Irregular Webcomic!

Archive     Blog     Cast     Forum     RSS     Books!     Poll Results     About     Search     Fan Art     Podcast     More Stuff     Random     Support on Patreon
New comics Mon-Fri; reruns Sat-Sun
<   No. 1275   2006-07-24   >

Comic #1275

1 Erwin: They want breakfast.
1 Hitler's Brain: Nein! Absolutely not!
2 Hitler's Brain: Then they will claim their last meal was not their last meal und we will be in some sort of prisoner paradox und unable to execute them at all!
3 Hitler's Brain: Go drag them out of die cell und shoot them immediately!
3 Erwin: Jawohl!
4 Erwin: {walking off to get the prisoners} I did not know he was interested in logic paradoxes.
4 Haken: {walking with him} What else is he going to do? Play football?

First (1) | Previous (1274) | Next (1276) || Latest Rerun (2414) | Latest New (4945)
First 5 | Previous 5 | Next 5 | Latest 5
Cliffhangers theme: First | Previous | Next | Latest || First 5 | Previous 5 | Next 5 | Latest 5
This strip's permanent URL:
Annotations off: turn on
Annotations on: turn off

My original script for this had panel 4 as follows:

Erwin: He is nasty.
Haken: You noticed?
While putting the photos together I realised how lame this was and tried to come up with something better. My first alternative was:
Erwin: I did not know he was interested in logic paradoxes.
Haken: He is a brain in a jar. What else is he going to do? Play football?
And then after making the strip like that I realised Haken's first sentence is completely redundant. Don't tell the audience something they already know. So I removed it, tightening the dialogue and making it better.

Hitler's Brain is making a reference to the famous prisoner paradox, in which a prisoner argues that he cannot be executed because of various logical arguments that are better examined in the Wikipedia article than here.

2016-01-06 Rerun commentary: These are the sorts of things you really need to consider if you're running a despotic empire and executing various prisoners. Sure, make them all wear black or white hats so that they can see every other prisoner's hat but not their own, and choose one of them at random each day to visit a room with a single light bulb and a switch in it.

The important thing is that when the prisoners work out the logic puzzle and claim their freedom, you completely ignore it and execute them anyway.

False hope is a wonderful thing.

LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies, which does not sponsor, authorise, or endorse this site.
This material is presented in accordance with the LEGO® Fair Play Guidelines.

My comics: Irregular Webcomic! | Darths & Droids | Eavesdropper | Planet of Hats | The Dinosaur Whiteboard | mezzacotta
My blogs: (daily updates) | 100 Proofs that the Earth is a Globe (science!) | Carpe DMM (long form posts) | Snot Block & Roll (food reviews)
More comics I host: The Prisoner of Monty Hall | Lightning Made of Owls | Square Root of Minus Garfield | iToons | Comments on a Postcard | Awkward Fumbles
Last Modified: Wednesday, 6 January 2016; 02:11:17 PST.
© 2002-2021 Creative Commons License
This work is copyright and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International Licence by David Morgan-Mar.