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(could be the one from Steroids, who knows)
 
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/6467024/Fossil-hunter-finds-140-million-year-old-spiders-web.html [[User:Mwburden|mwburden]] ([[User talk:Mwburden|talk]]) 16:44, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/6467024/Fossil-hunter-finds-140-million-year-old-spiders-web.html [[User:Mwburden|mwburden]] ([[User talk:Mwburden|talk]]) 16:44, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
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:Although, with no prior knowledge of webs, that fossil would not have been much help!  [[User:Miamiclay|Miamiclay]] ([[User talk:Miamiclay|talk]]) 03:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
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Other fossil spiderwebs:
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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/08/0807_030807_spiderweb.html
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http://www.amnh.org/our-research/science-news/2006/110-million-year-old-spider-web-with-insect-prey-found-preserved-in-amber/
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Randall is simply mistaken here.  [[Special:Contributions/162.158.2.47|162.158.2.47]] 13:43, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
  
 
Actually not all spiders spin webs, Wolf spiders chase their prey. So 'Future Guy' could get equally confused but limited observations of just one type. [[User:RIIW - Ponder it|RIIW - Ponder it]] ([[User talk:RIIW - Ponder it|talk]]) 17:45, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
 
Actually not all spiders spin webs, Wolf spiders chase their prey. So 'Future Guy' could get equally confused but limited observations of just one type. [[User:RIIW - Ponder it|RIIW - Ponder it]] ([[User talk:RIIW - Ponder it|talk]]) 17:45, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
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Anyone think this is the character from the Steroids comic? Looks fairly similar. [[Special:Contributions/108.162.237.88|108.162.237.88]] 16:08, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
 
Anyone think this is the character from the Steroids comic? Looks fairly similar. [[Special:Contributions/108.162.237.88|108.162.237.88]] 16:08, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
 
:It does seem to be the same basic design, but not identical. Of course, the whatever-it-is seen here is not even depicted consistently from panel to panel, so the differences from #1173 don't mean it's a different character, either. [[Special:Contributions/162.158.74.53|162.158.74.53]] 19:22, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
 
:It does seem to be the same basic design, but not identical. Of course, the whatever-it-is seen here is not even depicted consistently from panel to panel, so the differences from #1173 don't mean it's a different character, either. [[Special:Contributions/162.158.74.53|162.158.74.53]] 19:22, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
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::No I do not. I have moved ref to other energy spheres into the new series category for these comics: [[:Category:Time traveling Sphere]]. I also went through all series and then made a detailed list of all types of series on the [[:Category:Comic series]] page. All "real" series are listed chronologically there and the type (five in one week/two over long time) are mentioned and specified. There is also know a detailed discussion on how strange this comic series release schedule is. --[[User:Kynde|Kynde]] ([[User talk:Kynde|talk]]) 23:46, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  
 
Possibly related: Where do Dinosaurs go when it rains? - https://xkcd.com/1434/ [[Special:Contributions/108.162.242.134|108.162.242.134]] 17:48, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
 
Possibly related: Where do Dinosaurs go when it rains? - https://xkcd.com/1434/ [[Special:Contributions/108.162.242.134|108.162.242.134]] 17:48, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
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Good as a joke, but note that the visitor from future is speaking English. The idea that English will remain but knowledge about webs vanishes ... seriously? Did no one though about spiders used to download parts of world wide web in future? -- [[User:Hkmaly|Hkmaly]] ([[User talk:Hkmaly|talk]]) 13:47, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
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:We already have floating energy spheres and time travel. A universal translator is universally likely. — --[[Special:Contributions/108.162.229.10|108.162.229.10]] 19:33, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
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:Considering this comic is about time travel, I somehow doubt Randall was setting out to be scientifically accurate [[Special:Contributions/162.158.142.219|162.158.142.219]] 16:17, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
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::He's Randall, isn't he? -- [[User:Hkmaly|Hkmaly]] ([[User talk:Hkmaly|talk]]) 23:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
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did anyone notice that the time traveller says "your planet's spiders". It's possible that a far distant future human is living on a different planet, but it's odd phrasing. [[Special:Contributions/108.162.241.124|108.162.241.124]] 20:03, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
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:What makes you think the time traveller is human? -- [[User:Hkmaly|Hkmaly]] ([[User talk:Hkmaly|talk]]) 23:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
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Within a few weeks before this comic, ''Nature'' published a study claiming that rather than roaring, many dinosaurs may have cooed and/or quacked.  I wonder if this sort of new information inspired Randall to wonder what other facts about dinosaurs we don't yet know. [[Special:Contributions/173.245.48.64|173.245.48.64]] 21:56, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

