6 Bonkers Pop Culture Questions Fans Figured Out
What did Bill Murray whisper at the end of Lost In Translation? Could Jack have fit on that door if Rose hadn't really wanted the leg room? How can Andy Samberg be so goddamn cute all the time? These are the questions that drive pop culture junkies mad. And some particularly obsessed fans sacrifice huge amounts of time and effort to come up with answers so we can all sleep a little better at night, not sweatily wondering "How much do Kaiju pee?" For example ...
How Long Did "It" Walk In It Follows?
It Follows was an instant horror classic thanks to its refreshing premise: a sexually transmitted monster-thing stalks and kill its victims, unless it's passed on to another person. Do with that metaphor what you will. Fans have tried to come up with theories on how to best avoid the STDemon, but Mark Hofmeyer decided to take another route. Known for collecting and calculating what he calls " dumb data," Hofmeyer set out to determine exactly how far "It" would have to tramp its way through Michigan to claim Jay, the character it's after.
Hofmeyer collected data on all the film's locations and timeframes, and came up with some interesting numbers. For instance, according to his calculations, the sex-loving (-hating?) monster moves at a constant pace of three miles per hour, which means it can cover 72 miles in a 24-hour period. To put this into perspective, a professional walker (which is apparently a thing) can walk 30 miles a day at most, because they're not supernatural terrors and have to stop to rest or shit sometimes. Most of the events occur in Detroit, but at one point, Jay and her posse flee to Whitefish Point, which is across Michigan, near Canada. As expected, it takes the monster fewer than six days to get there.
Hofmeyer admits that there is no way to know for sure exactly how far the thing had to walk during the entire film, but he estimates 1,017 miles over a 15-day period. Jesus, it could kill you with its calves alone.
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Exactly How Strong Is Thanos?
Remember that scene in Avengers: Infinity War in which Thanos body-slammed the Hulk like it was nothing? Hold on, let us get it for you.
While we were all gaping dumbly, an engineering assistant professor at Northeastern University decided he needed to know more. Steven Cranford started his " whimsical by design" experiment by creating a real molecular model of the Tesseract, that shiny blue cube that Thanos crushes with one hand at the beginning of Infinity War.
The shape of the Tesseract -- known as a hypercube -- is a real concept. It's basically a cube within a cube, a three-dimensional cube with a fourth dimension added to it. Cranford used a fancy molecular dynamics program to see if he could figure out the molecular construct of such a cube, and then calculated the cube's material strength to find out how powerful Thanos would have to be to crush it. It's obviously way more complicated than that, but the point is that Cranford managed to create a stable carbon arrangement which he called hypercubyne.
Cranford determined that a force of 42,000 tons would be required to squash the hypercubyne/Tesseract into crumbs. That roughly translates to the combined grip strength of 750,000 average U.S. men. He then calculated the proportional relationship between grip strength and lifting capacity, and concluded that Thanos can lift 120 million pounds. That's a little heavier than the Titanic.
These findings raise some alarming questions. How did Thanos not knock the Avengers' heads off in combat? This guy has the grip strength of all the men in Philadelphia combined. How did he not break everyone's necks, even by accident? And how does he masturbate? Is his dick stronger than Texas? Literally, all the rest of our questions are about this, and we have so, so many ...
How Much Did It Cost Jim To Prank Dwight?
While most fans of The Office were preoccupied with deducing the "true" identity of the Scranton Strangler (we're Team Angela), one Redditor was more concerned about Jim Halpert's obsession with pranking his co-worker, Dwight Shrute.
Most of the pranks are simple and cheap, but some of them were way more elaborate. Consider the Morse code prank from Season 6, which required Jim and Pam to hire a nanny and take night classes solely so they could annoy Dwight into thinking they were talking about him. Reddit user jmorley14 did some detective work and found out that it would take about four weeks to learn Morse code, assuming a class a week which costs $300 per person. He also found out how much a nanny in Scranton would cost. All in all, he calculates that this single prank cost the Halperts $3,120. As someone pointed out in the Reddit thread, you can learn Morse code for free online, but Jim and Pam half-ass nothing.
According to the spreadsheet made by this Redditor based on the list of pranks found on the show's Wikia, Jim's pranking career cost him a total of at least $5,590.95. It's a low estimation because they only investigated an incomplete list of pranks and definitely lowballed some of them, but any way you cut it, it is definitely way too much cash to spend just to slightly annoy somebody.
How Rich Is Harry Potter?
How wealthy was the Boy Who Lived? Harry Potter inherited the entirety of his family's fortune in Sorceror's Stone, so does that make him a millionaire? Billionaire? Nobody's really sure, because nobody really knows what the exchange rate is between wizard and muggle currency.
However, Reddit user aubieismyhomie realized that by approximating the value of things like candy and bus rides, a rough exchange rate could be determined. When another Reddit user, NeokratusRed, saw these calculations, they analyzed the shots in the movies in which Harry's bank vault is seen, and then did some calculations that would make the Sorting Hat proud.
All in all, the minimum number of galleons (that's wizard gold) in Harry's vault was calculated at 50,625, which translates to $1,265,625, plus an unknown amount of wizard silver and bronze. This was the estimated inheritance Harry started withwhen he was 11. He also later inherited his godfather's stately house and everything in it, and who even knows how compound interest works in the Wizarding World? On the flip side, this also gives us greater perspective into the Weasleys' poverty, and exactly how generous Harry was when he gave Fred and George his Triwizard Tournament winnings to start their joke shop. (Not very.)
Can You Calculate The Power Of The Force?
This might be the least surprising effort on this list, because of course, every pop culture nerd would want to know how much force the Force is packing. One such nerd over at Wired did some math using the climactic scene from Rogue One, in which Vader lifts and pins a rebel before slicing his guts out:
Using the height and weight of an average man, as well as some video analysis to plot the poor rebel's position, Rhett Allain determined that Vader lifts the rebel about 1.5 meters at an upward velocity of about 3.3 meters per second. Also, the whole motion takes about 0.46 seconds.
Allain then used physics calculations (so we won't have to -- nobody wants to see that) to determine that Vader has an output of 3,065 watts in that scene. For comparison, your average fit adult will have an output of 150 watts maximum during an hour-long intense training session. So yeah, Vader lifts, bro.
How Big Is Luigi's Penis?
Listen, we're not proud, but you look at this image and tell us you're not curious about the younger Mario brother's warp pipe.
A guy who calls himself mark (aka Fortooate) certainly was. He was able to estimate the size of Luigi's tennis racket based on real-world specifications, and he then converted thosemeasurements into pixels. He then reverse-calculated Luigi's bulge to come up with a number, and that number is ...
3.7 inches flaccid. Given that the average length of a flaccid penis is 3.61 inches, the outcome is a little underwhelming. Some fans (read: us) might point out that these calculations could be thrown off by the angle of the racket, the possibility that he's a grower and not a shower, and that his balls might also be in play somewhere. It's very important that you remember Luigi's testicles at all times.
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