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Revision as of 13:59, 24 May 2021
|In Your Classroom|
Title text: Ontology is way off to the left and geography is way off to the right.
| This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Created by a QUASAR IN YOUR CLASSROOM. The table is still a work in progress. Do NOT delete this tag too soon.|
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In the title text two points that are off the chart to the left and right are also mentioned. See details about all the subjects in the table below.
Note that Randall uses similar diagrams in each of 388: Fuck Grapefruit, 1242: Scary Names and 1501: Mysteries, which also contain different items. They also have extra points mentioned in the title text. In the first two comics the points are also off the chart, whereas for the last the description of the point is too long to fit on the chart. Extra info outside the chart is also used in the title text of 1785: Wifi, but this is a line graph.
Table of subjects
|Atmospheric Physics||0%||0%||The presence of atmosphere in the classroom is quite common, as humans require the presence of an atmosphere to remain alive, and humans cannot learn while dead.|
|Ethics||25%||0%||Ethical thinking and behavior are widely considered good and should normally be present in education, but are sadly not universal.|
|Education||0%||10%||Learning usually goes on in classrooms, so education as a concept is both being learned about and present in the form of learning itself.|
|Bibliography||25%||7%||Bibliography is the study of books, and books are normally present in classrooms, particularly bibliography classrooms.|
|Human Physiology||0%||20%||This comic assumes that there are humans learning in the classroom, which was true at the time this comic was published, although in many places at the time the comic was published, many classrooms were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.|
|Public Speaking||25%||15%||Some classes require students to present things in front of the class, which is likely a requirement in a public speaking class. Thus, public speaking itself would be present in the class.
Some classes also have a teacher talking or presenting to the students from the front of the class, another form of public speaking.
|Architecture||0%||30%||All buildings can be considered architecture, and most classes take place in buildings. This comic also refers to a classroom, which is a room, and therefore considered architecture.|
|Library Science||25%||25%||Library science is concerned with the organization of knowledge, and is useful for finding information. Many classes require research papers that require the use of books and other sources of information to complete them. This would be even more appropriate for a class actually taught in the school library.|
|Furniture Design||0%||40%||Most rooms have furniture, so this would probably be present in a classroom|
|Culinary Arts||40%||30%||Most studies of culinary arts include the teacher and/or students preparing food using the tools and/or techniques that have been taught, so it would be fairly normal for food to be a result of classroom activities. How good it is, however, can be a mixed bag, especially for student cooking attempts.|
|Ergonomics||5%||45%||Ergonomic equipment and workspaces promote comfort and efficiency, while non-ergonomic ones may be unpleasant, unhealthy, or even immediately dangerous.|
|Botany||40%||40%||The near-neutral position of Botany (aka Plant Biology) obscures a wide range of possible outcomes, from the banal to the malignant. A teacher might have brought in a potted plant for decoration or show-n-tell, which would have zero weirdness and (if a non-allergenic species) zero danger. Or, a tree might have fallen through the roof, highly dangerous and weird, especially if it occurred during calm weather (weather likely to result in trees falling would probably have closed the school prior to treefall). This assumes that the event involves a vegetable and not an element of consumerism or purchasing.|
|20th Century Authors||65%||10%||Literature classes would benefit greatly from an open discussion or interview with the author himself. Sadly such things are rare, but not unheard of, putting it slightly on the "weird" side of the spectrum. Well-known authors of the 20th century have an increased likelihood of being retired or dead by 2021, but there are more authors of the 20th century who are well-established enough to be studied.|
|Exobiology||100%||0%||Exobiology is the study of extraterrestrial life. This would mean that an alien life-form was in the classroom.|
|21st Century Authors||60%||20%||21st century authors have the advantage (over 19th and 20th century authors) of typically being alive and active at the time this comic was published. However, most authors who were primarily active in the 21st century are still developing their body of work, and/or still awaiting the judgment of history. The better availability of such authors, as compared to 20th century author probably explains the slightly lower "weirdness" score, while the limited body of truly prominent authors probably explains the lower "goodness" score.|
|19th Century Authors||100%||15%||No author who was active in the 19th century was alive at the writing of this comic, hence, having one of them show up in class would be extremely weird. The opportunity to interact with such a person would be utterly unique, meaning that it scores pretty high on the "goodness" metric, though interestingly not as high as a 20th century author. Possibly, the potential 'badness' of having a zombie or other reanimated being show up in your class is weighed against the advantage of having a historical figure there in person.|
|Paleontology||100%||25%||Paleontology is the study of the history of life on Earth as based on fossils. In geology classes, it would be normal to have some fossils in the classroom. However, fossils are not usually found in other classrooms, and especially below the college level. Randall is also probably implying the weirdness of finding a live Jurassic Park-style dinosaur.|
|Robotics||55%||30%||A course on robotics would often be expected to have some form of working models of the robots being discussed.|
|Martian Soil Chemistry||100%||35%||Martian soil only reaches Earth in small amounts, so it would be unusual to find a meaningful amount anywhere, except Mars.|
|Tourism||75%||40%||Tourists coming into an active classroom would be quite unusual. It could refer to the students leaving to become tourists in another location.|
