February 07, 2019
January 17, 2018
And the Sun should be called The Yellow Burning Ball in the Sky! (The exclamation mark will be part of the name.)
I wonder what Calvin would even rename his fellow humans.
Apparently a lot of actual scientists started using the term “Horrendous Space Kablooie” thanks to this comic, similar to Gary Larson’s Thagomizer.
Surprised “Monstrous killer death lizard” never caught on. Probably should be “monstrous killer death bird” instead.
Look at the use of colour! The outlines of the frames, the differing shades of green in the backgrounds of four and five, the light grey and purple rocks in frame two are there in the final frame. Why differing rocks?Watterson simply decided to enjoy himself!
Calvin must have worked for Hamilton! Ohio
I guess scientists should stick to doing research on certain events and hire 6 year old children to come up with names for them.
Don’t blame me — I pushed for “Big Bangy McBangface” but was overruled by my fellow scientists.
I like it. It has…. character..
Surprised Calvin knows about empiricism.
Hmm… how can we politicize the Big Bang? My theory is that I never liked the show. To quote Dennis Miller, “That’s just my opinion. I may be wrong.”
I can see it now, in twenty-five years, Calvin will be celebrated in the Science World Journals.
Calvin, paleontologists beat you to it a LONG time ago. The name Tyrannosaurus rex comes from the Greek words tyranno (" tyrant “) and saurus (”lizard") and the Latin word rex (“king”). So, Tyrannosaurus rex means something like “king of the tyrant lizards.”
Calvin, future theologian.
If I remember correctly, the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus has been unearthed a few years ago, and it had been determined that it was a female.
So, she would be a “Tyrannosaurus Regina”.
Genesis 1 “And God saw that it was good.”
I call the creation of the world “shaping” the Old English word for creation.
. . . . . and global warming shall be called climate change, oh they’re already doing that.
He’s got a point…
I wonder how long it took Watterson to draw a Sunday cartoon. There are a lot of details in some of the frames and getting the faces right could be a challenge.
What would you call the creation of the universe? I’d call it the creation of the universe.
But Calvin, “The Big Bang” has become a successful TV series with Mayim Bialik.
If applied to some textbooks, a child’s imagination could make topics more interesting to other children. Everybody knows that children know that adults don’t know anything.
" ATOMIC " burning ball !
Fred Hoyle did not believe in it and coined the term Big Bang in an interview. Just the facts ma’am!
I think we might get away with renaming the “Big Bang” ..wait for it. Presidents Day!
What’s up with those darn empiricists naming their own discoveries?
Sir Fred Hoyle, the astrophysicist who coined the term “Big Bang” never accepted that theory. He was mocking Lemaître.
Ironically, a horrendous space rock named Kablooie took care of the monstrous death lizard.
Whoever named the Big Bang must have known that some day there would be a tv show that needed a catchy title.
Someday you’ll learn how effective understatement really is, Calvin.
Can’t wait for my favourite TV show, “The Horrendous Space Kablooie Theory.”
Well, Kaboom is out, that was copyrighted for a house cleaner.
Based entirely on this cartoon the Big Bang is often referred to, among scientists, as the HSK.
I have a feeling Hamster Huey was involved.
I’d say the dysfunctions of modern scientists, if not science itself, are much clearer to me now.
Someday Calvin will learn that Tyrannosaurus Rex means “King of the Tyrant Lizards.”
No Calvin, the start of the universe was named after a TV show.
Is Calvin a reincarnation of a Native American? The names sound familiar.
“Hamster Huey and the Horrendous Space Gooey Kablooie”…
“Big Bang” fits well with high-visibility on a T-shirt. When it comes to simplifying the Universe, fits-on-a-T-shirt is the ultimate Occam’s Razor. :)
The look on Calvin’s face when he says “The Horrendous Space Kablooie!”
the Big Bang was originally a derogatory term made up in an attempt to discredit the theory. Also “Tyranosaurus Rex” translates into “tyrant lizard king,” which isn’t that far off from what Calvin said. Of course “monstrous killer death bird” would be more accurate.
Calvin will change his mind when he learns Latin and appreciates the binomial naming system. Then he can call the big band the biggus bangus
Sorry, Calvin — “Horrendous Space Kablooie” and “Monstrous Killer Death Lizard” are both metal band names in these parts…
I thought Tyrannosaur was Latin for Monster Killer Death Lizard…?
They probably also got Pluto demoted from planet to dwarf planet.
Jeeze Calvin, think about it for a minute, this is so simple to figure out. No one would watch a show called The Horrendous Space Kablooie Theory.
Calvin has an impressive vocabulary for one so young.
My knock against the Big Bang theory is it is essentially divine creation without the divine part. I have seen enough in my years of hunting down malfunctions to know whatever the world is, it is not what we think it is. It has made me a skeptical solipsist: I suspect, but am not certain, we create the world moment by moment exactly as we create dreams. We know subjective realities exist because we create them every night (say sleep experts), but we don’t know if an objective reality exists.
Next rant: why counting numbers should never have been the basis of advanced mathematics. Point 1: Base ten is only useful if we are counting on our fingers. Point %….
Scientists DID NOT call it the “Big Bang”. Journalists did that, writing for the mind of a 6th grader. And it’s nothing new. Their great-grandparents thought ‘unsinkable’ to describe the Titanic was better than the engineer’s description, "practically (or “almost”) unsinkable".
Hamster Huey and the Horrendous Space Kablooie
“Big Bang” was actually used derisively by Fred Hoyle, who advocates a ‘steady-state universe’. But the term stuck.
How about “the Great Attractor”? Or Up Quarks", “Down Quarks”, Top and Bottom Quarks? Top quark sounds better than a “fermion with a 1/2 spin”
I’ve learned from Neil DeGrasse Tyson that astrophysicists, which include cosmologists, pride themselves on giving simple, easily understood names to the phenomena they study. Black holes. Dark energy. The Big Bang. It sets them apart from other sciences that use lingo, much of it Latin, that only an insider can understand.
I, too, wonder how Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooey fit into things here …
I also happen to love “The Big Bang Theory” on TV. I’ve seen all the episodes numerous times and still laugh at them. That’s no Bazinga, either.
Neil deGrasse Tyson always says that scientists in general (and astronomers in particular) are a “tell it like it is” bunch of folx. “Big bang”, “black hole”, “Moon rocks”, “heat death”, and so on — terms that don’t require a whole lot of explanation to be understood even by little kids.
Change the name “Big Bang”? Sure. Change the name “tyrannosaur”? NEVER!!!
one of the best C and H!
Calvin is right. Horrendous Space Kablooie has a nice ring to it. I’ll bet Carl Sagan would have loved it.
Whatever, the environment created nssr your house is sheer serene.
“Brave Helios, wake up your steeds, Bring the warmth the countryside needs…” The Moody Blues, but I don’t remember the album.
Also known as, “The Gospel According to Calvin”
“Horrendous space kablooey” doesn’t lend itself to double entendres. #Hitchhikers
The interesting thing is that the name “big bang” was actually more or less sarcasm, invented by Fred Hoyle, who did not accept the theory.