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September 6, 2007

Stonehenge

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Mother Goose, Stonehenge — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

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Is this simply “Stonehenge was a primitive form of calculating device”?

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7 Comments »

  1. Yeah, but you don’t want to be near it when it crashes! Hiyo!

    Comment by Katheryn Saunders — September 6, 2007 @ 1:32 am

  2. How’d you like to have to do tech support on that? “Sir, have you tried removing the lintelstones and replacing them? Yes, I can wait….”

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — September 6, 2007 @ 8:01 am

  3. Maybe the artist thinks they like a like giant “Pi”? And that somehow relates to computers….

    OK, I’m reachin’.

    Comment by Michele — September 6, 2007 @ 11:20 am

  4. I think it’s that Stonehenge was one of humanity’s first great acheivements, almost the first technology. Therefore, it led directly to the computer. A bit of a stretch, but this explanation actually seems funny to me. Sort of.

    Comment by utnapishtim — September 6, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

  5. The biggest problem here is that Stonehenge was not a calculating device per se, but is thought to have been an astronomical observatory/calendar; more along the lines of a giant sundial than a computer. It would have been a source of raw data, not final results.

    While the astronomers who used it may have done a lot of computing, It probably took more calculation to build and line Stonehenge up properly than it ever gave back in and of itself.

    Comment by Altair IV — September 6, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

  6. Everyone already copied my answers (by which I mean they came up with them first), but I’m just wondering how those three guys are going to get that next stone under there if it took the three of them to lift that top one.

    Comment by bAT L. — September 8, 2007 @ 2:36 am

  7. I think this is actually VERY geeky. The standard circuit drawing schematic for a transistor (the basic component for all computers) looks like two lines coming off of a single solid line – sort of like a letter “Pi”, lying on its side. I think what’s happened here is that some person had a vision of a wiring schematic for a computer and all the benefits from computers. He then set about trying to build one given the then-available technology (stones), and quickly gave up. Imagine if they could have gotten it up and running – a stone-based computer the size of the whole of what is now Britain could have calculated Pi to five decimals!!

    Comment by Bill — September 11, 2007 @ 1:00 pm


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