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Title: it's all relative - part 2
Date: June 15, 2007
Summary: An illustration of how Steve uses a black hole to speed up time.
Number of panels: 6
General Relativity: "What-ho! My name is General Relativity, and I'm here to demonstrate how Steve is going to use a black hole to make his birthday come sooner!"
General Relativity: "So, let's imagine that my friend Clockwork here represents time..."
Clockwork: "Hi kids! I'm the Continuum of Experience!"
General Relativity: "Now you might think that time passes at the same rate everywhere in the Universe..."
General Relativity: "But once time gets involved with space (represented here by a vat of honey) things get a little more complicated..."
Clockwork is LOWER!ed into a giant vat of SPACE which causes a GLOOP.
Clockwork: "Space is oozing into my shoes..."
General Relativity: "Ho ho! That's called the 'Minkowski Space'!"
General Relativity: "You see, objects with a lot of mass are able to distort space, and when space gets distorted so does time! What do you think of that, eh Clockwork?"
Clockwork: "I-I think I'd like to get out now.."
General Relativity: "Ho ho! So let's see what happens when a black hole (with a very large mass) is introduced to the system..."
General Relativity: "We'll use this basket of enraged bees to represent the black hole..."
General Relativity LIFTs open the basket and the bees BUZZZ! out.
General Relativity: "Obviously in real life black holes are a lot larger. Ho ho!"
General Relativity: "And so I think that makes it clear how the theory of relativity works!"
The bees BUZZ! around Clockwork.
Clockwork: "Oh! Aah! I am allergic!"
General Relativity: "Make sure you come back next week!"