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uri lukin

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« on: 08-21-2010 16:24 »

why do heads in jars blink,i mean regular people blink only because our eyes have to stay hydrated but their eyes are always hydrated
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Jezzem

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« Reply #1 on: 08-21-2010 17:16 »

I'm going to answer all of the questions you've made threads for with this one post.

Futurama is a cartoon.
uri lukin

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« Reply #2 on: 08-21-2010 18:09 »

come on, if you do have an answer then you argue if you dont you say its a cartoon cant you just agree with me
SweetZombieJesus

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« Reply #3 on: 08-21-2010 18:39 »

Listen, if you think of small nuances like this then you could flood this forum with questions of a similar nature. For questions such as the ones you have listed prior, you have to appreciate that Futurama is a cartoon. A cartoon which many aspects of the show are not going to have an explanation. Thats is many reasons why certain aspects of the show are so funny in the first place.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #4 on: 08-21-2010 18:45 »

It's very simple and very obvious.

The human body is designed to blink. Those heads grew up blinking.

Why would they stop just because they were in a jar all of a sudden and they didn't need to?
It's like if for some reason, you didn't have to breathe any more. I bet you still would because you're used to it. Your body just does it.


Plus blinking actually helps to clean the eyes as well as simply hydrating them.
uri lukin

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« Reply #5 on: 08-21-2010 19:18 »

i thought someone would say that but after your head is in a jar for 500 years i think it stoppes blinking
uri lukin

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« Reply #6 on: 08-21-2010 19:19 »

and there is nothing to clean them from
Chives

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« Reply #7 on: 08-21-2010 19:28 »

i thought someone would say that but after your head is in a jar for 500 years i think it stoppes blinking

Obviously they don't. Nobody on Earth right now in reality could ever know if the head stops blinking, unless Groening and DXC know something we don't.

Seriously, let it go. If they stared all the time, the more feeble of viewers might get creeped out.
uri lukin

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« Reply #8 on: 08-21-2010 19:53 »

maybe Nobody on Earth right now in reality could ever know if the head stops blinking but there where other experiments that proved that the human body adaptes.
to not natural conditions. there was a man who wore reversing glasses for a few month and then his mind adapted and started seeing normal. and that only in a few month imagine that for 600 years
Jezzem

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« Reply #9 on: 08-21-2010 19:56 »

come on, if you do have an answer then you argue if you dont you say its a cartoon cant you just agree with me

Uh, I do have an answer. I actually have an answer for every stupid question you've asked. Futurama is a cartoon. That's actually the most logical answer for the first question about Insane In The Mainfraim, also.
uri lukin

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« Reply #10 on: 08-21-2010 20:06 »

if the answer to everything is "its cartoon"then why do we have this forum
jeepdavetj

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« Reply #11 on: 08-21-2010 20:17 »

The solution the heads are kept in could slightly irritate the eyes. Honestly I have no clue, but blinking also conveys emotion. Sorta.
Jezzem

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« Reply #12 on: 08-21-2010 20:19 »

if the answer to everything is "its cartoon"then why do we have this forum

If by "this forum" you mean the Re-Check/Weird Scenes section, for discussing things that don't fall under the category of "asking stupid question the assume Futurama is a non fictional documentary" (e.g. goofs, interesting alien language signs, etc.)
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #13 on: 08-21-2010 20:41 »

if the answer to everything is "its cartoon"then why do we have this forum

I gave you TWO completely logical answers and you just put your fingers in your ears and shouted "lalalalala!".

The human body can adapt when it has a reason to. That example you gave of the man wearing reversing glasses -his brain had to adapt to cope because otherwise he wouldn't be able to see.
Blinking isn't like that. It's something you do. You don't think about it. It doesn't cause any problems. You wouldn't think "well I'm in a jar now, I might as well stop blinking because I have no need to do so anymore". You'd just carry on doing it because it's what you do.

I still blink when I go swimming underwater.


And there would still be stuff to clean from your eyes. Dust particles that get in the liquid, etc, etc.



