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Educational Annotations

Some of the comics have (more or less) informative annotations on a variety of topics. This is a list of the more educational ones, by subject. Manually updated up to strip #3319.

Since #3198, every new "strip" is one of these, and they are published weekly.

Art and Creativity

  • 1144 - Game design; comic design.
  • 1272 - A Theory of Fun for Game Design; art and creativity.
  • 1402 - Minimalist art; abstract art; what is art?
  • 1455 - Comic panel layout; Understanding Comics; panel transitions.
  • 1467 - Photoshop image blending tutorial.
  • 1752 - Betraying the fans; finding enjoyment.
  • 1754 - Ideas; creativity; daring to be stupid.
  • 2000 - Webcomics with 2000 or more strips.
  • 2125 - Edgar Degas; Jackson Pollock.
  • 2133 - Steadicam.
  • 2203 - Movie soundtracks.
  • 2311 - Ray Harryhausen.
  • 2388 - Focus pullers.
  • 2397 - Digital art.
  • 2513 - Renaissance music.
  • 2538 - Continuity.
  • 2769 - Fan resistance to new interpretations.
  • 2925 - Comic panel composition.
  • 3006 - 'O Sole Mio; contribution to modern music.
  • 3047 - Wagner; leitmotif.
  • 3062 - Flammarion engraving.
  • 3179 - Supporting creativity.
  • 3197 - Being creative.
  • 3198 - Reconfiguring Irregular Webcomic!
  • 3201 - Making webcomics.
  • 3205 - Designing games.
  • 3212 - Photographic exposure.
  • 3215 - Being creative; sharing your art.
  • 3218 - Writing in a group.
  • 3240 - Photography stuff to try.
  • 3244 - Making puzzles.
  • 3264 - Making music.
  • 3315 - Film photography.
  • 3316 - Making movies.

Astronomy

  • 530 - Titius-Bode Law; planetary orbital spacing.
  • 1424 - Yeti; H.P. Lovecraft; Pluto; definition of a planet; Kuiper belt.
  • 1524 - Mars; canals; Giovanni Schiaparelli; Percival Lowell.
  • 2175 - Black holes; gravity; Newton's Laws; general relativity; black body radiation; measuring stars.
  • 2201 - Black holes; Schwarzchild radius.
  • 2281 - Edmond Halley; Halley's comet; transits of Venus.
  • 2421 - The Galilean Satellites; heliocentric cosmology.
  • 2693 - Orbital trajectories.
  • 2720 - Nicolaus Copernicus.
  • 2743 - De revolutionibus orbium coelestium.
  • 2743 - Kepler's Laws.
  • 2823 - Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
  • 2875 - Halley's comet.
  • 2921 - Twilight.
  • 2946 - Venus; Venera and Mariner probes.
  • 3209 - Overview of astronomical objects.
  • 3220 - Radio astronomy; quasars.
  • 3224 - Pulsars; supernova remnants.
  • 3233 - Formation of the solar system; asteroids and comets.
  • 3239 - Mercury.
  • 3243 - Venus.
  • 3252 - Earth.
  • 3263 - Mars.
  • 3269 - Jupiter.
  • 3275 - Saturn.
  • 3278 - Seasons; lunar cycle.
  • 3280 - Stellar nucleosynthesis.
  • 3283 - Uranus.
  • 3290 - Neptune.
  • 3298 - Night sky; inspiring children with science.

Biology

  • 433 - Square-cube law; giant animals.
  • 662 - DNA structure; molecular bases.
  • 949 - Creationism; evolution; scientific theories.
  • 1000 - Four humours; bile.
  • 1086 - DNA; environmental influence on DNA expression.
  • 1180 - Trepanation.
  • 1278 - Monkeys versus apes; paraphyletic classification; the nature of humour.
  • 1334 - Reptiles; paraphyletic groups; birds as reptiles.
  • 1469 - The Human Genome Project.
  • 1621 - Vitamin D; rickets.
  • 1677 - Grass; biogeography; simulating prehistory.
  • 2023 - Tea.
  • 2134 - Bacteria on the Moon.
  • 2249 - Tree hydration.
  • 2448 - Charles Darwin.
  • 2486 - Anton van Leeuwenhoek.
  • 2497 - Flesh-eating bacteria.
  • 2593 - Thagomizer.
  • 2601 - Dinosaurs and geological time.
  • 2610 - Staphylococcus aureus.
  • 2699 - Paradox frog.
  • 2740 - Cuttlefish.
  • 2794 - Life on Mars.
  • 2799 - Allosaurus size.
  • 2807 - Endothermism in dinosaurs.
  • 2814 - Capybaras; extinct giant rodents.
  • 3007 - Sealpoint colouring; tyrosinase enzyme heat sensitivity.
  • 3100 - Galapagos tortoises; Lonesome George.
  • 3203 - Circulatory system; series of tubes; analogies.
  • 3237 - Cells.
  • 3249 - Fruit.
  • 3254 - Flowers.
  • 3258 - Human visual system; colour vision.
  • 3302 - Birds.
  • 3314 - Retinal defects.