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I think it the first XKCD I don't get :P 162.158.50.34 13:02, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

  • I don't believe you, no-one except Randall Himself is that smart ;-) Anyways, hope the explanation I added helps some 162.158.92.191 13:40, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

I like how the 6th panel has no borders. To me it signifies the broadening of her horizons, the going beyond her previous limits, as the realisation sinks in. 162.158.92.191 14:14, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

I remember reading about a fossil of a spider with its web, but I don't remember where I read about it. I don't suppose anyone else has heard the same? (Ideally someone who remembers the source?) 108.162.238.45 15:27, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/6467024/Fossil-hunter-finds-140-million-year-old-spiders-web.html mwburden (talk) 16:44, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Although, with no prior knowledge of webs, that fossil would not have been much help! Miamiclay (talk) 03:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Other fossil spiderwebs:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/08/0807_030807_spiderweb.html http://www.amnh.org/our-research/science-news/2006/110-million-year-old-spider-web-with-insect-prey-found-preserved-in-amber/

Randall is simply mistaken here. 162.158.2.47 13:43, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Actually not all spiders spin webs, Wolf spiders chase their prey. So 'Future Guy' could get equally confused but limited observations of just one type. RIIW - Ponder it (talk) 17:45, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Anyone think this is the character from the Steroids comic? Looks fairly similar. 108.162.237.88 16:08, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

It does seem to be the same basic design, but not identical. Of course, the whatever-it-is seen here is not even depicted consistently from panel to panel, so the differences from #1173 don't mean it's a different character, either. 162.158.74.53 19:22, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
No I do not. I have moved ref to other energy spheres into the new series category for these comics: Category:Time traveling Sphere. I also went through all series and then made a detailed list of all types of series on the Category:Comic series page. All "real" series are listed chronologically there and the type (five in one week/two over long time) are mentioned and specified. There is also know a detailed discussion on how strange this comic series release schedule is. --Kynde (talk) 23:46, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Possibly related: Where do Dinosaurs go when it rains? - https://xkcd.com/1434/ 108.162.242.134 17:48, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Good as a joke, but note that the visitor from future is speaking English. The idea that English will remain but knowledge about webs vanishes ... seriously? Did no one though about spiders used to download parts of world wide web in future? -- Hkmaly (talk) 13:47, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

We already have floating energy spheres and time travel. A universal translator is universally likely. — --108.162.229.10 19:33, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
Considering this comic is about time travel, I somehow doubt Randall was setting out to be scientifically accurate 162.158.142.219 16:17, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
He's Randall, isn't he? -- Hkmaly (talk) 23:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

did anyone notice that the time traveller says "your planet's spiders". It's possible that a far distant future human is living on a different planet, but it's odd phrasing. 108.162.241.124 20:03, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

What makes you think the time traveller is human? -- Hkmaly (talk) 23:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Within a few weeks before this comic, Nature published a study claiming that rather than roaring, many dinosaurs may have cooed and/or quacked. I wonder if this sort of new information inspired Randall to wonder what other facts about dinosaurs we don't yet know. 173.245.48.64 21:56, 18 October 2016 (UTC)