|Child Psychology||60%||45%||Child study is the study of the psychological processes of children and how they differ from those of adults. It could mean one group of children in the class analyzing the behaviour of the other group and vice versa, which could mean each student has their own interpretation of the other group's behaviour, or it could mean that the teacher analyses the behaviour of the children and explaining it, which could mean a psychologist has to be involved.|
|Entomology||15%||55%||Insects in the classroom. Some introductions, such as monarch butterfly caterpillars, are deliberate (to teach metamorphosis), and so normal and good. Ants commonly enter classrooms. An infestation of pharaoh ants is commonplace and relatively benign; of fire ants, commonplace in some places but concerning; of army ants, weird in most places and dangerous. See also Pest Control.|
|Occupational Therapy||10%||62%||Injury, illness or mental health problem that hinder your participation in life/school. Many students who have significant physical injuries and conditions that require occupational therapy would generally not engage in those activities during a class, although volunteers may be brought in as a demonstration of a particular health problem or method of treatment.|
|Hydraulic Engineering||40%||62%||Likely in the form of flooding or plumbing problems.|
|Pest Control||25%||70%||Pests may be naturally present in the building, depending on age and level of maintenance done, so students may get the opportunity to partake in some informal pest-control methods during class (such as killing via blunt-force impact). Professional pest control, however, usually involves using harmful chemicals as a method of mass extermination, limiting the ability of students to observe the process, besides causing unhealthy exposure to large amounts of pesticides. (Although, watching a professional pest controller at work would be an immense boon to students studying the topic).|
|Foodborne Illness||15%||80%||Sometimes students in a culinary arts class do not properly observe hygiene standards and the food they present would lead to illness in those that consume the food. Thankfully, this is rare if the teacher is paying enough attention to proceedings. Students could also be ill from food eaten outside of class.|
|Criminal Law||45%||85%||This might happen if a crime occurs in the class.|
|Physiology of Stress||0%||90%||This would be a sign of stress severe enough to affect bodily functions, likely to an unhealthy extent.|
|Oncology||25%||100%||Someone in the room likely has cancer.|
|Ornithology||60%||55%||Birds in the classroom?|
|Animation||100%||56%||Examples of animated works might be displayed to the students in an animation class. It would be weird for animated characters to appear physically in the classroom instead of being projected on screens. Possibly a reference to the game Bendy and the Ink Machine, which, if it appeared in the classroom, would be very weird and very bad.|
|Petroleum Geology||65%||60%||Crude oil coming up through the floor of the classroom would be very weird.|
|Highway Engineering||75%||65%||A highway being built through an active classroom would be very unusual and not that safe.|
|Toxicology||55%||75%||Most likely, a toxic substance is present in the room. This is not very weird if the room is in a building that has asbestos-containing insulation (typically associated with buildings constructed before the 1990s, although it has not been specifically outlawed) or lead paint (which was fully outlawed in 1978, so any paint must have been applied prior to that date). However, toxic substances are, by definition, unsafe for humans (even students).|
|Hematology||75%||70%||Hematology is the study of blood. Given that there should be blood in each of the students present, we should probably assume Randall means "large quantities of blood outside of one's body", which would indeed be both bad and weird.|
|Hostage Negotiation||70%||85%||Reasons as to why there would be hostage negotiations taking place at a school have horrifying implications for the students and teacher.|
|History of Siege Warfare||100%||80%||This would mean that the students would be trapped in the building until they ran out of resources, possibly dying of thirst and starvation (depending on whether or not the opposing army destroyed the school's water lines). As an alternative, the classroom could be hit by a boulder hurled from a trebuchet, which would be weird and bad in an entirely different way.|
|Trauma Surgery||55%||95%||Trauma surgery is an incredibly painful procedure, and difficult to look at for many. It would undoubtedly be disturbing to the class, especially if the patient was one of them.|
|Volcanology||75%||95%||Having a live volcano in one's classroom is both very dangerous and very weird . Volcanoes mature over very long time frames, but even the earliest stages are highly disruptive and potentially deadly, as seen in the 1943 eruption of Paricutín and the 2018 flank eruption of Kilauea. Note this also applies to baking soda and vinegar volcanoes that are offshoots of much larger vinegar hotspots.|
|Quasar Astronomy||75%||100%||Quasars are distant astronomical objects that release large amounts of energy. Not only would the power of a quasar destroy the classroom (as well as the rest of Earth,) quasars are too large to fit inside any known classroom. For example, ULAS J1342+0928 has a mass of 8*10^8 solar masses. This means the event horizon of the black hole is almost 16 AU in radius, and this size does not include the accretion disk.|
|Ontology (Title Text)||<0%||?||Ontology is the philosophical study of existence and being. Since there must be something learning in the classroom, it is unsurprising that ontology is a normal subject to appear in the classroom.|
|Geography (Title Text)||>100%||?||Logistics aside, having a planet's terrain newly appear in one's classroom would almost certainly be a distraction to the learning environment.|
|This transcript is incomplete. Please help editing it! Thanks.|
- [Caption above scatter plot with labeled axes]
- Caption: The thing you study just showed up in your classroom! That's...
- Upper y-axis label: Good
- Lower y-axis label: Bad
- Upper x-axis label: Normal
- Lower x-axis label: Weird
- [First quadrant (left to right, top to bottom):]
- 20th century authors
- 21st century authors
- 19th century authors
- Martian soil chemistry
- Child psychology
- [Second quadrant]
- Atmospheric physics
- Human physiology
- Public speaking
- Library science
- Furniture design
- Culinary arts
- [Third quadrant]
- Occupational therapy
- Hydraulic engineering
- Pest control
- Foodborne illness
- Criminal law
- Physiology of stress
- [Fourth quadrant]
- Petroleum geology
- Highway engineering
- Hostage negotiation
- History of siege warfare
- Trauma surgery
- Quasar astronomy
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