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JDHannan

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« : 08-05-2005 02:57 »

in Anthology of Interest I, the story is that the professor is watching a What-If machine's telling him what would happen if he invented the finglonger.
In that story, the professor tells Fry that the stories the What-If machine generates aren't "very long".  About 7 minutes actually.
The finglonger invention story is about 21 minutes long!
Why would the What-If machine generate a story that contained a What-If machine that generated stories 1/3 the length of the What-If machine that generated it?
Grim

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« #1 : 08-05-2005 03:04 »

He only tells him that it makes a computer simulation of the results, never mentions their duration.
ebotron

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« #2 : 08-05-2005 05:48 »

well maybe the invention of the finglonger would trigger a chain of events that led to the what if machine's stories becoming longer
StarfishChris

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« #3 : 08-05-2005 07:29 »

The truth is that many scenes had to be cut for length.
parasite?

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« #4 : 08-05-2005 15:48 »

 
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Originally posted by JDHannan:

Why would the What-If machine generate a story that contained a What-If machine that generated stories 1/3 the length of the What-If machine that generated it?




Because it's not worth the gold it's made of.
KurtPikachu2001

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« #5 : 08-05-2005 18:08 »

So, let me get this straight.  The Professor invented the Fing-Longer and we got to see 7 mintue episodes of 'What-If'.  And the Fing-longer was 21 inches long so it made a 21-mintue story.  Makes sense. 

What I like to know is, did the Professor ever invent the fing-longer eventually?
Wooter

Urban Legend
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« #6 : 08-05-2005 19:42 »

Yes, some time before The Bird-bot Of Icecatraz
Shiny

Professor
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« #7 : 08-07-2005 13:38 »

I think the Professor was impressed by the physical length of the finglonger, not by the length of its duration.

 :p
Teral

Helpy McHelphelp
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« #8 : 08-08-2005 13:18 »
« : 08-08-2005 13:18 »

 
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Originally posted by KurtPikachu2001:
What I like to know is, did the Professor ever invent the fing-longer eventually?

No, he just bought one.
Dan1248

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« #9 : 08-15-2005 12:32 »

Why would the What-If machine generate a story that contained a What-If machine that generated stories 1/3 the length of the What-If machine that generated it?

Otherwise the episode would be a hour long, but then it would have to be 3 hours long, but then it would have to be 9 hours long etc.
Or, uh...my head hurts....
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