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The Hypno Toad

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« on: 05-29-2003 10:23 »

Does anyone Quite understand the concept of dark matter???........ i see how the molecules could be highly compact, yet i still dont see how It could be so heavy......... and i also dont see how Nibbler "creates" the dark matter.....  confused


That`s not Jesus!  It`s Rob Zombie!

...Wait a Minute, I thought that dude drove a Durango?
Action Jacktion

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« Reply #1 on: 05-29-2003 10:47 »
« Last Edit on: 05-29-2003 10:47 »

If dark matter is super-dense, then it could have the same mass as a much larger object.  One explanation for dark matter is that it's actually neutron stars, stars that might have the same mass as our sun but have the size of a city.

That's just one possible explanation for what dark matter is.  No one is quite sure because only its effects can be seen, not the matter itself.

Since Nibbler eats so much and his poop is relatively small, he must somehow compress it, making it super-dense.  Of course, he still weighs the same no matter how much he's eaten.  Somehow he keeps himself light while there's hundereds of pounds of food inside of him.

In the commentary for season 1, they explain that they decided to make dark matter the fuel for starships because it's real but no one knows much about it.  Therefore they could assign any properties to it they wanted and it wouldn't be inaccurate.
Gocad

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« Reply #2 on: 05-29-2003 10:49 »
« Last Edit on: 05-29-2003 10:49 »

*thinks of Star Trek and Stephen Hawking*

One day someone will write a book called "The Physics of Futurama" and explain it all.    wink
FilthyCrab

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« Reply #3 on: 05-29-2003 12:03 »
« Last Edit on: 05-29-2003 12:03 »

Matter is mostly empty space filled with tiny, very dense "things" (protons, neutrons, electrons, etc.)  The important thing to remember is that repellent forces are keeping these subatomic particles away from each other (on a tiny, but relatively huge scale).  If you can exert enough force to overcome the repellent forces, you can bring the particles close enough together that they end up bonding (due to other forces).  You eliminate all the empty space and have nothing but concentrated particles - very heavy and very small.

As for how Nibbler craps the stuff, I'm guessing wizzards.

Edited to fix some small typos (and make some others)
The Hypno Toad

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« Reply #4 on: 05-29-2003 12:05 »

That is a book that i may buy.......
Teral

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« Reply #5 on: 05-29-2003 12:39 »

The funny thing is, the gravity aspect of super-heavy dark matter is completely ignored. Something that dense and heavy should exact some measurable gravity. Particular on Vergon 6, yet all the animals act as if they've evolved on a planet with standard gravity.

It violates one of laws of thermodynamics (don't ask my which one) as well. As matter is pressed together, it's temperature should rise accordingly. So yes, Nibbler could compact his poop, it would just be a very heavy (as seen) and extremely hot piece of poop.
The Hypno Toad

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« Reply #6 on: 05-29-2003 12:43 »

hmmm..... interesting...... someone needs to write a book like that........
Teral

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« Reply #7 on: 05-29-2003 13:18 »

"Nitpickers Guide to Futurama"?

Before anyone start talking about being overly critical. The idea of Nitpicking, as I understand it, is not to pick the show apart, but to have fun with finding stuff like this.

Rule #1 for nitpickers: "All nitpickers shall perform their duties with lightheartedness and good cheer". The whole idea about nitpicking is having fun with ones favorite tv shows, not about pointing fingers, assigning blame or feeling smug.

Ofcourse dissenters exist in all groupings.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #8 on: 05-29-2003 15:19 »

Nit-picking?  By nerds?  What kind of crazy upside down world is this?

Move -> Nitpicker's forum.
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