Chemistry

  • 520 - Hydrogen combustion; German language; zeppelin safety.
  • 983 - Pineapple; gelatin; the enzyme bromelain.
  • 1136 - Monosodium glutamate; umami; flavour.
  • 1821 - Dynamite; nitroglycerin; Alfred Nobel; Nobel prizes.
  • 1842 - Gunpowder; sulphur; charcoal; saltpetre.
  • 2108 - Chlorine; oxygen; oxidation; chlorine breathing.
  • 2247 - Lead into gold; Antoine Lavoisier; Henri Becquerel; J. J. Thomson.
  • 2466 - Peroxide.
  • 2810 - Antoine Lavoisier; conservation of mass.
  • 2854 - Opium; heroin.
  • 2861 - Deliquescence.
  • 3121 - Salinity of blood and sea water.
  • 3204 - Molecules; other compounds of elements.
  • 3208 - The periodic table.
  • 3232 - Acids and bases.
  • 3276 - Carbon; organic chemistry.
  • 3303 - Metals; metallic bonding; alloys.
  • 3311 - Ice.
  • 3319 - Fireworks; chemical colours.

Computing and Technology

  • 692 - Image processing; edge enhancement; edge detection.
  • 1152 - ISO 9001.
  • 2049 - Edge detection algorithms.
  • 2571 - Lossy compression; lossless compression.
  • 2727 - The Internet Oracle.
  • 3065 - Predicting future technology.
  • 3288 - Trains.
  • 3309 - Computer vision.
  • 3310 - Bridges.

Culture and Society

  • 485 - Meta-humour.
  • 793 - 1962 Baseball World Series; Peanuts.
  • 1130 - Lent; lentils; lenses.
  • 1246 - Cockney.
  • 1339 - Justices of the Peace.
  • 1428 - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; Arthur Sullivan; Richard Storrs Willis.
  • 1438 - Knitting; casting on; casting off.
  • 1718 - Lampshade hanging.
  • 2093 - Mulligans.
  • 2148 - Burlesque.
  • 2169 - "I don't know".
  • 2210 - Ubiquitous robots.
  • 2357 - Economics of interstellar trade.
  • 2360 - Metagaming.
  • 2393 - Coin shaving.
  • 2512 - Limpet mines.
  • 2633 - Hagia Sophia.
  • 2667 - The Red Castle of Tripoli.
  • 2731 - Clove hitch.
  • 2868 - The British Crown Jewels.
  • 2876 - Dungeons & Dragons spell types.
  • 2884 - Dungeons & Dragons random harlot table.
  • 2909 - The International Red Cross symbol.
  • 2922 - Unbeatable sports teams.
  • 2986 - The value of sport.
  • 3015 - The Hokey Pokey; wedding traditions.
  • 3018 - Dungeons & Dragons dragons.
  • 3114 - Harry Houdini.
  • 3199 - The wonder of science.
  • 3207 - Classifying things; musical genres.
  • 3213 - Star Wars.
  • 3235 - Old-school roleplaying games.
  • 3250 - Cricket and baseball.
  • 3257 - Death.
  • 3265 - Being Australian.
  • 3285 - Cultural absolutes.
  • 3291 - Memory; ubiquitous photography.
  • 3296 - Roleplaying games.
  • 3312 - Wanderlust; wandering.

Food and Drink

  • 1539 - Chocolate brownies; chocolate crackles.
  • 1973 - Pressed duck.
  • 1982 - Whiskey and whiskey.
  • 1992 - Mountain Dew.
  • 2035 - Pain au chocolat.
  • 2336 - Daiquiri.
  • 2384 - Fairy floss.
  • 2879 - Frankfurts; hot dogs.
  • 3268 - Chocolate.
  • 3305 - Beer; brewing.
  • 3318 - Bread around the world.