And how's this for a third answer? They consciously choose to blink so as not to appear freaky to normal people.
uri lukin

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« Reply #14 on: 08-21-2010 21:06 »

blinking does cause problems the body (even if its only a part) designed not to waste energy(calories) so the head wont blink because it has better thing to do with the energy(from evolutionary point of view)  and dust particles float so they dont get attached to the eye.
FutureJan

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« Reply #15 on: 08-21-2010 21:23 »

When you decide to make a thread, and then act like you know all the answers, you sound like a jerk... also Jezzem is right... IT"S A CARTOON, while it's fun to discuss the logic of why something happens, if there is no explanation then we go back to the default of it a cartoon!
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #16 on: 08-21-2010 22:33 »

blinking does cause problems the body (even if its only a part) designed not to waste energy(calories) so the head wont blink because it has better thing to do with the energy(from evolutionary point of view)  and dust particles float so they dont get attached to the eye.
1. That's not a real problem. Wasting the minute amount of calories is hardly a problem given that now the head doesn't even have the neck down to keep functioning. The heads in jars are fed their Torgo's executive powder and are clearly sustrained. Claudia Schiffer even talks about losing weight despite being a head in a jar so maybe they do it for exercise.

2. From an evolutionary point of view? What are you talking about? We've evolved, as humans, to blink. Being placed somewhere that'd stop us needing to, wouldn't stop us doing it unless we went out of our way to train ourselves not to do it.
Or do you mean that the heads would evolve to not blink any more? Because that isn't how evolution works.

3. As for the dust particles... not all dust floats. Dust is a catch-all term for things like dirt, grit, dead cells, bits of hair and so on. Some of it sinks. Plus the heads do move about somewhat in their jars, they could easily stir the dust in by accident.
Dust was only an example anyway. Other things could get into their jars quite easily.
Chives

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« Reply #17 on: 08-21-2010 22:37 »
« Last Edit on: 08-21-2010 22:50 »

For example, in 30% Iron Chef, Bender literally pours Martha's meal into her jar. You can't tell me blinking wouldn't be useful to remove every last irritant after the water in the jar itself has been replaced.
uri lukin

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« Reply #18 on: 08-21-2010 22:46 »

that is a once in a year incident
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #19 on: 08-21-2010 22:49 »

How? They eat presumably as often as normal people.

That means that 3 meals a day get mixed in there. Even if it's just Torgo's Executive Powder, it could still get in your eyes and would presumably irritate them.
uri lukin

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« Reply #20 on: 08-22-2010 09:23 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2010 09:24 »

they cant, nothing can digest the food and even if they can they only have to feed their brain we have to feed our legs and hands which consume a large percent of energy
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #21 on: 08-22-2010 10:09 »

The collar around the neck presumably handles digestion.

Look, it's set a thousand years in the future. Assume that the same technology that keeps a head from ageing, keeps the blood supply circulating, and allows them to talk without lungs can handle all the other logical inconsistencies. Heads in jars is funny. It's a running joke in a cartoon. It's not a fucking documentary.

Why don't you nitpick about why Bender is made of 160% various things, whilst you're at it? It's an intentional joke.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #22 on: 08-22-2010 16:22 »

they cant, nothing can digest the food and even if they can they only have to feed their brain we have to feed our legs and hands which consume a large percent of energy

Well then, I suppose I'm wrong despite them showing the heads eating in Space Pilot 3000, The 30% Iron Chef and Bender's Big Score.

Also, what tnuk said.
Aki

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« Reply #23 on: 08-25-2010 15:52 »

Because it would look creepy otherwise.

Because of habit.

Because the substance in the jars isn't moisturing their eyes, if it did they would also suffocate.

Pick one.
Futuraman2112

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« Reply #24 on: 01-14-2011 12:36 »
« Last Edit on: 01-14-2011 12:38 »

Okay, I just want to say to the Russian kid-How are dead people's heads alive in jars anyway?? For example, Chester A. Arthur's head and George Washington's head appeared in the show, and they were merely skulls waaaaaaay before Fry was frozen, much less before head-preserving technologies were around! So how bout asking stuff like that instead of some bullshit blinking controversy, mkay???

Spasibo, comrade
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« Reply #25 on: 01-14-2011 17:26 »

... How are dead people's heads alive in jars anyway??

  • Cloning.
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Futuraman2112

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« Reply #26 on: 01-15-2011 05:37 »

Well at least I'm posting in regards to the subject instead of just criticizing people's grammar or b!tching about how the question has already been posted twice before, as a lot of users do on here!!

