1396: Actors

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Once again topping the list of tonight's hottest rising stars in Hollywood is ξ Persei!
Title text: Once again topping the list of tonight's hottest rising stars in Hollywood is ξ Persei!


The comic uses two different meanings of the word hottest. In the opening question, "Who are today's 10 hottest actors?" the word hottest could refer to an actor's popularity, success, demand or attractiveness. Cueball and Megan think the word hottest is asking them to the list the 10 actors who have the highest surface temperature, and we see them measuring Justin's surface temperature using an infrared thermometer. The measured temperature of 81.5 is given (this being the USA) in Fahrenheit and corresponds to 27.5°C

With such a measurement of hotness, the hottest actor on any given day would probably be whoever is having a fever. Or, an animal actor, of a species with a higher body temperature than humans. (Category:Films_about_birds)

The title-text references the temperatures of Hollywood's rising stars, this time misunderstanding stars as actual stars, not famous people. In this case, the star Xi Persei in the Perseus constellation (which is located in, and responsible for the fluorescence of, an object called the California Nebula, a possible joke on the location of Hollywood), one of the hottest stars (35,000 Kelvin, Sun: 5800K) visible to the naked eye.


Opening Question: Who are today's 10 hottest actors?

[Cueball is holding a clipboard, taking notes, while Megan aims an infrared thermometer at Justin.]

Megan: 81.5, but I think it got part of his shirt. [Megan yells] Hey Justin! Hold still!

Closing: We grab an infrared thermometer and find out!

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Could be Bieber... 04:42, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Good point. Sjrsimac (talk) 04:48, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
More likely Timberlake. 06:48, 18 July 2014 (UTC)Nix
It's referring to Justin Theroux, currently in ninth place on IMDB's Most Popular Males list. (http://www.imdb.com/search/name?gender=male) Yeah, I have no idea who he is either. I feel old. 06:49, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
The name of the comic is ACTORS, guys. Last I checked, Bieber is not an actor. 01:12, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
He was in Statesmen, the sequel to Kingsmen, but I think that's it. 18:54, 29 September 2020 (UTC)

Do you think it's necessary to add that the temperature is in Fahrenheit, and that normal body temperature is around 98.6? The part about getting a bit of his shirt should also probably be explained in that context. 05:39, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, please do. Most Americans can't handle metric units, and I can't handle Fahrenheit. The only thing I can remember is that body temperature is around 100°F. -- 07:26, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Inserted Fahrenheit and Celcius into the explanation...
Compared Suns temp. to Xi Persei, inserted link to films about birds (them being the hottest warm-blooded creatures I know of) Tier666 (talk) 08:03, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

I seem to recall several other comics making fun of these generic headlines of the form "The <n> <adjective> <nouns> you must see". I could only find one though: http://xkcd.com/1283/ -- 07:40, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

http://www.xkcd.com/1307/ (Buzzfeed Christmas) has plenty of these. 08:58, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Forget animals and "stars" with fevers: certainly the "hottest" objects involved in creating characters are the server farms behind CGI cartoon films! I can only imagine the heat load during final rendering. (Note: I stated "creating characters" akin to acting; to use movie-making in general, the hottest objects would be stage lighting, or the Sun during outdoor scenes.) --BigMal // 12:20, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Rendering is not acting. The computation of crowd behaviour, on the other hand, is. So question is how hot will became CPUs (or GPUs) of computers involved in computing the battles like in LOTR. -- Hkmaly (talk) 12:35, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
I'm sure there are plenty of movies in which the sun is a character. There might also be special effects or a separate voice actor, but if the sun plays itself for some of the time, it might be considered an (uncredited) actor. [1][2] 16:54, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
For that matter isn't ξ Persei visible in some night-sky scenes, making it once again the hottest? 21:51, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Does it play a major role in any movie? Or are we lumping irrelevant background extras with actors? 04:16, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

I'm not sure there is misunderstanding about stars. I mean, the misunderstanding about the meaning of hot is enough to rank ξ Persei as hotter that any actress, including Kirsten Dunst (which is sexiest according to this list, my opinion is different). I'm also sure ξ Persei is more attractive if you measure the force in fixed distance of 10 meters from surface. -- Hkmaly (talk) 12:35, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Anybody else suddenly notice that ξ looks a lot like the new name of the "Artist formerly known as Prince"? And thus miss the Astronomical reference entirely and wonder if his last name was now Persei?Seebert (talk) 20:38, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

I don't understand any of what you just said, but "The artist formerly known as Prince" has been referring to himself as "Prince" for at least 13 years. That strange symbol was only his name from 1993 to 2000. NealCruco (talk) 01:27, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

The article says "They are shooting stars with a laser beam...", is this a typo, or a phrasing I don't understand? 21:51, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Using a laser beam to point out stars is common. See http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/some-pointers-on-the-use-of-laser-pointers/ . In movies, shooting refers to filming. 17:11, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Incidentally, an IR thermometer is great for the kitchen -- the best way to heat a skillet to a consistent temperature for making perfect pancakes or stir-fry. 23:43, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

The fact that "ξ Per rises in Hollywood every night" is incorrect: the time of rise can be at any time of the day/night and it depends on the time of year. Moreover, the explanation using ξ Per's declination is incorrect: the stars with declination δ rise in a location with latitude φ if and only if |δ| < 90° - |φ|, so the given statement "star rises every night if (approximately) δ = φ" is only correct for |φ| < 45° (and so is incidentally correct in this case). 15:21, 19 July 2014 (UTC)