Geology and Geography

  • 643 - Alfred Wegener; continental drift; plate tectonics.
  • 1946 - Geology; plate tectonics; paleontology.
  • 2052 - Palladium; William Wollaston; Wollaston prisms; Wollastonite.
  • 2058 - Geohashing.
  • 2127 - Sargasso Sea.
  • 2256 - "The Blue Marble"; Earth from space.
  • 2257 - Allosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and geological time.
  • 2372 - Friedrichshafen.
  • 2430 - Conformal maps; Mercator projection.
  • 2618 - Messina ferry.
  • 2679 - Global Positioning System.
  • 2830 - The Channel Islands.
  • 2835 - The non-glamour of geology.
  • 2847 - James Hutton; uniformitarianism.
  • 3210 - Caves; subterranean geology.
  • 3248 - Rain; the water cycle.
  • 3273 - Deep time; fossils; uncomformities.
  • 3274 - Road trips.
  • 3286 - Wind.
  • 3287 - Storms; cyclones.
  • 3301 - Maps; cartography.
  • 3307 - Bushfire.
  • 3317 - San Francisco.

History

  • 466 - American history; Maine.
  • 636 - US President; Oval Office; Allosaurus.
  • 805 - Viaducts; aqueducts.
  • 826 - Howard Carter; Tutankhamun.
  • 869 - Ancient Rome; Vespasian; Colosseum.
  • 916 - Saint Sophia Cathedral; Mariyinsky Palace.
  • 1083 - 1930s European history; Stalin; communism; Animal Farm.
  • 1155 - The Reichstag Fire.
  • 1240 - Mercury poisoning; mad hatters.
  • 1264 - Mercury poisoning; Minamata disease; learning history.
  • 1397 - King George III of England; alleged madness thereof.
  • 1441 - Coup d'état; political history of Nepal.
  • 1475 - The Lateran Treaty; Via della Conciliazione; Vatican history.
  • 1515 - Sir Edmund Hillary.
  • 1534 - Roman architecture; Nazi architecture; theory of ruin value.
  • 1559 - Snow leopards; troy weight; Trojan War.
  • 1566 - The Sistine Chapel.
  • 1652 - The Rubicon; alea iacta est; Rubik's cube.
  • 2020 - The Elgin Marbles.
  • 2085 - The 1980s; the Cold War.
  • 2122 - Dehumanising hate speech.
  • 2298 - Numbers stations.
  • 2326 - Luftschiffbau Zeppelin.
  • 2487 - The Munich Agreement.
  • 2509 - The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; Operation Barbarossa.
  • 2520 - The Basilica Cistern.
  • 2580 - Human occupation of Easter Island.
  • 2698 - US Patent number 1.
  • 2763 - U-boat boarding actions.
  • 2779 - British airship programme.
  • 2887 - Burials in Westminster Abbey.
  • 2923 - Viking helmets.
  • 3173 - Development of jet engines.
  • 3222 - Historical turning points; Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 3293 - History as a strange place.
  • 3299 - Succession of Edward III of England.

Language

  • 559 - Flammable versus inflammable; English etymology.
  • 618 - English as a living language; good new English; bad new English; Shakespeare.
  • 820 - Etymology of "xenomorph".
  • 989 - Latin conjugation and place names.
  • 1094 - Latin translation.
  • 1349 - Irony; English usage; descriptivism versus prescriptivism; organic food.
  • 1351 - Accented characters in English; loan words.
  • 1391 - Etymology of "poppet".
  • 1470 - Spanish language; pieces of eight; computer bits; parity.
  • 1494 - Naval jargon; how to sail a square-rigged vessel out of port.
  • 1537 - Spanish language; translation difficulties.
  • 1731 - Etymology of "titbit"; bowdlerisation of language.
  • 1740 - English semantics; women's prerogative; physiological sex differences and influence on social custom.
  • 1767 - Biscuits; British English; American English; Latin; Italian; German; interconnectedness of languages.
  • 1769 - Gender-neutral pronouns; prescriptive grammar; singular "they".
  • 1902 - Shovels versus spades; English usage.
  • 1964 - "Man" versus "elf" and other fantasy races.
  • 2022 - Assonance.
  • 2031 - "Bupkis"; words we understand but never use.
  • 2039 - Pronouns; declining pronouns.
  • 2055 - "Fortnight".
  • 2107 - "Computer".
  • 2116 - "Software".
  • 2137 - Comparative and superlative.
  • 2244 - "Wharf", "pier", and "jetty".
  • 2301 - "Literally"; language drift.
  • 2343 - "Fuschia"; "orange".
  • 2370 - "Tinker's cuss"; "tinker's damn".
  • 2382 - "Wolf" in German.
  • 2392 - "Atom".
  • 2411 - "Zeitgeist" in English and German.
  • 2442 - Metaphors involving words nobody uses outside the metaphor.
  • 2475 - Gerunds.
  • 2519 - "Suffer".
  • 2641 - Rhoticity.
  • 2657 - "Scientist".
  • 2690 - "Right whale".
  • 2694 - "E pur si muove"; "punk"; Measure for Measure.
  • 2736 - "Petroleum".
  • 2784 - "Magazine".
  • 3026 - Figurative use of "literally".
  • 3138 - Words coined by Shakespeare.
  • 3282 - Learning Italian.
  • 3304 - Imagery; simile; metaphor; figures of speech.