And yes, the intern showed me the handshake, and gave me a handsome gift basket courtesy of Yankee Candle and Bath & Body Works. Veh nice!
lemily33

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« Reply #27 on: 02-14-2011 07:53 »
« Last Edit on: 02-14-2011 07:57 »

If I can hop in here, blinking is a reflex. Individuals don't evolve - *populations* evolve. So if a race of heads reproduced and grew up in jars, they might stop blinking over half a million years or more as it became unnecessary. But individuals like, say, Nimoy, are still going to blink because their brains are evolved to cause blinking.

A similarly pointless question is "why don't our appendixes [appendices?] just all shrivel up?" and the answer is that they usually don't cause problems, so there's no reason for them to do so.

I realize it's been a month, but the scientist in me was twitching at the idea that an individual can evolve just because it's been 1,000 years.

EDIT: I see cyber_turnip said something to the same effect, so now I see my opinion was rather pointless. Sorry.  shifty Nerdrage overtook me.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #28 on: 02-16-2011 00:02 »

the scientist in me

Hm. Either you swallow scientists whole, or you allow them to climb inside you. Are you some sort of gigantic robot?
lemily33

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« Reply #29 on: 02-16-2011 01:35 »

Haha! Well, technically that would be a mecha. ;0 But I'm a science nerd. All of me. I morally object to the eating of other scientists. big grin
hobbitboy

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« Reply #30 on: 02-22-2011 10:15 »


 But how else are you supposed to get to their creamy core of scientist nougat?

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
SpaceCase

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« Reply #31 on: 02-22-2011 16:49 »


 But how else are you supposed to get to their creamy core of scientist nougat?

Liposuction?  confused

I'll just... ooze... back out under the door now...

lemily33

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« Reply #32 on: 02-22-2011 21:25 »


 But how else are you supposed to get to their creamy core of scientist nougat?

Liposuction?  confused

I...

no no

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« Reply #33 on: 02-22-2011 21:33 »

Well at least I'm posting in regards to the subject instead of just criticizing people's grammar or b!tching about how the question has already been posted twice before, as a lot of users do on here!!

I think someone was trying to cause offence.

This thread just made me laugh. A lot. And I agree with everything that lemily said. Everyone knows that a species evolves, not an individual, right?

Right?!
lemily33

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« Reply #34 on: 02-22-2011 21:48 »

Well at least I'm posting in regards to the subject instead of just criticizing people's grammar or b!tching about how the question has already been posted twice before, as a lot of users do on here!!

I think someone was trying to cause offence.

This thread just made me laugh. A lot. And I agree with everything that lemily said. Everyone knows that a species evolves, not an individual, right?

Right?!

Ask a creationist. The answer is "no."

"If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?!"
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #35 on: 02-22-2011 22:04 »


"If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?!"


Still makes me shake my head in disbelief that the "man evolved from monkeys" popular myth (or widely believed "fact" if you prefer) persists.

Why is it understood by only a small slice of the population that man and monkeys both evolved from a common arboreal ancestor, whose genetic family tree splits somewhere before man and monkeys, and whose fossilised remains show similarities to most living primate groups? Surely the idea isn't too complex for people to grasp. Surely oversimplifying things to the point where the man on the street thinks we evolved from monkeys is as bad as thinking that God actually made us from dirt?

Whilst I get that this is not your opinion, lemily, I know that it's an opinion held by many, and it's annoying that such basic things are so badly misunderstood by such a majority. Grr.
lemily33

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« Reply #36 on: 02-22-2011 22:17 »

Most people don't understand evolution. If they did, they'd see that it makes sense. It is, indeed, annoying, but you'd be surprised at how many people in my Physical Anthropology class were learning evolution for the first time at age 18-21 or so.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #37 on: 02-22-2011 22:59 »

I doubt I'd be surprised. I've a fairly low expectation of the collective IQ of any group of people, thanks to twenty-odd years of observing and listening to the various disgustingly stupid people that swarm across the face of this pestilential mudball.
lemily33

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« Reply #38 on: 02-23-2011 00:18 »

Haha! You are a cheerful one. ;D
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« Reply #39 on: 03-22-2011 10:44 »

How's that dating scene btw TNUK? tongue
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