears to slow down it's progress in our own minds. This would presumably be because when constantly refreshing the page we are move at the same speed as the thread (in a manner of thinking) and we are not, we are passively observing it from a slower speed, and thus it seems fast.
  • January 14, 2012
    FallenLegend
    Thanks guys I will totally update this one and launch it as fast as possible :)
  • January 14, 2012
    X2X
    I'm not sure if this fits in with what you're going for, but time zone differences could play a part in this.
  • January 16, 2012
    FallenLegend
    thanks already mentioned
  • January 16, 2012
    Tambov333
    Shrödiner's Thread?
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