Literature

  • 537 - Pericles, Prince of Tyre; The Merchant of Venice.
  • 734 - Twelfth Night.
  • 1192 - Lorem ipsum.
  • 1481 - Petards; being hoist thereon; Hamlet.
  • 1490 - The Last Supper; conspiracy theories; The Da Vinci Code.
  • 1497 - Balrogs; the physical appearance thereof.
  • 1503 - Technobabble.
  • 1659 - Moby-Dick; self-destructive vengeance; Khan Noonien Singh; Cetus.
  • 1787 - Macbeth.
  • 1817 - Narrative causality.
  • 2042 - Time travel in literature; fixed time; stable time loops.
  • 2081 - Time travel in literature; parallel universes.
  • 2088 - Time travellers in literature; H. G. Wells.
  • 2104 - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
  • 2191 - Chekhov's gun.
  • 2218 - As You Like It.
  • 2315 - Ben Jonson.
  • 2526 - Fonts and typefaces.
  • 2567 - Time travel in literature; time and space travel.
  • 2665 - Time machines in literature.
  • 2676 - Snarks and boojums.
  • 3031 - Baba Yaga.
  • 3050 - Kennings.
  • 3101 - Scottish dwarves.

Mathematics

  • 470 - Group theory; binary operators; abelian groups; rings.
  • 552 - René Descartes; "Congito ergo sum"; Cartesian coordinates.
  • 691 - Parsnips; turnips; imaginary numbers.
  • 746 - De Moivre's theorem.
  • 781 - Mazes; solving algorithms.
  • 882 - Euclid; kebabs.
  • 974 - Fugu; Poisson distribution; histograms versus bar graphs.
  • 1068 - Gödel's incompleteness theorem.
  • 1210 - Q.E.D.
  • 1276 - Vector fields; curl; gradient; potential.
  • 1280 - Manifolds; non-Euclidean geometry; geometry of the Universe.
  • 1363 - Rock, Paper, Scissors; game theory.
  • 1476 - Erdős numbers; Bacon numbers; Erdős-Bacon numbers; Natalie Portman.
  • 1615 - Sextants; navigation.
  • 1629 - Ciphers; codes.
  • 1640 - Mathematical functions; Fourier transforms.
  • 1656 - Pirate puzzle; applying "perfect" logic to reality.
  • 1735 - Greatest common divisors; Euclid's algorithm; Vichy France; 1930s European politics.
  • 1807 - Fermat's last theorem.
  • 1845 - Gödel's incompleteness theorem; formal mathematical logic.
  • 1878 - Sectors; geometry; science fictional administrational units.
  • 1960 - Complex numbers; applications to wave theory; Riemann hypothesis.
  • 1962 - Orders of magnitude.
  • 2011 - Eigenvectors, eigenvalues, and eigenspaces.
  • 2292 - Integers; rational number; real numbers; countable infinity; uncountable infinity; Cantor's diagonalisation argument.
  • 2317 - Ackermann function; Graham's number.
  • 2327 - Median filter.
  • 2339 - Banach-Tarski theorem.
  • 2351 - Vehicle maintenance cost calculation.
  • 2653 - Bootstrap resampling.
  • 3189 - Matroids; Transylvanian lottery problem.
  • 3289 - Trigonometry; surveying.

Mythology and Archaeology

  • 598 - Atlantis; orichalcum.
  • 673 - The Minotaur; Greek mythology; Knossos; Crete.
  • 703 - The Minotaur, continued; Greek mythology.
  • 1409 - Palladium of Troy; Heinrich Schliemann.
  • 1955 - Cryptids.
  • 2086 - Ley lines.
  • 2219 - World trees; Yggdrasil.
  • 2235 - Mana.
  • 2254 - Charon.
  • 2312 - Mystery airships.
  • 2335 - Rains of fish.
  • 2387 - The Rosetta Stone.
  • 2420 - Kenneth Arnold and flying saucers.
  • 2582 - The Aegis of Athena.
  • 2608 - The Gorgons.
  • 2650 - Elementals.
  • 2712 - Hephaestus.
  • 2741 - Perseus.
  • 2782 - The Symplegades.
  • 3229 - Romulus and Remus; Roman statues; Ninja Turtles.
  • 3261 - Ghosts.
  • 3271 - Machu Picchu.
  • 3281 - Magic: fiction versus reality.
  • 3308 - Dragons.

