xkcd: Play-By-Play

I haven’t been a regular follower of xkcd lately, but whenever I do make a point to catch up with the webcomic, I’m never disappointed.  A friend of mine brought the strip below to my attention, and I thought it was too good not to share.  I’m sure we have all had that experience while watching a ballgame of listening to some poor soul try to fumble through understanding the game, which can be simultaneously frustrating and endearing.  For me, the comic below highlights the fact that, if you step back and think about it, baseball is a pretty funny game.

The best part of this comic is the post-script joke, which is viewed by hovering your mouse over the comic.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to figure out how to get it to work on this page, so I strongly encourage you to view the original at the xkcd website to catch sight of the additional commentary.



Relativistic Baseball, by XKCD

If you’re not familiar with the webcomic XKCD, then you are definitely missing out.  Part of the XKCD experience is the What If? blog, which explores a wide range of hypothetical physics questions.  The very first post on the blog was an amusing discussion on “Relativistic Baseball.”  More specifically, it provides us with an answer to the question: What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?

The answer might surprise you — but I’m sure that it will also entertain you.  Click here to read and learn all about it!

Photo source: XKCD