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XKCD: It's more than a comic:

[up][up]Yes, that's true, and probably what Gilphon was referring to.

I suppose one could imagine a life-form that has appropriate buoyancy to remain roughly at a particular depth though, whether that be in the gas, liquid or "transiting from liquid to solid" regions. Provided it could resist being crushed by the pressure at that depth (unless it was in one of the higher regions).

And the gravity at Saturn's surface is pretty close to Earth's IIRC. Again, not like you could stand on that, though.

edited 18th Jul '13 10:18:41 PM by ashnazg

 7902 Gilphon, Thu, 18th Jul '13 10:22:06 PM from The Third Sound Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
The question of where exactly Saturn's surface is is a non-trivial one to answer, mind you.
"Canada Day is over, and now begins the endless dark of the Canada Night."
 7903 Matues, Fri, 19th Jul '13 2:18:04 AM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
I wonder, what would the primary sense of a gas-giant floater.

 7904 Fuzzy Boots, Fri, 19th Jul '13 4:40:06 AM from Pittsburgh, PA
Quantum Theology of Dogs — Actually just Quantum Mechanics, but I like my title better [lol]

Probably a case of Only Six Faces, but that's the same dog that was growing for Wikipedia donations.

 7905 Matues, Fri, 19th Jul '13 5:29:46 AM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
Is that sentence self-referential?
 7906 Clarste, Fri, 19th Jul '13 8:18:47 AM Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Three Steps
Master of Orion 3 had a species of sentient jellyfish-like gas giant aliens. Although now that I type that, "sentient" and "jellyfish-like" seems almost like a contradiction given how jellyfish operate.

edited 19th Jul '13 8:18:58 AM by Clarste

Shadowed Philosopher
Call it "jellyfish-shaped".
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
 7908 Shadow Hog, Fri, 19th Jul '13 11:33:45 AM from Earth Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Avatar by Neoriceisgood
Man, "Time" got dark.

Everything they just walked through will be underwater in a matter of days. It's kinda hard to read Smudgy-Text Lady(?)'s dialog as for why, but it's something to do with a larger sea not far from the one in the intro. Apparently the village the pair came from will be completely wiped out, if it hasn't been already.

(Also, apparently they were kind of ostracized from the people of said Doomed Hometown. Who knows why.)

edited 19th Jul '13 11:34:27 AM by ShadowHog

The alt text changed.

 7910 phantom 1, Sat, 20th Jul '13 4:33:46 PM from Planet Earth Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
 7911 petersohn, Sat, 20th Jul '13 11:11:27 PM Relationship Status:
Stand aside!
This scene is just not complete without some kind of sound effect (a Record Needle Scratch, or more appropriately, the sound of an audio tape rewinding).
 7912 Demetrios, Sun, 21st Jul '13 10:25:19 PM from Northbrook, Illinois
He deserves that title.

And I have no idea what noise he's talking about from Dumb and Dumber. I almost sort of remember that movie.

Looking it up... Ah, I remember this.

edited 21st Jul '13 10:33:45 PM by Arha

 7914 Demetrios, Sun, 21st Jul '13 10:33:35 PM from Northbrook, Illinois
 7915 Nohbody, Sun, 21st Jul '13 11:12:24 PM from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
While I can imagine that mosquito sound is annoying as hell as a ringtone, what I'd personally really hate is the two-tone screech of the Emergency Broadcast System made into a ringtone.

It's not much of a concern now, but I used to live in northern Illinois, and you bet your ass when that tone sounded I was paying attention. I had no intention of finding out that The Wizard of Oz lied to me about the survivability of being in the middle of a tornado! surprised

edited 21st Jul '13 11:13:12 PM by Nohbody

 7916 Demetrios, Sun, 21st Jul '13 11:17:38 PM from Northbrook, Illinois
I remember having a tornado on the first day of summer two years ago.
 7917 Brickman, Mon, 22nd Jul '13 3:55:39 AM from wherever adventure takes me Relationship Status: My own grandpa
Gentleman Adventurer!
That's funny. For me the emergency broadcast signal is annoying more than useful—though I guess that's more because my phone seems to think the entire state of Ohio counts as "my area" for the purposes of me needing to be informed of every consecutive flash flood or tornado watch/warning. The last time it happened that was twenty alerts in the same night, and exactly one of them was actually for anywhere close to me (from which nothing materialized).
Your funny quote here! (Maybe)
 7918 demarquis, Mon, 22nd Jul '13 9:45:26 AM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
It only ever matters if it wakes you up in the middle of the night during a storm, and then it matters a whole lot.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
 7919 Irish Zombie, Tue, 23rd Jul '13 8:11:28 AM from Texas Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
 7920 Kyler Thatch, Tue, 23rd Jul '13 8:17:54 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
I can just imagine the two people from that last bit deciding to meet up later that day for a bit of coffee. And then they end up going out and stuff.
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
 7921 Fighteer, Tue, 23rd Jul '13 9:25:41 AM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
One in ten trillion, eh? I suspect the probability will become a lot higher in the short time after this particular What If? was published.
Ironically, the pursuit of the definition of happiness does not appear to be a happiness-maximizing behavior.
 7922 Tangent 128, Tue, 23rd Jul '13 9:54:14 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
1-in-ten-trillion is the chance of a specific pair of people simultaneously calling each other; it's only a 1-in-30, 000 chance of reaching another bless-you caller if five people do it all day.
Conversation is a contact sport.
 7923 Fighteer, Tue, 23rd Jul '13 9:54:49 AM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
But if one percent of people who read this What If? all decide to make such a call... what would the chances of them calling each other at the same time be?
Ironically, the pursuit of the definition of happiness does not appear to be a happiness-maximizing behavior.
 7924 Xopher 001, Tue, 23rd Jul '13 10:04:06 AM from 38.5061° N, 76.5177° W Relationship Status: In season
Avatar drawn By Daft Punch
That's a differnt kind of question than the one that was answered

edited 23rd Jul '13 10:04:19 AM by Xopher001

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 7925 petersohn, Tue, 23rd Jul '13 12:53:22 PM Relationship Status:
Stand aside!
Anyway, by the time you manage to call someone simultaneously while they are calling you, you'll statistically be struck by lightning several times. So don't try it.
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