Philosophy and Philosophy of Science

  • 3216 - Pseudoscience and gullibility.
  • 3236 - Scientific method; the process of science.
  • 3251 - Cosmology and theism.
  • 3270 - Scientific method.

Physics

  • 341 - Baryons; fermions; spin quantum number; antisymmetric rotation.
  • 389 - Mössbauer spectroscopy.
  • 417 - Carnot's theorem; thermodynamic efficiency.
  • 431 - The laws of thermodynamics.
  • 434 - Heat conduction; heat radiation.
  • 617 - Special relativity; time dilation; length contraction; mass increase; Lorentz factor.
  • 762 - Time travel; paradox-free time travel; fixed history.
  • 958 - Causality.
  • 1186 - Razors; nanotechnology; fractals.
  • 1213 - Zero-point energy; quantum harmonic oscillators; mass-energy equivalence; cosmological constant.
  • 1420 - Maxwell's equations; electromagnetism; speed of light.
  • 1525 - Quantum mechanics; quantum numbers; fermions; bosons; Pauli exclusion principle.
  • 1554 - Quantum; quantisation of matter; quantisation of energy; quantum leap.
  • 1636 - Nuclear reactors; supersonic speed; Cherenkov radiation.
  • 1871 - Time travel; causality; paradoxes.
  • 1944 - Quantum mechanics; double slit experiment; wave-particle duality; Schrödinger's cat.
  • 2038 - Carbonated drinks in space.
  • 2056 - Hammer optimisation.
  • 2092 - Large Hadron Collider.
  • 2213 - Isaac Newton.
  • 2257 - Inverse square law; Robert Hooke; dipoles.
  • 2295 - Newton's First Law of Motion.
  • 2324 - Newton's First Law of Motion, part 2.
  • 2348 - Friction.
  • 2354 - Alessandro Volta; batteries.
  • 2404 - Robert Hooke; Isaac Newton; the inverse square law.
  • 2459 - Newton's Third Law of Motion.
  • 2729 - Measuring altitude.
  • 2759 - Christiaan Huygens.
  • 2809 - Archimedes' Principle; zeppelin lift.
  • 2839 - Quantum immortality.
  • 2846 - The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics.
  • 2859 - Antimatter.
  • 2874 - Feynman diagrams.
  • 3032 - Bubble-free ice.
  • 3200 - Atoms.
  • 3202 - Motion and heat.
  • 3206 - Refraction and lenses.
  • 3211 - Static electricity; electric charge.
  • 3214 - Models of the atom; atomic structure.
  • 3217 - The atomic nucleus; neutrons.
  • 3219 - Electromagnetic waves.
  • 3221 - Golden hour; sunrise and sunset colours.
  • 3223 - Black body radiation.
  • 3230 - Convex, concave, and fresnel lenses; lens aberrations.
  • 3234 - The black body problem.
  • 3241 - Luminiferous aether; the Michelson-Morley experiment.
  • 3242 - Clouds, cloud chambers.
  • 3247 - Special relativity; time dilation.
  • 3253 - Mass-energy equivalence.
  • 3255 - Wave-particle duality; relativistic momentum; photons.
  • 3256 - Osmosis; second law of thermodynamics; honey.
  • 3259 - Electron shells; energy levels; spectroscopy.
  • 3262 - Radioactive decay; radiocarbon dating.
  • 3267 - Nuclear fusion.
  • 3272 - Collisions; particle collisions.
  • 3294 - Electric potential.
  • 3295 - Electric power.
  • 3300 - Antimatter and antiparticles.
  • 3313 - Particle physics; quark model.

Psychology

  • 2065 - Hindsight bias.
  • 2391 - Buridan's ass.
  • 3292 - Analogies; puzzles.

Religion

  • 1609 - Atheism; morals.
  • 1639 - Papal infallibility; Catholic doctrine.
  • 2202 - Do animals go to Heaven?
  • 2349 - Prayer wheels.
  • 2377 - Anglican Archbishops.
  • 2684 - Religious views of Edmond Halley and Isaac Newton.

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